Tuesday, December 30, 2008

EWR: Eleventh Heaven

Welcome to the December 28, 2008 edition of everything worth reading. A few days late.

Justin Brunjes presents 'Stuck at the top of the world' or 'A nightmare of buses, trains and footpaths in St. Moritz' posted at The Best Things In Life, saying, "Hope you like this true story."

Pandora presents A Dylan Song I Never Heard posted at Pandora Parker, saying, "I would love some critiques and overall opinions on my style and story content. Thanks in advance to anyone daring enough to visit."

becauseemilysaysso presents My Second X Chromosome is Broken posted at Because Emily Says So.

I wouldn't want to hold the baby either, Em. Power to the non-maternal! That makes this your and our Post Of The Month!

Monica Hamburg presents Monica Hamburg - Your Dose of Lunacy: Skymall - You're Clueless & We Get That posted at Monica Hamburg - Your Dose of Lunacy.

Scary things you can buy for too much money. Love it.

Relax presents Something must go in before we can pull something out posted at The Wise Curve.

One of the main reasons I'm including this link is because it sounds so dirty and so is not.

Justin Duval presents www.DarkGrin.com - Cops SAGA posted at The Dark Grin, saying, "A real-life story of a run in with the COPS how could it not be funny or good?!"

A philosophy I live by.

TherapyDoc presents The Bus posted at Everyone Needs Therapy.

Get on the bus.

Martin E. Zulliger presents From Illegal Immigrant to IT Entrepreneur - The beginning posted at Chronicles of a Hacker, saying, "I am trying to tell my story here, I hope you find it interesting!"

With a title like that, it's gotta be worth a peek.

Toni presents I am thankful for sweet foggy messages posted at Wifely Steps, saying, "A little poem for my sweet husband."

makingthishome presents Making This Home » Blog Archive » A Peek Inside a Prague Home posted at Making This Home, saying, "Thank you for hosting this everything carnival! I'm sharing a bit of Prague."

I've always wanted to go to Prague. So far, this is the closest I've been.

Raghu presents The day the internet slept posted at Inside Life, saying, "Some groundbreaking insight, mind-blowing wit, and a fair share of light-hearted humor on the quirks of men and their creations."

"The Quirks of Men." That should be my next book.

Sidhusaaheb presents Prima Facie: A Few Observations on the Mumbai Attacks posted at I, Me, Myself.

Considering the gravity of this post, my pointing out how much fun it is to say Mumbai would be utterly inappropriate. Instead, I will show the skills I learned while teaching Ethics: Prima facie = first face = at face value or at first glance. I teach good.

GrrlScientist presents Alex And Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence -- and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "a review of the memoir by Irene Pepperberg. This book tells the fascinating story of the author's 30 year relationship with the famous African grey parrot, Alex. This powerful and educational memoir will forever change the way you view animals, particularly birds, and how they think."

Plus, they can talk. Right? The parrots, I mean.

Allen Scott presents What Time is It? posted at A View from the Nest, saying, "As the year quickly comes to a close perhaps it is time to ask the age old question-What time is it really?"

Flava Flav has been doing that for decades.

Sarah Zielinski presents The Tragic Tale of the Pygmy in the Zoo posted at Surprising Science.

Why are Pygmys always the center of some tragedy? Or is it Pygmies? See what I mean?

Terry Dip presents Moon Agent: Part 1 of 99(?) posted at Complete and Creative, saying, "This is the beginning of a complete novel."

Novel on a blog! Novel on a blog!

Martial Development presents Why i fail interviews posted at The Lumber Room.

Now here's a great tale about the job market.

Investing School presents 25 Ingenious Ways to Spend Your Time in the Current Financial Crisis posted at Investing School, saying, "A fun piece during these trouble times!"

The first suggestion is "buy a mattress." Any list of advice that starts out that way is worth reading.

Greg Laden presents Greg Laden's Blog : The Zodiac posted at Greg Laden's Blog.

Deep in the African Congo....

Tiffany presents Yasmin, Kennedy, and Lolita: How Bratz and My Scene inspired the next part of The Doll Project posted at brooding beauty, saying, "I'm an artist blogging about my process and wrote this piece about a new series I am working on called The Doll Project."

The more I read this post, the more freaked out I got. Girl dolls are scary. I think I heard that the Bratz dolls are being discontinued. Hallelujah.

Gil Ortiz presents Matachines posted at gilocafe.

Lupe! Virgins! Dancing! Aztecs know how to party. I love a good jig with someone of ancient ancestry.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

EWR: And Then There Were TEN

Welcome to the November 30, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading. We've got health, politics, and stories galore.

JennH presents The Sentence posted at Mixed Metaphor.net.

An intriguing little tale.

Jon Swift presents Obama’s Disastrous Gaffe-Laden Press Conference posted at Jon Swift, saying, "The worst gaffe Obama made at his disastrous press conference was when he referred to mixed-breed dogs (or “differently bred” dogs, as they prefer to be called) using the dogist term “mutts.” “Mutt” is a deeply offensive word to working-class dogs and their owners."

Dogist? Really?

Jirel presents Different meaning of different roses posted at Gozzip over a cup of coffee!.

So a rose is not a rose is not a rose.

el guapo presents Smell Test (When Does Satire Go Bad?) posted at eljumpingbean, saying, "Anyone up for some satire...real, well-written satire?"

Satire. Sarcasm. Bring it all on.

Toni presents Solace among books posted at Wifely Steps.

Books as friends. Been there.

CzechFolks.com presents Havel’s Play in Slovakia After 40 Years posted at CzechFolks.com, saying, "The former president of the Czech Republic is also known as a writer. After leaving the presidency he decided to write his new drama that he worked on for over 20 years."

Finally! A post about the former president of the Czech Republic! No, seriously, this is pretty cool.

Atif Farid presents 25 reasons to QUIT smoking Health by dratiffarid posted at dratiffarid.

Put down the cancer sticks and back away from the ashtray.

Amber Duffy presents A fly On The Most Amazing Wall posted at Blogtastic.

Pretty awesome as far as walls go. TV is good.

Dereck presents The Fisherman Fable posted at I Will Not Die.

Now if I went fishing, I probably would die because I can't swim and I'm not too keen on rowboats.

Jim Murdoch presents All writers are Martians posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, "Here's a review of 'The Paris Review's Interviews Vol. III'"

I thought only men are from Mars.

Kerry Dexter presents Dual: Julie Fowlis & Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh posted at Music Road.

Ah, music and writing. Bloggers are the rock stars of the writing world, you know.

Machione presents A Long Weekend That Turned Into A Week, Thanks To The McCain/Palin Ticket posted at Fear And Loathing - The Gonzo Papers, saying, "What made it all more interesting for me, as a gambler, was that there was no problem finding supporters of the GOP who wouldn't contribute to the McCain/Palin ticket, but didn't hesitate to bet that Obama would lose."

The ever elusive gambler demographic chimes in.

Amanda Morrow Jensen presents Ten Great Books That Will Change Your Life at Yield to Pedestrian: Stroll With Me Through the World (and Beyond) posted at Yield To Pedestrian: All the Cool, All the Time.

As if I need to add more books to my reading list, here's an ecletic gathering of choices. I misread the intro to the list, thinking it said that you should add these to your Amazon list for Christina. It says Christmas. Still, feel free to buy me books.

Peter presents How Gratitude Can Change Your Life posted at The Change Blog.

Now say thank you.

Trevor Watkinson presents Born Into Bondage: Swearing fealty to the Queen of Canada posted at SaveYourSweat.com Blog, saying, "Did you know that all Canadians are in bondage to Queen Elizabeth?"

I did not know that. Take that, Canada!

Jeff Sullivan presents Fastest Roller Coaster - Kingda Ka posted at Top Vacation Destinations of the World.

Aw, shucks, I remember when I loved riding roller coasters. Then I had a bout with vertigo and it's never been the same. Ride on, Jeff Sullivan. Sigh.

Edmund Harriss presents Mathematics, Computers and Zeilberger posted at Maxwell's Demon.

Now you KNOW the main reason I included this post is Zeilberger is fun to say. Zeilberger Zeilberger Zeilberger.

Hairy Swede presents A Swedish Christmas in October posted at A Swedish American in Sweden, saying, "A quick, but important, history lesson for Americans can be found buried in this post."

Those Swedes know how to holiday.

VW presents The horror...The horror... posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland.

Heh, heh. Big ups to the long walk of shame, international.

Joseph Ekwu presents OBAMA……Mission accomplished. « Josephekwu’s Weblog posted at Josephekwu's Weblog, saying, "Obama, our man, he has made history."

First, I think Joseph should know that the U. S. election made Obama president of the U. S., not of the world. Still, it's historic, so I'm linking you up even though I'm a Nader girl at heart.

GrrlScientist presents Tiny Gecko Species Discovered in Vanuatu Rainforest posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "According to scientists at France's National Museum of Natural History, a new species of gecko has been discovered -- after it hatched from an egg removed from a nest on a South Pacific island and carried 12,000 miles to Paris in a box lined with Kleenex. The island, Espiritu Santo, is one of the larger South Pacific islands of the Vanuatu Archipelago, east of Australia."

Whatcha got to say about that, Jeff Probst?

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Friday, October 31, 2008

EWR: Nine Is Fine

Welcome to the October 26, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading.
It's late because BC was down. Now here we are, together again. Aw, shucks.

Kate Andrews presents Pump Up the Volume slyparadox.com Blog posted at slyparadox.com Blog.

Stop breaking my heart, Christian Slater.

Jim Murdoch presents An interview with Claire Askew (part one) posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, "Claire is one of the next generation of poets. She has already won several awards despite only being in her twenties. She also runs the website 'One Night Stanzas' dedicated to supporting younger poets."

Jim pretty much summed it all up. Way to steal my thunder.

Kerry Dexter presents Gretchen Peters: Northern Lights posted at Music Road.

You know that song, "Turn The Page," by Bob Seger? Yeah, this post title made me think of that.

Michael Snyder presents Christmas Was Not Originally A Christian Holiday posted at The Moral Collapse Of America.

A lot of Christian traditions come from the Pagans. Fun fact!

Keith Carlson presents Health Food and Lipstick posted at Fiction, Prose & Ephemera.

Organic make up. It's all the rage, you know. Speaking of...

Kristen McCarthy presents Organic is Next to Godliness posted at this-sustainable-life.com, saying, "Organic products have become the food of the bourgeois –and I’m not talking about the kind of food historically only available to the rich: calf liver pâtés, speckled Emu eggs, and ninety-nine dollar square watermelons –instead, I’m talking about the essential food groups that ensure our nutrition: vegetables, fruit, grains, and dairy."

Carrots are evil. That's all I'll say about that.

Lily W presents Love in times of crisis posted at If only my English were better.

Good English doesn't make love appear. Trust.

FirstDateIdea presents First Date Ideas-Date Ideas posted at First Date Ideas, saying, "Need First Date ideas? Need Romance Date Ideas? We have 101 First Date Ideas and Date tips to impress your date."

I've got 101 more but they're more inappropriate, which is probably why I'm constantly on first dates instead of seconds and thirds. Have I mentioned I'm single again? Ain't no man gonna hold me down. Tangent over. Oh, and this is our POST OF THE MONTH. Cheers!

MelMenzies presents Bereavement Poetry - Death is But a Door : Mel's Muse :: Mel Menzies posted at Mel Menzies Blog, saying, "This is an excerpt from my book, A Painful Post Mortem, which was inspired by a real-life story. ALL profits from sales are for charity."

Too deep for me to say something sarcastic. Sigh.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents My Close Encounter (I Think) With Paul Newman posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

It's always a great shame when the world loses such a sexy thing. Charitable, I mean charitable man. Oooh, AND, I found Madeleine in the text I'm using for my Comp class next semester. Thanks for something I can give my students to read, Madeleine!

AdmirableIndia.com presents Hogenakkal Falls: Part 1 posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

So exotic. I'm so jealous. Thy middle name is cruelty.

axel presents Meditating In Japan posted at axel g.

Thy middle name is cruetly, too. Or cruelty two.

A_sdl presents Sit Down Life posted at A_sdl, saying, "Stop Running in mad rush"

I like this post because it's mostly questions.

Sarah Scrafford presents The 50 (Surprisingly) Dirtiest Things You Come Into Contact With Every Day posted at Web Design Schools Guide.

Unfortunately, dirty here doesn't mean what I think of when I hear dirty. Still, it's good info.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

EWR: Eight Is Great

Welcome to the September 28, 2008 edition of everything worth reading. India's back, cool as ever. We've also got murder and peeing. I know, the variety is amazing. Enjoy!

Jim Murdoch presents Major Benjy by Guy Fraser-Sampson posted at The Truth About Lies, saying, "A novel set in the world of Mapp and Lucia the characters created in the 1930s by E. F. Benson and made popular on television in the 1980s. Very similar in tone to Jeeves and Wooster."

Remember Private Benjamin? Yeah. That was good.

AdmirableIndia.com presents Trip to Wayanad: Day 2: Part 2: Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary or Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

Inspiring jealousy among us.

Louise Manning presents What do you find wonderful? posted at The Human Imprint.

This is touching in a non-sappy way.

Alex Smith presents Your Brain Is Your Best Self Defense Weapon posted at TBO-TECH.

The Power of Positive Thinking versus Taser Gun. Go!

Toni presents Remembering posted at Wifely Steps.

Another touching non-sappy tale. I'm diggin' it.

Kerry Dexter presents season of change: music for autumn 2008 posted at Music Road.

Who rocks the house? Kerry rocks the house, and when Kerry rocks the house, she rocks it all the way down! Ah, you can thank my cheerleading days for that ditty. Or is it diddy? Ooh, P. Diddy. Now we're way off base. Back to Kerry Dexter. She rocks.

Metaliphe presents Freud's Repetition Compulsion posted at Chandra Unplugged - No nonsense, Straight-up blogging from a Life Coach, saying, "It's what Freud calls repetition compulsion. We pick a person from the get go who reminds us of someone in our family of origin with the assumption being that if only I can get that person to love me then finally I will be lovable."

I guess I'm including this post because my boyfriend broke up with me last night. Yup, I'm back on the market. Now accepting applications.

Sara Goldstein presents Fashion don'ts: 'Mom jeans' poem posted at The Bargain Queens, saying, "Frustrated writer pens poem about 'Mom jeans' for fashion blog. People laugh -- but with or at her?"

It needs to be said. Thank you, Sara, for saying it.

TheLittlestGuy presents who peed in the water? posted at TheLittlestGuy.

Here's an interesting take on conservationism. Eat your heart out, Al Gore.

P.L. Frederick presents You're On My Mind, For $1,000 posted at Small and Big, saying, "One day, a dame with a dome has a bright idea."

Tyra Banks, you eat your heart out, too. You know what? I just creeped myself out. What the hell does that mean, anyway? Why would you tell someone to eat his or her own heart out of his or her own body?

amanda s presents Reasons Why Sarah Palin is NOT a Pit Bull posted at Save A Bull.

I'm not quite sure, but I think Amanda is not calling a woman a dog. I think.

Cinderberry presents The Stationery Fetishist’s Manifesto posted at Stationery Fetish.

Ahh, the fetishists. They are my people! This one in particular is all kinds of brilliant. You know what that means. Cinderberry, you have our POST OF THE MONTH!

Patricia Twitchell presents The Adventures of Penny Pincher - Penny Pincher Saves the Day posted at Just Bears and Stuff, saying, "The Adventures of Penny Pincher. Join Penny Pincher teddy bear as he helps save the rightful ownership of the mighty oak tree."

Oak trees are people too.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Sarah Who??? posted at Mad Kane's Political Madness.

Gettin' political.

David Settino Scott presents Free the Gods - Fiction posted at Free the Gods, saying, "A story about growing up in Santa Fe..."

Jon Bon Jovi has a song called Sante Fe on his soundtrack for Young Guns II. That, of course, has nothing to do with David's post. I've always wanted to go to Santa Fe, even before David's post and before the song. This is as close as I've gotten.

ElleAtDefiningSomeday presents Wild Card Inside posted at Defining Someday, saying, "Are you wild? Inside or out?"

Clothes on. Clothes off. It's a wild time.

Hairy Swede presents A Swedish American in Sweden: A Strange Morning with Swedish Boobs in Stockholm, Sweden posted at A Swedish American in Sweden, saying, "The one post I keep coming back to."

I think I have to come back a few times, too, with a title like that.

Kristen McCarthy presents Menstrual Suppression is the New White posted at this-sustainable-life.com, saying, "This season menstrual suppression is the new white. Designer oral contraceptives like Seasonale are the latest in cute pink pills to target the Western woman. No more mood swings, cramps, or unexpected whoopsies during your weekend getaways."

You know what's a bad idea, though? WEARING white when menstruating.

Nicholas Powiull presents Conscious Flex: Polyphasic Sleep by Nicholas Powiull posted at Conscious Flex, saying, "Polyphasic Sleep, ever heard of it? I did it for 273 days straight."

I don't see how this is enjoyable at all.

Glowing Face Man presents Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Man of Courage, Passion, and Freedom posted at Glowing Face Man: Awaken the Badass Within, saying, "What can we learn from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the recently departed Nobel Laureate who endured a hellish tenure in the Soviet Gulags?"

I'm not sure what we can learn, but I am sure that this is too serious for me to be snarky. Good info, though.

Mike Solara presents Sleep Better, Live Longer posted at Mike Solara.

I'm pretty sure this totally negates everything Nicholas said about napping. Blog war! Blog war!

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

EWR: Lucky Seven

Welcome to the August 31, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading. From French to flying to the search for immortality, it's all here. The race for the best post this month was a close call. So much good stuff in the blogosphere.

Manoj Thulasidas presents Sophistication posted at Unreal Blog, saying, "The French are masters when it comes to nurturing, and more importantly, selling sophistication. Here is a humorous take on how they manage it. La sophistication, a la francaise!"

I would say something really witty in French right now; alas, I don't know French.

Dereck presents An Essay on Human Growth posted at I Will Not Die.

I wonder if Dereck realizes that I'm 4'10".

old-wizard presents OW Investigative Series: Violence in Video Games posted at Old-Wizard.com, saying, "Old-Wizard takes a look at how video games affect real world violence, starting with the 1980's arcade classic Donkey Kong."

Gorilla and a barrel! Gorilla and a barrel!

P.L. Frederick presents Hotshot Designer posted at Small and Big, saying, "Mark Twain put it best when he wrote, 'rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.'"

Excellent usage of the word "akimbo."

HighGrace presents Why we cant fly posted at Face to the Sun, saying, "The importance of hope and imagination using the metaphor of the possiblity of human flight".

Some inspirational words about getting high. Not drug related.

Nesher presents Dead Body of Bigfoot Found! Hoax or Not? You Decide! posted at Popular Google Searches - Trends and Reviews.

Hoax! Obviously. Or I mean NOT a hoax. So real. Really, though, hoax. But not.

April Hollands presents Fete du Reblochon posted at Le Franco honey, saying, "I've been to another fete and found it as much fun as the one in Annecy, even though there were no headbanging infants."

This is the line that got me this time: "Meanwhile, the locals are drunk." Hahahaha. Drunk. French. Cheese. April is living the life.

Aaron Powell presents Karaoke Quintessence: Chapter 1: Juju posted at Aaron Ross Powell, saying, "The first chapter of a new serial occult crime novel from the author of The Hole. This chapter introduces one of the novel's heroes, Jimmy Pete, a professional karaoke singer with more than a little mojo on his side."

Ooooh, I love me some mojo.

Post of the Month
Lily W presents A Brave New World of dating posted at If only my English were better. "Having a martini is not a good idea when you are jet lagged."

Hahahahaha. With an opening line like that, you've gotta keep on reading. Alas, I have a boyfriend now and no longer have good dating advice such as this post. I also no longer have new horror stories. On the one hand, I'm happy to not have to be aggravated. On the other, as a writer, I miss new stories to tell. In any case, Lily's blog makes me feel all nostalgic and lucky at once. Lily W gives us our Post of the Month. Raise your glasses, and while you're at it, buy the gal a drink.

garry presents Escaping the Rat Race in Scotland, Just Do it, I Have Done It! posted at The Barbados Blog.

Oooh, Garry is someone who heeds the call of good writing. If not for posts about tales of dating this month, Garry would have been post of the month. Hope you come back again because your stuff is some of the best in the blogosphere.

Davin Warner presents My tribute to retro gaming posted at Absolutely Random Stuff.

I never played video games in my childhood so this is all new to me.

Keith Wick presents Walmart: The Descent of Man posted at Weith Kick.

Truest words ever.

Amaryllis presents Sam posted at Amaryllis's Tales, saying, "A short story about a boy new to highschool, and his unique challenges with flying and imagination."

Here's a lighter kind of literature.

JennH presents The Drawing posted at Mixed Metaphor.net, saying, "A work of fiction inspired by a writing prompt at A Thousand Words."

An interesting take on an interesting picture.

Hopeful Spirit presents Cliques: They’re What’s Wrong With the Christian Blogosphere posted at On the Horizon, saying, "Cliques are a way of life -- in the real and cyber worlds, including the Christian blogosphere. How should we react? Is there a way to combat this phenomenon?"

There are a whole lot of problems with Christianity let alone the Christian blogosphere. However, I'm not so close-minded as to not let all sides be heard.

P.L. Frederick presents Taking A Stand On Lemonade Stands posted at Small and Big, saying, "Learning to be polite from children. A quick read!"

Hope they have a liquor license.

Ann presents VegasRex: On The Las Vegas Real Estate Market posted at VegasRex, saying, "Humorous and interesting take on education and the real estate market situation in Las Vegas."

I don't even know what to say here....

Rachel presents I guess you had to be there. posted at Basura Caliente!, saying, "I'd like to think this is worth reading. :)"

My nine or so years of Spanish class leads me to believe the name of this blog translates to Hot Garbage! In which case, I'd have to infer that said blog title is ironic, considering this is very much worth reading.

Dawn Xiana Moon presents The King of Fruit posted at Dawn Xiana Moon: Randomness.

This is simple and nice.

Stephen presents Today's MMA; Top 10 Reasons for the Success of Modern MMA posted at MMA Bulletin.

Okay, I guess good writing is involved here. Plus, I'm a sucker for a shirtless muscle man.

Ahh, a shirtless muscle man. That's a great way to conclude this edition.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

EWR Number Five, Still Alive Even Though Out Of Order

That's right. I can't count. Good thing I can still blog.

Welcome to the July 27, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading. This month features a variety of topics. As usual, good dang stuff in all of 'em.

Petteri presents More About My Wicked Grandpa... posted at My Grandpa.

Okay, this is strange but in a positive way.

Steve Anderson presents The Office Drone As Action Hero posted at Kwanzoo, saying, "Meta-escapism in movies."

Dude, watch Office Space.

amanda s presents Carrey and McCarthy's Crusade, Dangers of Vaccines posted at Startup Fiance, saying, "Here's a criticism of Carrey and McCarthy's anti-vaccine campaign."

Complete with scary picture of Jim Carrey. I didn't even realize it was him at first.

Dereck presents A guide for increasing your Creativity posted at I Will Not Die.

On my most recent job interview, the dean asked me where creativity comes from. Where the heck was this post back then? I got the job anyway, but this sure would have been helpful. Now it's helpful to anyone else interviewing with said dean, making this our POST OF THE MONTH!!!

Patrick A. Sizemore presents A Brief Analysis of Assumption and Intuition posted at College Information for Smart Students, saying, "What is the difference between assumption and intuition? Is intuition anything more than extraordinarily perceptive assumption?"

Patrick mentions Tennessee. I was just in Tennessee. Good state. Very clean.

Patricia Twitchell presents The Adventures of Penny Pincher: Penny Pincher Goes To The Rodeo… Finally posted at Just Bears and Stuff, saying, "The Adventures of Penny Pincher continue on as Penny Pinchers best friends get him all spruced up for the rodeo. Join in on the Adventures of Penny Pincher"

Alliteration rocks!

Toni presents Unspoken posted at Starlit Whispers, saying, "Those that go unspoken are more moving yet more painful when remained unsaid."

Here's a short piece of goodness.

Yvaine presents At the train station posted at Starlit Whispers, saying, "I love words. I love riding trains. I love watching people. And I love writing. Hence this mix of these four loves. I hope you enjoy it. And do be careful about who's watching you. ;-)"

Man, I friggin almost fell off the chair at "unsanitary." Read it and you'll find out what the heck I'm talking about.

christina seehusen presents I love... posted at christina, saying, "humorous post about love for my dishwasher."

I know, this may not sound like something you want to read--who writes about their dishwasher?--but really, you'll thank me after you do.

JennH presents The Wicker Chair posted at Mixed Metaphor.net, saying, "A fictional story about a woman beginning a new chapter of her life. Inspired by a writing prompt found at A Thousand Words (www dot 1000wordsmeme dot com)."

Jenn H does it again. Good publishable fiction. Agents, pay attention please.

AdmirableIndia.com presents Bangalore to Mysore on Bike: Day 1: Part 2: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Brindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagara or KRS dam posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

I am such a sucker for this blog. Pretty pictures PLUS good writing.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

EWR: Number Six, Pick Up Sticks

Welcome to the June 29, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading.

I'm thankful for the writers who submitted below. This month had an overabundance of bloggers who refuse to read directions--double and quadruple submitting, how-to and medical posts, posts that were purely video even though this carnival highlights writing. Wow, people, get with the program. However, among the muck, these writers emerged, sittin pretty with good good posts.

April Hollands presents Headbanging infants posted at Le Franco Phoney, saying, "Hi, this is my first ever carnival submission and I really don't know if this is my best work for the month, but I was worried the other stuff on my blog is a bit old to submit. Hopefully you like this one - or another."

How could I NOT encourage people to read something with such a title?

Myke presents Ian Usher Brit Sells His Entire Life on Ebay posted at Citizen of the Earth.

I hope you get to keep him.

Toni presents Jed's Guitar posted at Starlit Whispers, saying, "Fiction based on truth. ;)"

Judging by that wink, I get the feeling this is more creative non-fiction than fiction based on truth. Tricky, Toni, very tricky.

jkrane82 presents Generation Internet: How Google Will Turn Us Into Search Engines posted at We Op-Ed, saying, "A less than rosy examination of how the internet has effected how we read, write, and think."

Complete with a shout out to T. S. Eliot.

Michael Snyder presents The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone - How In The World Did The Ten Commandments Get To America Before Columbus Did? posted at Shattered Paradigm.

Good question.

Brent Diggs presents Powersaw Poetry - A Toothsome Tale of Love posted at The Ominous Comma, saying, "Simply the best Quasi-Shakespearean ode to tree removal and spousal appeasement currently available upon the internet."

This is wacky. I like wacky. Therefore, here is your POST OF THE MONTH. Way to go Brent Diggs. Man, that's an awesome name, too. Brent Diggs. You're gonna go far with that moniker.

JennH presents An Unexpected Independence Day Celebration posted at Mixed Metaphor.net, saying, "A fictional story about how a young woman reacts when her widowed mother announces that she is remarrying."

This is the kind of fiction that's selling right now, the kind that I can't write, but the kind that JennH can.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Quick Story & Other Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt) posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Everyone loves a limerick.

Oliver Chase presents mouth's clean posted at Brain Juice. This is about toothbrushes.

Makes you think, huh.

garry presents Naughty Thoughts on the Slow Bus to Cairo, She Seemed So Crazy! posted at Travelers stories.

A way to travel without traveling.

Matthew presents What?s In It for Me? posted at Conservatives and Normals . Com - The Blog, saying, "Why I'm finished being selfish."

Good sentiments. However, I still love me a lot.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

EWR #4: May's Big Bash

Welcome to the May 25, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading. This edition offers a smattering of subjects and writing styles worthy of being read and reread and reread again. Of course, we've edited out regular spammers and those who do not read carnival descriptions. Here it is--your carnival for May. Grab some cotton candy and skip around the maypole. (No, I really don't know what a maypole is).

David Godot presents We Live in Memories and Dreams> posted at Way To Go, Godot!, saying, "This article argues that from a psychological and neurological perspective, none of us live in the present moment. Rather, we are all living in a series of memories and dreams."

This is kind of like Waiting For Godot except not really in any way except the name.

Big Larry presents My Boyfriend and the “Tattooed” Bags posted at I Love Anuschka, saying, "Girl loves handbags. Boyfriend loves Girl. Love = Handbag loving Boyfriend?"

Such a simple equation, you'd think it'd work.

Michael Law presents I Want You to Date Playboy Model Jillian Beyor posted at Online Casino Blog.

Okay, fine, here's a post that objectifies a very pretty woman. Granted, the woman seems to be okay with that. The writing is really good; otherwise, I would've skipped it.

Aaron Powell presents Stimulus posted at Aaron Ross Powell, saying, "A very short, noir story with a fantasy and horror twist."

The plural of stimulus is stimuli. I don't know why I just said that. In any case, I'm making this post the Post of the Month because the writing is better than that of the most recent movie Prom Night which was supposed to have a horror twist but really made me laugh a lot and scared me not because it was a scary movie but because people spent money to make it.

Sam presents Andy Warhol and Pop Art. Celebrities, Sex and Soup. The Popular Art Movement ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends.

I'm a sucker for modern art so this post sucked me in. Lots of Warhol heads ahead.

Dereck presents A Walk Into The Wilderness posted at I Will Not Die.

Someone's trying to defy the "everyone's gotta die sometime" maxim.

sarah presents Response to Omnivoracious's book-beer pairings -- Guest blog by Ciara posted at SARAHSPY.

Break out your beer stine and a bookmark.

Tony Gibbs presents May Is An Outdoors Month posted at Birds and Things.

This comes at the end of May but Tony posted it in April so I think it all evens out.

Tristan L. Sullivan presents What Does God Sound Like? posted at Imagine.

Two reasons I'm including this post. Kickass picture of a mermaid and incredibly skillful use of a Sade reference.

AdmirableIndia.com presents Nagarhole National Park Rajiv Gandhi National Park), Karnataka posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

In a word? AWESOME! Or in another word? ELEPHANT!

Lucynda Riley presents Super Earth posted at Quietly Into the Night.

Soundtrack and everything.

Phil B. presents Most Juices are Apple Juice « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, "Most 100% juices are made from primarily apple juice."

Yes, Phil B. You are so right. If I buy grape juice, I want it to be primarily grapes! Fermented, too, so that it's not so much juice as much as it is wine.

Lin Burress presents So Sexy, So Soon: The Sexualization of Childhood in Commercial Culture posted at Telling It Like It Is.

No, clicking on this will not mean you're a pervert. It means you're a concerned human being. You might be a big ol' perv for other reasons, but that's not here nor there.

Matthew presents Conservatives and Normals . Com - The Blog » Blog Archive » Vanity License Plates posted at Conservatives and Normals . Com - The Blog.

Poor Matthew. He obviously never watched that awesome game show in the 80s in which the contestants had to figure out what the license plates spelled out. I always wanted to be on that show.

Sara Ost presents >Just Fooling Around posted at Sara Ost.


Gary Evans presents Law of Attraction 101 posted at Good To Feel Good.

These are laws that are kinda hard to break.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

EWR #3: It's a Party in April

Come on in! The water's fine in this April 27, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading! That's a lot of exclamations! Well deserved, though, because this carnival is pretty darn great this time 'round! We had less direction-non-followers and much more of the good stuff. So enjoy the party!

Aaron Powell presents Baseball on the Garden Path posted at Aaron Ross Powell, saying, "A short horror story in the traditional vein about a father recovering his kid's baseball from the yard of a weird and terrible house."

Baseball is scary.

Shan Siddiqi presents The Plight of the Expatriated Sports Fanatic Globally Rational posted at Globally Rational saying, "The story of when I migrated to the US as a child and found that my cricket obsession, which was my only tool for social contact, was unheard of here."

Balls, in general? Scary.

P.L. Frederick presents Morning Migration posted at Small and Big.

Ever see Office Space? The opening credits? That commute to work? That's what mine used to be like. This is another view of being in a herd.

Lane Wright presents Petition to Oprah - Livestock Should be Treated Humanely Vegan Bits posted at Vegan Bits.

Here's an open letter to Oprah. Brave, brave soul. Hey, Oprah, don't scold the messenger.

David Cassell presents Wax On…Wax Off posted at selectcoursesblog.com.

Almost Mr. Miagi but not quite.

Tonya presents Baby Stages Don't Just End After Delivery posted at My Pregnancy Blog.

Baby steps.

English Subject presents Learn English - English Speaking Tutorial » Blog Archives » Apostrophe Usage - It’s A Blast! posted at English Tutorial.

I'm all about grammar.

Herbert Lobsenz presents Marble Season 1 Old Time Writer posted at Old Time Writer, saying, "1930s New York City, and memories of Marble Season at 88th and West End."

Everyone loves nostalgia.

The Innovative Traveler presents Barrow, Alaska and the Monster Films that Bring Us There... posted at The Innovative Traveler.

There's an old joke that has Alaska in it. The punch line is something like, I don't know but Alaska. Maybe jokes bring us to Alaska, too.

Talk Prom Dresses presents What's Hot - Prom Dress Trends 2008 posted at Prom Dresses.

Prom, from "promenade." I learned that from Never Been Kissed. See how movies are good for education? I wish the 80s prom dress trend would come back.

Jayne presents Slug Guts posted at Our Great Southern Land.

Jayne uses the words "grotty" and "pee" in her post, which means it's a must read.

Paul Li presents Your Brain and Dyslexia posted at Lumosity Brain Health.

This sounds super smart, yo.

Bob Estes presents The Perfect Italian Woman posted at On-Screen Scientist.

At first, I thought Bob submitted this to tell me that I'm the perfect Italian woman. Apparently, I'm full of myself and Bob is talking about something completely different. Good job, Bob. THEN I thought, hey--isn't Bob Estes the guy who was on Silk Stalkings and then on Melrose Place? Mmmm, I love me some Bob Estes. Only on those shows, he went by Rob. That's right. I've got it all figured out now.

Kelly presents Marley: Discerning, Prudent, Shrewd. posted at View Along the Way

A woman and her dog.

HL Grove presents Up Yours Mother Theresa posted at Hennie Grove. The first rule of writing: get your audience interested.

With a title like that, we've gotta read it.

James Lee presents Frogs, Social Proof, and You posted at Online Business Freedom.

How can you ignore this? James Lee must have taken a lesson from Hennie.

Jake Riley presents Magic Tricks- Power of Gravity posted at Free MAGIC TRICKS.

A few years ago, a masked magician caused much rage in the magic community by revealing secrets of tricks. Again, don't shoot the messenger. That's all I'm sayin.

chris presents Fortune Cookie Note for April 7, 2008 posted at Fortune Cookie Notes

This is fun. Really.

Patrick A. Sizemore presents People Are Smelly Socks posted at College Information for Smart Students, saying he was "inspired by a tattered, blue plastic hamper."

If I were a sock, what kind of sock would I be?

old-wizard presents Old-Wizard.com / Music / Top 10 British Bands of All Time posted at Old-Wizard.com.

Includes The Verve, not to be confused with The Verve Pipe, and Oasis, not to be confused with The Beatles.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Two! Two! EWR Carnival for March 30, 2008

Welcome to the March 30, 2008 edition of Everything Worth Reading. We had a lot more submissions this time around--yeay! We also had lots more rejections because people don't know how to read directions--booo! Below you'll find people who not only know how to read directions, but who are also good writers and have interesting posts.

NAOMI presents British Kids Believe Churchill Walked On The Moon . Posted at Diary From England.

Why wouldn't they? It's perfectly true.

old-wizard presents Top 5 Girls From The Wonder Years. Posted at Old Wizard.com.

Not just Winnie Cooper. Mamma was a hotbox, too.

John DeWitt presents Zen, happiness, and the law of attraction. Posted at The John Dewitt Blog.

This guy is totally trying to hock his book. I'm allowing it, though, because, well, check out the picture.

Beth Yarnall presents Bid Now! Posted at Beth Yarnall.

e-Bay addictions and the women who have them.

TheLittlestGuy presents Carbon Cycle. Posted at The Littlest Guy, saying, "Recently, the word ‘carbon’ has been in a lot of buzz words… carbon-this, carbon-that. It’s time to stop throwing words around and to truly understand what is important about the world’s carbon problem."

True dat.

Nicole presents The Problem With Image. Posted at Makeitbetter's Weblog.

Freak magnet. I empathize.

Wakish is a blogger who submitted six times to this single issue when the directions clearly state to submit only once per carnival. Also, none of the posts were on topic--they were all how-to related. Way to kill the carnival.

Hill Robertson presents Are You Working For The Weekend? Posted at Hill Robertson. Hill says, "Do not focus on working for the weekend. Focus on working for freedom."

Alas, he does not make reference to the 1980s classic hit, "Everybody's workin for the weekend...." However, this post made me think of that song, which made me smile, and so I'm including it here. If you remember who sang that song, please comment. I'm too lazy to look it up right now.

myko presents Why? You May Ask. Posted at Trailer Park Arias. Myko says, "This is a student blog from San Francisco State University. I need to get a posting in blog carnival or I'll flunk out of school and my unborn children will turn to crack and eventually mug you."

HIL. AIR. EEE. US! I don't respond positively to threats, but I do respond positively to blatant desperation, no matter how much truth it holds.

Theodore Pappas presents How Low Can Ben Stein Go? (To The Maligning of Charles Darwin). Posted at Britannica Blog.

Ben Stein has chimed in on evolution v. intelligent design. Who wants to read about it? Anyone? Anyone?

Christine presents Wants vs Needs: A Look At Personal Consumption. Posted at Me, My Kid, And Life: An American Single Mom Living In France.

A good lesson.

Rich Vosler presents Pruning makes growth for new life. Posted at Sales Training Tips.

I'm including this post only because the guy on the website eerily reminds me of Tom Arnold and I want everyone else's opinion. That and I thought pruning said pumpkin at first.

Jeffrey Stingerstein presents Abortion (a secular response to Richard Dawkins). Posted at Disillusioned Words.

Let's get a little issue-y.

Robyn J McCleary presents Aspiring Artist. Posted at Arts History, Artists and Fine Arts.

The art of slicing open the human eye. Really.

Clever Elsie presents It's A Wedding, Not A Coronation. Posted at Singletude: A Positive Blog For Singles.

I've written a lot about the single life. Nice to see that other singles know and love it too.

Nicole presents You Can Keep Your Diamonds, Your Rings, All Your Fancy Things. Posted at Makeitbetter's Weblog.

Not that anyone is throwing these things at the majority of us anyway.

Nick presents Welcome Back NBA. Posted at The Beernut Gallery.

I know nothing about basketball, but I dig a post that starts off, "they have uniforms and everything." Hil. Air. Eee. Us! Read on, sports fans.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

EWR GALA Numero 1

Welcome to the February 26, 2008 INAUGURAL edition of Everything Worth Reading. Did I spell inaugural right?

While this isn't truly EVERYTHING you should read, these are a smattering of interesting, kitschy posts by bloggers who follow directions. For those who don't follow directions, well, you know who you are.

Raymond presents understanding Traditional Love Stereotypes About Men and Women posted at Money Blue Book. An all business title for a post about that stupid stupid show Millionaire Match Maker. Not all women are gold-diggers, but this show sure doesn't help the poor women of the world find love. Or poor men. Read on.

the baglady presents Fifteen Years in America — An Introduction — The Baglady posted at xynny. This post proves how truly uninteresting my life is.

James Brausch presents Costa Rican National Parks posted at Costa Rica HQ. I'm including this only because it's pretty. And we like pretty things.

James D. Brausch presents Is Your Keyboard Making You Fat? posted at Weight Loss Dude. Warning: this post contains pictures of a half-naked man in Bermuda shorts. Other than that, see why we can blame computing for making us larger than life.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Planning To Travel With Friends? Are You Sure That?s Wise? posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Warren Wong presents How To Get Whatever You Want From Anyone posted at Personal Development for INTJs. Warren claims to know how to get stuff like money or love from anyone you choose. Sex, too. I think he meant this as a serious "how to" post. I'm skeptical but it sure is interesting. Now on with the sex!

Gedaly Guberek shakes it up with some Shakespeare in Is Shakespeare Meant to be Read and Not Performed? The Bard Blog - Shakespeare Info posted at The Bard Blog. I like this post because it brings me back to my undergrad days when I actually read Shakespeare. Maybe it'll bring you back to some bard-times. Get it? Bard times? Unlike hard times? Nevermind. Moving on.

Joe Hitchem presents Stamps - A Sticky Investment posted at Start Stamp Collecting, saying, "How to collect stamps as an investment!" Okay, okay, stamp collecting is not everyone's hobby of choice. But this is something different. Expand your horizons, people!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Welcome Wagon

In the words of Freddy Washington, Hi there. Thanks for stopping in. Everything Worth Reading is a compilation of good writing and interesting topics in the blog world. I love blogging. I am a blog master. Self-appointed so, of course. I figured I should channel this energy and pay it forward. I present to you the blogs of others. So when you've had enough of me, you can check out everyone else.