Friday, July 27, 2007

The Thinking Blogger

Yes, of course, me. No need to sound so surprised.

Mark awarded The Inn one of these just last week. You can find it here.

And now I have official duties to perform. There are official strictures incumbent upon the awardee, to wit:

"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..."

O.K. I can do that. Easier than flying to Norway and giving a speech.

The Five Blogs:

1. The View from Chaos Manor. Professor Pournelle may be writing today about politics, computers, science fiction, the military, education or. . . .an uncountable number of other topics about which he knows more than I have ever dreamt of. Click on the link and find out.

2. The Devout Life. Hilary is the most unpredictable woman. Jeremiads directed to the Canadian elite today and pictures of an idyllic English countryside tomorrow. Um, she isn't actually maintaining the linked site at the moment. But who knows what tomorrow may bring? And there is, as it happens, communication occurring from An Undisclosed Location. You'll just have to trust me on that. Meanwhile, you could read the TDL archives.

3. Rorate Cæli. THE source for informed traddie commentary. Want information on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum? Go no further than the link at #3. Citing it also gives me the opportunity to encourage the use of the diphthong "æ".

4. Crazy Stable. It's supposed to be about renovating an old house in Brooklyn. And it is. But there's always more. Life in New York in general. Looking after a favourite uncle. And how often it puts joy into all the work that needs to be done around and about the little house where The Inn is put together a full continent away.

5. Apologia. Doesn't matter what it's about. Bill writes so well it is always refreshment for the mind and the soul.

Well. That was harder than it looks. The narrowing-it-down-to-five part, I mean. There are a fair number of good blogs on The Inn's blogroll that I'm very fond of. And five times more bookmarked on the browser. I could've mentioned The Irish Elk right back but somehow that doesn't seem quite right. (Even though I check in regularly to learn about old time baseball, jazz before the corruption set in, heaven knows what else.) And Flos Carmeli where I find out how poorly I live the Carmelite life. And Mommentary where Elinor's favourite word is not "nuance". 120 proof opinions, most of them spot on. (Could use a bit more appreciation for the classic Roman Rite, but it's early days yet.)

And that's enough. Mark said it's supposed to be five.