Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thinking Blog Award...

It was an honor to have my Quiet Country House nominated as a "Thinking Blog" by my friend Nan of Letters from a Hill Farm. Unfortunately, the rules of the Thinking Blog Award prohibit my nominating Nan in return, though I surely would if I could. Her blog is a lovely respite from the sometimes frantic world in which we live.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote(here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

I used to read several magazines faithfully. These days I read the blogs of kindred spirits living the quiet life, or of "foodies" and "crafters" with incredible color photographs. It is so hard to offer you a list of five favorites, but I've chosen these because I find myself returning to them again and again hoping for a new post. You may also browse through my blog list at the right, which includes many other blogs I visit frequently and truly enjoy.

1. (Inside A Black Apple) This lovely blog is the only crafting blog I return to week after week. The 20-something author, Emily, has a quirky, engaging writing style that makes me feel like I am visiting with a friend instead of reading a blog. She writes about her art, but also includes movie reviews, recipes, and occasionally some light, witty social commentary.

2. MorningRamble This is one of the first blogs I began to read on a regular basis. The blog's name says it all; reading this blog is like taking a Morning Ramble with Patty over the fields of her Texas farm. Her topics range from the simple pleasures in an ordinary day to contemplations on her spiritual journey. No matter the topic, they reveal her love of home and family and her appreciation for the natural world. I wouldn't miss catching up with her daily.

3. Beyond the Fields We Know I have discovered this blog only recently but am so impressed with the author's organic, lyrical writing style. Since finding this blog while looking up names for the March full moon, I have returned each day, eager for the wisdom this writer seems to have in abundance. She is deeply rooted to our Earth, yet open to all the beauty and mystery of the entire Universe. Her poetry blog, Trailing Light, can be linked to through this blog and is worth the side trip. There is so much to learn here!

4. The Village Vegetable This is a fairly new blog, but shows so much promise. There are beautiful, well established, food blogs with large followings, but I think this is my favorite. When I think of my interest in this blog, I am reminded of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse (You can guess which I am!) The "city mouse" who writes The Village Vegetable includes original recipes, restaurant reviews, and "slice of life" vignettes. If you link to her site, please find this post about the man at the farm market selling vegetable peelers. Linda brings this character to life for her readers through her vivid storytelling. I feel as if I saw and heard him myself! http://thevillagevegetable.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html

5. Rapunzel's Castle Of these five blogs, Rapunzel is the only blogger I knew before our blogging days. Her posts are by turns poignant, turbulent, informative, or just plain fun. Whatever else they are, her posts are always thoughtful. Rapunzel is not just hurrying through life. Instead, she is living mindfully. She is my dear friend, true, but I am nominating her blog because of the inspiration it provides.

11 comments:

Patty said...

why thank you for such kind words about my blog, said while bowing gently.

Rapunzel said...

Oh, Aisling, I am so touched and honored! I would put you at the top of my five if I could, I always turn to your lovely blog for a respite from my hectic everyday life here in Suburbia.

Thank you so much, I will give much thought to the five bloggers I'll choose. There are so many wonderful writers out there!

Aisling said...

You're very welcome. I meant every word! :)

Aisling said...

That last comment was for Patty. Oops, forget to "address" it. *grin*

Aisling said...

Rapunzel, I'm glad you enjoy visiting here! I love living in the blog neighborhood with you, since real-life hasn't been as facilitating about that! I look forward to seeing your list! :)

Grace said...

You picked good ones! I love MorningRamble as well as Rapunzel and Nan - too bad about not being able to nominate her back!

I'm hoping my three favorite bloggers win (you, Rapunzel and Nan, of course!)

Aisling said...

Grace, I don't think there will be a "winner" exactly. I think it is more like a meme or "tag you're it" sort of thing. If anyone nominates you, you can post the "Thinking Blog Award" on your blog and have to nominate 5 others. They then do the same. It's just for fun, I think, but without an actual final winner. (Don't quote me, but that's how I understand it.)

Linda said...

aisling - i'm sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. thank you dearly for all your kind words. i am sooo honored and shocked! i'm so new to the blogosphere, to be recognized is really a commplement. i hope to be blogging sooner than later. i hate that my life is so hectic right now. i haven't cooked in 1 1/2 weeks!

Aisling said...

Linda, You're quite welcome! I love reading your descriptions of life in the city! Country or City... we've all got to eat, right? *grin* I know you're really busy, but I'll be eager to read your list of 5 favorite blogs when you find the time. :)

Senryu said...

Kaa-san! ^_____^ Congrats. I didn't comment on your last post, about everything having a story, but I wanted to say that I <3 that sort of thing...

I had a chance to watch Into the West a few days ago, and there's a part where the one woman Traveller says, "My people were the poets and Seers on the roads of Ireland," and I thought of you, and storytelling, and then I had the inane notion to join a caravan, but..... Anyway. ^..^ Kaa-san, can we move to Ireland and become Travellers? Pretty please??

...I didn't remember that movie being so sad, by the way...

Much love!

Aisling said...

Senryu, I know you will be full of stories when I see you next - yours and those of people you've met along the way. Very interesting how you've become even more enamoured of Ireland, while sojourning in Asia! LOL! Much love too!