Where to begin? Once begun, were to stop? I have been tagged, which until now has indicated that a fellow blogger has requested insightful answers to an entire range of questions, ostensibly to reveal hitherto hidden personality of the tagged. But this tag is different — it is an honorific deemed deserved by a fellow blogger.
Troutsky, author of “Thoughtstreaming”, has given me the Thinking Blogger Award with this presentation, “…I hope people will visit Gregrandgar's site It Must Be the Vapors. He comes from the "physician, heal thyself" school of social change and finds his Truth in Do Unto Others and in his beautiful N Texas garden. He writes inspiring poetry and asks really good questions.”
It comes with the following rules:
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.
My first inclination is to tag a blog by Pisces Iscariot called The Far Queue because he does so much more than make me think (as if I could be made to do something I don’t seem capable of stopping in the first place). His use of language draws me into the realm of pure thought where language has yet to slice, dice or codify, just as the twinkle in a daddy’s eye cannot be bounced upon a future granny’s knee. Reading his poetry and prose is a delightful respite from the plethora of political pedantry posted out there, yet expresses the essence of politics, if that is the trend of my thinking at the time of my reading him.
Next I would cite Bobby Lightfoot and the Orchestra of Sweet Regret, whose words, like barbs and stings must be understood to be the exterior of something of value to be penetrated like a male porcupine looking for a good fuck. The humor within reveals a very happy man, which is always a delight to find and goes a long way to explain why he chose music as his means of communication.
Third, but by no means less than the others is 22 over 7, by Mr. Damon whose multifaceted curiosity integrates hard edged physical science with the mystical development of cultural ideology. An amazing and catalyzing accomplishment, to say the least. Just his title, the crudest form of the so far infinitely unresolvable number, ∏.
For now, I gotta stop my list, not because there are no more I appreciate, but because in my short blogging experience I have yet to witness more blogs deserving such an honor that have not already received it. I will get to the two remaining as they occur to me.
I find that this particular meme serves an extremely valuable service to intellectual exploration of the human capacity to express our universal oneness through the myriad variations we each are on that theme. By backtracking through the links this tag requires I see the genius behind its originator, though I have yet to go far enough to find out who that may be, but it is not the end I seek, but the journey I enjoy.
I have found a fourth worthy recipient of this award in Karoline in the Morning whose photos and poetry about, sense of and love for her family and the timelessness of nature evoke a kinship beyond her words. She proves the native americans right, photos do capture souls, its just not a bad thing. Thank you dear Karoline.