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And The Sunshine Belongs To….Everybody

I know what you’re thinking, “duh, Mimi – we are all adults with varying degrees of intelligence, but if this is first occurring to you now, then there is perhaps more wrong with you than you have been sharing.”  Ok – I was just hoping to get your attention.  I received a Sunshine Blogger Award today from a blogger who truly brings the sunshine with her every time she writes.  I love that she felt that I was deserving of such praise from her.  Her blog – ‘ – is a delight and I send her many thank yous for being so generous with me.

I’m going to be compliant..I will follow the rules.  Ten things about me –

1.  I was the first Jewish cheerleader at Hobart & William Smith Colleges during my sophomore year there.  Retrospectively, this is a bit of an embarrassment.  They chose me because they needed a really vertically challenged girl and I fit that bill at 5’o”.  I’m now a whopping 4’11”.

2.  My sister and I were in the opening clip of  a ‘blue’ movie when I was five and she was eight and half.  Our uncle was a film director specializing in the types of movies that used to be reviewed by Playboy.  We played passengers on a plane.  I got $2.00 for sitting on a plane in a hangar at LaGuardia Airport.  I didn’t understand why my mother so vehemently discouraged me from trying to get autographs.

3.  I have very long conversations with my dogs.  They always see things my way.

4.  Although my kids loved Mr. Rogers, there was something about him I found a little scary (with no disrespect intended to any of his family)

5.  After visiting and singing at The New Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, I wanted to become a Baptist.  I also wanted Mahalia Jackson to be my mom (along with my own mom of course).

6.  I am religious about saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and meaning it.  The good news is, I get remembered a lot.  The meh news is that people like to tell me a lot about themselves, even if I’m in the ladies room.

7.  I name my cars.  I just got a new one – her name is Darcy.

8.  I believe that I must have been a very good person in another life, because as tough as some times have been in this one, I have been so flippin’ blessed, it blows my mind.

9.  I taught myself how to knit by watching YouTube.  I’m about as good as one would be who self-teaches by watching 4 minute videos.

10. I really believe that the care and  nurturing of our connection to each other is the key to our professional, personal, individual, familial, social and whatever-other-kind-of-success you can think of.

Ten nominees…I’m hesitating here, only because I got a little burnt before with a couple of responses of ‘thanks-but-no-thanks’.  I may be reiterative – I’m sorry.  And I’ll add Mimi’s rule – if you don’t like it, don’t acknowledge it.  But know that I think the world of what you’re putting out there and your willingness to share your talent and your journey.  In some cases it’s the writing, in others it’s the photography, others tell a story I want to understand…

Missunderstood Genius


Dr. Bill Wooten


Help Me Rhonda

Donna & Diablo

Adventures In Borderline Land

A Door To The Past

Girl On The Contrary

News Of The Times

Ok…as you know, I have no skill with posting these awards on my site, but that doesn’t diminish my appreciation one iota.  Thank you..I love the idea that somehow to some people, I’m associated with sunshine.  That makes me very happy.


28 thoughts on “And The Sunshine Belongs To….Everybody”

  1. Kudos. Who better to receive Sunshine than she who spreads it, unselfishly and brilliantly, amongst us? Congrats, mimijk! BTW, never knew the “blue” movie story. But, I do remember your singing voice and, in my humble opinion, you would have rocked a duet with Mahalia, relative or not. Nonetheless, you always had “Magic To Do” and so it goes…

    1. Leave it to you to remember my rendition of “Magic To Do” – which I still sing in the shower and in my car (and with you if I have enough wine)…Thank you my dear, cherished friend…

    1. How mutual this feeling is Christine – I delight each day in tales from Munchkinland, learning new vocabulary, remembering the joys and the woes of childhood seen through the eyes of one remarkable mom..

      1. The beauty of this forum is that if I didnt mean them, I don’t have to write them…so…know that I fully believe what I write…:-)

  2. OMG – I LOVED PEARL BAILEY!!! Thank you for the congratulations and I hope you enjoy the kudos I sent you for your terrific blog!

  3. Oh, beautiful soul Mimi:

    Know that I was planning a compliment on your very entertaining, heartening post about your richly deserved award before seeing the honor you bestowed upon me and my little blog lifeyum (

    I love your writing, and it shows your intelligence, clarity of thought, and spirit. You’re the kind of writer who gives readers a sense of who you are. And that person is doing a lot of good.

    Thank you for sharing what is in your heart.


    1. I feel like such a goof sitting here with tears sliding down my face…I am so touched that you refer to me as a ‘writer’ – I don’t have the confidence to think of myself that way. I am even more gratified that you enjoy what you read, and trust me enough to know that my intentions – whether written eloquently or like poop – is true. When I started this a few short months ago, the only thing I knew was that I was going to make it as honest a vehicle from my thoughts to the written word as I could. I think that is why I’m so drawn to your blog. It allows me to meet you, to learn from you, and to marvel at your talent. Thank YOU!

      1. Dearest Mimi:

        You are most certainly a writer: fabulous. And a great thinker. When it comes from the heart, and it’s authentic — it always works (especially coupled with the aforementioned!)

        Never thought I’d feel such gratitude for technology, but as a vehicle for connecting to people like you with ideas, insights, comfort, laughter — it’s often a saving grace.

        So, I’m sitting in Starbuck’s across from the yoga studio where I have the joy of teaching, preparing for a Sunday class with a chakra balancing meditation. But I’m smiling. No embarrassment.

        I’m smiling because of your kindness and the wonderful human connection, despite the fact that I’m on a laptop in Latham, New York. Item #10. 🙂



  4. Absolutely associated with sunshine. But could you see if you could mail some of it over to the UK? Well done Mimi. Certainly a writer. No question about that. But much, much more too. Enjoy this richly deserved award … x

    1. Is it ok to call you Simon? I don’t want to be disrespectful to a friend and I fear my ignorance is showing. If I could send some sunshine to the UK, I would do it in a heartbeat, though certainly the spirit within the UK over these last four days spread throughout the world. And if those feelings could be converted to the weather, the UK would truly experience a dry spell! Thank you for your kind words and support – as always. I loved your post today and felt transported..

      1. ” … call you Simon.” Oh, you are such a dear! It’s absolutely OK. Thank you 🙂 x

      2. Well now you know that if you ever need someone to help you couch a question in the clumsiest way possible, you can ask me..:-)

  5. I love your “10 things about me” – you’re not, actually, remotely clumsy 😉 But I especially underline your number 10. “I really believe that the care and nurturing of our connection to each other is the key to our professional, personal, individual, familial, social and whatever-other-kind-of-success you can think of.” And I think that’s one of the chief reasons I so appreciate our disparate worldwide blogging community. I’m thrilled, too, to learn that something of the spirit of Jubilee UK has reached you. May the truck bring joy your way today 🙂

    1. Me too – this is a community without pretense and very little guile. Just a desire to share and receive thoughts, musings, ideas from others. Some are wonderful, others are not so wonderful – but they are people putting themselves out there to connect. And that to me is a gift.
      And yes, the coverage of the Jubilee in the States was pretty comprehensive, respectful and joyous. What a splendid event for a country to celebrate together.

    1. Actually used to have dinner with my uncle and David McCallum (remember Man from Uncle?) and Elliot Gould would join us for breakfast the Horn & Hardart around the corner. Streisand would send her Bentley to pick him up if he was gone too long. And the Troggs lived next door to my uncle and were very sweet guys to this little kid. The Mr. Rogers thing – yeah, the guy creeped me out. Despite all of this, I am not yet your match – you’re still my sensai of sorts, and I roll around taking in my lessons like Kung Fu Panda.

  6. Mimi…I am finally coming to properly thank you for this. And, dear lady…you sooooo deserve the Sunshine! I have a couple others to do at the same time and have decided to do just that…one post…for the 3…and while I will of course thank and link back to the beauties that nominated me…I am going to fulfill the rules of each as if it were one. You know I like to recognize the newer sites I find and I don’t think I have 45 ready. lol And unless my tried and true each want another 3….you all should understand! I love ya Mim

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