Mystery Blogger Award

A few months ago 🙂 … I was nominated for the “Mystery Blogger Award” by Jenna, The Sunshine Artist. Thank you Jenna for the honor! She will whisk you away to magical worlds of beautiful poetry and positive images which I look forward to reading in the mornings. I love her imagination and creativity, so if you haven’t already, please stop by!

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award created for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.


  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  5. Nominate 10 – 12 people
  6. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  7. Create 5 questions of your choice for your nominees

Three Things About Myself:

  1. I love to create vision boards!
  2. I enjoy volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
  3. For a period of time, a persistent turtle kept coming back to my front door, even though I would drop it back in the lake where it belonged. It really wanted to stay with us!

Jenna’s  Questions

If you had to sum yourself up in 3-5 words, how would you describe yourself?

Isn’t this the truth?

I wish I only had 3-5 words! I must have described myself in a myriad of ways! Many people have said many things about me, but if there is anything that I am consistently, it’s that I’m inquisitive, trustworthy, conscientious, accommodating, kind.

If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow what would it be and why?

It’s very difficult for me to imagine myself as a benevolent autocrat at the moment! 😉 Universal rules…I feel like my “rules” can sometimes be easier said than done, but if we pondered and acted on these thoughts of spreading and feeling joy, caring of others, tending to your own happiness, how will the world be?

Happiness helps alleviate stress, improves social life, builds rewarding friendships, and boosts motivation, creativity, and productivity. Caring also helps builds strong relationships and strong communities. “Strength in numbers”. Feeling joy helps the heart and helps you enjoy life.

What’s a book that you’ve read or a movie that you’ve watched that had a big impact on you and why?

I have different categories of impact, but four movies came to mind. When I was a child, “Spirited Away” by Hayo Miyazaki changed my life. It was such a magical, imaginative movie that will take you on a wondrous adventure that taught me lessons in loyalty, friendship, and courage.

Scene from Spirited Away

Another movie that left a huge impact on me was a breathtaking, beautiful, yet sad, intense Italian film called Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella). I first watched it when I was 13 years old. It made me laugh and cry as to how someone could find the beauty in situations that were cruel.

Scene from Life is Beautiful

Afterwards, the books and movies that had the impact on me were the ones that I read and watched during freshman year of college. That was my biggest culture shock! I was exposed to a host of worldly problems I never even heard of.

A classmate of mine in my ethics class passionately brought to my attention the scary world of female genital mutilation. She was upset and yelled out, “No one cares!” Our entire class was silent. American National Public Radio covered the topic several times since 2014 to raise awareness, but I saw her point.

In my mind, many people want to shut their eyes from these issues because life is hard already and they just want to enjoy as best they can. Seeing how upset she was made me make a promise to myself and to her to spread awareness of the issue. Almost Muslimah shares her feelings and goes into detail about it here.

Seeing the things that many girls face around the world everyday, one movie that stands out in my memory is “Girl Rising”. What would our world be like if you can empower young girls to be all they can be? No longer invisible, but powerful.

The last movie I watched that left lingering thoughts was “Water and Power: A California Heist”. The greed of certain individuals for “blue gold” was eye-opening considering the scale. It impacted me so much that I constantly raise awareness by bringing it up in my conversations. I was also very fascinated by the field of journalism and the change it can bring in the world.

What’s an adventure that you haven’t done yet, but would love to have and why?

I don’t think I shared all of my adventures yet! I once had a dream that I was visiting a magnificent, sparkling library that was underwater. I think watching “The Meg” scared me and wrecked that idea. 😉

One place I would like to visit is Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France. I would stay in the area for a month. I would set up a picnic blanket, sit outside with many canvases, and start painting what I see while eating some chocolate covered strawberries and sandwiches. I would write all sorts of stories of events that would happen in my paintings. It would be more of a retreat from the city life and my tech pursuits. Being in nature always refreshes me and Monet’s paintings have inspired awe since I was 12!

If you were to enter a parallel universe where everything is the opposite what would that look like to you?

Oh my! Where do I begin? I cannot possibly cover it all. I just recently watched an episode of Star Trek Voyager where the computerized doctor is suddenly human. What if I woke up one morning and found out I was robotic? Instead of the suburb life, I live in the scorching Amazonian jungle where I would zipline to work/school with my pet toucan on my shoulder as I upload information via satellite for current events. Underwater ironing has became a famous sport and I’ll be watching the world cup championship on a flexible OLED screen. Fish would be flying in the air, birds will be swimming in the seas!

There will be no pollution because inventors and designers were finally able to implement cool devices to handle the issue. Okay… I might be getting outta hand! 😀

 PH Conditioner Skyscrapers
pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water (Photo Credit: Inhabitat)

Blogger Recognition

Most of my blogging friends are busy delivering content so I would like to give a shout out to these bloggers! I find poets and photographers to be a mysterious bunch, as I feel that I’m curious about their musings and what they see with their world lenses. 🙂

Two Mysterious Questions

What theory or explanation do you have for why these 400 pine trees in Poland have grown crooked?

I wonder if the environment has affect its growth?

You’re working alongside Carmen Sandiego trying to catch some art thieves who are now after YOUR favorite art pieces. What is your favorite work of art and what will you do to protect it?

53 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award

  1. What a wonderful response!😊 Wonderful quotes, I really enjoyed your vision of a parallel universe! Truly thought provoking, colorful, motivating, inspiring, and you can’t forget playful!❤️

    PS I love all the Ghibli movies!😁

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  2. I loved reading this! The movies sounded intriguing , I want to check them out and I loved the quotes! Also would absolutely love to visit Monet’s garden in France!! That would be amazing! ❤ Thanks for sharing!

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      • You are welcome, have a great day! I am just curious did you ever get a copy of “The Odessa Chronicles”? I remember talking about it with you back when I first found your blog. 🙂 I posted a little more about the book in my post yesterday , “Friendship Magic at Moonbeam Farm” , if you are interested in knowing more about it.

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        • Yes! I actually obtained a Kindle version. 🙂 Hopefully, I’m not missing out on beautiful images or graphics. I hope to read it during my lunch breaks after I finish with another book I’m reading with my alumni book club. Your reviewers sound enthralled with the tale you and Colin wrote together! I’m excited because I’m thinking it will bring back feelings of nostalgia.


  3. Thanks so much for the shout-out!!! I LOVED your answers! You are one amazing person – the discussion about little girls really touched my heart and please, please when you go to Monet’s Garden in and sit with your picnic lunch, can i come too? Maybe just for one day, or a few minutes! Thank you for all the sweetness and inspiration you share with all of us here! Wish you a beautiful day. 😊

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    • You’re welcome and thank you! If you watch the movie trailer for Girl Rising alone, it’s rather moving. One day, after I develop my career a bit more, I hope to meet bloggers. As the for garden, sure! It’s always great to bounce ideas off each other and enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes, our greatest inspirations materialize after encountering another soul who comes from a different world. Have a great week! 🙂 ❤

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      • Just watched the trailer – Wow! And today we celebrate Women’s Day! It was so heart breaking and yet beautiful. i love these words of yours and TotALLY resonate with them — inspirations….from encounters…with another soul…from a different world. Thank You!!! Waiting to see you in Monet’s garden. 😉 Wish you a beautiful day.

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  4. A very well deserved award! Your blog consistently fulfils the qualifications required – and clearly that is not just my opinion! 🙂

    I don’t think though that you are mysterious – you share so much about yourself it’s like i’ve known you for years! Maybe there needs to be a ‘Not Able To Be Defined By One Label’ blogging award for consistent excellence and variety. 🙂

    My personal theory regarding the Crooked Trees is that as war became increasingly obvious and the German High Command began a massive weapons building program they started commandeering all available vehicles either for military use or to be melted for scrap to produce warships and artillery. The people of Gryfino hid their vehicles in the newly planted part of the forest to prevent them from being absorbed into the war effort. They were successful for a while but eventually were discovered and taken away or the people started using them again thinking it wa safe to do so – but not before many trees had been forced to try and grow out from under the car bodies!

    How’s that?? 😉

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    • Thank you! I appreciate your compliment! 🙂

      Sounds like the beginnings of a fantastic short story! 😉 I do think some plants and trees will move towards the light despite being cover in darkness. I believe sunflowers have this behavior as well.

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      • 🙂

        Could be? But i think it might take someone of greater short story ability than I to do it justice. 😉

        Many, if not all, plants definitely are light conscious and will be affected in their growth in several ways according to the quantity of available light. Sunflowers do it most noticeably with their big, round, sun-seeking faces. 🙂

        I have a Jacarandah sapling growing in the morning shadow of a larger tree and it decidedly favours it’s growth away from the shade and towards the ‘open’ Westerly facing sky.

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        • Well, I could continue the story… 😀 It’ll be fun!

          This conversation about light conscious plants makes me wonder about plants that don’t need sunlight such as those who grow at the bottom of a sea bed. It also makes me wonder if plants are capable of growth on other planets. I suppose Elon Musk is checking about it on Mars..

          Hope to see a picture with your Jacarandah someday. 🙂


          • I’d be happy to read it if you do! 🙂

            I was wondering what nutritional value plants that don’t need sunlight might have, but then i thought of mushrooms that don’t need much light (or muchroom! 😉 ) that are quite nutritious and have lots of protein!

            I also thought regarding growing plants on planets much further from the Sun than we are that you can grow plants perfectly well under fluorescent lighting (as cannabis growers know only too well)! Whether or not plants can be developed to grow in non earth soils is another matter but not as big an issue i imagine – unless there are non-friendly bacteria in them.

            My Jacarandah is about twice as tall as i am now, but it might be a few years yet before it is covered in blue! 🙂 But I’m hoping too! 🙂

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  5. This was an interesting read. I had seen some of the movies but not all. I would like to see the ones I hadn’t seen. Yes, difficult issues are hard to do something about especially if they are in another country. It’s painful to feel helpless I think. I love how you ended on a mystery. I wonder if there was a mysterious gardener pushing just those trees while they were growing because it was a bonsai training gone awry. Then now the gardener sits back laughing as people ponder the mysteries of the trees.

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    • Good point, Mary! Those years that I watched those eye opening films made me feel sad and suddenly aware.

      I like your theory of the 400 trees! 😄 Reminds me of the time I was fascinated by scientists growing cubic watermelons! I wasn’t sure if it made packaging more efficient or if it was another reason!

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