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Versatile Blogger Award

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My good buddy Tom from http://readtomlucas.com has given me this award.   I am almost speechless (and for me, that says everything!  LOL)  Tom, you were my first follower ever on Sunshine, and I credit you with half the enthusiasm I have for blogging!  I hope my readers look you up.  Thank you so much for this award!

I am supposed to pass this award on to 15 other versatile people.  Tom, hope you don’t mind, but that has to wait till later…

Next, I am to list seven interesting things about myself.  Well, they’re interesting to me, and hopefully they will be to you, too.

 

1.  I was married last December 12, 2012 — the same day that Tom Lucas introduced his new book, Leather to the Corinthians to the world.  From Florida to Minnesota, there was just one huge happiness party!  🙂

2.  One day when I was in kindergarten, I came home from school and told my mom this fib:  “Mom!  Ya know what I learned in school today?  The colors blue and red are best friends!”  Maybe I was born with this wild imagination!  🙂

3.  I was a profound sleeptalker and sleepwalker as a child.  As an adult, a medication I took rendered me totally forgetful about what my actions were the night before, so I might have walked (or did other things) in my sleep, and occasionally I still talk in my sleep.  Fortunately for me, the chemo side effect of insomnia has finally gone, and I don’t need any sleep aids.

4.  When I was in second grade and my sister was in fifth, our class got to see her class play.  But I panicked because I couldn’t see my sister on the stage.  I didn’t recognize her with her stage makeup on!

5.  I played “Auntie Em” in my 4th grade reading class school play of “The Wizard of Oz.”

6.  As a child, I won a trip on a helicopter for a new store opening.  But alas, the helicopter never showed up!

7.  I am now back to a normal, 5 day a week schedule at work.  I changed it because my writing career is taking off.  I am blogging, reviewing books, am a professional proofreader, and hope to enter writing contests and write articles – as well as write all the books on my long list of writing projects!  And I will write them all!   🙂

 

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Tom Lucas

February 10, 2013

 

It’s Hard to Move Slowly

I was in Cape Canaveral driving

Headed to a housewarming

Not sure where I was going

The first time driving somewhere

Is always a bit irritating.

Silence, looking for the turn

GPS barks “turn right”

So I do. It’s not the

Right turn at all.

I turned right, but it wasn’t right.

It was some dead-end RV park

As dead as Cape Canaveral dreams.

Ratty metal boxes, and a single dirt road

I wanted out fast, but had to go slow.

Stupid 5 mph speed limit in the joint.

I can’t go 5 miles per hour.

I can’t even sit at 5 miles per hour.

So I didn’t. I needed to get back on track.

Then, from somewhere unseen

A voice yells, “SLOW DOWN!”

Dammit, really?

This is how you spend your day?

I’m not even supposed to be here.

This wasn’t my choice of destination.

Part of me wanted to stop the car and smack this guy.

Instead, I kept going and eventually

Made it out and to the party.

But I thought about that voice

And who was behind it.

A lone guardsman against perceived chaos.

Sitting deep in a sea of aging tin cans

Retirement plans choked by weeds

A sad dirt road winding through them

On a chair, staring at the blankness of it all.

I never want to be that guy.

by Tom Lucas

(http://readtomlucas.com)


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Tom Lucas

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A Phenomenal Book, December 10, 2012
This review is from: Leather to the Corinthians (Paperback)

I follow Tom on his blog and have always enjoyed his wit and creativity. So it was no surprise that Leather to the Corinthians is a huge blockbuster of unparalleled genius and talent. I laughed aloud at least once on every page, and my husband wanted to know what I found so funny. The plot twists and turns and very amusing characters left me breathless with anticipation for more, and turned my reading experience into fast page turning. There are so many references to big business, consumerism at its worst, old television sitcoms and catch phrases, I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this book!
Do you remember the commercial, “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”? Tom Lucas demonstrates what happens if kids don’t trash their brain with drugs – they can become powerful writers! In my estimation, he is the Einstein of creativity. This book would also make a terrific movie.

I really appreciated the full-length author biography and interview someone had with Tom. When I come to the end of a great novel I feel sad that now it’s done, so I read about the author in order to prolong the pleasure just a tiny bit. So often when I read a book that I really like, there is but one tiny paragraph about the author on the back cover, and I am left disappointed. Not so in this case!

Debbie Loesel Stanton, Writer, Blogger and Poet


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A Poem from Guest Poet

Today Sunshine Factor welcomes my friend Tom Lucas to the writing board.  I really appreciate his poetry because it lets me know that I’m not the only one who thinks and feels like I do…

 

on the way to a new destination

on the way to a new destination

 

It’s Hard to Move Slowly

 

I was in Cape Canaveral driving

Headed to a housewarming

Not sure where I was going

The first time driving somewhere

 

Is always a bit irritating.

 

Silence, looking for the turn

GPS barks “turn right”

So I do. It’s not the

Right turn at all.

 

I turned right, but it wasn’t right.

 

It was some dead-end RV park

As dead as Cape Canaveral dreams.

Ratty metal boxes, and a single dirt road

I wanted out fast, but had to go slow.

 

Stupid 5 mph speed limit in the joint.

 

I can’t go 5 miles per hour.

I can’t even sit at 5 miles per hour.

So I didn’t. I needed to get back on track.

Then, from somewhere unseen

 

A voice yells, “SLOW DOWN!”

 

Dammit, really?

This is how you spend your day?

I’m not even supposed to be here.

This wasn’t my choice of destination.

 

Part of me wanted to stop the car and smack this guy.

 

Instead, I kept going and eventually

Made it out and to the party.

But I thought about that voice

And who was behind it.

 

A lone guardsman against perceived chaos.

 

Sitting deep in a sea of aging tin cans

Retirement plans choked by weeds

A sad dirt road winding through them

On a chair, staring at the blankness of it all.

I never want to be that guy.

 

by Tom Lucas

 

ABOUT THE POET:

Tom has a blog on WordPress – check out http://readtomlucas.com.   His latest book Leather to the Corinthians premiered on 12/12/12 to the excitement and applause of many.   He continues to teach,  is hard at work on his next book,  and still offers his unique commentaries.

 


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The Creative Colleague Award

The Creative Colleague Award

The Creative Colleague Award

Happy Monday,
Today, Sunshine Factor delivers the last of its four awards. We appreciate today the creativity on other blogs. These writers  make me smile and encourage me to express myself in my own unique way.

Please note, Sunshine Factor has had a great number of new followers lately, and I am sure that as I get to know you better, and read you longer, your creativity will be inspiring to me as well.  🙂

[cue drum roll please]

Award recipients:

http://readtomlucas.com ( Tom’s first book was unveiled on my wedding day, 12/12/12, and I enjoy all the different avenues Tom’s thoughts take his readers on.  His surprises are delightful and his genius profound.)

http://marylouiseeklund.wordpress.com  (Mary Louise can turn an everyday happening into a marvelous story, one that captures the imagination and leaves the reader asking for more.)

http://theultimatebetty.wordpress.com (Its dual authors come up with the best ideas for blog posts!  They are interesting and informative and provide a fun reading experience.  They now touch on items from a guy’s perspective too!)

Thank you all, may creativity rest on all of us.   🙂

 

Debb

 

 

 

 

 


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The Conscientious Commentor Award

The Conscientious Commentor Award

The Conscientious Commentor Award

Good morning!
Today is the day to unveil the third award I have created. The recipients were chosen because they provide thoughtful comments to my posts, and even more importantly, actually converse back and forth with me (which I greatly appreciate).

Would you please give a drum roll now and acknowledge these conscientious commentors:

Susan Michaels
brianwilliamsen.wordpress.com
marylouiseeklund.wordpress.com
readtomlucas.com.

I would also like to acknowledge my friend Jim Laux in this category.  Jim, when someday you start a blog on WordPress, you will be able to show this award!  🙂

Thank you folks!


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Five Special Men 12/12/12

Cecily Lydia Fearnley (nee Sandercock) on her ...

Cecily Lydia Fearnley (nee Sandercock) on her wedding day, 1953 (Photo credit: State Library of Queensland, Australia)

Hello!

Today is my wedding day – the wedding will take place at 12:00 noon Central Standard Time.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize five special men in my life and what they have contributed to my life or are contributing  to it this very day.

I’d like you to meet:

* Ken Barr.  Ken is an author friend of mine who can be found at http://theroadcrew.wordpress.com, and he is also my mentor.  On top of that, besides being an awesome poet, he gave me permission to use one of his poems in my wedding.  Unfortunately, the pastor’s wife (and her husband agreed) that they needed to be my words and from my heart.  So, Ken, I will continue to thoroughly enjoy the poems you publish in your books and on your blog.   I also cherish your friendship.  Thanks for everything!

* Jim Laux.  I’ve known Jim for many years, and he has been a mentor of sorts as well, and my “muse”.   I call him my frother, because he is a good friend that is just like a brother, since I always wanted a brother and never got one… Jim’s favorite number is 12, and he has waited for 12/12/12 to come for a long time now, way before Dave and I chose it as our wedding date.  This one’s for you, Jim!  🙂  And thanks for taking a vacation day from work in order to come to the wedding.

* Richard H.  Loesel.   He is my dear father who died in 1991.  I am definitely “Richard’s girl” because my looks are just like his, AND so is my humor!  Now this man was a STORYTELLER.   Every time we heard a familiar story (yet again!) from him, just a tiny part would be changed.  We never knew what was coming next in the story, and it kept us interested!  🙂  My dream life (strange dreams, in color, that play like movies in my head) also mimics his.  He always loved Dave, and I think he would be glad to know that we are reconciled and heading to the altar again.  Dad:   I miss you so much and am sorry that you can’t be at this wedding.  But your spirit lives on, and we will always remember what you said at our first wedding:  “Keep Jesus First, and you will go far.”   I have found that to be good advice.  Love you, Dad!

* Tom Lucas.  Tom is another author friend of mine who has encouraged me in this wonderful world of writing and was my first follower on my first blog, Sunshine Factor.  You can find him at http://readtomlucas.com, and his book is launching on 12/12/12 too!   In fact, if you live in the Orlando, FL area, I believe that is when his book signing will be – so look it up.  🙂  Keep on rocking, Tom!  🙂

* David Stanton.   He is “the man of the day”, my groom and best friend.   I have known him since 1985 and have had the privilege of watching this man grow and change and become just an awesome, wonderful man.  The fact that I can marry him again today is one of the hugest blessings of my whole life.  I love you, Honey!

Now I’d like to hear about the special men in your life – please comment.