15 Nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Following up on our Very Inspring Blogger Award nomination, the following 15 blogs are my nominees for the award. I spent a lot of time reading these blogs and was blown away and inspired in many different ways. From exquisite art and photography to edgy, soul-baring poetry and in-depth exploration of animal rights to people opening their hearts and sharing their personal stories — I was moved by each one of them. I’m proud to present them here.

  1. Going to the Dogs
  2. Fragments of Life
  3. Forest Garden Blog
  4. Fur Out the Closet
  5. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
  6. Eat No Harm
  7. Wolf is My Soul
  8. Kat’s Africa
  9. Empty All Cages
  10. Dear Kitty. Some blog
  11. Great Blue Herons
  12. Time for Action
  13. The Mirror Obscura
  14. Donkey Whisperer Farm
  15. Love in the Spaces

Christmas Angels ~ People Who Make a Difference in the Lives of People and Animals

We posted today about the million dollars Sam Simon of The Simpsons television show fame is offering Canadian sealers. Since being diagnosed with cancer in November 2012, he has vowed to spend his fortune helping homeless people and animals. He was given three to six months to live and still going more than a year later. According to the below article, the fervent philanthropist is spending his final months funding projects that feed homeless people and save animals from being killed in animal shelters. He says, “I’m supporting the charities that I supported during my lifetime, and I want to continue to do that.”

Read about the wonderful things this man is doing with his money — who says money can’t buy happiness: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2405271/Sam-Simon-Simpsons-creator-giving-away-fortune-dying-colon-cancer.html#ixzz2nl9QSVpX

You can tell Sam Simon what you think on Twitter

Pam Anderson, Sam Simon Visit Sealers With Million-Dollar Offer | PETA’s Blog | PETA

As a Canadian, this is very important news. As an animal advocate, the Canadian seal hunt is Canada’s shame and high time it ended. Let’s hope this works out for the hunters and the seals. Pam Anderson, Sam Simon Visit Sealers With Million-Dollar Offer | … Continue reading Pam Anderson, Sam Simon Visit Sealers With Million-Dollar Offer | PETA’s Blog | PETA

Christmas Angels ~ People Who Make a Difference in the Lives of People

After reviewing more than 200 posts here at sunnysideup since we began in late October, we admit there’s more posts about animals, their rights, their welfare, how important they are, than any other topic. We can’t help that, our hearts have always been with the animals and as a person surrounded by many, many animals for many years, it’s inevitable my focus would be animals and their welfare.

Well, we care about people just as much and at this time of year our thoughts turn to those people who really make a difference for others, we call them Christmas angels.

We found out about our first Christmas angel by chance listening to the evening news tonight that explained how an organization out of Montreal helped a dream come true for an adolescent cancer patient. We checked out the website and were blown away with the bio of the founder, Doreen Edwards, and her heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of people she has met over the years. If ever there was an angel, this lady fits the bill — it’s a lot to read, but so incredibly inspiring. My mother is a cancer survivor and so is my husband, so this organization really strikes a chord. For those who desire to make a positive difference in other people’s lives, I believe this story could be the catalyst to do great things to help others.