Updated: I haz a blogroll! Thank you, Howard, for the advice.
I have tried unsuccessfully to add a blogroll to my home page; I can’t figure out how to make it work. If any of my fellow WordPress users can help, I will gladly give you a huge shout-out. If you are willing to come to my house and talk me through it in person, I will buy you dinner.
There are several blogs I read regularly and would like to include in said blogroll. Until I figure out how to do that, I am posting them here, and I urge you to check them out. With one exception, these are people I know personally.
I am also open to recommendations, and self-recs from friends who have blogs I don’t know about.
So go read these, bookmark them, and like the writers on Facebook to be alerted to future posts.
Chuck the Writer: Chuck Miller is a man of many talents. Not only is he a gifted writer, he is an award-winning photographer/crafter and a pop-culture geek. His Collarworld stories, about an afterlife for animals, are sweet and moving without being maudlin. He also indirectly guilted me into reviving my blog, by continuing to link to it on his page even when I went months or years without posting.
Write in the Middle: Howard Fielding and I were fraternity brothers in college (coed house). He is a veteran newspaperman whose blog consists of book reviews, humorous insights, political opinions, fictional writings, and musings on life and language.
Rocks, Trees, Skies, Seas … : Elizabeth Nestler is another Phi Tau brother and a devout Christian. I am not, but she has a way of seeing the hand of her Lord in her everyday life that I still manage to find inspiring. Worth reading no matter what your beliefs, or lack thereof.
Balkinization: My Phi Tau bestie from way back, Mark Graber, is a law professor and contributor to this constitutional law blog. It is not the sort of thing you’d read when you want a distraction, but worth your time when you have the brain cells to spare for a deep dive.
Figuring. Shit. Out. : I have yet to meet Amy Biancolli, the author of this blog, but I hope to someday. She describes herself as “a gray-haired mama and an ink-stained wretch … A survivor of suicides. A person of faith. A player at (not of) the violin. An arts writer at the Albany Times Union. A singer of alto lines. A lover of movies and former critic. A dabbler in plays. An author of books.” She writes beautifully about love and loss and music and her sister’s love of Barry Manilow and a whole lot of other things. Did I mention I want to meet her?
So there you have it. Some reading material as my gift to you this Christmas Eve. Happy content to all, and to all a good night.