Sauntering Soul has tagged me in a very flattering way. The "tag" is to list five "Thinking Blogs" that affect you, whether by making you think about things, or by touching your emotions, or just raising your curiosity about different things to try or places to go.
Apparently there's no tag-backs so I can't tag Bev, but if I could I'd tell you how much I look forward to her posts. Bev is one of the bravest women I (cyber-)know, dealing with relationships, family, work (including jumping from a long-term job to a new one; that makes her my hero!) and life in Atlanta with her cat Bailey. She is charming and funny and I'd love to have coffee with her one day.
So here's the rules:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged (but heck, even if you aren't, run with it anyway! lol) write a post with links to five blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Display your award proudly! Ok, apparently there's a "Thinking Blogger" award badge that you can add to your template, if you're so inclined. You'll have to find it for yourself though because I went looking and couldn't find it. So we'll just pretend about that part, ok?
Ok; here we go.
Kat is a fellow rheumatoid arthritis sufferer, but doesn't let it hold her back from anything she sets her mind to. She's a knitter, and a dedicated knitter in spite of the arthritis; she turns out some really beautiful things. She's my "local blogger", from the same neck-of-the-woods so to speak. This means she "gets" things that affect us locally, like economic issues, our crazy weather or great knitting haunts. She's the proud Mama of Bogie, a most adorable, gentle and loving pit bull (who stars in every pic on the blog! lol). And she doesn't stop at being Mama; she's also an animal rights activist on behalf of the breed and fundraises for her local humane society. But one of her biggest traits that comes through is she's incredibly resiliant, taking everything that life throws at her and keeps moving forward.
Kare has an incredible sense of dry humour that just rubs me the right way. She is a very devoted mother, not only to her almost grown-up kids but to Sade, a rambunctious black lab puppy. She's also very "crafty". I love hearing about life in the Canadian west, and seeing out her back door (dog-nose smears and all).
I've only just started reading Rob's blog, but we've been friends since God was a boy. Rob is a passionate man about everything important to him; his family, his community, his fellow man and his garden. It's all coming through in his blog, and I'm so glad I found it. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention today is his LAST DAY OF WORK; he's officially retired! (I'm so jealous!) So I'm hoping to read all kinds of good stuff on this blog, including pics and stories as he travels across the country this summer.
Jessica and Co. are amazing feminist bloggers who keep me well up-to-date on situations and issues affecting women around the world. The site is updated many times a day so it's always current. Jessica has also just published a book that I bought for DD. She'll get it when I've done reading it first (which will happen once I figure out where I last set it down).
Patty is a vet in Miami and shares her perspective on so many things that us animal lovers think about (or need to think about). She also posts pretty much daily so there's always something there to think about. She doesn't hold back on controvertial issues, either, and admits and explains when she's torn on an issue. Not to mention I love hearing about her own menangerie including a house-goat!
Ok; that's my five. There's a lot more blogs I love to read, I had a hard time picking which five to narrow it down to, so I tried to get a variety in there. Regardless of whether or not you've been tagged, go make a list of five so we can all see what you've been reading!