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1. Your Name Fran
2. Where are you from Spokane WA
3. Birthday 12/ 5
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? 1/14
5. Children - 0
6. Pets - a grand dog name Racey he spends several days a month visiting its his second home according to his mom
7. Favorite Things walking Sparking traveling to the Denver area
8. Favorite Food
9. A legendary person you most admire:
10. Favorite Quote The Mountains are calling and I must go John Muir



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1. Your name - Amy

2. Where are you from - Iowa

3.Birthday - March 4th, 1986

4. When is your Spark Anniversary December 8th, 2016

5. Children - none

6. Pets - black cat named Phoebe

7. Favorite Things - books, listening to music, journals/writing, swimming, Spark!

8. Favorite Food - any kind of pasta, veggie pizza, fruit smoothies

9. A legendary person you most admire - Audrey Hepburn

10. Favorite Quote - "If you stumble in life, make it part of your dance
If it weren't for tears, the soul would have no rainbows.

Extra - I like christian music, new age/relaxation, electronic, pop. Anything that is uplifting!

~*Amy*~

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.

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1. Allison
2. Born and lived in Illinois until 32, then decided one month into that year to move to California.
3. January 22, 1966
4. I officially started on Dec. 22, 2015, but injuries really caused me to date my beginning as Jan.1. 2016. I know I have a Spark Anniversary award somewhere, just not bothering to dig it up.
5. No children
6. Cat, 18 years old, her name is Smokey.
7. Favorite things--my cat, my computer, my friends and family, reading, emoticon and want to start writing and painting again. LOVE cooking, recipes. A little bit crafty, too.
8. Favorite food is chocolate.
9. I admire Helen Keller.
!0. Currently my favorite quote is: Failure in not falling down, but refusing to get up.--Chinese proverb

Bonus info about favorite music groups: I am slowly going deaf, no longer able to listen to music, so I decline to answer. I need to avoid loud noises and fast or repeating sounds. I know, I know, not all music is loud, fast, or repetitive--but if I can't hear most of it anyways, why bother with anything?



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Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe.--Latin Proverb
"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."


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Your Name - Sue
2. Where are you from - Ohio then Florida then Texas for 30 + years
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? .... April 20, 2014 this time around
5. Children - None
6. Pets - I cat - Miss Kitty, 2 parakeets - Hey guys
7. Favorite Things - DH, Miss Kitty, computer, TV.
8. Favorite Food - IF it's fattening - I love it but try to stick with Sp soups, chicken, beef - Italian - veggies
9. A legendary person you most admire: Ronald Regan
10. Favorite Quote - Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have do unto you.

LAST: Add a few favorite music groups (any generation) ... Beatles/McCartney, most country - George Strait, Boz Skaggs, and oh so many more


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1. Your name - Melanie

2. Where are you from - Illinois

3.Birthday - 05-06-1966

4. When is your Spark Anniversary: 11/17/2011

5. Children - 1 Stepson, 1 Daughter

6. Pets - 2 dogs named Monty & Saphrys

7. Favorite Things - Playing on computer, working on my genealogy & reading

8. Favorite Food - brussel sprouts

9. A legendary person you most admire - Martin Luther King Jr

10. Favorite Quote - "NEVER give up. NEVER back down. NEVER lose hope."

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1. Your name - Jeanne

2. Where are you from - Colorado

3.Birthday - 06-26-1969

4. When is your Spark Anniversary 06-26-2014

5. Children - 1 Step Daughter, 1 Daughter

6. Pets - One old kitty named Neo and a puppy named Oy

7. Favorite Things - Listening to audio books, coloring, Sparking, Christian Rock, Visiting with DH and also DD and family.

8. Favorite Food - Fresh steamed asparagus, pork chops, stuffing

9. A legendary person you most admire - Maya Angelou

10. Favorite Quote - Footprints in the Sand

Extra - I love older Christian rock and Matthew West's song Shine is one of my favorites.

"and I said to my body softly; "I want to be your friend." it took a long breath and replied; "I have been waiting my whole life for this." - Nayyirah Waheed

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1. Your Name - Charlen
2. Where are you from - Born in Illinois, raised in New Jersey, now living in California
3. Birthday - December 30, 19??
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? August 22. Been with Sparks since 2016
5. Children - 2 boys (it just felt like more)
6. Pets - Dog--Indiana, who is also DH's service dog--she is amazing.
7. Favorite Things - Crafts. inventing gadgets, research
8. Favorite Food - Cookies--any kind, cannot think of any that I do not like.
9. A legendary person you most admire: Mohandas Gandhi
10. Favorite Quote - "Do your best, and leavet he rest, twill all come right some day or night"--Black Beauty
EXTRA: Music--I love everything (but country) --The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel are at the top of my list & Herb Alpert too.


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1. Your Name - Julie
2. Where are you from - Born in Illinois, raised in Iowa, now living in Missouri
3. Birthday - November 1st
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? June 9th. Been with Sparks since 2007
5. Children - 3...2 boys and a girl who thinks she's a boy. 6 grandchildren
6. Pets - That live with us...two cats and 3 goldfish. They all belong to the grandkids.
7. Favorite Things - Reading, watching movies, walking outside on a lovely day.
8. Favorite Food - Chocolate
9. A legendary person you most admire: Abraham Lincoln
10. Favorite Quote - "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can for your country."
EXTRA: Name a music group or a few (any era): Styx has ALWAYS been my fav. Have met them all 3 times! Love classic Rock, 80s music mostly. Kansas and Journey are also favs.


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1. Your Name -Leslie
2. Where are you from -Yucaipa, California
3. Birthday -Aug. 9, 1952
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? June 1, 2011
5. Children - 3 boys (38, 36, 33)
6. Pets -Down to our last remaining dog, Molly
7. Favorite Things -Husband, kids and grand kids and spouses, friends, and dog
8. Favorite Food - Chile Relleno, Lasagne
9. A legendary person you most admire: oh so many....... Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela
10. Favorite Quote - "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt

Last : Who were your favorites for a music group (any era) The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, fun., Lionel Richie, Train, Colbie Caillat...... Yikes....too many favorites to name!!!

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1. Your name-Marsha
2. Where are you from-South Dakota
3. Bithday - 7-31-54.
4. When is your Spark Anniversary-December 29th
5. Children-2 daughters and 3 sons
6. Pets-one cat, Joker
7. Favorite Things- the color blue, apple pie, yogurt, muscle cars,
Rock and Roll music, the jitter-bug, slow dances, the polka, chocolate
8. Favorite Food-Fresh baked bread, brown rice, black beans, salads
9. A legendary person you most admire-Laura Ingalls Wilder
10. Favorite Quote-The Serenity Prayer
Extra-BeeGees, Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Buddy Holly

DON'T BE NORMAL! BE YOU!
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1. Your Name - Laura
2. Where are you from - Texas
3. Birthday - 6-6-76
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? - July 5th, 2009 ...::about to celebrate my 8th year!
5. Children - 2 lovely daughters and 2 spunky sons
6. Pets - Lady, our beagle/hound family dog
7. Favorite Things - family, cello, a WIDE variety of music, a variety of mysteries, BBC, reading, woodsy trails, international travel, running, a cuppa tea, and chocolate. =)
8. Favorite Food - ...:::Greek Bread, Greek feta cheese/brown rice dish, fresh freggies, aged hard cheeses....and of course, chocolate
9. A legendary person you most admire: Corrie Ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Fred Rogers... emoticon
10. Favorite Quote - Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. ~ Victor Hugo

EXTRA: Toby Mac, Carpenters, 21 Pilots, Brooklyn Duo, Escher Quartet



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sorry to butt in .... But at bottom put your favorite music groups ...

....COPY/PASTE ... W/ your answers.

Edited by: 2BDYNAMIC at: 4/7/2017 (21:18)
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1. Your Name - Sharon
2. Where are you from - South of the Mason Dixon Line
3. Birthday - Yes, too many to count, but I'm always up for a good party!
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? March
5. Children - Yes, grown and out of the basement . . . Wahoo!
6. Pets - No - done with that for now
7. Favorite Things - Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens . . . Oh sorry. . .
8. Favorite Food - Most anything - that's why I'm here
9. A legendary person you most admire: JFK
10. Favorite Quote - "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can for your country."
EXTRA: Name a music group or a few (any era)

I have been ruminating on this all day, and while not a group, I have to say my favorite singer/entertainer(s) are Tina Turner, and Shania Twain. We were lucky to see Tina in concert 3 times. Simply the best! Haven't seen Shania, but would love to ( if I could afford the tickets!)!

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1. Your Name - David
2. Where are you from - Eugene Oregon
3. Birthday - April 13 1952
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? ..January12, 2015
5. Children - 3
6. Pets - 1
7. Favorite Things - My wife, our parakeet, My truck, Our home.
8. Favorite Food - Bacon, eggs and potatoes
9. A legendary person you most admire: Sidney Poitier, Princess Diana
10. Favorite Quote - You are success going somewhere to happen!

Last : Who were your favorites for a music group (any era)
America, The Temptations, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton

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1. Your Name - Sheila
2. Where are you from - Stafford, VA
3. Birthday - April 8
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? ....June 8
5. Children - None
6. Pets - None (unless dust bunnies count)
7. Favorite Things - Spending time with my family, reading, music.
8. Favorite Food - Chinese
9. A legendary person you most admire: Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Corrie Ten Boom
10. Favorite Quote - There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~Nelson Mandela~


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Barb (aka 1crazydog after my crazy fur baby Mr. Spot)

Born and raised in IL living in WI now since 2007

Born 02-24

Sparkversary 02-09-10

Children DS and DD

Mr. Spot the Wonder Dog is our fur baby pet

My favorite things include: walking, hiking reading, cooking and playing w/my food, journaling

My favorite food: salmon, shrimp, tilapia

Legendary person I admire: Kathryn Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman

Favorite quote: Oh goodness, I have a lot of them.


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1. Your Name - Jan { aka 2B short for 2bdynamic }
2. Where are you from - Eugene, Oregon but born and raised in Northern California
3. Birthday - July 3
4. When is your Spark Anniversary? .... February 24th .... 5+ years.
5. Children - 1 Son, 2 daughters; 5 granddaughters.
6. Pets - One Baby parakeet named Bee-Gee ... { named for the Bee-Gees } {training him now}
7. Favorite Things - Music, creative writing, DIY decorating, cooking clean foods, movies.
8. Favorite Food - Love most Mediterranean foods, many Italian dishes
9. A legendary person you most admire: Mother Teresa, Cory Ten Boom, & Princess Diana
10. Favorite Quote - Most any by Mother Teresa .. "Not all of us can do great things, but we
can do small things with Great Love."

LAST: Add a few favorite music groups (any generation) ... The Bee Gees, The Temptations, America & the Moody Blues, Neil Diamond .... (and single artist: Tina Turner



Edited by: 2BDYNAMIC at: 4/8/2017 (21:41)
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4/2/17 10:52 P

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Jan - My foot surgery is on Tuesday! I will not feel my foot for approximately 12 -24 hours. After that I will have pain medication to help. I know it's going to be pretty painful the first few days but after it heals some I'll be out of the pain I've been in for about 3 years now so I'm very excited!! Thanks for asking!!

I was walking at Sam's yesterday and we went through the chip and candy aisle and I remarked to DH that the stuff doesn't even appeal anymore! He agreed with me. We are both doing so well on eating healthy!!



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Jeanne .........That is Awesome ... Losing 9# in the last month! ... Happy for you ... and how many days til surgery? ...... Just got home ... have been gone all afternoon and bought a pet ... so have to get the little guy situated ..... will catch up on some blogs before the stars come out .... and that video!! Wasn't that a hoot! ... OMG ... they have a lot more too!! ... emoticon

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4/1/17 6:50 P

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BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness that video was hilarious...... I almost didn't survive the laughing! And yeah I believe he *was* in his underwear!! emoticon

April goals..... Get through surgery, start chair exercise ASAP, lose 4 - 6 more lbs! I've lost 9 lbs in the last month but that cannot keep up I'm sure....12 total since I re-booted in my weight loss efforts! The first 3 took forever but then I was building up my habits one by one.....

"and I said to my body softly; "I want to be your friend." it took a long breath and replied; "I have been waiting my whole life for this." - Nayyirah Waheed

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for the laugh this afternoon! We will survive for sure! Very funny!


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Just read it HOT off the press! ... emoticon ... and sent it straight over to our team! ... What a treasure! ... Loved it!

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How right you are...I am so not in the habit of blogging...and should be....after being a matey here...you pirates are starting to influence me to write more blogs....lol! ...but secretly I think it's the rum.... emoticon emoticon


Well...I just blogged. Laura ...:::turned blogging pirate::::.... emoticon

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Oh my gosh! That is just about the funnies thing I have ever seen!! ... (and was that guy in his underwear?) ......... emoticon Just about died laughing .... my core is stronger thank you!! ... emoticon WE WILL SURVIVE!! ....

and your great results ... another blog coming our way? .... You are doing fantastic!.. emoticon

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emoticon Okay...::::here's my Shout out! "I will survive!
...check out this vid...my kinda humor being an instrumentalist.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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1.) I passed another week of a minimum of 20 miles...my feet are hanging in there!
2.)I originally had a Fitness minutes goal of 1300 and logged 2370 for March! So I upped it to 2000 for April! emoticon
3.) My gardens are in bloom after much work...but I love to get my hands in the soil. The results are breathtaking!
4.) I have lost a total of 11 pounds since I began in late February. emoticon
5.) I can see the light! ..:::daily healthy disciplined habits are becoming addictive! WOOT!



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emoticon ...April ...


Happy first day of April Mates.... emoticon who is feeling Optimistic about good things happening this month .....give a shout ... emoticon .... emoticon
Just a little note .... emoticon ... This month the challenge ...for reading blogs bas been increased to 1000 ... (think we can do it!) ... Last month we started late ...and make strides ...Good news is ....... DO take a point for EVERY blog you read ... because how can we find treasure if we don't read ..... emoticon .... and for fun and kicks ... Join the fitness goal .... reporting is such an incentive!



Yep! ... I believe it's going to be G-O-O-D .... emoticon


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Aye pretty Las! ... Having a little Friday morning treat fer all .... come one ..come all

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You are all so silly and fun! Ya keep me in stitches!

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Hey, anything if it rids our menu of RAT! And yes, I have a certain sympathy for that little stressed out fella!

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Well now ........... I DO have to kiss the cook ... cos I am married to him! . emoticon ..(but in truth, I can say I GET to kiss him! .... (when he cooks, he fixes some pretty tasty stuff when we are landlubbers) ... emoticon



(btw: VISUALLYRICS .... That poor little rat guy looks pitiful and we will throw him back and let him go) ...Not enough meat on his little bones .... the hair is pretty scary too! .... hee hee

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Fine, as long as I don't have to "Kiss the Cook"!

DON'T BE NORMAL! BE YOU!
BELIEVE IT-ACHIEVE IT!
JUST DO IT!
MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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....::::anythings better than rats! emoticon

....also have you noticed that we're running low on rats...in fact check out this one I found this lil guy on the crows nest.



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Share yer thoughts ... What do ye think if we bring in these experienced landlubbers to cater our next party? ....... (They have no idea of how to prepare Rat stew or assorted dishes ... (Not sure if we can light up the barbe on deck though ... will see local fire marshall ... emoticon

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I like sending goodies. I agree they are a great way to reach out to someone and celebrate.

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I think it's probably all 'good' ......But this is what I just shared with a mate ....
We don't need any swift current or turbulence ... lol... and mates do "what" .... they can...." .WHEN " they can ...and only IF' they can ..... main thing is to have fun! .... and please don't stress over anything on this team. .... (I always say, where one leaves off, another picks up." .... (we will leave it with the two goals but again those are IF you want to join .......No biggie whatsoever ........we do not even complete with another team ... as we are in our own league ... Now promise, let's have some FUN .... emoticon

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I agree with you there VISUALLYRICS!! I give goodies when the spirit moves me to do so and enjoy doing it!

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I do enjoy giving goodies to Sparkers....:::it is a random thing...as their blog, or feed or post touched a chord in my own heart about something...:::I find goodies are a nice way to reach out. emoticon

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I think enough said ... we do not want to 'impose' things on mates that work hard ... by suggesting we do more ....I appreciate where you are coming from Julie ... just a passing thought ...

(No ... was referring to sending a personal goodie) ....

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Not sure what you mean by share a goodie. Do you mean that everyone of us will be able to send a goodie with the name The Treasure Trove as the sender?

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My opinion, and reminder that I'm very busy and can't always visit the team when I'd like, yes, it would be nice to be able to share goodies with other team members on a daily basis. But for those of us that don't have the time, we'd probably feel guilty that we can't even though we're receiving. Know what I mean? I know I would.
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Do you as a team want to add a 'share a goodie' with a team mate .......or do you feel we have enough ... (do not want to impose too much, even though it may help build teamwork)...


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I agree it is nice supporting someone on their blog .... congratulate them or cheer them on ... and giving recognition ...and seeing new faces sharing in the spotlight .....But even when they don't .... a supportive team makes someone feel good .... Good work everyone! ... it takes teamwork for sure.

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I love coming each day to see what our Blog fishermen catch each day . i have been resparked and my tool box of tips have helped the scales move. I like we keep it simple and we support those hidden blogs and i would like to think we just may keep some sparking. I have found messages on my page saying how having some one stop by made them feel special so we are doing our job supporting and encouraging safe travels. you are doing a great job team leaders and blog fishermen. this west coast sparker misses the catching but benefits from the catches.


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emoticon we can now track blogs read ... (by those presented) ... and our
exercise minutes as well ......... emoticon

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Thank you for those great ideas! ... emoticon ...
(am still getting some pointers from Coach Merle on setting up team goals ... and
any input is welcome ... so thank you! ....
(oh, I am with you as well as a smaller team is good in that members can get to know one another ... yeah ....I have been on a few teams where there were so many ..you could easily be a mere raindrop in a big sea. ...... emoticon
(The thing about this team that differs in a big way from other teams is .... It typically takes a lot of readers or audience who post to the blogs and hit the 'like' feature. .... (that is why the more participation the better if that makes sense) ...

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I don't have any input on getting members motivated , just wanted you to know that I read the posts and agree that more participation is better. However, I have found that I've left groups because there was TOO MUCH participation and because of that, people got lost in the crowd. Does that make sense?

I like this group because it's small enough that people can actually get to know each other pretty darned well. I understand the mindset that more makes things successful....but I think you've got this whole group down pretty darned well.

I like the idea of a goal list to check off.
1 - one blog read
2 - one blog commented on
3 - One treasure shared
4 - 30 min exercise
5 - morning meditation
6 - ect.

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I am working on those goals (have to get a kink or two out, but asking a coach in IT) ... so be patient ..... emoticon But fer now, we CAN post our blogs read! ... emoticon

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emoticon Sue and thanks!...( I don't want to keep imposing on mates and asking them to give me a boost after that Crows Nest so I will do better about giving my activity in LOL)..... adding an exercise incentive and will have to iron out the wrinkles on that one dollar a day goal Monday morning....... and the exercise goal which is all wacky box!.... emoticon

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What great ideas everyone - I like them all - the exercise is a plus. The more fit we are the easier it is to climb to the crow's nest!

Nighty night all - get rest for the next week.

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That's right and if you want we can add one more goal... Would you like say 30 minutes a day of exercise in addition to the thers emoticon

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Our team is a boatload of winners going somewhere to happen!

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2B just mentioned this......Would you like any other goals besides those finding blogs and reading them like exercise minutes a challenge etc.? Please remember our new cook runswithdeer is our new cook who wants you all to be nutritionally fit to do these things LOL!

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I typed the last response to your ideas but I was on 2bs screen name.. OOPS my bad! However these ideas are awesome! If you haven't figured it out we both use the same desk top computer and we are married.

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WOW! so many great ideas that we have here and I am glad to see the participation going on here... This team rocks. we will for sure do something based off these ideas and I am sure we will rally our team to the best ever on sparks!

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Well we do have a few (myself inc. who are retired) .... who have a little more time
than members still in the workforce ..... But for those reading blogs, it takes just a few minutes ... or less) ........to read and it would be an incentive. (And blogs are provided by those who found them) ............ sometimes thought when we least expect it, you see a title that grabs you, read it ........and woolah! ....... a great find!


We could also include find blog as well ....... and I think that would work fine.


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So many good ideas. I love that you asked for our opinions. You are awesome leaders!
I think the idea of "divers" is a good one. I, also, am best at reading the blogs that others find and commenting and supporting them.


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What about having divers for blogs (lost, hidden, treasure)? I notice some members are very good at finding blogs. I, myself not so much. But I love reading these blogs that are found by others and commenting on them!

I do love The Treasure Trove!

What do you think?

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Great idea - points for reading and finding.

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I think both those ideas sound good...... the one for points for reading blogs and the points for sharing blogs! Maybe incorporate both.

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Yeah .... we can get some input and then put up a team goal of say:
Read 1 Blog per day... emoticon
Would be way to generate support for those blogs to help recognize them.

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That would be helpful, 2B.
Thinking about what BLUEJAY had done. Leaving a few teams would probably be helpful.


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One more thought ....... have gotten messages sent me since we joined saying, "No time to hunt blogs" ....... (that is pretty hard and understood as sometimes those nuggets don't just pop up .... BUT what if points for blogs read that were presented, therefore, no one feels pressured.
(Don't want to put stress on anybody) ....... thoughts? ....... emoticon


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Excellent idea! Team goal sounds great..! Lets kick this around... I am open for more ideas.

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What about adding a team goal for treasure hunting.

Maybe set it small . . .

Found treasure 2 times per week


That way it could be a reminder for those of us who are busy to set a small amount of time just for the hunt.

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Please remember this thread is for ideas on how to spark members who are inactive, nothing more...

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I too fall to the excuse of time restraints. I work and some evenings (most) DH wants attention - he spends the day with the birds and a cat emoticon so human contact is important.

I have been having a hard time sparking all together.

I think this team is awesome and important.

I'll try to do better.

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I find those members that are posting on the blogs shared ARE participating, and are very much appreciated! Many have voiced while working full-time for one thing or having young children, it is very difficult.
If anyone understands that I do, but please understand they are participating if they post on someone's blog.

This was just brainstorming on ways we could stir members to join a team but then never participate in the threads or on the team wall or on any aspect whatsoever.
As a team leader it is a little hard to understand joining a team but then never showing up or participating .... Probably one we will never know for that matter .


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I left quite a few of my teams so I could devote time to the TT team. I just don't have very good luck in finding blogs that meet the criteria. I read many a day. I don't have the same time constraints as some folks do but by the same token I have no idea how to motivate people to become more active on the team. I agree that having so many members and not having everyone participate is disappointing but I do see quite a few comments from the team members on the blogs that have been posted on the Hidden Treasure thread.

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I, also, have daily time constraints. It's been very difficult to post myself or to go looking for inspiring posts. Not that I couldn't use the inspiration myself. Definitely could.
Been thinking I've got too much going on with work and family that I need to "step away" from media more often. Then when I do, it's very hard to stay away. Habit. Just like eating is habit. Or eating bad is habit. Can't seem to do without.
I'm on too many teams also. While I like some of the "discussions" that go on in all of them, still spend too much time online when I should be working out instead.
So hard to find a happy medium.


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Well said....SHAPENUP. I was drawn to this fun team because of the amazing blogs that were highlighted to read throughout the week. The support for Sparkers is truly felt and after being a once a month blogger myself....am finding myself inspired to reach out more and writing more frequently.
My one challenge is all the hats I wear at the present season in my life....mom to 4 gems elementary thru highschool....home schooling 3 of them...teaching cello students throughout the week as well as with my church. It's a fine balance... that's for sure....keeping a joy filled home with the many activities we are all involved in. emoticon

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I don't know how to motivate the other team members to be more involved. My own involvement on the team threads has dropped due to time constrictions and caring for my mom. And I have other teams I participate on.

I have tried to stay active on the blog thread, though. Because how many times have I been desperate for some motivation and gone to the daily blogs only to read about someone's problems? Or what they did all day? Or who they're mad at? I think this team provides a great service. I feel lucky to be able to read the blogs we've been diving deep for - they affect me, too!

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emoticon ....By you taking what time you do have is very much appreciated .... and reading those and commenting is very supportive and we thank you! ...

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Thank you for your input. We do appreciate you taking the time to reply.
Also that is awesome you are taking the time to read those 'treasures' found ... read
and get on with your day. .... emoticon

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I'm with you, Betty. I find some fascinating and
inspiring blogs but have just enough time to read
and then need to get on with other activities.
I think retirement can't come soon enough some days.

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I like 2B's suggestion. You know I was thinking, ok clear the smoke out of the room, how many of those members, visit the team, but just don't post? I know there are many times I visit the stie throughout the time I am online, and I don't post, because I'm busy clicking on the blogs that were found. Sometimes by the time I do that, and support all those blogs, besides the blogs I subscribe to, it just doesn't seem that there is enough time to, go searching for my own treasures. So I'm not complaining I'm just saying. I try, but also have other obligations on Spark to fill. I still like coming here and reading the finds. I get a lot out of them. emoticon

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One is sending a goodie .... Just sent one ... the 'miss you' goodie .. emoticon .. which said ...
Have missed you lately on TT team ... Lots of fun things going on ....good blogs
being shared to recognize but could use your support. Hope to see you there.

(It is polite but a gentle reminder) ... emoticon

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3/26/17 11:09 A

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As we have many members (115 currently) ... we find many are inactive.
Since our team is about finding and recognizing members in the community with inspiring blogs in health and fitness genre .... can you share some creative thoughts on ways to reach members who are not participating ... and give a stir?

Example ... when cooking or baking something, if not stirred ...things will settle to the bottom.



Edited by: 52BINCE at: 4/7/2017 (17:58)
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