And I’ve found myself thinking about my Mum. She’s been gone a long time, now. But I can still hear her voice. And I know what she’d have to say about life and injustice and adventure.
Mum loved to read. One of my earliest memories is of Mum, collecting her magazines from the bookshop after work. At home, cup of tea to hand (white, no sugar) she used to sink into the couch, (seventies style, cacky mustard colour with cream vinyl trim) lift her feet on to the footstool and with a contented sigh open her magazine.
Reading blogs is like that for me. Sitting down with a cuppa and my laptop, sometimes my phone, visiting all my old favourites and discovering new ones. In fact, during January I indulged in the great reading catch-up, books (check out my new page, Books I’ve read in 2016) and blogs.
Here’s the best of the best from my reading in the blogoshphere for the month: two tried and trusted blogs that never fail to inform and entertain, and a new one that has already made me think and made me laugh!
In no particular order, Freshly Seen at Jill’s Scene for January were:
Whenever I come across a blogger from Minnesota I take the time for an extra close look. It’s a way of staying connected to a part of the world that is very important to me. When I discovered Nicole’s blog, Thirdeyemom, it proved to be a taonga (a great treasure). She blogs about the sorts of things I love to read and think about: travel, life, social issues, books …
Make sure you have a cup of your favourite something to hand when you visit her blog, because it’s likely you’ll be there a while. If you want a laugh and a vicarious thrill check out what she has to say about hang gliding in the Remarkables, here in New Zealand!
Reading them reminded me of a special time, many years ago, with my parents. And, they helped me formulate a little more some of my own thinking about the matter of colonisation.
Robyn blogs about life, about indigenous peoples, and she writes fiction and Haiku. Yup, she’s my Wonder Woman super model.
Lately, Robyn has been writing about grief. When I set fire to the pain is beautifully written and although deeply personal it touches the universal. Not an easy read but well-worth the risk.
And, if you’re interested in a conversation about how social media may be influencing our relationships, in Posting fireworks that burn Robyn tackles the issue with her usual unflinching eye.
It’s the same staunch gaze she brings to the concerns of indigenous peoples.
In short, Robyn can make me laugh and she can make me cry. And she makes me think. Her blog is a window into a world different from mine, one I treasure being able to share through her writing.
Last but not least let me introduce Miss Fina, sh*ts & giggles with a side of taro. When Miss Fina arrived in the comments section of my post The coolest little bookshop I knew I was going to enjoy what she has to say. Her blog is new and already I find myself looking forward to the emails telling me she has put up a post.
Read what she has to say about racism. She’s talking about encounters she experienced in Australia but reading it made me squirm with recognition.
And then there’s her post: A Voodoo Doll gave me Keratoconus. I laughed and I laughed at this post. It was a nice sort of laugh, though, the commiserating sort. Because her reaction to the diagnosis is so what I would do, what my whole family would do. Yes I’m looking at you “D” and “A” and “L”!
So there you have it, my favourite reads from the blogosphere for January. Check them out and come back and tell me what you think.
Categories: Freshly Seen