And I’ve been getting presents. In the last couple weeks I’ve gotten blog awards from fantasy writer and blogger N.R. Williams, and today I got another from Marian Allen (why yes, it IS the Marian Allen whose blog I visited earlier this week). Both awards carry conditions, so I’ll be taking a little break from the recipes for the next couple days and just parading around the Dog House, waving banners and scattering dog treats to the Magic Dog, who will be playing the part of the masses.
The award from N.R. Williams is the “Beautiful Blog” award (see it over there, looking fresh and springy and unseasonably cheerful?) If you haven’t visited N.R.’s blog, you should; she’s got stuff going on there every day. She’s also got a book that’s so close to being published it’s “crowning” (all you ladies out there will know what I mean). I know this because, hey, I visit her blog. So finish up here and then nip on over there for a peek.
Now, for my three favorite bloggers: This is a tough one, because there are so many, but here goes:
Michele Morgan, (not to be confused with actress Michelle Morgan), is an amazing woman, and her blog reflects that. She’s written several books (my favorites are Magical Tarot and Simple Wicca), hosts a talk show, and does psychic and Tarot card readings. This is the site I visit when I need a quick boost; she’s got recordings of her shows, a lovely blog which she doesn’t update often enough to suit me, and of course if I like there’s also contact information–which I have used successfully. She’s got a simple, practical, good-humored approach to her subject that I find absolutely delightful.
The Anonymous Liberal, who I like to imagine blogging from a bunker at some undisclosed location but who is, I believe, actually an attorney who must conceal his liberal leanings from the folks at work, offers up smart, clear commentary on issues of the day. His legal background means that often he’s able to bring details to the discussion that I don’t find elsewhere. This is where I go when I want a fresh, unique, incisive look at what’s going on in politics, government, and the legal ends of the financial industry.
My last “blog” isn’t really a blog at all; it’s a working site for CR Washburn. Full disclosure dictates that I inform you that CR Washburn is married to my cousin, and I’ve had the privilege of watching him evolve from a regular part of the regular workforce into an artist in wood. This is a guy who has taken the time and trouble to learn traditional methods of woodworking, move to Maine (with my cousin, of course), and establish a custom woodworking studio.
I love his site because he keeps something of a running gallery of his projects. Some of them are very traditional; some of them are the sorts of artistic creations that only can happen when you have the time and patience to sit and let the wood tell you what it wants to be. Go take a look; it’s worth it, even if you’re not in the market for custom furniture or art pieces.
Often when I visit artists’ and craftspeople’s sites I find myself thinking, “Hey, I could do that.” I don’t think that when I visit this site. What I think is, “Wow.”
Now, I’m supposed to come up with three favorite words. I’m assuming these are supposed to be my favorite words right now, not my favorite words as in what I want carved on my tombstone. At least that’s how I’m interpreting it. Here we are: Magic. Creative. Family. I choose “magic” because it holds within it the sense of unseen, unexpected possibilities. I choose “creative” because in my creativity lies the solutions to most of the challenges I face in life, as well as one of my greatest sources of pleasure and fulfillment. I choose “family” because my son, who is my family, is what makes the rest of what I do meaningful.
So there we are–thanks again, N.R. I appreciate the honor.