Call Me Mr. Sunshine


So, I’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by Kat Frost, the delightfully un-frosty blogger at More Than I’ve Been. My challenge: to answer a set of Questions and choose other worthy Nominees. Here goes:

My Questions

What is your dream vacation?  Great Britain. My last name is kind of German, plus I have some French blood (sacré bleu!), but I’m at least 2/3rds British (English, 3459672827_56ede0205bIrish, Welsh) and more than 2/3rds in love with the sceptered isles. Both times I’ve visited, it felt like I was coming home: hanging with my London theatre friends, picking wild blackberries along the Thames in Oxford; eating fish and chips with Auntie Kath in sunny Kent (a friend’s aunt, actually, who unofficially adopted me). And, although my wife has never actually been there, she’s also an incurable Anglophile (descended from Tudor royalty, no less!). So we long ago agreed that our dream vacation would be an extended tour of the UK. The only question is whether we would ever leave.

If you could be one fictional character, who would it be and why?  Who: Dr. Elwin Ransom, the protagonist of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength). Why: To participate first hand in the ultimate redemption of the universe! (But then, I already am.)

What does your ideal day look like? Completely lost in storytelling: Writing so intensely that I hold in my pee and can’t be bothered to eat; or absorbed in shooting a film with a close-knit cast and crew (with some pee breaks); or editing that film; or recording music for its score.

Grand TetonsIf you could spend time with three famous people, who would they be?  No way I can boil it down to three, but here’s a sample of people whose wisdom I’d love to graze upon: the Apostle Peter (or Paul), St. Francis of Assisi, and C. S. Lewis. But wait, can’t I also have G. K. Chesterton, Evelyn Underhill, and Blaise Pascal? Oh, I just thought of some more…

P.S. If you’re wondering why I didn’t mention Jesus: I already spend every day with him.

What was the last song you listened to? An original tune written for the final scene of my current screenplay.

If you could tell everyone in the world one thing, what would it be?  The reason you exist is to know and love your Creator. Please say yes and come alive! (John 17:3)

My Nominees

Rich’s Thoughts

Cristian Mihai


Horizons of the Possible

Unshakable Hope

Poems & Poèmes

Charlotte Hunt

In My Cluttered Attic


Desert Rose in Bloom


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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28 Responses to Call Me Mr. Sunshine

  1. Congrats Mitch! You’re very good at turning frowns upward and I can’t think of anyone who deserves a ‘sunshine’ award more!

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  2. Victoria H says:

    “Snarkyanna” love it.

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  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Congratulations to a very decent man!

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  4. D. Parker says:

    Congrats, hey, wait, I thought Snarkyanna was my name, that’s ok, we can share (sharing is good). 😉
    Your worthiness is legendary, Mitch and I feel honoured not only to be nominated, but to be in such worthy company. Thanks for spreading all that sunshine, sunshine!!! 🙂

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  5. VocareMentor says:

    Elwin Ransom – excellent choice. I happen to stumble onto your blog and that answer alone told me I ought to follow your blog. So I shall.

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  6. jacobemet says:

    “I already spend every day with Jesus.” – Brilliant! When the relationship is real, it feels ridiculous to say you’d want to meet that person. 🙂
    Congrats, Mitch!

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  7. Congratulations, Mitch ! You are true sunshine. You will have more awards

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  8. You surprise me, you have some French blood in you. I was born and raised in France. I live in United States for 10 years

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  9. *waves from sunny Kent* Do come and visit! Where I live we have the “loveliest skies in Europe”…. 🙂

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    • mitchteemley says:

      My Aunty Kath lived in Beckenham, Kent. Are you anywhere near there? I also spent some time in Chichester and Canterbury. And, of course, there’s a place in my heart for moody-broody Northern England.


  10. Mitch, if you and your wife ever feel like another trip to the UK, we have a big house – plenty of room for guests, close to lovely countryside, 2000 years of history and only a few miles from the nearest international airport 🙂

    Seriously – contact me via multicolouredsmartypants (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  11. Kat Frost says:

    Great answers! I loved reading this!
    I’m not sure how true “downright delightful” is, but thanks anyway. 😉 You certainly are, though! It’s a pleasure reading your blog, Mr. Snarkyanna. 😜 Thanks for sharing with us!
    ~ Kat

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  12. Congratulations Dear

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  13. mitchteemley says:

    Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:

    In honor of my birthday (as if I needed an excuse to talk about myself), here’s a reblog of a post about me (aren’t you lucky?).


  14. ekurie says:

    Well-deserved award, congratulations!

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  15. Congratulations! Tears in my eyes smile…I absolutely love this!

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  16. thebenedictineoblate says:

    Congratulations and belated birthday. And also congrats on the film award!

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  17. gerrymackrell says:

    Originally from Scotland, beautiful land of my birth. Rains quite a bit though, need your sunshine Mitch.

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