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Bloganuary: My Personal List of Influencers

Inspire – literally – to breathe in… to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. This is a call-to-action list rather than a list of admirable qualities.

These prompts make me think of lists, not poem, not essays, but lists. So be it. The list changes from time to time throughout my lifetime depending on who I spend the most time with. Some people inspire me from a distance and some from right in my own house. The links I’ve included show many of the wonderful experiences I’ve had with some of the people listed below.

Randy, scared on Willis Tower Sky Deck
My brother Randy way out of his comfort zone in Chicago, IL

Not in Any Specific Order I’m Inspired to:

  • Go to church – seek God – make wise choices – my mother, many pastors and friends through the years.
  • Buy real estate rather than gold or CDs – My dad and my husband – both realtors
  • Clean my house – my grandmother, my sister-in-law, Cindy
  • Blog – Steve Woods – former co-worker who started me, a vast community of bloggers over the 10 years I’ve been blogging, especially my first friend and traveling buddy Carol.
  • Photography – My dad, Cee Neuner, and Leanne Cole have given me lessons and I learn every day from the Photo Challenge friends I’ve made.
  • Journalism – Interviewing -my 7th – 9th grade English teacher and journalism advisor
  • Teach – my long-time friend Jan Norris and my mom and my many friends and colleagues in Tulare County, California both in Woodlake Schools and Tulare County Office of Education
  • Knit – my friend Lois Sprague
  • Sew – my grandma, my mom and my friends Connie Smith and Carmen Friesen
  • Write – my dad, my fifth-grade teacher along with a lot of encouragement from blogging friends especially Norah Colvin who was one of my Beta Readers of my unpublished novel, Girls on Fire. I am also very appreciative of my Story Chat authors who share their writing every month with you, my poetry friend Colleen Chesebro and my friends at Carrot Ranch.
  • Exercising: my husband, Vince, my friend Jan Norris, and recently Cindy Georgakas
  • Contributing to the community – my friends from Kiwanis of Woodlake especially Sally Pace and Linda LaFleur.
  • Learn and Understand History – my friends from California Council for the Social Studies and San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies especially Jim and Peg Hill, Mary Janzen, Laurie Mosier, Deborah Granger, Leslie Smith, Avi Black, and Michelle Herczog, and of course, my late friend and Holocaust survivor Elane Geller.
  • Laugh out Loud – blow cola or milk out my nose laugh- my brother, Randy, my first husband, Mark, Vince, our new neighbors Dan and Scott (not related), and our late friend Spencer Morris.
  • Being someone to lean on – longtime friend Jean, my husband, Vince, my mom, and all my neighbors and friends
I thought Mom was in the Stone Age, but I had NO IDEA that I was there! 1992 trip to England
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  1. What a wonderful list of influencers and inspiring folks who helped shape who you are today, Marsha! We educators really understand the values of what we can learn from others. Looks like you are having a good time with Bloganuary!

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    • I am are you? The prompts are kind of elementary for some people, but I don’t mind. They are sort of like those awards that we used to get when we first started blogging. But they are what you make of them.

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  2. What an honor to be included in your list of influencers, Marsha. I’m stunned. Thank you so much. The best thing is that you write syllabic poetry now. How cool is that? I wish you the happiest of new Year’s! Onward and upward in our writing. ❤

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    • Thank you for introducing me to it. I haven’t gotten very expansive in my syllabic poetry writing, but I love doing it. It is so easy for me to write them compared to form poetry where I have to rhyme, make sense, have the rhythm correct… When I want a real challenge, I’ll do that, but I love the basic Haiku.

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        • I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to try to expand into the other forms more this year like senyru. It shouldn’t be the learning curve it was when I started. BTW, I think I’ve come into my own this year with the quotes. That was a lesson in perseverance! I’m focusing on fewer topics this year and collaborating in different ways. So a new exciting year!

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  3. Leanne Cole is one of the first photography bloggers I started to follow. I see she has backed away from the photo part of her blog and has gone on to different aspects of her life. I still read her posts, but not as regularly as I once did.

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    • I talk to her on Messenger sometimes, but it’s been a couple of months. I doubt if she knows that her link goes to a pdf file about sex and dating. She has a video channel I follow on YouTube.


  4. What a creative way to share what and who inspires you Marsha and I’m so honored to be on the list with all of your other wonderful friends and things that bring you joy! You have an incredible support network and I LOVE the picture with your mother.

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  5. That’s an interesting post about activities you are inspired to do and by whom. I may consider such a list myself.
    P.S. Thank you for including me on your list. I was surprised – pleasantly. 😊💖

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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