Je pense, donc je suis. Rene Descartes expressed this idea, and I will now declare: I have received a Thinking Blogger Award, Therefore I Am. Thanks, Jane at Halfmoon Happenings for the tag. I am to reply by nominating five other bloggers that make me think. But first, I must say, I wish Descartes’ supposition was reversed: I am, therefore I think. If that was true, I wouldn’t be reading such nonsense at this or this. But alas. Now this old lady is thinking, and if she had a blog, I’d surely nominate her.
I’ll get on the five bloggers – they may have been nominated before (is that against the rules?), and if so, just consider them doubly-good thinkers. And they will be discharged from their duty of nominating five others.
1. Pebble Chaser: I regularly stalk this site, and if Heidi has a sitemeter, I’m sure I send it off the charts. I appreciate her witty, sometimes zany, humor, as well as her dedication to Truth and the seeking of G-d’s will. And she’s really smart, and contrary to her statement that she left her superpower at Walmart, she does, in fact, possess it.
2. Educating Germany: Kinderlehrer has taken on the task of lobbying for education reform in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal and parents are routinely jailed, fined, and had their children taken away – solely for the “crime” of homeschooling. I value her efforts in this cause that is very dear to my heart (which I wrote about here and here).
3. Principled Discovery: Dana, you always get me thinking. Her tagline is “If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3. Dana is dedicated to the preservation of the foundations of our great country, is 200 years behind in her politics, and you can count on her to be one of the first to expose the latest erosion of democracy.
4. Susan Wise Bauer: I must include this blog, because I’m indebted to Susan’s book, The Well-Trained Mind, for my successful jump into homeschooling. I went to Barnes & Noble one day last year, after deciding to homeschool, looking for a book, any book. This is the one I randomly grabbed, and while I’m not always the strictest adherent to Classical Education, it was the roadmap I needed. This blog is rarely about homeschooling, but it’s so fun to keep up on Ms. Bauer’s latest writings and adventures.
5. Sillie Lizzie’s Rock: I just discovered this blog within the last week, and can’t remember how I even stumbled across it. It’s my “wildcard” submission for the Thinking Blogger award, because it’s really new to me, but, boy, oh boy, there’s nothing faint-hearted or gutless or even silly about this blog. Do not enter without realizing the tagline: Subverting the subversion…unapologetically Christian and conservative, a blog at the intersection of religion, politics and whatever else I have on my mind at the moment!”
There you have it, and here is the beautiful award itself:
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. –Descartes
Descartes photo credit: Wikipedia