Wow. This IS better than the glow of electric sex in the window…
The wonderful ladies atHome Ec 101 have nominated me for this Thinking Blogger Award that I’m so proudly displaying to your right.
They said a very nice thing or two about me. [Keep in mind that this was before I advocated a Tank in every garage and admitted to full-tilt gun nut boogie.]
I am of course going to pay it forward by nominating five additional recipients. And believe me, I’ve been stewing over whom I should nominate, because pretty much everyone on my b-roll is a “Thinking blogger”. If you’ve captured my attention enough to make the b-roll, chances are I think of you as a “thinking blogger.” So this is rough stuff here. A sort of Sophie’s Choice-lite kind of job for me. If I had my way I maybe would skip the nomination part, but it’s right there in the rules of acceptance, which 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
So, playing along, I give you my five nominees for the Thinking Blogger Award. (And yes, this was EXTREMELY difficult.)
I’m wistful for the days when this newly-minted papa would post more regularly. Because no matter where you stand in respect to his positions, you must admit that he’s not only thought about his but is nearly fearless in his presentation of those ideas. Sometimes he says what I’m thinking. Sometimes he says what you hoped no one would ever say out loud. He’s always entertaining and more often than not he’ll challenge the status quo.
2. Tiny Cat Pants
This is almost a no-brainer. (The decision, not the blog…) Rarely does a day go by without some sort of metadiscussion popping up in Tiny Cat Pants land. Aunt B., the author and driving force, throws many ideas out there and opens the floor to conversation. It can be a rough-and-tumble playground, but it always requires a degree of earnest thought. And man, the posts that B. uses to kickstart you can be a whole lotta fun. It’s obvious at first glance that Aunt B. does a lot of thinking.
3. Mother Tongue Annoyances
There’s thinking for the fun of the thinking, and then there’s thinking to a direct purpose. Tim W. of Mother Tongue Annoyances has some of the most thoroughly-researched and informative posts I’ve ever seen on a blog. I’ve been reading MTA for years now, and I truly feel as though I’ve gotten the equivalent of a 3-hour college course in the Modern English language, its origins and proper current forms. Tim W. will often analyse a word or turn of phrase with the exquisite attention to detail usually found in watchmaking.
You never know from one day to the next. It could be Bigfoot, it could be politics, it could be religion. Newscoma and I agree on almost nothing politically and often have different approaches on the rest of life’s matters as well. I’m nominating her because she does make me truly think about her positions. When we agree on something it’s a happy accident, and when we disagree I come away the better for having her take the time and patience to explain her thought processes on the issue at hand.
5. Lavender Sparkles
I must admit something here. When I first saw the name of this blog I assumed that it would be dedicated fully to the discussion of unicorns, fairies and other sparkle-ish type things. I did not expect to have Amy Kannell be so consistently dedicated to writing eloquent and informative pieces about the state of modern Christianity and the devotion and lifestyle of Christians. There are beautiful ponderings about the Saviour and impassioned pleas for the persecuted church. Amy is also one of the many bloggers who is consistently dedicated to the Thankful Thursday project. Her lists of Thankful items is often a springboard to contemplation for me.
There are so many others I would nominate for so many reasons, and I hate that I’m stuck with only five.
I do want to add that there are many kinds of posts out there. For each time that I’ve been impressed by the thinking that went into a long, well-written discussion of religion, gender or politics, there have been three times that I’ve been motivated to deeper thought by someone’s brief take on this or that. I truly appreciate each and every blog I visit.