Inspiring Words

Richard Feynman

I never took a course in physics or astronomy in school.  And, I suppose it’s for this reason that I have an odd fascination for these subjects.  My knowledge is quite limited, I admit. I’ve read and listened to Richard Feynman’s exciting lectures on physics, watched some DVDs on the nature of the Universe, and played around with my Night Sky ipod app.

So I was delighted to come across a wonderful blog on all things astronomy related called “The Cosmos” written by a high school student named Tina.  She recently nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – thank you so much, Tina!

Tina is a young Renaissance woman in the making. A student who is not only making a name for herself in the world of astronomy but is also a budding poet. Check out her poetry blog here:

In accepting this award, I am to name 7 blogs that inspire me (I found it difficult to limit myself to 7 as I follow so many amazing blogs!). What I like about the nature of these awards is that they provide us with an opportunity to shine a light on other people’s works: words that make us think, laugh, shake our heads…. I hope that these inspire you as well.   Drew’s blog is mainly about movies, music, and animation but he covers a lot more than that. He moves from philosophical musings on the movements of snails to comedic ponderings on Kristen Stewart’s facial expressions!   In fact, Frances Antoinette can write and does write very well indeed! Her posts range from reading about Vera and Vladimir Nabokov’s marriage while working out at the gym to the symbiotic relationship between ugliness and beauty (her photographs are great too). A beautiful blog on living in Patagonia. I love his photographs as they remind me of my time spent there.  Each post is like a little poem (with a soundtrack too!). Laurie’s blog centers around her charming bed and breakfast in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Her photos are stunning. She writes about nature, gardening, food, wine; everything we dream about when we dream about a weekend at a bed and breakfast….    A writer, teacher, and voracious reader. Writes on everything to do with books, reading and writing in a lovely, engaging style. One of my favorite recent posts included the following line, “I collect words.  If possible I would display them in petite glass bell jars all about my house.” There’s more to the story, but you’ll have to go to the blog to read the rest!    I recently discovered his blog but am enchanted with his writing style. His book reviews and musings on all things literary are wonderfully witty. I even ordered a book he reviewed just to see if I hated the characters as much as he did!     This is a charming Japanese blog with beautiful photos and an adorable cat named “Myau-kun”. The aim of the blog is to teach us more about Japanese culture, literature, nature, gardens, etc. I always look forward to new posts and am sure you will too.

Finally, I am meant to tell you 7 things about myself. I’ve already mentioned my lack of high school physics so only 6 more to go!

  1. I just finished reading Murakami’s After the Quake.
  2. I haven’t decided what I’m going to read next.
  3. I love The Oxford English Dictionary.
  4. I love that most French books are white.
  5. I rarely lend out my books.
  6. I love the etymology of words.