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“And the river bank talks of the waters of March, it’s the end of the strain, it’s the joy in your heart.” Antonio Carlos Jobim

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January Snow

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One year on …

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Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (some time between 1902 and 1910) Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer (Library of Congress)

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (some time between 1902 and 1910) Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer (Library of Congress)

I have been spending entirely too much time goofing around in the intertoobs, but I’ve come across some really excellent blogs I wanted to bring to your attention.

All the blogs in my side bar are very fine establishments which I encourage you to visit, these are just a few of my more recent discoveries, in no particular order:

The Garlic: All The Cloves Fit To Peel was founded in February 2005 by J. Thomas Duffy. Mr. Duffy has written humor, sports and just about everything else since 1975 – sometimes even getting paid to do so! His experience includes stand-up comedy (both as writer and performer), newspaper reporting and public relations and promotional work. Mr. Duffy has authored three unpublished children’s books that are currently collecting dust. Mr. Duffy enjoys examining the possibility that the dog salivating made Pavlov ring the bell

Mr. Duffy not only writes well but he’s talking to people and writing about stuff that the other bloggers I read are not. Plus he’s got great taste in music. Did I mention he’s in Boston?

Texas is a hotbed of high quality bloggers. I Blame The Patriarchy is “the patriarchy-blaming blog that has been advancing the radical feminist views of Jill Psmith, a gentleman farmer and spinster aunt doing the butt-dance in Rattlesnake, Texas, since 2004.” I particularly enjoy her “heartwarming nature crap.”

“The website formerly known as The World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon, Inc.,” is owned and operatead by Susan DuQuesnay Bankston who lives “in [the] heart of Tom DeLay’s old district. It’s crazy here. No, seriously, it’s triple z crazzzy.” Susan does local and national politics like nobody’s business.

The blogger known as Dr. Isis has some fancy-sounding degrees and is a physiologist at a major research university working on some terribly impressive stuff. She blogs about balancing her research career with the demands of raising small children, how to succeed as a woman in academia, and anything else she finds interesting. Also, she blogs about shoes. In fact, she blogs a lot about shoes.

And she’s modest too.

About 80% of what Dr. Isis writes is the God’s honest truth. About 20% is total nonsense. Dr. Isis makes no claims as to which is which and neither should you.

She’s parked at the intersection of science and society but she’s not kidding about the shoes.

Danielle Belton writes about “politics, pop culture and pretentiousness” and does a very fine job of providing a window on conversations you don’t hear anywhere else. I love the Hot Topics section — “a place for readers to trade links, post topics and discuss all things “snobbish.”

The name doesn’t exactly scream “food!” but as it says in the header, Hugging The Coast is “a daily updated celebration of coastal food.” It is a treasure trove of deliciousness. The owner/operator/photographer Doug Ducap, a former New York cab driver, posts original recipes which delight the palate and the eye.

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But after an hour of fresh air, Gracie needed to go inside … to use her litter pan.

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