It's only been a few short weeks since I started this blog and I've already been fortunate to meet several new friends here, whose blogs are both an inspiration and a delight. I would like to say thank you to these lovely people for enriching my daily life with their dedication, beauty, humor and unflagging devotion to the causes they believe in and the interests they share.
First there is Bobbie, the author of the blog Almost There. Bobbie is one of the first people to leave a comment on this site. The sense I have of Bobbie is that she is a person of great compassion and goodwill toward others. She is honest and straightforward and writes a fine story! Thanks Bobbie, you are an inspiration!
I don't recall how I stumbled upon this blog but I'm so glad I did! Forever Under Construction is authored by Homeyra, from Iran. There I found photos of beautiful Iranian art and architecture, a global-minded, humanitarian soul and a perspective I'm rarely fortunate enough to partake of. Homeyra also turned me onto Banksy, an anonymous protest artist from England. What a find!
A Poetic Justice, poetryman's blog, I'd seen rolling by on blogs here and there. I finally stopped in and had a real read of the poems; intense, passionate poems, often on themes of war and peace. I just love how poetryman leaves a poem as a blog comment. "....he's the poetry man, he makes things all right..." remember that Phoebe Snow song? It's been playing in my head since I discovered his blog. I should say "blogs" as he keeps several. Aaaaaah, more to delved into in the future! Oh, and poetryman is in possesion of a quality I value highly: warmth. Call me touchy-feely but that characteristic just makes me melt all over. But what else can one expect from the soul of a poet?
Then there is FranIAm. I've been lurking on her site since I found it rolled on my friend cunning runt's blog, Little Bang Theory. I finally got the courage to leave a comment. This lady displays such a sharp intellect and depth and breadth of knowledge that I thought she might be just a tad intimidating. I was so wrong! She is also another one of those people whose thoughtfulness and compassion cause me to go all melty-welty. Fran lives in Albany and being a friend of CR's, it would be relatively painless for her to join us in beautiful Franklin County, Massachusetts for a day of good food, scenic beauty and stimulating conversation. I'll just sit back with a smile and let the two heavyweights go at it!
Continuing the strange and beautiful "butterfly effect", as poetryman calls it, I have to tell you about Mad Priest, who officiates over at Of Course I Could Be Wrong...I haven't had the pleasure of making a true personal connection (such as it is on the internet) but I was immediately smitten by this blog. Madpriest is hilarious! In possession of a brilliant English wit and, as is clear from reading only some of his blog entries, he is also very well informed on issues of theology and politics. I consider him the British sitcom character of the blogging world. And I love, love, love British comedy - my favorite.
So, I'll be happily wandering through the worlds of these excellent new friends. This blog stuff is just great; so stimulating and pleasurable are these net-world connections.
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