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along with a lot of encouragement from blogging friends especially Norah Colvin who was one of my Beta Readers of my unpublished novel, Girls on Fire.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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69 responses to “Bloganuary: My Personal List of Influencers”

  1. Michael Summers Avatar

    I was impressed with your topical arrangement of influencers. Well done post!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much!

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  2. Prior... Avatar

    I bookmarked this post to come back and pour over the list a bit more –
    and love that photo from 1992

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette. It’s one of my favorites. 🙂

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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  4. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You have been blessed by many fellow teachers. I’m honored to have made the list 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I have been. Most of them don’t know they made the list any more than I know if I’ve made anyone’s list.

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  5. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

        Haiku and senryu are addicting, for sure. I’m glad you enjoy these forms. My next book will take a deep dive into haiku and senryu. I love haiku, too. ❤

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          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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          1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            Yes! I knew you would find your own rhythm. Let the quote guide you! 🥳🎊❤️

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  6. Dawn M. Miller Avatar

    Wonderfully expressed. You made me think of my own as I went down your list.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Dawn!

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  7. Jim Borden Avatar

    how wonderful to have so many influencers, and to show your gratitude to them…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jim. I’m sure you have many yourself. We all do. I didn’t even mention famous ones that affected all of our lives on a grand scale.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        the list goes on and on…

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  8. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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  9. Sadje Avatar

    You’ve picked up inspiration from lot of people Marsh. A wonderful post

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Sadje. I’m sure you have as well. It is kind of how life works, isn’t it?

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Oh yes, I definitely have. You’re very right.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            👍🏼🥰

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  10. Miriam Avatar

    This is fabulous. Clearly you have a lot of inspiration in your life. 💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, I do. You’d think I would have turned out a lot more accomplished than I am! LOL

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      1. Miriam Avatar

        I’m sure you’re very accomplished!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Aww, thank you I spend a lot of time writing and taking pictures and blogging.

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          1. Miriam Avatar

            Good for you. Enjoy! 😊💗

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  11. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    I love your list of inspirations. It’s help me to start generating my own list! Thank you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m sure you have a long one because look how accomplished you are. We never get there alone, do we?

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  12. Bloganuary: What Makes You Laugh – The Sandy Chronicles Avatar

    […] What made me laugh, was trying to spell Bloganuary. Blogunery. Blog-u-anu-nerry. Blog-an-new-neri-eri-iy. It’s a special kind of wickedness to invent such a name. I felt like I was getting a blog-aneuriary-sym. Luckily, I found Marsha’s post. […]

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  13. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    What a lovely post Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Aletta!

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  14. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        You’re so welcome my friend!💖

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  15. Norah Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You have meant a great deal to me in my writing and blogging life even though I haven’t published GOF -yet, you made me feel good about it. 🙂

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      1. Norah Avatar

        I’m looking forward to reading GOF in print one day, Marsha. Your friendship and support means a lot to me too. 💖

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you, my friend. I’ve learned a lot in the intervening years. We’ll see.

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          1. Norah Avatar

            We’re always learning – that’s what keeps us alive. 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Readilearn, right? I’m always ready to learn. 🙂

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          3. Norah Avatar

            That’s it, Marsha. 🙂

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  16. Miriam Hurdle Avatar

    I like how you did it with a list, Marsha! I imagine you have story after story about these influences! ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Indeed I do, but I won’t bore you with them all! I get carried away!

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      1. Miriam Hurdle Avatar

        I’ll write a book about the influences that shape my life. I wrote some short stories already, but I’ll continue to write.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You are amazing. I can’t wait to meet you in person. 🙂

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  17. anne leueen Avatar

    I really enjoyed this post and your list of influencers!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Anne. BTW, I sent a money order to you in the snail mail today. It should get there about the same time Manny does, I imagine. 🙂

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      1. anne leueen Avatar

        That is very kind of you. I’m looking forward to meeting Manny.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          He feels the same. I look forward to seeing you all together. 🙂

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  18. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I am honoured to be included in this list. Best wishes to you for 2022, my friend.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are a time-honored friend, and we have had amazing times together. I tried to include Leanne’s website, but it went to a porn article.

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        What??? That’s weird.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s what I thought, too. It was a PDF article only, not a full-blown website.

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  19. Life with Alegria Avatar

    A very inspiring post Marsha. I love how you listed all the influences. Lovely!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Alegria. Is that your name? What a happy name!

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      1. Life with Alegria Avatar

        Thanks Marsha! It means joy, as you may already know. And I’m into spreading it everywhere. 🙏

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, I did know that. I didn’t know if it was your real name but it is lovely. One of my dear friends in CA is named Joy, and she is just that. My name means war-like or courageous. LOL Whatever was my mother thinking?

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          1. Life with Alegria Avatar

            Haha, your mom was probably thinking of the courageous side of it. 😁

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            She was. I was born with a double harelip, and I’m sure she thought I would need courage. She was right, actually. I have always been relatively brave.

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          3. Life with Alegria Avatar

            Sorry to hear of the challenge you faced at birth Marsha. Your mom was right then.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            She was. It wasn’t my challenge at that point. I had a great doctor. I can’t imagine being able to correct that on a tiny baby.

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  20. willowdot21 Avatar

    What a lovely post 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Willow. 🙂

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        💜💜💜

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