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      Follow Friday Blogs, November 2, 2012


      This week, Follow Friday Blogs notes how just about everyone and everything is wrapped up in this election. We're only a couple of days away, and it seems like certain blogs that rarely (if ever) deal in politics have chosen to dip literary toes into those murky waters.  So this week I encourage you to not only visit these recommended blogs, but to spend a little time there reading some of the other diverse (and generally excellent) essays.

      I start this week with Carter Library, from Teri Carter, an essayist and short story writer raised in Missouri and now living in northern California.  I ran across her most recent posting  comparing the attack on her political leanings with the same kind of bullying she remembers from the 4th grade. What I found interesting is her "what I could have said" inner dialogue, one that I've had with myself more than once... (BTW:  Not sure if Ms. Carter is on Twitter, so thanks to @BonsaiFan1 for guiding me to this blog.)

      My next recommendation is Think About Life from Danise Codekas.  Her paean to Denver ("Denver and Sisyphus") is exquisite, as is her "Stymphalian Birds: A Reminder" (where she blends so many topical and political subjects into one posting that all I could do was relax, sit back and let it happen....).  I also had to go look up Stymphalian Birds... and I thought I was rather well-versed in mythology....

      Last up this week is the site for the Forward Institute, "a non-partisan, non-profit progressive think tank for public policy issues in Wisconsin. The Institute combines original, government, and academic research with original message and communication methods to educate and inform the public on critical progressive policies."  While I agree with only some of what I've read here (c.f. "progressive republican), I've found the entries thoughtful, carefully written, and always ready to challenge preconceived notions.

      That's it.  Everyone take a deep breath, and will visit again after the elections.  And don't forget to check out my most recent post, here.



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