The Sunshine Factor

where sunshine is a way of life


Happy New Year!

Hello, dear friends!

I wish you the best of a new year, all the joy and safety and health one can hold.¬† ūüôā


We’re in¬†a brand new year, and with it brings the anticipation of new things to come! Sunshine Factor is about to experience growth and renewal in an exciting way!¬† In a couple of hours¬†I’m closing the curtain here for a few days, and Sunshine Factor will be reborn on January 4th with the launch of Stanton Sunshine Magazine.¬†
Don’t worry! You won’t miss a thing! Head over to Stanton Sunshine’s Facebook page and click “like” to keep up with the latest launch news, and I’ll see you again January 4th!
Happy New Year!

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The Sunshine Award



Last night, Terry from honored me with a wonderful award.  I am so in awe I can hardly write (or speak)!  Thanks Terry.  Now I will nominate fellow bloggers.


The rules for the Sunshine Award are as follows:

    1. Post the Sunshine Award logo.
    2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator.
    3. Answer the questions.
    4. Nominate ten other blogs and inform them of the nomination.

The Questions and Answers:

  • My favorite color:¬†light yellow, subset favorite colors¬†are all shades of¬†¬†aquas and greens
  • My favorite animal:¬† horses
  • My favorite number:¬† 8
  • My favorite non-alcoholic beverage: lemonade (all varieties)
  • My favorite alcoholic beverage: For migraine prevention, I don‚Äôt drink
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passions: Writing, people, animals, music and art
  • Giving or receiving gifts:¬†¬† I feel energized and loved when I give gifts, and humbled and blessed when I receive them
  • Favorite city:¬† Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Favorite TV shows:¬† [all from the last century] Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock, Family Ties

The Nominees:   (how did I choose them?  They are the folks who bring sunshine to my heart and face when I read their words or when I think of them.)




Pictures from Debb

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Debb on left with cousin Mary, shortly after my cancer surgery.  The bulges under my shirt are from the drains that I lived with for 2 weeks...

Debb on left with cousin Mary, shortly after my cancer surgery. The bulges under my shirt are from the drains that I lived with for 2 weeks…

Internet Glorious Sunrise

Internet Glorious Sunrise




I love this picture I found on the Internet!

I love this picture I found on the Internet!

When my old computer crashed a little while ago, I lost all my pictures. ūüė¶¬† Now I was looking through my Facebook pictures and transferred a few to my computer.¬† The other pictures are from the Internet.¬† ¬†Enjoy…

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I’m Now a Part of Blog Nation

I recently joined Blog Nation.  You can see my text badge for it in the footer.  (Those of you not on WordPress, bookmark my blog address for easy reference: )

The following information is taken from Blog Nation:


Blog Nation is a comprehensive network of blog directories that seeks to give recognition and viewership to the millions of fantastic blogs currently¬†on the Internet. With over eighty different directories, Blog Nation is constantly expanding and looking for new bloggers to join. Each directory seeks to highlight a specific topic that allows bloggers to meet and interact with like-minded individuals. Expand your readership and reach by submitting today! Contact us with any further questions!”

Sunshine Factor is in the poetry directory.¬†¬† Apparently you can help “boost” your favorite blogs in the directory by clicking on the Boost button for those particular blogs; you can also make comments about the blog and refer them to others.¬† I boosted myself today (I am allowed¬†to do that once a day to my own blog), and here is the message I got.¬† It will further explain “boosting”:


We appreciate you taking the time to boost a blog. Now, take a moment and spread the word to your friends. If you like a blog, there‚Äôs no better way to show a blogger you‚Äôre a fan than by encouraging others to also boost it up. Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + to boost up the blog as well.”

What are the benefits of boosting someone’s blog?¬† It will move their blog up in the ratings and be seen by more people.¬†¬† I hope you will consider giving me a boost (or more than one) or comment when you click on my badge.¬† I would like to have Sunshine Factor read by as many people as we can get!¬† Let’s spread the sunshine!¬† ūüôā¬† Thanks, friends.

By the way, to join Blog Nation costs nothing.  It also costs nothing to visit all the many directories and blogs therein.


What I Am Thankful For


Friends (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Diamond Engagement Ring with side sto...

English: Diamond Engagement Ring with side stones – In Platinum – 1791 Diamonds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: pink ribbon

English: pink ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is a holiday in the U.S. that promotes thankfulness.

I wish giving thanks were on the forefront in other parts of the year too.

The holiday is known for feasting (and usually overeating).

Personally, I sort of gag on turkey and prefer other meats (if at all).

Back to the subject of giving thanks – here is my list of the past year (in chronological order):

1.¬† After dating a couple of years, my former husband and I decided we should marry again (see my countdown in the right margin). ¬†It’s so much different, and better, this time around.¬† We wonder if it’s because of the difficult things we have had to go through the last five years that made us appreciate each other once again.

2.  I was in my first photo shoot in February; I saw my picture on a billboard on the way to work every day for 2 weeks in April.

3.¬† I found my new favorite author – Ken Barr of¬† ¬†– and I asked him if he blogged and if so, where.¬† He said “WordPress”, and I was immediately hooked into this wonderful community we call WordPress.

3a.  Having three different blogs has really been a blessing in my life.  I have hit my writing stride and feel so artistically complete (and dreaming of and working on other projects too).  Thank You, God!

4.¬† Last April Fool’s Day I marked my 23rd year of work at the same company.¬† They have treated me very well.¬†¬† I also have them to thank for my cancer care and recovery!

5.  At my job I have been learning many new tasks.  It is an exciting time there for me.

6.¬† I am thankful for all the incredible blogs I have been reading and for all the friends I’ve made through them.¬† So, in other words, you are my #6.

7.  My first follower on this blog, my first blog, is a phenomenal person.  (You know who you are)  His support and enthusiasm is a constant.

8.  I live in the U.S., which has its problems of course, but I love it here.

9.  I serve a God who loves me and wants the best for me.

10.¬† Last but not least, I am so glad I have life in my body, that I am here to write to you.¬†¬† It’s an amazing journey!

Thank You, God,

and thank you, friends,



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