Friday, March 02, 2007

Da Count-Cogito Ergo Sum

Last week I counted creative people, this week I'm going to count people who make me think because Nancy Drew tagged me with a meme where participants are supposed to share the 5 bloggers who make them think most deeply. As much as I appreciate a wonderfully creative person, I am also grateful for those folks who really stimulate my brain, make me reason or consider something anew. Lots of other folks on my blogroll make me think plenty and there are those I haven't editted in yet who do the same. I wouldn't bother reading any of you if I thought you put out complete drivel. There are also some with whom I have personal correspondence that challenges me wonderfully. I chose these 5 based on the blog content that most regularly makes my grey matter sizzle.

Brian: I've been reading him since the first day I blogged. He's a single father (with full custody) of two terrific kids and a principal in Oklahoma. He loves history and music. He's got a thirst for his own learning and for stimulating it in others. When I started reading him he had a regular feature where he'd highlight historical figures. Sometimes they were well known and he'd offer a fresh perspective on them. Other times they were the unsung figures we ought to be more familiar with yet aren't. I'm going to take this chance to ask him to reinstate that feature, maybe not weekly since he's busy with PhD work, but could I ask for monthly? He shares openly about his and his kids' joys and struggles through a lot of transitions they've all had to make and even in the hard times he searches for what can be learned. I find He offers wonderfully thoughtful insights on the education system, acknowledging our weaknesses, suggesting alternatives, and engaging readers in sharing their perspectives in a climate that encourages dialogue. If he does half as well creating such a climate in his school I'd love to be a teacher there.


Jericho: He's been on a rather long hiatus with only the sparsest of postings recently but I'd be somewhat remiss in omitting him. His stated purpose is to make people think and I have to say he succeeds handily. He has addressed some very thorny issues that lesser thinkers would turn into a screaming match and he has handled them deftly with a calm, rational manner. Often he finds a perspective that most people have either ignored or have simply never considered, one that allows for common ground among those who disagree. He also offers up some beautiful original poetry and has turned me on to some terrific musicians I would have missed otherwise. Go dig around his archives, you may come away considering your positions in a new light.

Lacquer: Well, the man knows and loves Zern's so that gets him a lot of points right off the top, even if it indicates more aroma than thought, hahaha. He addresses the life of a transplanted East coast fellow in CA, along with art, music, and what makes people tick. He has a stream of conscious style of writing that is rather like riding a motorcycle down a meandering road in the wooded foothills. You start out pretty sure you know where you are headed but it looks and feels a bit different on a bike than in a car so you notice some things more keenly and other things whiz by......OOOF! was that a beetle than just hit me in the forehead???...You'll see some lovely sights along the way and perhaps narrowly miss some hazard as you are leaning into the curve and rounding it before the road opens up and you see the clearing you're headed for. It's a trip well worthwhile as he covers a lot of terrain and explores it without hurry.


Zombieslayer: After a VERY long absence he is back in the blogosphere and I'm glad to see him at his old haunts. He covers politics and culture. He's quite up front about his positions and makes no apology for holding them. That being said, he actually encourages his readers to express dissenting views in a civil manner and responds in kind. He's not afraid to be unpopular, nor to admit you have given him a new angle to consider. He is smart enough to listen to people with opposing viewpoints and learn from them rather than descending into name calling and mud slinging. He may point out what he views as weaknesses in the opposing view but he ultimately wants to sell you on the merit of his and not have you accept it by default.

Phaedrous: He chronicles his life as he cared for his beloved wife in the end stages of her cancer while battling his own. He covers the highs and lows of the months since her death as he adjusts to being without her presence and helps his teen aged children navigate as well. He's achingly honest and astonishingly eloquent about the grief process and other serious difficulties without descending into self-pity. He's also exhibited a wickedly funny side at times and has a political blog as well. If anyone can read him without being moved by his story, challenged to examine one's own life, or changed then I daresay that person has neither heart nor brain. Read him and I ask your prayers and positive thoughts for him and his family.

26 comments:

barefoot_mistress said...

All fabulous bloggers and really special people!
Thanks for sharing!

HI Lacquer, Hi Phaedrous, Hi Zombieslayer, Hi Jericho!!!!

snavy said...

I do so love Brian's blog. He certainly does have a wonderful perspective on, well.... everything.

I'm glad to hear Zombieslayer is back.

I should wander through your blogroll more often.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Very interesting! I haven't visited any of these guys.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the talking urinal cakes below! FABULOUS.

lecram sinun said...

This is a wonderful idea for a count, Lime! I love it! Cheers!

Top cat said...

Very good da count and a great idea listing these blogs.
Personally I'm tired of thinking.
I think I've thought myself to smithereens over the course of my lifetime.
I'm ready to party with the laugh monster, give me some humor, make me pee my pants with something funny.(you've come close to doing that)lol
tc

lime said...

susie, glad you enjoyed.

snavy, yes,i was tickled to see zombie had come back to life. enjoy wandering...

tlp, take a look you won't be disappointed. glad i could give yo ua giggle on wednesday

lecram, thanks...so glad YOU make us all stop and think with 'da count'

tc, donning my swim fins, bell bottoms, mariachi jacket, and top hat...oh, and don't forget 'depends' ;)

Lacquer, Semi-Gloss Lacquer said...

Lime... as always, you've made my morning. (I need to check out these other fellows and add them to the line-up.)
-There IS life out here in central california... and the natives are friendly, (and they don't eat NewYork-Pennsyl-Jersians either... (lots of 'em are vegitarians and vegans in fact...) -should I be offended??? I thought missionaries were supposed to wind up in stew-pots...
---and (of course,)
-as one cannibal said to the other, over the clown they had just eaten?? -'does this taste funny to you???)

Thank you again, you've been a wonderful lifeline to 'home,' and such a sound source of wisdom ta-boot.

...hello Susie as well... ;)

AndyT13 said...

OK, I know I shouldn't be, but I'm annoyed I didn't make the list. Not because I post such deep and thought provokingpieces, but because I don't. Meh. I am however wearing your shirt today. :-)

steve said...

Have a great weekend!!

lime said...

lacquer, glad i could make your morning. i'm so delighted to know you....crazy how you were in my backyard and i didn't 'meet' you until you moved cross country...this internet thing is crazy!

andy, dude...get me those CDs you promised and i'll plug your music.....glad you like the shirts.

steve, have a great one yourself!

M said...

Goodie! New bloggers to discover. Thank you for the thoughtful descriptions of their blogs. I like that you told us *why* you enjoy reading their blogs.

M said...

Goodie! New bloggers to discover. Thank you for the thoughtful descriptions of their blogs. I like that you told us *why* you enjoy reading their blogs.

Lolly said...

That's a great count! You did a wonderful job describing them. I had a bit of lacquer. I started to say I had read quite a bit of his, but actually it was only 2 posts! You description was fantastic. You've obviously ridden a motorcycle! You got me curious about the others. i'll try to visit them sometime.

G-Man said...

Limey, If these people stimulate your brain, they must be bloggers of great substance! You have been around the web for a long time and to pick these few out really says something. I hope all is healthy at the house of Lime..
Very Nice.
Michelle Aussi Trini Limey Descartes....Xxx

lime said...

m, i hope you enjoy them as much as i do :)

lolly, 2 lacquer post can be quite a bit *wink* and yes, i love motorcycles

g-man, thanks. i enjoy your recipes and trivia an awful lot!

Cain said...

Great Count!

Now, I have some blogs to check out!

~~"Brain sizzling"~~

(like that, mucho!)

xx,Cain.

Cosima said...

One of the things I have put on my to do list is to add more people to my blogroll, and this is a wonderful way to come to know new people. Thank you!

G-Man said...

We all have our little niche Michelle...
Very rarely does anyone leave Lime's place without a sense of awareness, or a big smile! What a great friend and a fantastically Beautiful person you are.. G

G-Man said...

I double what G-Man just said......Galen

MONA said...

Lime. Thanks..I think you just gave me a treasure trove....made my task easy to go searching for substance.That was indeed a great dea of your friend's. Now I will check out each one you have mentioned here.

Bridget Jones said...

OH that was great!!! Thanks for doing the meme, Lime!!! (((hugs)))

Jocelyn said...

I'm glad I wandered over here today. Frankly, memes are sometimes tiring, but this one is great. I actually haven't read any of the blogs you cover, but I'm off to now!

TorAa said...

At last you revealed your preferences. Mines are of course not the same, as we live in different places and cultures. Hence, it would rather silly to comment your choices, but for one simple word: Respect.

=^.^=

PS: this is try # 6 (# 8)

Chickadee said...

Ohhh new blogs to read! They look like some good ones too.

I also read and enjoy Brian's blog. I don't remember how I found it, but I've been reading him for almost 2 years now.

Jericho said...

I am honored, humbled. To warrant inclusion in any list that purports to list some sort of favorite of Lime... especially after a long hiatus... wow!

Of course, you know how much I revere your blog. ;) Seems I now have a few more to investigate. Thanks so much.

I will be back regularly soon, by the way. The move is almost complete, and the stories have accumulated, though most are unfinished....

Brian said...

Ok....you've got it. I will do a history post shortly :) Thanks for the inspiration hon!