Claudia at On a Limb with Claudia and Rachel at Lessons Learned have both donated an Excellent Blog award to me. Thank you, Claudia and Rachel!
Claudia is a sublime writer who combines spiritual values with great comic timing. Her posts are always astonishing because her far-reaching mind leaves no subject unexamined.
Rachel is a terrific artist and writer whose blog never fails to enlighten or entertain, and she is a super-nice person besides.
I'm going to take my prize and run as soon as I share it with a few of the many bloggers I admire and enjoy regularly.
Two I have come upon only recently are
Nick at Nickhereandnow and Kapuananiokalaniakea of Waking Up in Portland.
Nick has a wonderful command of the language and seems to share my opinions on practically everything, which is a powerful inducement to love his blog, but I would anyway. His wit and honesty are a joy and I celebrate every time he has a new post.
Puanani writes lyrically and clearly has a particularly green thumb with children, plants and also words. Her writing abilities are as breathtaking as her soul is beautiful.
I highly recommend both these blogs to all who love interesting subject matter presented with grace, charm and compassion.
I read on Jocelyn's site, O Mighty Crisis, that it's Girl Scout Cookie Drive time. I am nothing if not suggestible, so I immediately checked online to make sure it was happening everywhere, not just in Minnesota, bundled up and went out in the pouring, near-freezing rain.
I stopped at my bank's ATM machine and then cruised all known Girl Scout hangouts: In front of Williams Sonoma, in front of Starbucks, and in front of Safeway.
Rain was pouring down the back of my jacket and my jeans were wet up to my thighs. I was sloshing around in soggy sneakers with money in my pocket but those wussy little girls were nowhere to be seen.
Isn't there a merit badge for Community Responsibility? Compassion? Feeding the Cookie Monster?
They just don't make scouts the way they used to. At least not in California. All the REAL Girl Scouts are in Minnesota, selling cookies behind the snow plow.
It would be excellent if I didn't live in La-La Land.