It's two days before Christmas, and a few days after a blizzard in this part of the world, and all I want to do is chill. I went browsing through the Media Journalism blogrolls and found some lovely reads and conversation. Here's a sampling of delights -- enjoy!
First, Joy Keys has a Saturday morning podcast that features conversations with all manner of interesting folks. When I saw that celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni was one of the people she had interviewed, I had to partake. Keys is brave -- she reads several of Giovanni's poems to the poet during a 45-minute that ranges across the span of her career. It also includes her pointed thoughts about Pres. Obama, hip-hop and finding life-long joy.
Next, the dramatic weather that we've experienced in many parts of the US over the past weekend often leads to memorable encounters that make for great stories. Mylene Dressler has just such a story in her post, Blizzard. It starts this way:
"Lisa and I met as we landed at Salt Lake City airport. We hit the ground with a jolt. A moment before we'd been flying through whiteness, and from my window seat I had seen . . . nothing.
"No depth. No space. No sky. No ground. It was as if we were buried. Or else suspended. And then all at once, the earth caught me under the chin and I let out a little cry...."
Finally, in a taste of a childhood Christmas, Elizabeth reminds us that the holidays can be bittersweet, even for children. The gorgeous flurry-filled landscape photo accompanying the post made me want to get under a blanket, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy:
"We made gingerbread men that Christmas. My mom baked cookies every year, but gingerbread men were not one of our staples. I’m not sure why she decided to make them that year, whether it was a plan to distract us both from the fate of our missing cat and my illness, or whether it was just something she wanted to do."
Have you got any favorite holiday blogreads that you sample just for the pleasure of the writing, imagery, or conversation?
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