A while back, George, over at Decrepit Old Fool, very kindly slapped an “E for Excellence Award” on this blog. I was quite pleased — although a bit alarmed that George might have fallen out of his rocker and bumped his head. Such things have been known to happen to decrepit old people when they get to speed rocking. Fortunately, George has produced many exceptional and excellent posts since then, and not one of them foolish, so I am no longer nearly so alarmed as I was at first.
Yet, shortly after George apparently flew from his rocker, Ordinary Girl also very kindly awarded this blog with the “E for Excellence”. That greatly pleased me too — for I am certainly not above taking advantage of my friends when they experience an uncharacteristic lapse in decency and common sense.
Now, the Award comes with a string attached. I am to name 10 blogs I believe to be excellent. I have procrastinated doing so long enough, and it’s time that I at least got around to making a start on it. So, I am about to name two blogs that obviously deserve the Award.
The first is Nita’s Wide Angle View of India. I believe in Nita like some people believe in sunrises. Her honest, clear writing refreshes me.
She is meticulous in getting her facts straight, and she is equally meticulous in making her beautiful, straightforward prose clear and engaging. I doubt anyone on the net puts more real work into a post than Nita. Moreover, she strikes me as having enough brain power to light up a sizable town.
Mostly, Nita writes about India. Even if you are not in the least interested in India, you should still read Nita. Her posts will engage you with their honesty, their decency, their detail, and their insight. Her blog rises above time and place, and it is one of the few I’ve come across on the net that is a treasure which should be saved for future generations.
Another blog that obviously deserves the “E for Excellence Award” is RamboDoc’s A Twist of Word and Mind. “Authentic” is the word I most associate with this man.
Doc has a sharp, honest mind and is wonderfully straightforward in putting forth his views and opinions. His politics, of course, are appalling — mainly because they are not my own eminently sensible politics. Yet, the utter dismay any reasonable person must surely feel when reading Doc’s political views is completely eclipsed by the immense admiration you so easily have for him.
In the first place, few people these days are willing to stand up for their beliefs come hell or high water. In the second place, fewer people can do so gracefully. And last, even fewer people stay true to themselves. Doc routinely does all three things, and that is exceedingly admirable. He is one of those people that you could hold up as an example to your kids on how to be an authentic person.
Moreover, he is also the most cosmopolitan blogger I’ve met, and could give the world lessons in how to be witty. Indeed, he is a world class blogger, and though his choice of mistresses leaves much to be desired when compared to my own superb tastes, I confess to having more times than I can count longed to buy Doc a beer for no other reason than to simply celebrate one of the world’s most genuine, authentic people.
Those, then, are the first two blogs I wish to recommend to you for their excellence. Please check them out if you have not already done so. And, if you’re willing, also click on the link to George’s blog and wish him a speedy recovery from the bump he suffered that led him to give me the “E for Excellence Award”. You might also do yourself a favor by dropping by Ordinary Girl’s blog — when you do, be sure to check out her excellent weekend wrap up of posts from around the net. You’ll feel good you did. Thank you!