Presenting the Weggies, a compilation of our top 23 blog picks for 2014, as judged by Andy, Tsuki and Dougy.
Both Weggieboy’s Blog and Cats at the Bar kept running into each other on different blogs and we thought, which ones do we feel, need to be brought out into the light of day for all to see. It was very difficult to narrow it down and could easily have been a top 100, so we took the total number of cats between us, and that became our list number. To those not on the list, you know we are still loyal followers. So with much fur flying, hissing and clawing, we now present our New Year’s pick of entertainment for you to enjoy.
‘Where to next? Riding in cars with dogs” (by Peggy Bright, with husband John) http://leggypeggy.com/
John is a retired Australian diplomat and Peggy is a “freelance writer, specializing in plain English for the Australian Government”. Peggy and John travel everywhere, even to Nebraska, where Peggy is from. In style, this blog is informative, well-illustrated with photos the Brights take on their travels, and oftentimes very humorous as world travel experiences can be! Learning about obscure places is fun, and as long as the Brights are your guides, you wish you were there, too!
“Envisioning the American Dream – A visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid-Century media” (by Sally Edelstein) http://envisioningtheamericandream.com/
Advertising reflects the hopes, fears, and values of the times in which it appears. Sally’s vintage images add to her vivid and incisive analysis of how the American Dream was depicted in the mid-20th Century. You will appreciate her ironic tone, sometimes laugh at the naïveté of the Grand Generation, other times wince at the cynicism of the US Government for suggesting children can survive a nuclear bomb by following the advice of an animated turtle: “duck and cover”, that is, hide under your desk, cover your head! BOOM!
“Arcilla y fuego” (by Bélen Soto) https://arcillayfuego.wordpress.com/
Bélen’s blog is in Spanish. The title means “Clay and Fire”, and features whimsical clay creations that make you smile. “The primate”, in the photo above, is a typical example. She is very talented! Even if you don’t read Spanish, the photos themselves are worth a stop by. Of course, [right-click] on the Spanish text, and select “translate” from the pop up menu if you want to read more about her work and her background.
“ICI & LA NATURE – Walk and Bike in France” (Here and Nature) http://walk-and-bike-in-france.com/
“This blog is a pictures blog created by Thierry and Cecile, for the website…where you can find local companies experts in walking and biking tours in France.” That description, from the blog’s “About” page, is an understatement. Typically, each post features dozens of photos of a specific region of beautiful and historic France. If you love France, you will drool over this blog! I do, and I do! Take a look for a vicarious journey through France.
“Bite Size Canada” (by T. K. Morin)
Come on! Canada is fascinating! T. K. Morin proves it over and over in this well-researched, well-written, fun-to-read history blog dedicated to all things Canadian! Canadians will enjoy it simply because it does establish Canada has an interesting past. All the rest of us can enjoy it because it is fresh knowledge in most instances about a country we all think we know but actually don’t. It’s more than Mounties and maple syrup? Yep! Quite a bit more!
“Jazz You Too” (by José Melo) http://jazzyoutoo.wordpress.com/
This blog is a Jazz connoisseur’s blog. The author is knowledgeable, thorough, and an unquestionable expert on Jazz. I suspect you could earn a degree in this unique music form if you learned what there is to learn from this blog. Or, no less worth your effort, you could listen to the best of the best Jazz musicians performing music you very well are hearing for the first time, it’s that arcane…but good!
“AshiAkira’s Blog” (by Ashi Akira) https://ashiakira.wordpress.com/
“I dedicate this blog to two old men who are haunting my mind many, many years. They are the ‘ghosts’ of WW2 pilots, both of whom died “in the war. They are a Japanese suicide pilot and an American P-38 pilot….” Thus Ashi Akira establishes a context for his blog. The full account’s in the blog’s “About” page. He writes haiku to bridge the emptiness caused by the deaths of these men. Enemies in war, they became bookends to some greater reality in Heaven.
“Meticulous Mick” (by John Grant) http://meticulousmick.wordpress.com/
After working for a multi-national company for 20 years, John Grant was made redundant. He took this set back as a chance to redirect his energies into creative activities. He’s Irish, lives in Cork, and hopes to expand into work in the travel and tourism industries, using business knowledge, photography skills, and love of travel to accomplish this dream. His talents are well-displayed in “Meticulous Mick”, and the beauty of Ireland is just one of the things he’s featured in his photos.
“maggie0019 – A shelter dog finds her new home” (by Maggie and E.T. McManus) http://maggiesblog0019.wordpress.com/
Maggie was a shelter dog whose rescue was contingent on her learning to behave. She is a “pit bull”, but a gentle spirit. Obedience school took some effort, and she’s well on the way to full redemption. Her humans are patient and loving people. Though they’ve had some discouragement in their effort to bring Maggie into their home, they’ve never given up on her. She’s tries to be good because her favorite words in English are “good doggy”, which she is! Woof!
“Have Bag, Will Travel” (by Andrew Petcher) https://apetcher.wordpress.com/
Who doesn’t dream of travelling to Europe and bumming around the Continent till the money runs out? Usually it doesn’t happen because you still need money to get there, and by the time you have the money, you usually have responsibilities that interfere with the plan. Englishman Andrew Petcher, however, lives the dream, thanks to proximity and low airfares. Then he writes about it in his blog, in entertaining, richly detailed and illustrated posts. Almost like being there, spending down the pot!
“Angel’s Eyes – Persian” (by Lisa Anderton Knicely) http://lknicely.wordpress.com/
Angel reminds me of my (weggyboy’s) own boys, Andy and Dougy. She’s only a little over a year old, but she already has done photo shoots for advertisements. Take a look at her and you can see she’s a Persian cat beauty! Her biography says: “Angel has a big personality with a big heart…. She is very smart learns anything by showing her once…. She will play with any toy and would make a great product tester for toys.”
“Anarette” (by Anarette) http://anarette.com/
“Anarette” is a meditative, nature-centric blog that features photos of wildflowers and natural things the author and friends find. Each photo is accompanied with a free form poem of haiku-like simplicity and beauty. Her intent for the blog, stated in verse, is: “My contemplations/ Jumble of emotions/ The things I see, the things I hear/ The nice, the not so nice, and just life in general”. Further, it’s “Poems and photographs to reconnect body, mind and nature.” It succeeds perfectly!
“Three Cat Yard” (by “Old Cat”) http://threecatyard.wordpress.com/
Davout, Rhea, and Anna make up the “pride” in this delightfully illustrated look at the Southern California lifestyle of these beautiful cats. Rhea is a mischief maker. Davout, though her older step-brother, is more circumspect and has crazy whiskers! Anna the newest cat, slowly but surely will join the household and leave her closet happy spot. Curious about cat genetics? Of course you are! This blog has two pages devoted to the topic. Time well spent!
“Pacific Paratrooper” (by gpcox) http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/
“Everett received his draft notice in Sept. 1942. He would be sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey where he volunteered for the paratroopers…. Smitty became part of one of the most unique army units of its day, the 11th Airborne Division, Headquarters Company, 187th regiment.” G.P. Cox’s thoroughly researched look at WWII, its root causes in the 19th Century, and its contribution to future conflicts defies simple description. It is a tribute to his father, Everett Smith, and to everyone who fought in war for this ountry.
“Salmon Brook Farms” (by Lavinia and Rick Ross) http://Salmonbrookfarms.wordpress.com/
“…Our 4.25 acres located in the Cascade foothills came pre-planted with apples, blueberries, cherries, plums, pears, grapes, persimmons and hazelnuts, and presented plenty of work for us. A hive of bees and roughly an 1/8th of an acre of pinot noir was added in the spring of 2004, and we began the slow process learning how to work with the climate and soils and our own limitations….” A move to Oregon in 2003 from Connecticut began the adventure. The Rosses live their dream!
Cupid or Cats
https://cupidorcats.wordpress.com/ written by Janey B. Goode. Janey was a runner up for the Ireland’s Funniest blog award and for good reason. It’s less about cats and more about owls, but you’ll have to visit her to know what she means. She has been a guest writer on Cats at the Bar and she always writes from the heart. If you want to be part of a family, this is a blog for you.
http://aopinionatedman.com/ by Opinionated Man is not a blog for the faint of heart. The title and author’s name should give you a rough idea of what to expect. It is one of the most painfully honest blogs you will ever read. It’s clever, intelligent, funny, if you want to learn how to live in the world of blogging and become a bitter, sorry, better blogger this is the place to be. Over 50,000 followers would agree.
http://kittnoir.com/ is an English blogger who was born in the wrong era. Her blog lovingly presents the golden age of fashion and glamour. It’s a daily must for me. Many times, I’ve found myself being drawn back in time seeing an actress I had a crush on many years ago. See who’s hot then and now in this beautifully presented, magical blog.
The Baseball Attic
http://thebaseballattic.wordpress.com/ written by Precious Sanders. The best description of this blog is by James Earl Jones Speech from Field of Dreams, “The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball… baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.” If you’ve ever seen that film clip, that is this blog.
http://yadadarcyyada.com/ by D. Parker. I think she describes her blog best; “I have always been me and despite many attempts to make me not me, I still seem to manage to be me. That’s not always a good thing. Read some of my stuff, comment, critique, praise, ignore, puzzle, or just do whatever you want.” I enjoy doing all of those things every time she posts.
http://photographyofnia.com/ is a photo journal kept by Nia of her world in Istanbul and abroad. Her images are beautiful, simple, warm, colorful, and fascinating. An emotion is evoked by every image. Nia is a lovely lady and very approachable. I have learned more about her part of the world than I could have from any book.
In My Not So Humble Opinion
http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/ by Ben Herman is everything about comic books. If you read comic books or want a flashback to your childhood comic books, this is the blog for you. Ben is incredibly knowledgeable. I don’t know if he has a warehouse somewhere, but he seems to have every comic book ever published at is fingertips. A truly enjoyable blog.
Two on a Rant
http://rantingalong.wordpress.com/ Floridaborne is part of Two on a Rant, a blog she shares with Vickie. As many of you know, she is also a popular guest on Cats at the Bar. Two on a Rant is exactly what the title says, two women who rant a lot and are incredibly funny. They also write poetry and are constantly in a poetry war with each other. There is no topic they won’t go after and nothing they won’t poke fun at.