"In the spirit of the amazing community building that Dewey was so good at, tell us about your favorite blogs, the ones you have bookmarked or subscribe to in your Google Reader, that you visit on a regular basis. Tell us what it is about these blogs that you love, that inspire or educate you or make you laugh. Be sure to link to them so we can find them too."
While I enjoy my regular visits to all the wonderful book blogs in my Google Reader-there's always something informative, entertaining, and/or inspirational-I think all of the book bloggers that I follow are pretty well aware of each other, so I am going to take this opportunity to highlight some non-book blogs that I enjoy.
Dealing in Subterfuges was the very first blog I started reading, way back in 2006. As it turns out, even though Jordan Baker is not a book blogger, the post that turned me on to her was book-related and has great potential for discussion. Her posts now tend to focus on baseball and recaps of shows like Top Chef and Project Runway, but she throws other stuff in there too. Also, she cracks me up.
Laurie Perry is the author of the book Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair as well as her blog, Crazy Aunt Purl. I discovered her when one of my loved-ones was going through a divorce; I was Googling something or other and found Laurie's blog. She has an entire divorce section on her blog, as she was going through one when she started her blog. I read through all of those entries, hoping to find something helpful, and I just ended up reading more and more of her blog. I think the entry that resonated the most with me and with my loved-one was this one...which I can't seem to link to directly. It's the April 1, 2005 entry in the "d-i-v-o-r-c-e" category which I have managed to link to. Also, she cracks me up.
Margaret and Helen run a blog by the same name. These feisty octogenarians sound off on whatever they feel needs sounding off on, though since the election ended, they've been pretty quiet. Whether it's Thanksgiving etiquette, breast feeding, or the presidential candidates, you can be sure they won't hold back on their opinions. Also, they crack me up. (Hmmm, are you seeing a trend here?)
Walking the Amazon Blog is one man's record of his journey from one end of the Amazon to the other in an effort to promote environmental awareness and educate people about the Amazon and the people and animals who live there. Ed Stafford began his journey in April, 2008, and is currently in Peru, approximately 1/3 of the way through his adventure. You can follow Ed's progress on this map. His traveling partner Luke left the expedition unexpectedly about 3 months into their travels. Ed has guides and other support team members in place, so he is not traveling alone, but it was still a definite morale buster. He is soldiering on though, and between demonic donkeys, villagers who fear that Ed might eat their babies, and wasp attacks, it's always an interesting journey. Also, I think he would really appreciate any encouraging words anyone could send his way.
And, finally, Upside Down Dogs is a collection of pictures of dogs lying on their backs with their faces all squished up and looking silly. They add new pictures on a regular basis; it's quick, there's not much to read, and it will brighten up your day. Also, this may come as a surprise, but those dogs crack me up.