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Sunshine Award

I was pleasantly surprised to come home this evening to find a new comment on my blog, alerting me that I had been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Canopy Avenue! I was delighted and honored, as well as excited because when receiving this award, you are given the task to nominate 10 more blogs for the award!

Here are the award tasks:

1. If you are nominated, you must blog a post linking back to the person/blog that nominated you.
2. You must answer some questions, nominate ten fellow bloggers and link their blogs to the post!
3. You should comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

Here are the questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

Today, Martin Heidegger because I'm reading him in a class in college right now, and because he wrote this: "The threat to man does not come in the first instance from the potentially lethal machines and apparatus of technology. The actual threat has already affected man in his essence. The rule of Enframing threatens man with the possibility that it could be denied to him to enter into a more original revealing and hence to experience the call of a more primal truth." (The Question Concerning Technology)

Most of the time, though, Thoreau is my favorite. Just open Walden and read a few paragraphs and you'll find out why.

2. What is your favorite number?
It used to be 7, but now that I think about it, I have no reason to like 7. I think I rather like the number 2... one on one conversation is my favorite kind of conversation, and that takes two people.

3. What is your favorite animal?
The Black bear -- I've seen three in person in my life, in the wild (well, if you count Yosemite as wild). They are awesome, and seeing them always gives me a sense of wonder and respect for nature.

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs?

5. What is your favorite time of the day?
Early morning, when you have the whole day ahead of you to create your day and experience life

6. What was your favorite vacation?
Camping with some friends from college one weekend through the recreation department. It was through the rec's leadership program, so we learned about leadership and how to plan for camping as we camped. I was with my best friends, and we had so much good, nature-induced fun.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?
Hiking! (On campus, around lakes, with a backpack on my back, anywhere!)

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Black coffee, brewed at home, in the morning

9. What is your favorite flower?

10. What is your passion?
Inspiring others to be inspired with whatever they're passionate about, and particularly, helping others to recognize the value of nature in their lives.

Okay, and now for the nominations! Drum roll, please!

1. Reduce Footprints
I love love love the community that this blog has fostered. I probably would not still be blogging during summer school if it weren't for the sense of community I have gained from the Change the World Wednesday Challenges she puts on each week. So many of the things I have integrated in my daily life related to sustainability have come directly from experiencing these challenges and reading others' suggestions. Thank you for all that you do!

2. Blue Jay Barrens
Back in high school when I was pretty active in posting to my blog, I somehow came across this blog. I love learning details about natural beings everytime I visit it. Steve always responds and often posts his thoughts to my blog posts, and it's always so great to see what he thinks about the stuff I'm saying. I wish I had detailed knowledge about natural history, so I live vicariously through this blog and sometimes pick up a little knowledge when I visit. I also love the photos!

3. Canoe in the Mist
On days when life gets really loud and filled with technology, visiting Canoe in the Mist is such a way to refresh the spirit. Great quotes and poems, and such great reminders for truly engaging with life.

4. Give a Girl a Fig
I love the photos and thoughts she posts. Even when I don't have time to read a full post, the pictures inspire me and the quotes she often posts are wonderful. This is one of those blogs where you can read about experiences and not simply scroll through a list of theoretical musings on environmentalism. Blogs like this are my favorite kinds of blogs--where you can live through someone else's experience, learn, and enjoy the stunning photos!

5. A Broad Abroad
If you're looking for a hilarious read about traveling in another country as a student, this is THE blog to check out. Though she's since returned from Copenhagen, I highly recommend reading her archived posts from her experience studying abroad. I also happen to know the author, which perhaps makes the blog posts that much funnier. Really, check it out--it's great writing.

6. Down to Earth
To put it simply, I am always reminded of the need to slow down and live simply when I visit this blog. I need to visit this blog more often, I think.

7. Eggs in my pocket, A Needle in my Hand
As someone who grew up in the suburbs but has spent enough time in the country to know how lovely it can be, reading this blog makes me want to live out in the country. Fortunately, since I can't do that right now, I can read through the posts and live through her photographs and experiences. Great content, and always worth reading!

8. Beyond the Fields We Know
Talk about beautiful nature photography. I could scroll through these posts all day...

9. Enchanted Mama
Even more stunning photography, so many colors... and the photos are huge! They're also photos of life and childhood, and they give you hope that some people are raising their kids to explore and live outside of the scary realm of technology that so many children are growing up bound within.

10. Farmgirl Fare
I love this farm and country life blog for the animal photos, yummy recipes, and various musings on life. As with Eggs in my pocket (#7), I can live vicariously through this blogger's experiences in the country, without having to do the work!


  1. Congrats on the Sunshine Award! And thanks for sharing your favorite blogs...can't wait to check them out.

    Helen Ott

  2. Excellent. Congrats on being nominated. Woo-hoo!

  3. Congratulations ... you so deserve this award!! You have such a strong, Eco-voice ... I love your enthusiasm and your take on every CTWW activity. And thank you for nominating Reduce Footprints ... and all your kind words. It means the world to me! :-)

  4. Thanks for the nomination and the kind words about my blog.


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