Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award

I'm so thrilled that Jana tagged me as a "Thinking Blogger."

Now I have to choose 5 (and only 5) blogs that make me think. This is going to be hard because I only visit blogs that make me think.

I Sit and Think
by J.R.R. Tolkien

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall never see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.

And now, for the winners....

1. Mind on Fire
John Remy never fails to make me think. I've enjoyed his courage in sharing his spiritual journey, I like his focus on philosophy and theology blended with activism. I agree with his yearnings toward pacifism and environmentalism. One of the things you must check out on this blog is the Wednesday Challenge. This ranges from naming the 192 member countries in the U.N. to taking a shower!

2. The Fire Sermon
I've followed Johnny since I first started blogging. First he was "The Mormon Left," then "Zarathustra and Me," and who knows what incarnation we will find him in next! His existential angst really appeals to my heart and soul, and I want to be there when he finally finds the answer to all things.

3. Mormon Stories
The third John who has captured my imagination is John Dehlin. Always causing a controversy in the Bloggernacle, and apparently, in his Stake! I started reading Mormon Stories after his funny, funny presentation at Sunstone. His interviews are down-home, refreshing, and sensitive. And they make me think! Right now we're all anxiously awaiting the promised "Pink Stories."

4. Zelophehad's Daughters
It didn't say in the rules that I couldn't pick group blogs. This is one upon which I can bestow the great honor of a "thinking blog." I read it daily, and I'm always enriched when there is a new post. Eve is hereby named as the Chosen One to respond to this award! Her poetry and poetic nature always appeals to me.

5. New Cool Thang
This blog not only makes me think, but sometimes I feel I am about to bust a brain cell trying to follow what they are talking about! If you get hooked on this blog, like I am, you'll soon find yourself reading lots of Blake Ostler and Journal of Discourses, and scribbling notes about the theology of the atonement in the margins of your scriptures! I don't know if anyone over there reads me, but if you discover that you have been tagged, I would love for Jacob, a blogger I greatly admire, to write the response.

For those I tagged, please read the following rules...
The Thinking Blogger Award is also a meme. The participation rules are simple:

1. If you get tagged, write a post with links to five blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. (Optional) Proudly display the "Thinking Blogger Award" with a link to the post that you wrote.


GeoffJ said...

I could tell Jacob to come over and check this post out if you want... or is that defeating the purpose? In any case, thanks for the kind words. We love your comments over at the Thang.

Bored in Vernal said...

Geoff, Congratulations! I love your blog and tell Jacob to c'mon over.

Johnny said...

Ahhhh...I feel honored, seriously.

And yes, you must stick around until I find the secret of the universe :)

JandS Morgan said...


Wow, thanks for the shout-out. Our initial exchange over at T&S is one of my favorite blogging exchanges ever. I always love it when you chime in over at NCT.

For the record, Geoff didn't give me a heads up about this post, I got here on my own (which is why I am a bit late--I'm behind in my blogging).

ZD Eve said...

Bored in Vernal, I feel really bad that I didn't notice your very kind words about our blog until just now. I do apologize! Thanks so much for your nomination.

(Guess I better get on the ball and respond!)

Anonymous said...

now I stay tuned!