Sunday, July 29, 2007

Thinking Blogger: Round One

In the flurry of packing, preparing and living an increasingly extraordinary life, I ponder my five choices for the Thinking Blogger Award as bestowed by Jackie. Remember, the rules are:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog)

I decided at the get-go that I would not choose blogs that have already won the award or blogs that I already link to. This presents a bit of a challenge in that I don't surf random blogs looking for juicy new ones that fire up my mind.

But let's say I WERE to choose blogs I already link to that haven't won the award. I would definitely choose The Journey. Tink is a phenomenal woman with an amazing way with words. Not only does she run a tribe of 7 kids, 5 of whom are fostered, adopted, or in the process of being adopted, but she nurtures and grows that tribe with strength and grace. Her insights fly arrow-straight and true.

I would also choose Just Plain Foolish. I can count on her to present tough subjects with genuine eloquence and raw sincerity. Her dad just returned safely, thank God, from his second tour of duty in Iraq. She shares her unique insights on our soldiers, the war and its issues freely. The Plain Fool bears beauty and honesty as her hallmark. I'll miss you at Pennsic, my friend!

Not to slight the boys, I would also send you over to Parking Lot Pictures. Billydaking has a writer's soul in an editor's body, tempered with enough grace to refrain from teasing me for questionable taste in movies or picking on my wanton slaughter of grammatical convention. Most of the time. His thoughts on movies--and life--delve deep indeed.

These are but a few of the thinking bloggers I am blessed to know and read. As far as I'm concerned, even thought I haven't made the official selection according to my own addendum, the award still holds true. Of course, I also think "Hooked On Phonics" should work for Scrabble, so draw your own conclusions.

This is fun. I love winning, and I love helping other people win. Right now I feel like I'm bestowing knighthood on worthy warriors. This is the best of all worlds, and I haven't even officially started the game!


  1. Thank you. I'm glad I have the opportunity to present my outlook on what's going on in the world today, and the skills to write mostly coherently about it. I'm glad it makes you think. Thank you.

  2. besides telling you that you are my guiding star there are to many words are in my head to even start to write them in a comment... lets just say hug, tear, sniff sniff

  3. I win the booby prize!

    Honestly, thank you. It pales, though, next to what you do. You also know that you (with that everpresent spiritual cattleprod) are primarily responsible for it being better than an annual, right? :-)