at least he didn’t pull my hair
I’ve been “tagged” by Kevin at Counseling Kevin with a Blogger Reflections Award.
This tagging thing comes with lots of rules and if you know me then you know I’m going to fail miserably at following them. First of all you have to copy the post. (copied from Kevin)
“This award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you.
Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them.”
Here are the rules:
1. Copy this post (meaning the rules).
2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site.
I’ll be honest here and admit that my blogging habits have been lackadaisical for quite a while now. I have been keeping up with my favorite blogs but I haven’t been commenting or exchanging mails enough to justify pestering anyone so I’ll just reflect on them instead.
this is proving to be harder than I thought it would be.
I know Kevin already wrote about her but tough I’m going to as well.
I’m a post 9/11 blogger with all the anger, frustration and need for justice that this entails.
The Anchoress was one of the first people to understand that although we could still be angry about the issues in front of us we couldn’t allow the rage to burn so hot that it consumed us in the process. She’s gets a lot of grief sometimes but if those detractors would read her without their preconceived biases they would see that she’s making no judgments against them but only asking that we look at ourselves and our faults as well as at others.
Oh Sissy! what rare gem this woman is in a sea of gravel. When I first start reading her blog I couldn’t decide if she was an absolute genius or a complete nutcase. She’s a genius no question at all. No one else can match her style or her enthusiasm in blogging. Her cats Baby and Tiny play the role of Forrest Gump and manage to insinuate themselves into 90% of the events unfolding around us and it’s a trip connecting the dots. Sissy is the epitome of what it means to be a joy. Whenever I find myself hating to blog and considering shutting it down completely, I read Sissy to get that reminder of what it feels like to wake up wanting to put fingers to keyboard before I’ve even rubbed the sleep out of my eyes.
2 of the bloggers I admire aren’t blogging right now for reasons unknown to me, but I’d still like to mention them.
Marvin Hutchens of The Little Red Blog. Marvin was one of the first bloggers to reach out to me when I started my blog. A very no nonsense type of person he took the implications of the military action he supported very seriously. I had never seen anyone wear their heart as exposed as Marvin did. I learned a lot from him, most significantly what maturity in thought really means. I don’t remember Marvin ever taking a stand based on emotion alone, he worked hard to lay out all sides of an issue and then based his choices on what he believed to be the absolute right thing to do.
Robert is one of the nicest people I have ever met even when he didn’t have to be. I first spoke to Robert when he commented on one of my posts. To give you some background lets just say I’m a southern baptist conservative, he is a gay moderate republican agnostic. He challenged me to flesh out my beliefs and make sure I could stand firm on them. I truly believe that God puts people in our paths for a reason and I believe the reason I met Robert was to keep me from becoming the type of person that shouldn’t be. He could have taken the high road with me and called me a bigot but instead he chose to to engage me and we discovered we had more in common than anyone could have ever believed. If I could only use single words to describe him they would be kind, giving, compassionate, fair, decent and missed.
I don’t know if the rules of this tagging prohibit me from including the one who tagged me but even if they do I can’t comply because to post about bloggers I admire and leave out the one I most admire would just be silly.
Kevin is one of my most treasured friends period. You can leave out the “in the blogosphere” or “online” labels because he is more than that. I met Kevin ages ago when we were both part of a group blogging project and instantly liked him. He feels like the flip side of my coin. We look at most things in the same way and as he said in his post, we both love to use the analytical knife on ourselves. Kevin shares more of himself than I think most people realize and in the process people take more away with them after reading his work than I think he realizes. He has become the measuring stick by which I measure others because for me he embodies what it truly means to be a human being on this crazy ride that is life. He doesn’t hide from or downplay his struggles he confronts them head on denying them the right to define who he is. He has taught me that maybe we will never be all that we wish to be, maybe we are not really meant to reach that place because the journey itself is the real purpose.