Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Stopping to Think

MBH's dad has a great saying, "You need to use your head for something besides a hat rack".

He would tell this to MBH and his younger brother to remind them to slow down and think about what they were doing or saying. Consequently, the saying has become something of a mantra for MBH. He isn't above using it, daily sometimes, to remind me to do the same thing; slow down and think about what I'm doing, particularly when I'm doing something computer related or have a kitchen disaster.

I like to believe that even though The Sour Dough is just about cooking; every once in a while I make my readers stop using their heads for hat racks and make them think. To think about what they are cooking, how they are cooking it and even about how what they cook affects/effects the people around them. So, it was with great honour and some humility that I accepted Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups nomination as a Thinking Blogger.

The Thinking Blogger Award was started by Ilker Yoldas over at The Thinking Blog as a protest against the inane "memes" that have proliferated the blog world and deciding to never do another meme, fired a shot across the bow of so much non-thinking going on in the blogosphere (ugh..just used a buzzword in a post).

So, here are the five bloggers who I read almost daily who always make me think and why they make me think:

Laurie of Slowly She Turned because I admire her approach to a nice slow and sustainable life.

Andrea of A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens who tirelessly posts about what is right about protecting those of us who can't protect themselves.

Ham of London Daily Photo who always has a picture of one of the great cities of the world (London) and helps make this world a bit smaller, thus each of us a bit closer.

Dr. A from Doctor Anonymous who is just trying to be a good doctor in the big and sometimes screwed up world of modern medicine, government interference and HMOs.

Siel at Green LA Girl who is not just blogging about making the world greener and leaner, but out there doing something about it.

So there you have it. My Thinking Blogger Awards.

Winners, now you get nominate 5 Blogs that make you think. Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging.

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

For the rest of you...go out there and find a blog or two to read every day that makes you think; I mean really think and then act.