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So Much Sunshine to the Square Inch

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” ~Walt Whitman

summer by ©DianeMSchuller
‘leftovers’ from summer

Recently Sherry Galey of Still and All kindly graced me with a Sunshine Award. I’m flattered to have been included among those she selected. As part of the award, it’s suggested to pass the award on to others and keep it going. I’ve never been comfortable singling out some bloggers while omitting others so I’ve chosen to participate by simply responding to the questions. Every one of you who stops by to read my entries brings sunshine to my life. If any of you have a blog and would care to participate by joining in the second part I would love to see you take that on — and if you do participate, please leave a link to your post so I can head over to read responses to your questions. Here are the questions Sherry asked of us and I’m pleased to respond below (great questions Sherry!):

  1. If you could learn one skill that you’ve never had, what would it be, and why?  I’d love to be able to speak another language, particularly one of the romantic languages such as French or Italian. In school I took some French, a couple years of German but if you don’t use it, you lose it. To me, being able to fluently speak another language has many advantages: keeps the ol’ noggin sharp, but it also sounds so beautiful, is another way of better understanding other cultures, and opens doors in many ways.
  2. What do you love more than taking photographs or writing? Oh gosh, there are several things I could include. Of course, family and friends is at the top of my list; I suppose what is being asked is what sorts of activities/hobbies/creative works do I love more. I love being out in nature and observing nature. It’s something I’ve done since I was a child and have learned so much about life’s natural order and ecosystem. I never grow tired of observing and taking it all in. 
  3. Are you an extrovert or an introvert? You may think of me a bit of a chameleon: when I was young I was very much an introvert but in high school I blossomed. I wouldn’t consider myself an extrovert though I’m a much more confident and outgoing person in adulthood.
  4. Do you have a fear that you have not yet conquered? Yes, I’m afraid of heights specifically if I’m climbing something though being in an airplane doesn’t bother me. Standing on a balcony of a high rise terrifies me.
  5. Do you have a dream you’ve suppressed due to life commitments?  Learning to play the piano. Those of you who check in to my online journal know that I’m doing something about that: I began taking piano lessons and am diligently practicing every single day. A dream come true.
  6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?  I’m very definitely a morning person. That’s when I’m most creative, most energetic, and at my best.
  7. What book has made a huge impact on you? Although I’m an avid reader and many books I’ve read have has some sort of impact, I have to go back decades to a book I read as a child, Call of the Wild by Jack London. I loved animals anyway, which is why I read the book but that book made me aware of how cruel some people can be to dogs. Since then I’ve been a huge advocate for the safe and kind treatment of domestic animals.
  8. If you could travel to any place in Canada, where would it be? I don’t even have to think about that one: the Maritime provinces particularly Prince Edward Island. It’s on my bucket list so I plan to get there. I want to get to know the people, photograph the urban and seaside landscape, eat their potatoes and lobster, and drink it all in.
  9. What qualities most touch you in a person?  Sincerity, honesty, and kindness.
  10. What do you do when inspiration to create leaves you? Get outside! Go and explore. Have conversations. Get away from the computer. That’s always a sure way to rejuvenate and replenish the creative juices.

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

autumn by www.dianeschuller.com

 Autumn Gold (pin cherry leaves)

Now if you might find it fun or interesting to answer a few questions on your blog (or even if you wish to answer them in the comments below), utilizing a few from above plus adding a few of my own, here is a list of questions for you. Please link back to me so I don’t miss visiting your post to read your responses.

  1. What book have you read that has made an impact on you?
  2. Do you have a dream that you have suppressed due to life commitments?
  3. Who are the heroes or heroines in your life?
  4. Who is your favourite poet?
  5. What is your most valued accomplishment that you’ve made in your life?
  6. What qualities do you most value in a friend?
  7. What are you most grateful your parent(s) taught you?
  8. What do you fear most?
  9. What is the most important thing a parent can do when raising children?
  10. What makes a house a home?

Okay, now you!

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lisa - October 14, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Oh my goodness, Diane, how much I enjoyed reading this!
I was amazed at how I would have answered the questions in much the same way, except for the piano! You are far braver than I where that is concerned. 🙂

Sherry Smyth - October 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

I so loved getting to know more about you Diane. You will LOVE the Maritimes “when” you get there (because you will!) and I too loved “The Call of the Wild” when I was a teenager. I love the photographs you shared in this post..the last of summer, but the autumn gold made me gasp — literally. So truly stunning and breath taking.

Sandra - October 14, 2013 - 9:53 pm

What a lovely image of golden leaves.
I answered my Sunshine Award questions privately, I’m not usually so personal on my blog! Like you, I felt uncomfortable passing on the list of questions to other people!
Thank you for your visit to my blog and for your kind comments. I’m not sure which tutorial of Sherry’s you referred to. The panning I did on the last entry was inspired by things I had read in one of my books on photography: “Understanding Shutter Speed”. It was fun trying out something new.
So nice to visit you here!

Laurie @ Pride in Photos - October 15, 2013 - 5:57 am

Out of all your responses…the one that spoke to me is you are an avid book reader like myself…nice to meet you!! IT is always fun to meet another bookworm. have a lovely week.

Sherry G. - October 15, 2013 - 6:13 am

Hi Diane, Just stopping in on the way home after spending Thanksgiving in TO. Walt Whitman was definitely talking about you, my dear! I LOVED your thoughtful and fascinating answers to the questions. These kinds of questions really do provide a great insight into individuals. I’m definitely spending more time away the computer and that DOES replenish the creative juices. The downside is that I miss wonderful posts like yours sometimes! So I’m trying to balance the time on and off…;-) Gorgeous images too, as always…

Nic - October 16, 2013 - 1:02 am

Hi Diane,
thank you very very much for visiting my blog and dropping your kind comment!oh, we share the love for handwriting things. I even have a pen only for journalling 🙂
Just had the first glimpses on your blog and loved the photos and the Whitman Quote (as I love Whitman generally). It’s wonderful as well, to read how you as a fellow Sunshine Award recipient answered Sherry’s questions.
My best wishes,

Sherry G. - October 16, 2013 - 9:33 am

Back again, it’s SO nice to see some of my SUNSHINE girls (LOL) getting to know each other!

Kelly @ JAX does design - October 17, 2013 - 1:22 pm

It’s always fun to learn more about our blogger friends 🙂 I’m with you on the height thing, and the Maritimes is definitely my favourite place in Canada. You HAVE to get to PEI one day! When the sun hits the red rocks at just the right time of day, the light is absolutely spectacular. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else 🙂

shooter - October 20, 2013 - 10:54 am

Love the narrative and the pictures