Saturday, February 2, 2008

E is for Excellent

Brian over at Christus Vincit was so kind to give me a blog award. The catch? I have to award it back to 10 other blogs! The recipients must do the same.

I'll do my level best to come up to ten blogs. Not everyone's on Blogger; I'm hoping the LiveJournal people will be able to play along as well.

So here goes. I would say that if you've already received this award at the hands of another blogger, you ought to consider yourself doubly blessed :-)

In no particular order:

Happy Faith: The Blog of Fr. Stephen Cuyos
I started reading Fr. Stephen Cuyos' blog, thanks to his association with the Disciples with Microphones. At the time, he was a graduate student in Rome, pursuing his Master's Degree in Social Communications at Università Pontificia Salesiana. He blogged and podcasted on many subjects, and I was most intrigued by his observations of the expatriate Filipinos he encountered whilst living and studying in Italy. No matter where they end up, whether they immigrate on their own accord, or are merely Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) scattered about the globe, I've found that members of the Filipino Diaspora really aren't all that different - those who immigrated to other countries have their own unique stories to tell, as do those of us (myself included) who were born to these immigrant Filipinos, having to reconcile ourselves to growing up in a foreign environment, but still holding true to our Filipino roots and culture.

Courting Your Career
I met Shawn Graham when he gave a workshop sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. I particularly liked the career advice he gave us, and immediately signed up for his career advice emails. He's spot-on with his advice, and I would encourage others to have a look at his blog, and to purchase his book as well.

Perm's Brew Picks
This is the blog of my friend and fellow organist, Mark Ardrey-Graves. I met Mark and his wife Sara when they were members of the Compline Choir at Chapel of the Cross. They have since moved to Western NC. Mark is a beer enthusiast, and he blogs on his latest beer adventures, whether it involves his own brews, or that of others.

This is the blog of a FanFiction writer who goes by the handle zeegrindylows. Naturally, her handle comes from the infamous Grindylows, which, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, attacked Triwizard Champions in their quest for the Triwizard Cup. She just completed the absolutely wonderful Where Your Treasure Is, which is her take on the events post-Deathly Hallows. She blogs on other topics as well.

Juno's Magic
Juno is another FanFiction writer. I was very intrigued by her story, The Apprentice and the Necromancer. It was her take on a challenge to write about a Marriage Law (WIKTT Marriage Law Challenge). She's got a professional qualification in law, and her background, along with the enormous amount of research she put into this story, makes it a fascinating one to read, indeed. It is still a work in progress, and I check her blog for updates on that story. She is also the source of some of the most interesting memes I have had the pleasure to fill in.

Well, that is five thus far. I'm a little too tired to come up with another five, so I'll take a break here for now and continue this post after a good night's sleep.

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