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Sunshine Blogger Award


sunshine-blogger-award-300x300With this post, I’m taking a short break from my usual blogging agenda to participate in what appears to be a WordPress tradition where bloggers acknowledge their fellow bloggers with an “award.” And who doesn’t like an award? In the process, my blog gets noticed by more folks and I return the favor by acknowledging other bloggers. I also answer a list of questions that you, dear readers, might find interesting. It’s a moment for you to learn a little more about me.

So, thanks to Charles French at for nominating me for this award. Charles blogs about writing and describes himself as a writer, teacher and husband. He recently graduated from Lehigh University in the USA with a PhD in English literature.

There are rules to this tradition.

The Rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you.
* Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
* Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
* Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
* Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Here are the questions from Charles and my answers:
* What is your favorite book?  Eek. This is an unfair question. I have too many favorite books. I can’t possibly answer this. Makes me nervous thinking about trying to choose just one. Sorry, Charles.

* What is one goal you hope to achieve in life? Oh boy. How about raising human consciousness to a level where we no longer function out of fear, but rather out of compassion and love.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

Then again, if I had two goals, the second would be getting my seriously curly hair under control.

* What is one thing that can be done on any scale to make the world a better place? Get everyone into therapy to deal with the trauma in their childhoods so they no longer function out of fear, but rather out of compassion and love.

* What is your favorite dessert? Unquestionably, any fruit pie made by my friend Anne.

* What country would you like to visit now? I don’t know. Right now, I need to stay home and focus on my goal of raising human consciousness.

* Do you have a favorite reading place? Yes. Everywhere.

* What is one of your worst fears? Eek. This is an unfair question. I have too many worst fears. I can’t possibly answer this. Makes me nervous thinking about trying to choose just one. Sorry, Charles.

And now to the list of bloggers I’m nominating for the Sunshine Blogger Award. They all write about raising and educating gifted children. I would have more blogs to nominate, there are so many great ones out there, but I haven’t had time to find them as I’m too busy working to control my hair. (and raise human consciousness)

Pamela Price at

Cait at

Gail Post at

Celi Trepanier at

Jade Rivera at

Questions to my nominees:

1. What is one question that you wish people would ask you?

2. Why did you start blogging and what have you discovered about yourself through the blog?

3. What is something you want to be sure your readers understand about you?

4. What is one thing that can be done to make the world a better place?

OK. That’s that. Thanks again to Charles French for the nomination. (And, to my nominees, you can decide not to follow through on this. I won’t be offended. I know it feels a little bit like a chain letter. But if it would be fun, I look forward to seeing what you have to say.)


To my bloggEEs: What did you think of this post? I feel a little awkward having included it since it’s a little off topic. But I suspect that you’ll find something of interest in the excellent blogs I nominated. And what if you tell us about your favorite blogs (including yours) and give us the links so we can all share the sunshine! Back to our “regular programming” next time.

Author: Paula Prober

I'm a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in counseling gifted adults and consulting with parents of gifted children. The label "gifted" is often controversial and confusing. I use the metaphor of the rainforest to describe this population. Like the rainforest, these individuals are quite complex, highly sensitive, intense, multi-layered, and misunderstood. They're also curious, idealistic, highly intelligent, creative, perfectionistic, and they love learning. I've been an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I've written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, and Advanced Development Journal. My first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, was released in June 2016 by GHF Press and is available on Amazon or at your independent bookstore. My second book, Journey Into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists, was released in June 2019.

17 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on your nomination! Enjoyed your interview and especially like the questions you would ask a fellow nominee.

    Hope you’re doing well. I miss you and think of you often 😊



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  2. I love the questions you’ve posed Paula, and because they are important to you, what are your answers to these same questions?

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    • Yikes, Paula Wilkes, it would take me some time to answer all of those questions. But I’ll start with one and maybe get back to the others later. I started blogging for a couple of reasons. Like a lot of people I had a book idea/manuscript and I wanted to start to build a following for the eventual book. I was hoping to find a publisher–have the whole lovely blog to book experience. (I did!!) I also just wanted to expand my work beyond Oregon and get the important information about rainforest minds out to more people.

      What I discovered about myself is that I LOVE this type of writing. Blogging seems to suit me and my writing style. I also love “meeting” people from around the world who find my blog and share their thoughts. It also suits me to be spreading the “news” from the comfort of my cozy nest.

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      • I hear your voice in every post, and I love that about your style! I can’t wait for your book to be published. I am going to “gift” it to several people and recommend it to the parents of my clients.

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  3. Thank you for your kind words and your fascinating answers!

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  4. I love reading your answers and getting to know a little about you since you seem to understand so much about me! Thank you for sharing. Your blogs are always sunshine on my day when I see them.

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  5. Congrats on your highly deserved WP award. I truly enjoy your writing style and enjoyed learning a bit more about you.
    To raising consciousness 🙂

    peace, Linda

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  6. Thank you for nominating me, Paula! I really appreciate it! I think I am going to decline continuing with it, though, right now. But thanks again for thinking of me.


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    • I didn’t think that you’d follow up, Gail. It doesn’t really fit with your blog. And it’s also more of a WordPress phenomenon. But I had fun with it and did want to highlight your blog for readers.


  7. * What is one goal you hope to achieve in life? Oh boy. How about raising human consciousness to a level where we no longer function out of fear, but rather out of compassion and love.

    This is so inspiring, and it is completely consistent with the tone of your blog.

    And the book… it’s not available yet, is it? Have I missed where to purchase it? Because yes, after reading your blog, I want to read your book, even though I’m not 100% certain on the topic.

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    • Thanks for asking, Tanya. The book is scheduled for release in the spring of 2016. I’ll definitely announce it here, on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere I can think of. So if you stay with me, you’ll hear about it. (Remember, most people are not 100% sure that they’re gifted!)


  8. Congratulations Paula!
    I always think your blogs are great, so you are worth this.
    The blog on your nomination is OK, thanks for sharing this.

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    • Nice to hear from you Noks. I see that you’ll be at the SENG conference. I won’t be there this year. I’ll be sorry to miss you. You might want to look at the book Rebels At Work. I wrote about it a couple of posts ago. I think many of their “rebels” are probably gifted. The authors may want to hear about your research. In fact, I may send them a link to your website.


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