Blog Browser Day: 7th September, 2013

Tim Flanagan – Author

This gentleman seems to be a functioning nut-case, and to write books.

The blog is an eclectic mix, as you would expect from someone rejected by alien kidnappers in his childhood. One so rarely gets over such rejection.

Blog Class: Author’s Blog

Recommended by: The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


Mitchell is Moving

I’m an unpublished writer (well, published once, but really no use mentioning) and I began my blog while planning a permanent move from California to Southern Spain — applying for visas, studying Spanish, finding a place to live. We lived in Sevilla for nearly 2 years and now live in Málaga. I’ve lived all over the United States and the blog quickly became a place for me to share all my stories — some comic, some tragic, all life-informing — of two people always on the move. I’m gay, partnered for 32 years, legally married for 3-1/2. I grew up in NYC. My partner grew up in South Dakota. Our “foreign-ness” even to each other can be confusing and entertaining. He’s descended from centuries of kings and queens and enjoys white bread in a bowl smothered in Coca Cola.

Blog Class: Author’s Blog

Recommended by: Mitchell Block

Rating: Own blog

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.

Second recommendation:

Adventures of a friend who has retired to Spain.

Blog Class: Author’s Blog

Recommended by: Carole Magid-Green (no website/blog listed)

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.

Third recommendation:

Mitchell and his husband, Jerry (often referred to as San Geraldo), are Americans who have moved around quite a bit. They are now living near Málaga, Spain (in Fuengirola, on the coast), after a few years in Sevilla, Spain. Mitchell writes with self-deprecating humor –and great wit– about the culture and language and food experiences he and Jerry experience as they go through daily life (with plenty of great photos and often a carefully-chosen YouTube video from some long-ago song or jingle he makes reference to). Their charming cats, Moose and Dudo, make frequent appearances in the stories we are treated to on Mitchell’s lovely and informative blog. It’s a great read– always uplifting, never snide, full of cultural blurbs and glimpses of life in Spain. Mitchell reads all of his comments, and his replies to each are just as thoughtful and lovely as his blog content.

Blog Class: Author’s Blog

Recommended by: Judith Chabot (no website/blog listed)

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


The Owl Wood

Very cleverly and intelligently written, entertaining, and often moving blog by a writer/photographer. His photography is old-style. His writing is unusual and at times stream-of-consciousness, but always interesting.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Mitchell Block

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


Living the life in Saint-Aignan (Day by Day in France’s Loire Valley)

Ken Broadhurst is an American who moved to France’s Loire Valley about ten years ago, after decades as a major Francophile, working as an editor and translator in the software and magazine worlds of D.C., and San Francisco, which he turned to after several years living and working in Paris.  Ken writes about his full and interesting life, especially treating us to his experiences creating wonderful fresh French meals, usually from his bountiful back-yard garden. Though Ken is clearly a foodie, he is also extremely knowledgeable about historic and cultural topics, often writing very interesting informative posts about wines of the region, architectural styles of various areas of France, and the ins-and-outs of French food marketing (did you know that there are several ratings of chickens out there in France??). Ken’s blog is filled with excellent photos, and is always a treat to read.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Judith Chabot (no website/blog listed)

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


Vanessa-Jane Chapman

Vanessa Chapman is one of the writers of the Limebirds writers’ blog, but her personal blog is one of most entertaining around.  She doesn’t overload you with posts, but whatever she posts never fails to be amusing, and sometimes downright hilarious.  Strongly recommended.

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: Lorinda J. Taylor

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


Colline’s Blog

Colline is a lovely Lady who has lived in various countries and describes herself as follows:

I am made up of all the adjectives used to describe me, the experiences that have formed me, and the thoughts that flow through me when I read and react to what is happening in my surroundings. My blog is an expression of who I am; a potpourri of my experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I look forward to getting to know who you are as I share what I am.

Colline’s is a General Blog full of all sorts of things and I have not found anything on it to disturb my sense of quiet enjoyment when I browse through her articles 🙂

Blog Class: General Blog

Recommended by: The Story Reading Ape

Rating: 5 stars

Confirmed Family Safe?  Yes.


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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

6 thoughts on “Blog Browser Day: 7th September, 2013

  1. Thank you Steve and The Story Reading Ape for your recommendation. It is always a great compliment to me when I learn that what I post brings as much enjoyment to my readers as I receive in creating my “pot-pourri” posts.

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