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Cool Contest

Cool Contest

Cool Contest. Enter and you may win a free aura reading, face reading, or Skilled Empath Merge.

Cool Contest! Because considering somebody “cool” is a matter of opinion. YOUR opinion, in this case. Adding an element of fascination right there! Since many of us readers and lurkers have come to know and care about… many of you who comment here often. Who will KAYCEE and SEAN consider cool?

Whether you usually comment here or not, consider yourself cordially invited. Come, enter this contest — naming any public figures you think are cool.

What else might you want to know, just for fun? First of all, is this our first contest at this blog in 2018. Besides that, have I ever written a blog post on a cooler day? Never! Not since the first blog post here. Over 10 years ago, in September 2007.

Because the latest freaky, cranky weather that’s sweeping up America’s East Coast? Soooooooooo cold. Here in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., it’s 4 degrees, what with wind chill.

Considerably below freezing. And in a locale where, usually, you’d barely need a winter coat in January.

So, Blog-Buddies, if you happen to read this post in a place that just as nippy… or even more frigid… May this contest warm your heart, at a minimum.

Cool Contest. Where YOU Define “Cool”

Yes, we’re going to have fun with this contest.

Nominate public figures who are cool. Far as you’re concerned.

Which is all that matters. (Maybe not all that matters in life. But all you need for entering this contest.)

Cool Contest — How to Enter

Enter as often as you like. Please use a separate comment box for each contest nominee. To be considered a contest entry, your comment needs to include all the following:

  1. Choose a public figure whom you consider to be COOL.
  2. Supply the name of your nominee. (But you knew that. 😉 )
  3. Please supply a photo link to your nominee, a one-click type link. Please choose a photo clearly showing that person’s face from the front. Also, it would be great if that photo included some of that person’s torso, also facing front.
  4. Indicate which you would prefer to receive about the public figure — and why. Will you choose a face reading? An aura reading? A Skilled Empath Merge?
  5. Say what you mean by “cool.” (To some it’s admirable, to others it’s about wearing the latest fashions, etc).
  6. Describe what that person has done as  a public figure.
  7. Best of all, let us know: Why cool?

Contest closes February 7, 2018, awarding three prizes in weeks to follow.

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  1. 1
    Jill says:

    Brene Brown

    I’d love to have an aura reading to find out if I’m in spiritual addiction, or what STUFF might need to be cleared.

  2. 2
    Jill says:

    I think Brene Brown is cool because she advocates making human choices to find happiness and joy our human life and taking responsibility for finding the courage to so.

    She’d be the last person to advocate a God GPS!

  3. 3
    Jill says:

    Her work has helped me move out of a place of victim-hood to a place where I am looking to develop my own human life.

  4. 4
    Rose Rosetree says:

    JILL, thank you for being the first to enter this contest.

    I do want to make sure it’s clear to you, in order to make personal progress, an RES Energy HEALING Session is not the contest prize. Rather, I research the cool public figures. (Seeking clues about what gave you a different idea, I found a typo on the blog post and corrected it.)

    Good to have you commenting here at the blog. 🙂

  5. 5
    Mel says:

    I nominate Selena Gomez who is cool for 2 different reasons.

    Popularity is certainly one way of measuring who is thought to be cool and there was a time that Selena Gomez’s Instagram was the most followed of the entire site and included the most liked picture of the site’s history. She has 132 million followers today.

  6. 6
    Jill says:

    Brene is a researcher of courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. She’s the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness.

  7. 7
    Mel says:

    Another reason is that she has used her battle with lupus and subsequent kidney transplant to shine a light on the disease.

  8. 8
    Mel says:

    A journalist who interviewed her after her kidney transplant said that Gomez seemed uncomfortable talking about something so personal but that Gomez is ultimately a woman of faith and she felt there was a reason for her illness.

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  10. 10
    Jill says:

    It would be very interesting to have an aura reading on Brene Brown as the prize! Sorry I misunderstood your contest description!

  11. 11
    Jill says:

    I’m definitely interested too in saving up for my own personal session! 🙂

  12. 12
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Thanks, JILL and MEL. Your enthusiasm is contagious.

  13. 13
    Vivi says:

    I’m entering this contest with a different name than I usually use here. I don’t feel comfortable with what I consider cool !

  14. 14
    Vivi says:

    I would like to nominate Ali Michael.

    Also a star on Instagram…

  15. 15
    Vivi says:

    (‘Only’ 232k followers, compared to Selena Gomez)

    Here’s a photo:

    I would prefer an Aura Reading of Ali Michael.

  16. 16
    Vivi says:

    I am interested in what is going on with her aura. Who she really is.

    Part of what makes her cool for me and other people is, I think, that she shows herself vulnerable and as not that cool sometimes.

  17. 17
    Vivi says:

    She has a second Instagram account. This one doesn’t show her work-self. As so many people on Instagram, she only posts pictures of herself.

    But not in a ‘I am so beautiful and perfect way’.

  18. 18
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Tantalizing Comment #13, VIVI. What fun!

    Indirectly you’ve raised a question that fascinates me.

    “Showing vulnerability” — is that a plus to you other Blog-Buddies?

  19. 19
    Rose Rosetree says:

    I wonder, did Lena Dunham start this? Who started this? What do you think of this public and publicized “vulnerability thing?

  20. 20
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Also, have any of you heard of this gambit? Telling somebody, “I’m going to be vulnerable with you.”

    And then, allegedly you are pretty much REQUIRED to listen and make sympathetic noises.

    Comments, anyone?

  21. 21
    Vivi says:

    I’ve wanted to know WHO this person REALLY IS for a long, long time. Would love to find out!

  22. 22
    Vivi says:

    Ali Michael works in the fashion industry. Model. Actress.

  23. 23
    Vivi says:

    Maybe Lena Dunham… I don’t follow her anymore.

    I like public figures more when they are not smiley-perfect all the time. To me this is more natural. I am not always happy myself, so why should a public figure be that way?

    My personal taste…

  24. 24
    Vivi says:

    ‘I’m going to be vulnerable with you.’ – So far, nobody has played this ‘game’ with me.

  25. 25
    Mel says:

    I find that I value when a public figure shares a personal anecdote that can be vulnerable but only when it seems like they just happen to be sharing to help others or to illustrate a point they’re trying to make.

    Basically, when it feels authentic in the moment.

  26. 26
    Mel says:

    For example, there’s this blogger who occasionally tells a story in her blog about mistakes she’s made or feeling down after her divorce and she always ends it with what she’s learned and wants to share.

    I appreciate that more than other bloggers who show no “weakness”.

  27. 27
    Jill says:

    I like authentic vulnerability. No one has played a vulnerability game with me.

    Many people I associate with seem to be obsessed with looking perfect…their family is perfect, their kids are doing just great, work is amazing, they just went on the best trip.

  28. 28
    Jill says:

    The few people I’ve gotten to know who are appropriately honest as they get to know you, I’ve considered to be the kind of people to invest time and energy into befriending further.

    Celebrities or writers or teachers who admit mistakes and learn from them, I respect much more than those who seem to know it all and never err.

  29. 29
    Rose Rosetree says:

    VIVI, MEL, JILL — thanks to each of you for your comments here.

    Somehow it feels to me like this vulnerability topic is just getting started. Hooray! Because I suspect for many people, false “vulnerability” to manipulate other people is as common as humble-bragging.

  30. 30
    Deirdre says:

    Hi Rose! An aura reading of Krista Tippett, host of the public radio program and podcast On Being. (also awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama) would be pretty cool – her podcast is amazing.

  31. 31
    Gillian says:

    Great comments, Jill.

  32. 32
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    4.Why? Because I’m interested in seeing if he is emotional empath that was not aware of this. And was he at least a middle age soul.

  34. 34

    5. My definition of cool-Being honest with self and others, kind, generous, and interesting.

  35. 35

    6. I, over the years, have really enjoyed his acting.

    He comes off to me as “cool”.

    If I really have enjoyed watching him in movies, then I feel others as well.

  36. 36

    He put himself, 100% in to his role.

    He came off as “real” in his movies.

    Thus, he brought much enjoyment and emotions to those that watched him.

  37. 37

    7. Why cool?

    Because he brings his whole spirit in to his roles, thus bringing the public in to this era and role.

  38. 38
    Rose Rosetree says:

    CYNTHIA BERGSBAKEN — my FB friend now commenting at the blog! — DEIRDRE, and GILLIAN, thanks so much for your latest comments.

    It’s delightful to hear from each of you.

  39. 39
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Small technical point in your Comment #46, CYNTHIA. Funnily enough, it came up just today. And at this very blog post.

    Please reconsider referring to people as “emotional empaths” when it’s possible to halt the (to me) deluge of misinformation regarding what it means to be an empath or to develop empath skills that really work.

    Perhaps you might check out some comments here: #33-38. And thanks for a superbly organized contest entry!

  40. 40
    Sandra says:

    Before I get to my contest entry, I’d like to second a few things that Rose is saying, from my perspective.

    In many online sources you see empaths bemoaning their fate, and emphasizing their victimhood!

  41. 41
    Sandra says:

    Many of these sites offer techniques to these poor, suffering souls, like surrounding yourself with a golden bubble.

    I prefer Rose’s techniques that actually work.

    I prefer empowerment over victimhood. 🙂

  42. 42
    Sandra says:

    I’d like to nominate Samantha Bee for an aura reading.

    She’s a cool comic: cool in a fiery sense. She asks the questions we want to ask, but can’t because they are socially unacceptable or embarrassing!

  43. 43
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Thanks, SANDRA. I’m a fan of both you and the Bee with the stinging wit.

  44. 44
    KayCee says:

    Oh, wow! This is actually going to be a challenge – and one I am up for!

    Many of the people I think are cool have been posted about here. Or, they are musicians which we did recently…

  45. 45
    KayCee says:

    Perhaps the trickiest will be for me to pass over those I’m drawn to because of their energy.

    But there is one very cool person who easily comes to mind because of a deep caring for teaching in a solid way that I trust and respect. You, Rose!

    If it’s possible for you to read your own face, and no one will laugh me out of here, I’ll nominate you officially.

  46. 46
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Aw, that is so sweet, KAYCEE. How about this? I have been putting off a certain aura reading project that perhaps I might do in 2018, with a comparison. Plus a fair bit of controversy involved.

    Perhaps that. But of course I won’t be doing the aura reading… Ooh, mysterious!

  47. 47
    KayCee says:

    I like Brene Brown, too, valuing that she’s brought attention to important human topics. Thanks, Jill.

    And I, too, prefer genuine vulnerability. Can’t stand it being a trend of sorts. :

  48. 48
    Dana K says:

    I’d like to nominate Danielle Walker for an aura reading.

    She is a cookbook author that eats paleo bc for her body, she has fewer symptoms of her autoimmune disease eating that way. Mostly I just think she’s cool bc she’s a working Mom that has good recipes.

  49. 49
    KayCee says:

    Rose, mysterious sounds like lots of fun!

  50. 50
    Morgan says:

    I’d like to nominate Robbin Hobb as “cool” because she writes fiction with unwilling, handicapped, ethical heroes (admirable protagonist) and sprinkles her books with wisdom to subtly teach her audience about real life principles. (scroll down for picture)

    Aura reading please. I’d love to find out where she gets her inspiration from.

  51. 51
    Hannah says:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to nominate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman for your “cool contest” aura reading.

    This past year the Crown Prince has allowed women to legally drive for the first time.

  52. 52
    Hannah says:

    Women can also now attend sporting events at national stadiums.

    I admire the actions he has taken to change the status quo.

  53. 53
    Hannah says:

    I’m wondering, how altruistic are his intentions?

    Are these efforts purely for economic reform?

    Is he doing this to support human rights?

  54. 54
    Hannah says:

    Or is it a complicated mix of both factors, and some additional ones as well?

    Inquiring minds want to know (well, at least just mine)!


  55. 55
    Janice says:

    Hi Rose,

    My nominee for the Cool Contest is cool dude and country music star Marty Stuart.

    Why? Here are my reasons:

  56. 56
    Janice says:

    1. He is an incredibly talented musician, playing mandolin and guitar, writing wonderful songs, and he possesses a gorgeous singing voice.

  57. 57
    Janice says:

    2. His life’s mission is to save and preserve the artifacts and spirit of traditional country music and spread the “gospel” everywhere.

  58. 58
    Janice says:

    3. Loves God and Jesus and is not afraid to say so.

    Not really in line with my specific religious beliefs, but I admire his faith.

  59. 59
    Janice says:

    4. He has great “star power”and charisma, but really, he wants everyone to shine, and his band members are very dear to him.

  60. 60
    Janice says:

    5. I love his music and he has greatly enriched my own personal life by introducing me to so much great American music and and so many great artists of the past, and present too,

  61. 61
    Janice says:

    I would be very interested in an aura reading of this Cool Dude!

    Photo below:

    Unfortunately, you must click on the photo, once you click on the link, so TWO clicks – sorry!

  62. 62
    Rose Rosetree says:

    Impressive, sparkling nominations.

    I keep falling in love with these people, just hearing about them. 🙂

  63. 63

    Today I woke up wanting to personally write the first nomination since the blog redesign was installed.
    Mostly so we could have nominations coming back in. Since our latest contest lasts only until Feb. 7.

    What follows is not exactly an official nomination. Since I’m going to let myself win, and I know that even before writing this comment. Plus I’m going to let myself win today, weeks before Feb. 7, 2018.

    But it will feel good to do a proper nomination, as requested by that so-specific Contest Designer.

  64. 64

    Linguistics professor John McWhorter, please! Here’s his photo link.

    He’s an influential speaker and writer. If I win the contest (unofficially), I’d like to give myself a Skilled Empath Merge because he’s the coolest speaker and writer. I’m so fascinated by how he speaks, how he writes.

    Clearly McWhorter is one of the smartest people I’ve ever heard or watched delivering a lecture or writing in publications like The New Yorker or The Atlantic, with numerous YouTube videos as well.

  65. 65

    Okay, here’s that Skilled Empath Merge of one of my heroes, John McWhorter.

  66. 66
    Sean M says:

    Hi Rose,

    I nominate Jurgen Klopp for an aura reading. He is German and manager of Liverpool Football Club.

  67. 67
    Sean M says:

    Klopp, used to be a profession footballer (soccer). He was once described as a 4th division footballer with a 1st division brain.

    Klopp has a lot of power and charisma. Has strong principles. He is an emotional and passionate man. He has the respect and complete attention of the media; I personally enjoy listening to his press conferences.

  68. 68
    Sean M says:

    I like Jurgens personality; his positive demeanour; the way he handles pressure and the media. He thinks logically, making smart decisions for the long term future in intense situations. He has a natural authority with people.

    I think Jurgen Klopp is cool.

  69. 69
    KayCee says:

    I nominate Eric Ripert.

    Photo link:

    May I please have a skilled empath merge?

  70. 70
    KayCee says:

    Cool because: He is a longtime Michelin three-star chef and co-owner of a top-rated New York restaurant AND he is down-to-earth.

    Highly skilled and devoted to excellence, Eric has rare qualities for someone in his position: personable, caring, fun, humorous, curious and interested in others. (I love his show “On The Table”.)

  71. 71
    KayCee says:

    He admirably declines expanding to additional locations because he would not be able to maintain the quality of his attention and participation.

    As a public figure, Eric is on board with transitioning to better practices in training and treatment of people in the industry – which he speaks openly and honestly about.

    His restaurant feeds leftovers to the hungry every morning.

    He exemplifies hard work while enjoying life and I believe the world is kinder and more colorful because of him.

  72. 72

    Oh, these latest nominations are terrific.

    It’s also a bit startling to realize that the contest entry deadline is approaching. So soon! February 7, 2018.

  73. 73
    Sophie G. says:

    I would like to nominate Elizabeth Gilbert. She is on your Enlightenment Life List (still I guess).

    Here is a photo link from 2017: (It was not that easy to find a photo where only she is in the picture)
    In this photo she is playing poker (here a selfie, just in case:

  74. 74
    Sophie G. says:

    I would like to receive an aura reading of Elizabeth Gilbert.

  75. 75
    Sophie G. says:

    Why is Elizabeth Gilbert cool to me?

    I love the way she uses words, the way she writes.

    Also, she seems to have soooo much authentic love for humanity. For us human beings.

  76. 76
    Sophie G. says:

    She seems like a very, very brave, and fun person.

    Elizabeth Gilbert seems to have gone through a lot in life and still…she seems to love life.

  77. 77
    Sophie G. says:

    She just lost her partner. Some weeks after her partner’s death she wrote: ‘Today, we begin. Either for the first time, or all over again. Only begin. That’s good enough.❤️’ This really touched me.

    It seems to me as if Elizabeth Gilbert wants to understand life in a deep way, and she wants to serve and help humanity. I hope she is not in spiritual addiction. She seems to stand with both feet on the ground, to me.

  78. 78
    Gillian says:

    Wow, I think I already commented on this thread that these are great comments. Having read the latest batch, I think that all over again!

    I don’t have a candidate to nominate, but, if I may, I would like to second Hannah’s nomination of the Saudi crown prince.

  79. 79
    Gillian says:

    If it’s not too cheeky, I’d like to add the element that would be of personal interest to me: the degree to which he is confident in self-actualisation and individual self-authority, as opposed to the degree to which he feels he must suppress his personal instincts and preferences in favour of society as a whole.

    To what extent ‘coercion’ is the norm for him, I suppose.

  80. 80
    Gillian says:

    I ask this because I’ve become very interested in the extent to which self-actualisation is possible in a culture that puts the welfare of groups ahead of individuals (Saudi Arabia is one of those cultures).

    Hannah, hope you don’t mind me adding this to your nomination…?

  81. 81
    Emily T says:

    Hi Rose,

    I would like to nominate Heather Havrilesky, and advice columnist for NY Mag.

    One click photo link

    article about her book

  82. 82
    Emily T says:

    Link to her advice columns

    I would like an aura reading of her.

  83. 83
    Emily T says:

    As a public figure she answers advice columns and has written a book of unpublished columns.

    Her answers always seem to me to be very generous in the amount of time and thought that has gone into crafting them and into seeing the person who has written in as an individual as well as a someone facing universal human questions of love, loss and dysfunction.

  84. 84
    Emily T says:

    I am nominating her because I really like her attitude to life and to other people’s problems.

    She is ‘cool’ to me because she seems to be so much about human life and really taking it seriously and her columns take on an existential bent where she delves super deeply into the questions in such a compassionate way. I also follow her on twitter and I like how straightforward and unashamedly earnest and true to herself she seems to be.

    It would be really interesting to learn more about her!

  85. 85

    I’m loving your nominations, EMILY T, GILLIAN, and SOPHIE G.

    Today’s a good day to remind you Blog-Buddies that this contest closes quite soon. Entries must be received by February 7.

  86. 86
    Julie says:

    I’d like to nominate In Mo Yang, a 22 year old South Korean violinist. He studies at the New England Conservatory of music and does performances around the world.

    I saw him play recently in concert and was struck by the qualities of serenity and ease. I have never seen a prodigy before in person so that was really cool to me.

  87. 87
    Julie says:

    Before the concert he was interviewed. He seemed so normal, talking about how he doesn’t like to cook, and the contents of his refrigerator is…a carton of milk.

    It was funny. But when he started to play, it was like a jaw dropping moment for me. Like, “Whoa. This is on another level entirely”.

  88. 88
    Julie says:

    I would love a skilled empath merge. To just know, what’s that like? To be him, playing with such effortlessness.

  89. 89
    Julie says:

    (He starts to play at the 36 second mark in the video.)

    And to fully answer why he is cool to me, it’s because of the inspiration and upliftment I got from watching and hearing him play.

    Such moments uplift the quality of my life.

  90. 90
    Sean M says:

    I would like to nominate Jean Liu president of Didi Chuxing, the worlds largest ride sharing service.
    Link to photo:
    I would like an aura reading please.

  91. 91
    Sean M says:

    Jean Liu is cool to me, after reading about her in Wired magazine, because she has huge ambitions for her company to be a global tech and transport giant.

    She has a clear vision for the future that was born with the frustration of Beijing’s dreadful traffic.

  92. 92
    Sean M says:

    She is clearly driven. I believe Jean Liu wants to be of service to the world with her company that aspires to serve global transportion.

    Also revolutionalising the shared transport with AI technology that will reduce the amount of traffic and pollution globally.

  93. 93

    SEAN M, your contest entry is in keeping with the quality of all the contest entries we’ve had so far for this Cool Contest. Truly cool!

    Reminder to all, this contest closes tomorrow evening, Feb. 7, at midnight EST. So nominate away, Blog-Buddies!

  94. 94
    Kathleen says:

    I would like to nominate Janelle Monae for an aura reading.

    Here’s a picture of her from the 2018 Grammys:

    I think of Janelle as calm and resolved under scrutiny and pressure – that’s one version of cool to me!

  95. 95
    Kathleen says:

    She also has a professional and slightly distant air about her, and doesn’t seem to me like she would put up with much nonsense.

    I enjoy Janelle’s music, and she’s also had success as an actor recently.

    Thank you!

  96. 96

    All nominations have been received, as the contest official entry period ended February 7, 2018.

    Feel free to comment below, just not nominating folks for a free reading.

  97. 97

    Speaking of free readings, you might be able to get one tonight. When I’m a guest at Rob McConnell’s radio show, The X-Zone.

    It’s a little unclear to me how this will work. Apparently you can email me some urls to headshots: rose at

    Photo not sent as attachment, please. Instead, a one-click link in the body of your email. Or else cut-and-paste your headshot in the body of an email.

    Give us your first name, too. And be prepared for an affectionate, brief bit of face reading on the show. Hardly private! And your headshot will be beaming out to all of Rob’s X-Zone nation.

  98. 98

    Why make this a little comment rather than a big to-do, standalone blog post? Because I’m not completely sure that your photo will become part of the broadcast.

    But it might! And even if you can’t listen when we start the interview at 7 p.m. Eastern, it will be recorded. So you and your fans can listen later.

    Besides, today I had some “Breaking News,” RES-style. That became today’s blog post. If you’d like to be inspired, have a look.

  99. 99

    Awarding Third Prize Today. EMILY T’s victory. 🙂 And then, it turns out to be a victory for somebody who’s aura is doing so well, I’m placing her on the Enlightenment Life List.

    Come meet an amazing advice columnist!

  100. 100
    Sean M says:

    When are you going to award second prize Rose?

    Looking forward to who you announce for Second and First prize.

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