It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I’m a Thinker!

Mo-wo has very kindly nominated me a Thinking Blogger. Begun by the thinking blog, this award is to be given to blogs with good content that “really get you thinking”. I am proud (and a little astonished) to be placed in that category.

Here are the Thinking Blog rules:

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.

Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all – blogs that really get you thinking!

So, who really gets me thinking?

Stephen: In his blog and in real life, Stephen is a rigourous and perceptive thinker with a mind that encompasses all manner of subjects and interests. You don’t have to agree with him – in fact, it’s a principle of his that we have more to learn from diverging thoughts than those who agree with you. As he is always respectful of others’ opinions, he expects that others behave with equal respect in debate. (Which is why I keep reading: I hate rude and aggressive comments!)

Laura: yes, I know that technically this is my blog, too! But I’ve nominated Laura at PiP rather than here, because even though Morphing into Mama frequently gives me pause for thought, it’s at PiP that she consistently writes well-though-out, intelligent, interesting, challenging, deliberately educational posts.

Colin: Colin, aka No Impact Man, is running a year-long experiment to discover whether he, his wife, daughter, and dog, can live so as to have no net impact on the environment. His intellectual honesty is refreshing; his experiment threatens those who believe that a consumerist, gas-guzzling lifestyle is theirs by right. And yet he’s not proselytizing, he’s not saying what anyone else should be doing. He’s just running an experiment: how much can HE do? In his words:

For one year, my wife, my 2-year-old daughter, my dog and I, while living in the middle of New York City, are attempting to live without making any net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no carbon emissions, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV, no toilets…

What would it be like to try to live a no impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more fun or less fun? More satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or is there hope? These are the questions at the heart of this whole crazy-assed endeavor.

DeafPundit: I’ve discovered this blog a couple of months ago, and while I don’t understand everything she discusses, I’m learning a whole lot! The implications of deafness and the culture of the Deaf are very new ideas to me. I know only a single deaf person – and she I met only three months ago. It’s an unexplored world to me, and it’s fascinating.

That’s it.

I know, only four, but the truth is, because I read them during my working day (YES! she reads blogs while the babies are about!!) I tend to read blogs primarily for light entertainment. I must sheepishly confess that if a post requires too much mental effort – and, even worse, is also looong – I skip right on to the next. I save my real thinking for conversations with my sweetie, and lots of lovely books, books, books.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | memes and quizzes | 6 Comments

The Binge is Over

Here are links to all the lists. Anyone I’ve missed?

Huge range of books offered. The winner in terms of sheer numbers of books churned through in a mere 30 days is Kat: TWENTY-THREE books read, plus 5 more skimmed through. Knotwurth and Heath, students both, raised the intellectual calibre of books on offer a notch or two. The rest of us provided a huge range of genres, from chick lit to SF, thrillers to historical romance; history and biography and travel and music. Many thanks to all you well-read bloggers who participated. This was fun!

Book Mama
Knotwurth Mentioning

Lots of you have said you’re taking note of titles. I know I’ve already put an order in at my library for a couple I found while perusing the lists. I look forward to a summer full of Good Reads!

May 2, 2007 Posted by | books | 7 Comments