One of my daily reads is the amazing HipWriterMama, and she is all that, I assure you. She submits weekly lists of strong girl role models in children's literature, she writes hilarious and touching parenting posts, she shares her efforts and anxieties on the road to becoming the famous author she's sure to be.
But my favorite bits are her generous urgings to the rest of us to make goals, get inspired and empower ourselves. Vivian's a one-woman high priestess, cheerleading squad, teaching team and fire-starter all rolled into one.
So, suffice it to say that when she calls my blog a thinker, I get all pink and swoony. Sometimes I feel like I'm barely awake, much less thinking. But thanks, HipWriterMama!
My job now is to tell ya'll about some other thinkers. So here goes, with the hopes that these aren't repeats:
When I was in college, I worked for a couple of years for the University News Service, mostly creating newsletter calendars and other decidedly low-brow journalism, but occasionally getting tossed some plumb little piece of work. I also got to brush up against all sorts of Real (capital R) Writers (capital W), including Jackie Mitchard who later became the author of some very big deal novels. As a person, I remember thinking she struck the perfect balance between smart, funny and warm, and I think her blog does that, too.
I love reading Mad Woman in the Forest from Laurie Halse Anderson. It is intimate and generous and specific and funny and experiential and seriously, I mean seriously thinkin'.
Fussbucket is a newish parenting blog and what I admire most is the brutal honesty here. I like that these mamas aren't just trying to look good to the rest of us slouches...
And same with Mombo's From the Mom Zone.
I'm only allowed to list four, but there's a bunch of other seriously wise nogginheads out there. You know who you are.