BlogDay 2005

BlogDay 2005

It’s BlogDay 2005, a worldwide effort to take one day and spend it getting to know new weblogs from other communities, countries, and cultures. To mark the day, please meet five bloggers (well, really six) I have discovered recently. Give ’em a visit and give ’em a read — they are all truly worth your time.

  • African Dust

    Man, what a great blog! African Dust is the work of Clare, a self-described “lapsed mathematician, a white African born and bred in Cape Town, a follower of Jesus Christ, [and] a wanderer.” She calls herself an insignificant Christian, but Clare is anything but. She comes across as a bubbly woman who is caring and funny and committed to living her faith as she ambles through her life in a South African city. And when she (in her eyes) falls short, as happened when she took a vacation from her morning routine of prayer and meditation, she faces it head on. One posting talks about getting back into the spiritual swing with scripture:

    When I started off, feeling a bit sheepish in God’s presence coming back to reading the Bible properly after a hiatus lasting a few weeks, this verse hit me between the eyes:

    … being confident of this very fact, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. — Philippians 1:6

    It was a bit of a rebuke and a bit of an encouragement… On the one hand, I am letting down the Lord AND those good people who have been and are mentors, teachers and leaders to me. On the other, He WILL carry on working with me (even if I make it difficult). Amen!

    Amen, indeed! Clare’s take on Shakespeare, math jokes, and life as a Christian in Cape Town is quite refreshing. Swing by and meet this most ineresting human.

  • Opinionated Lesbian

    What a woman! Canadian journalist Eleanor Brown’s weblog focuses on GLBT issues, news, and commentary. In addition to coverage of topics ranging from marriage equality to religion, the site also presents Brown’s unique take on politics, media, and daily life. Brown’s Aug. 30 post is a hoot (pun intended), as she waxes funny about her visit to an interesting restaurant.

    I went to Hooters and I couldn’t bring myself to leer at the waitress’s breasts.

    Not that she didn’t try. She leaned over quite a few times, serving my drink, my refill, my chicken wings, my bill. I was determined to look her right in the eye — every time.

    I wondered if I made her uncomfortable. She’s working at a restaurant where you’re hired to show off your boobs — and I blew it. Then again, I was a bit embarrassed at the thought of flirting. She’s working it at this “family restaurant” for the frat boys who frequent the Entertainment District, not for the dykes.

    What a terrible revolutionary I am.

    What can I say? I am in love.

  • Cool Hand Makiko

    From Japan, meet the lovely Makiko. She is a 23-year-old college student who is studying English (quite interesting to this 43-year-old student of Japanese). This blog is her opportunity to use her new language, and while she apologizes for making mistakes, she needn’t do so — CHM is a total delight. (Maki has a Japanese-language blog too, 蘭亭, which I plan to read when my Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji reading skills have improved.) Her English weblog is essentially a diary of her life in Yamagata — attending classes, taking tests, shopping, going to festivals, chatting with friends from around the world. This posting is a real hoot:

    Well, during I was in a class, I heard and spoke only English. One of teachers, named Jacob told about a story, “A DOG AND AN OLD WOMAN.” When he was walking on the street, a woman came taking the dog for a walk.

    Hey, John. Look! Gaijin-san! Gaijin-san! (Gaijin = foreigner | San = Mr, Ms, Miss, Mrs…)

    She said to her dog. In face, John was dog’s name. I could imagine that. Japanese people tend to name foreign name for their pets, like John, Tim, and Andrew. I’m not going to hurt your heart, even if your name is John or Tim or Andrew… I will laugh when I hear Japanese name for dog or other animals, like Takashi, Yosuke, Kenichi… (they are my old male friends’ name) You can’t ask me “WHY?”, I have no idea. Jacob was fun black man.

    Isn’t she great??? Her English being under development, and Maki being so young, much of the writings are frothy and filled with apparent non sequiters — but there is nothing wrong with that. Cool Hand Makiko is loopy and fun, just like its author. I like her, and if you like Japanese pop culture (and you will pick up lots of interesting bits about Japan), I bet you will too.

  • Cycling to Sydney

    Kira and Katrina right before their departure. This is one fascinating idea covered by two cool weblogs: On July 1, two London-based sisters, Kira and Katrina, set off on an expedition to cycle around the world, with Sydney, Australia, as their final destination. The purpose of the 25,000km trek is to raise money for Friends of the Earth and the Red Cross. Right now, the sisters are in Sidari, and their next stop is Instanbul. Check out Kira’s diary and Katrina’s blog — the gals are having a ball, and you will really enjoy getting to know them through their adventures. Here is a snippet from Katrina, who talks about her time in Greece (spelling and grammar hers):

    i have so far walked (in flip flops that origionaly cost two pounds, 4 months old, broken and mended with gaffa tape that leaves unsightly black marks on my feet -iv got that traveller feeling down to the max) for 7 hours , and seen, the Akropolis, Hadrians Arch, Temple of olympian Zeus – my favourite, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrians library and the Temple of the winds.

    The entire time i have been calculating how long each trip would have taken on my bike! it changes your attitude to any distance related activities!

    all using my out of date Reading University studeNt card, free entry yey! but i spent my last 30 euros on a hotel so …. its lucky im too excited to be hungry today….

    Reminds me of my treks through Europe with a rail pass, a backpack, and a smile… See Kira’s blog too and do pop by their main site, Cycling to Sydney — and sponsor them if you can. All the fun is for a good cause.

  • Life on Canvas

    Kathleen Glyde’s blog description promises “Short stories of Love, Loss, Beauty, Nature, Sensuality.” And that’s what we get — short, sweet bits from the amusing and interesting life of a woman who says only that she lives in Europe. One posting, “Modern Day Seduction,” is particularly telling — about some men, about encounters and morality, and about Kathleen. She is at a restaurant with a male friend when she notices a well-dressed man at another table. He is dining with a gorgeous blonde, but he can’t take his eyes off of Kathleen. She feels unsettled by it. Later, her discomfort grows when she bumps into him:

    “Hi I am not stalking you! I find you utterly desirable!”

    I replied: “Thank you”

    His response: “My wife is waiting upstairs, can I have your number?”

    I was speechless by this point, thought he is very brazen!

    I replied: “I am afraid I do not distribute my numbers to strangers.”

    He answered: “But if I give you my number, you will never ring!”
    I said: “Your wife is waiting!” meaning, lets end this now! [The well-dressed man gives her his number.] …

    … I played with the idea of ringing him someday.

    You’ll enjoy acquainting yourself with Kathleen via her postings and her lovely poetry; I surely did.