I was tapped by my good friend Barry over at Illusory Flowers in an Empty Sky (formerly The Urban Monk) for an “Honest Scrap Award.”
“When one attains this auspicious recognition, one is supposed to: write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, choose a minimum of seven blogs you find brilliant, list at least ten honest things about yourself.”
My favorite blogs include, of course Illusory Flowers, although I am honest enough to say I liked the previous title better, in the service of brevity and simplicity. Barry is smart, funny, not afraid to post pics of his own ass. I love that. The not afraid part, although the ass isn’t bad and I hope his wonderful wife, Amy, will forgive me for saying so. Amy writes The Edges of the Day which is quite lovely.
My dear friend Andy is a constant window into other worlds thanks to her blog Radical Seeks Enlightenment. I hope to catch her sometime this summer while she is in Chicago, which is relatively closer to Nebraska than her former home on an isolated mountain in Vermont.
I truly enjoy Colin Beavan over at No Impact Man and am greatly looking forward to the release of the documentary about the No Impact Project. His dedication to living sustainably is truly a thing of beauty and his posts on living happier and healthier always inspire me.
By way of environmentalists, the great Joe Romm at Climate Progress is a constant source for my own columns. I don’t know what I’d do without him and his in-depth understanding of science, politics, and rhetoric.
In Limine by my friend Sean in Denver always wakes me up and reminds me my body is more than just a vehicle in which I live. I would love to see more from him.
Rounding out the list is Rev. Danny Fisher in California who keeps me up to date on the scuttlebutt in amazing Buddhist blogosphere, with wonderful insights of his own.
Ten honest things about me:
1) I believe privacy applies to what happens in the toilet and nowhere else. If you wouldn’t do it with other people looking, it’s probably not a good idea. Not wanting anyone to know is just a product of fear and ego, no matter what it’s about. I guess that’s where all this “honesty” Barry likes comes from.
2) I don’t hate anyone, but I do have the overwhelming urge to smack people every once in a while.
3) I am full of fear, ego, loneliness, desire, and suffering.
4) I quote fictional characters.
5) I am combative but not competitive.
6) I never weigh the likelihood of success against the worthiness of the cause. This is why, even though I believe the world is in a climate change/environmental catastrophe/overconsumption nose dive we won’t pull out of in time, I continue working to do just that.
7) I like most animals better than I like most people. I honestly believe there are no bad dogs. I think it is a cat’s prerogative to bite whomever it pleases. And I know horses are smarter than I am.
8) I love everyone, even the scary, evil people.
9) I love prime rib. (Bad vegetarian! Down girl!)
10) If there is a grape vine, I am a string bean. I have a difficult time relating to people, picking up on sarcasm, reading body language, understanding moods, reading between the lines, and indentifying lies. As a result I don’t believe things can be implicit or assumed, but must be said strait up.
Pass it on.