It’s an honor we didn’t expect. We have been named New Blog Of The Week , by Barbara Swafford at Blogging Without A Blog. There have been so many other blogs which have received the designation that we have been pleased to add to our daily list of reads. Barbara has been a frequent and supportive commenter here and on all of the sites in her community. She instinctively understands what it takes to build and nurture a vibrant community.
Since this morning’s announcement, I’ve felt like I’ve opened the door in my bathrobe with my head in a towel to someone from Publisher’s Clearing House. Now that reality has sunken in, we’d like to throw open that door and show you around a bit, especially if you’re new here. There are several different rooms in our online home that you might want to hang out in for a while.
If you’d like a clear view into what our brand of togetherness is like, there is no better post than Cheechakos in the Chugach, in which I realize my husband is perfectly comfortable sacrificing me to wild animals. It’s one of the first posts in our Alaska series. We were unprepared for Alaska to the point of stupefaction. Our feeble attempts to summarize its overwhelming and mystical impact are here in Return to Denali, and here when we finally see what we were meant to, Outside, Seeing.
If you’d rather something different to think about than what’s for dinner, you might want to take a look at the conversations that developed here, in Wisdom, and here, in Runes. If history is your thing, check out Hole-In-The-Day. If you love art, you will love Claire.
Finally, anyone who knows me is aware that I was the apple of my father’s eye. His down-home wisdom is referenced in Stand Up and Trust Yourself, and Harvest Moon. You can also see a startling discovery about my dad that my brother and I made over the summer.
We would be totally remiss if we didn’t mention Barbara Swafford again. Her indefatigable efforts have built a strong community, and her positive support makes a huge difference for anyone who has ever hesitantly thrown up a post for the world to see.
Blogging can be somewhat like surgically opening your chest and displaying what’s inside in front of God and everyone. Barbara and the rest of you applaud the courage it takes to do so by gracing us with your time and thoughtful reactions. Our deepest thanks go to all of you. We’re delighted to have you and hope you stick around for as long as we do this. We’ll do our best to make it worth your while. You make this very fine company indeed.