Of special note to me is InlandEmpireGirl's nomination of our sister, Silver Valley Girl and her blog Silver Valley Stories, a sharp looking blog full of family stories, history of the Silver Valley, and other observations. Each day she takes a picture of the same tree in her backyard. It's fascinating.
My five nominees, in no particular order, are:
In Search of Walden by Student of Life. Back in October, I was playing around with the "Next Blog" feature of blogger, and up popped this blog. I was hooked. Student of Life is a former television news producer who now stays at home raising her son "Little Sunshine". Student of Life is a seeker. She's a direct, vibrant, intelligent story teller. She works vigorously and often humorously to sort out what life means spiritually, socially, and intellectually. I go to her blog every day and she never fails to stimulate my imagination and thought and often gives me a really good laugh.
2Blowhards " In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations." This 2blowhards self-description underplays these men's variety of subject matter on this blog. They are articulate, very thoughtful, and free-wheeling. A smart bunch of commenters post savvy responses and the site is a gold mine for other superb blogs. Michael Blowhard, in particular, is sort of obsesssed with immigration and loves pop stuff: thrillers, B-movies, YouTube, jazz, older pop music, and pictures NSFW. He's my favorite non-elitist bon vivant.
Dubya's Personal Blog I wish I had a dollar for every time these ingenious nuggets of satire made my sides hurt from laughing out loud. Poor old Dubya: he's a stand up guy who never quite gets it right and is genuinely perplexed to find himself commander-in-chief and leader of the free world.
Red Shoe Ramblings: 365 Days of Art "No talk, just photos of my Daily Art Thangs" Deb Richardson takes a new photograph every day. I love her work. She posts a wide variety of photographic art, all of it immediately accessible, much of it rural, and charged with imagination, beauty, and soul.
Three Beautiful Things "Every day I want to record three things that have given me pleasure. This 3BT site is the original Three Beautiful Things." Claire started it. I was inspired by her. She's a beautiful writer with a keen sense of observation and a deep love of life. 3BT has become a habit for quite a few bloggers who must, like me, find it fun to spread around some enjoyment and pleasure from each day.
I should add here that I daily read Huckleberries Online and am stimulated by more posters from that bunch than I could nominate within the five nominee limit. I decided to make my nominees "non-HBOers", but one day I'll write a post that brings them all to light. Maybe I'll just decide to do a second or a third "Thinking Bloggers" post!
Lastly, here's a request from The Thinking Blog:
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging. I thought it would be appropriate to include them with the meme.
The participation rules are simple:
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).