Okay, okay—it’s not Christmas. But, hey, close enough, right?
There will be an actual Christmas post tomorrow morning, though it’s going to be very short. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn “Flashback Friday” into “Flashback Friday^2,” angering mathematicians and calendar enthusiasts everywhere.
The original post in this “series,” “Christmas and its Symbols,” contains some excellent Christmas wisdom. So often we hear Christmas denounced as a secretly “pagan” holiday because we hang wreaths, put up trees, and dangle mistletoe. But as one meme I’ve seen recently put it (to paraphrase), “Yes, I love to display the trophies of my vanquished foes.”
As the days grow shorter and cooler, with a full moon overhead, that old Halloween spirit has me excited for mischief and fun to come. Shirts for this year’s Spooktacular have come in, and I’m ready to play more spooky tunes from my front porch!
I don’t know if I believe in Bigfoot or not—I want to believe in it, at least—but I’m very much open to the possibility that there is far more to God’s Creation than we can even hope to comprehend. As such, it seems self-limiting to outright deny the existence of certain creatures. There might be plenty of evidence against the existence of Bigfoot, Mothman, etc., but such was the case—as I point out in this post—with the adorably weird duck-billed platypus.
But I digress. Whether these monsters exist or not, there are still plenty around us. With that, here is 21 October 2021’s “Monsters“:
The celebration of friendship rolls on (read Part I and Part II), this week heavily featuring blogger buddies. One of the real joys of blogging is the opportunity to read other bloggers’ writing, and to build up a community of like-minded writers. These three writers definitely fit the bill:
“Supporting Friends Friday: Mogadishu Matt” – Mogadishu Matt at Free Matt Podcast writes some of the more interesting “slice of life” commentary I’ve ever read. He’s particularly humorous when writing his own, hard-boiled responses to letters sent to advice columnists. He’s a man who has lived a rich—if not always easy—life, and he’s learned and grown from those experiences. That really comes across in his writing.
“Supporting Friends Friday: photog” – Good old photog is the proprietor of Orion’s Cold Fire. I consider photog my closest blogging ally, and some of my writing for his blog got the juices flowing again for my blog. He writes on everything from politics to photography (thus the nom de plume) to Star Trek. Check him out!
“Supporting Friends Friday: Audre Myers” – Audre is a fun-loving, child-like, but wise writer who frequently posts for Nebraska Energy Observer, Neo’s blog (which features far more stuff about English and American history than it does about running electrical lines in rural Nebraska). Writing this tribute to Audre proved to be a turning point for my own blog: Audre has tons of fans in Great Britain, and now traffic to my site has increased five-to-ten-fold on a daily basis, thanks simply to Audre’s friends and well-wishers commenting on the blog. I’ve never had such lively comment sections, and that also means more comments from Audre herself!
Well, that’s another Sunday in the books. Enjoy your day and support your writers!
I’m not sure how I discovered Nebraska Energy Observer, but I suspect it involved Neo leaving a comment on one of my posts a couple of years ago. I’m generally suspicious of unknown commenters, as the Internet is full of trolls interested in harassing right-wing bloggers, but I quickly figured out that Neo was one of the good guys.
My initial perception was that Neo was obsessed with English history, and I figured his blog was largely dedicated to the “special relationship” between the United States and our erstwhile mother country. That relationship is, indeed, an important focus of Nebraska Energy Observer (though you’d never guess it from the title), but the blog covers a wide range of topics (including, of course, reflections on the life of an electrical lineman in Nebraska).
Prepare to have your inbox deluged with solicitations from various (and variably worthy) 501(c)(3)s, playing on the cheerfulness and generosity of Christmas in the hopes that you’ll pony up $25 or $50. They’ll all claim they’re worthy causes—but how do you know?
Instead of running the risk of giving your merry moola to some Left-leaning charity, let me advise you on where to donate. As much I’d love for you to support my blog (which, of course, I encourage you to do), here are some of bloggers, creators, and institutions that could really use your support:
It’s been another crazy week, but the rhythms of the school year are beginning to fall into their familiar patterns. That said, I’ve put in more hours working this week than any in a long time.
Regular readers know what that means: another edition of Phone it in Friday, now reaching its fifteenth installment.
It’s been a week for shout-outs to other commentators and platforms, so I figured I’d continue with that theme and recommend some of my blogger buddies to you. I have to give a big hat tip for this idea to one of my best blogger buddies, photog, over at Orion’s Cold Fire. He wrote a post—“A Word of Thanks to Our Boosters“—highlighting some of those blogs that routinely link to his page or reference his writing, and yours portly made the list. Thanks, photog!
So on this rainy, overcast Friday, here are some excellent blogs for your consideration: