Coffee and Conversation: Who, Me? Inspiring…?


Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while! It’s time for Coffee and Conversation!

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own..

Who, Me? Inspiring?

Yes, apparently so! Some weeks ago, I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. This means a good deal to me – a quick look at my Prime Directives might help explain why.

More than that, I was nominated by a blogger I deeply respect, and who regularly inspires me…but I’m getting a wee bit ahead of myself in my enthusiasm. Let’s slow down, just a bit.

These are the rules.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their very inspiring site.

  • Well, this one’s not too tricky. My thanks go out to Colleen Cheseboro at Silver Threadings. I love her blog, and her peaceful, upbeat view of life as an older, vital person. It’s the way I want to live my life as I move beyond what can reasonably be called the halfway point of my life…and learn new ways of thriving and truly savoring each moment and experience…gleaning wisdom, and sharing it, along the way. Thanks again, Colline – I feel very honored to be chosen! =)

2. Mention the rules.

  • Maybe this isn’t going to be so hard after all…since I’m using the rules as my headers – sometimes, my efficiency kicks in! Don’t worry; I’ll list them again at the end of the post. Do I get a bonus for listing them twice?

3. Nominate whom you think should receive this lovely award (and let them know on their sites). Disclosure; I fixed a who/whom error in this rule.

  • Well – this one might take me a little longer. I’ve got to consider so many amazing bloggers, each with their own perspective, and their own style. I’ll come back to it – of course, you’ll probably read this in one stretch, even though I’m writing it on the installment plan. I’ve got the fun-but-hard part -choosing just a few wonderful blogs to share with you. You get to scroll down and see the list, right now! I think we’re both pretty lucky!

  • This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time: Poetry, flash fiction, and essays. Often surprising! 

  • Rachel Also Writes: Rachel writes honestly and with great humor about the ups and downs of her University experience, travels, and the rest of life – and shares fiction,too! 

  • Steph Nickel‘s Eclectic Interests: Steph shares faith, housekeeping (or not) poetry, fitness, and more – all with liberal doses of art and humor.

  • The Sound of One Hand Typing: Television, music, math, writing, cats, and more – and often!

  • I’m Unschooled. Yes, I Can Write: I’ve had the distinct pleasure and honor of getting to read Idzie’s words here, and to be her friend in person, too. If you’re curious what life can be like for unschoolers when they grow up, this is an amazing place to hang out!

  • August McLaughlin: After years of chatting with August online, I got to hang out with her in September. She shares her passions for bully breeds, positive body image, sexual health, and reaching for dreams.

4. Tell the blogging world something they don’t know about you.

  • This one stumped me a bit. “The Blogging World” is actually made up of a lot of people – some writing; more reading. I’ve been blogging here and there for over eleven years now; I’ve got about a thousand posts out there…so, unless I want to filter through each one to see what I’ve revealed, there’s a degree of guesswork in this…but I think I’ve got something.

When I was between my junior and senior years of high school, I worked the summer at the Saratoga National Historical Park. One of my morning duties was to clean the displays in the main room of the interpretive visitor’s center, and to test the audio. I learned to recite the lecture on Daniel Morgan...

“…A strange sound echoed through the forest. It was Daniel Morgan’s turkey call, urgently calling his scattered men together…”

It might not be a perfect recitation. I was 17 almost three decades ago, now. But I was able to do it word for word with the audio, before that summer was over. I had the intonations down, too!

One day, I went to clean the glass of a display case. It generally held a soldier’s canteen – which was there. And sitting on it, looking at me, was a mouse. The rangers had to come and dismantle the case to remove him, and find how he’d gotten in there to begin with.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never shared these things before. If I have, well, I’m repeating a pretty good story!

Well, lookee that! I’m out of rules to comply with. Time for me to scoot on to something else – as I’m writing this, it’ll be watching the rest of Castle, and then playing with a flash fiction story I’m revising. When you read it – well, it’ll be something….

May you have a joyful, lovely, inspiring whenever-you-read this! =D

Who or what inspires you? Why not have another cuppa, a tasty tidbit or two, and share with us?

One source of my inspiration….


  1. Congrats on the award, Shan Jeniah! 🙂

    What inspires me? I’m especially inspired by nature–admiring the roses, gazing at the stars, walking in the woods after a rainstorm. I’m also inspired by magic, in all its forms and possibilities. I love myth and fairy tales and draw a lot of inspiration from those sources, too.

  2. Congrats on the well-deserved award, Shan! Thanks so much for passing it my way. 🙂

    I can relate to those profound moments in your youth. You’re an old soul too, hey? Hope you’re doing as well as my awesome Christmas angel!

  3. Thank you, Shan! I am truly honored. Also, great story! I haven’t been following you for very long, so it was new to me. 😉

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