October 1, 2011 5 Comments
I don’t have a blog roll, but I have people I like, and here they are. All, as befits my favorites, are deeply sincere.
Jean, at Snoring Dog Studio, is my sweetheart, the thoughtful artist who graces us with beautiful watercolors and real-world commentary with a no-nonsense sincerity.
Jeff, at A Zen Yard Hen, is an old friend and a most formidable Panzer liberal. He writes less these days, and I wish it were otherwise. We disagree frequently, sometimes angrily, but I love his spirit and his massively large heart.
Amy, at Taking Big Bytes, also an old friend, speaks straight from the heart, with the kind of extraordinarily searing honesty that makes you just a bit ashamed being less forthright.
Cheryl, at Spinny Liberal, is probably my favorite liberal — relentlessly exasperating but always gracious, open and accepting — and a most clever spinner with a most gentle touch. And she has visits from, like, every country in the world.
Terrance, at Sibboleth (what used to be the profoundly misnamed Americanliberatarian), used to be my conservative anchor in the blogosphere, but then he flipped and became a liberal. Watching Terrance evolve, and share so sincerely every wart and bit of angst along the way, is truly an inspiration.
Larry, at Woodgate’s View, is another Panzer liberal, and like Jeff above, he fortifies his liberal positions with abundant carefully-marshaled facts. I wish he were less liberal, but I love his genuine commitment to dialogue.
John, at Sifting Reality, is a most welcome breath of intelligent conservatism — and he talks frequently and smartly about religion, probably my favorite subject. I disagree with him about abortion and gay marriage, but find him a wonderfully kindred spirit on most other subjects.
Charles, at Mostly Bright Ideas, is simply a wonderful writer. His mastery of gentle irony is breathtaking.
Lobotero, at Info Ink, is perplexing. Another turbo-charged liberal, he nevertheless “Likes” most of my posts, even the conservative ones. I am deeply grateful. While we disagree on most matters, he is invariably a gentleman and a scholar.
Most of the foregoing just sort of happened. It wouldn’t have been my preference to love so many liberals. But I think what I most deeply dislike about “Liberals” as an abstraction is a reason to love the “Liberals” I know, and to appreciate their abundant good faith. I hope we teach each other.