Welcome to the April 2, 2007 edition of Virginia blog carnival. Once again we take a trip around Virginia, checking out the best of Virginia's blogs.
Quickly becoming a regular contributor, and always an enjoyable read is the Educational Tour Marm. Her interesting business coordinates educational tours to many historic sites. This week she relates an interesting story about The Baptism of Pocahontas, one of the eight giant paintings in the rotunda of The Capitol. From NOVA The Tour Marm.. presents The Baptism of Pocahontas: Capitol Offense - Get it Right! A look at the lack of research often encountered at historic sites.
After recently moving back to Virgina, first time Carnival contributor (I think) Susan Reynolds explores the benefits of discovering your own inner strengths, and how to help others along the way in Case-Notes from the Artsy Asylum: How Promoting Others Reflects Back on You. Susan is an avid advocate of blogtipping, which is something like a Carnival, but much more intimate and on a much smaller scale. While you are there, check out her gallery. Good stuff.
Most bloggers imagine themselves to be writers of one sort or another. Another first time contributor to the Virginia Blog Carnival offers us some tips on the craft. John Wesley has discovered the rule of life that makes him happy. Actually, two rules.
John is an interesting character, I'm sure I'll be reading more from him. In the meantime, go check out his (actually, George Orwell's) 5 Rules for Effective Writing. In the spirit of that post, I'll move on now.
What fun is blogging if you can't have fun with it? K T Cat has been to Maryland and Virginia and presents a short photo essay, Dogwood, Cherry and Sky. Also having fun with blogging is Charlie Fugate at Good Sense. Charlie has been checking into the archives of various ODBA members. This week he looks at Right Wing Liberal in his article ODBA Archived Posts.
Rick Sincere, Charlottesville's premier Libertarian blogger and theater fiend has recently returned from New York. While there he naturally took in a show or two. Actually, that was the purpose of the trip. These reviews, like all of his reviews, are as good as it gets. Go see Report from New York, even if you do get a chance to make it to one or more of the shows.
Peter Stinson has been thinking about crime and punishment. No, not the novel, real crime and real punishment. He has come to the shocking conclusion that the punishment does not always fit the crime. Read his take on the subject at One Does Have To Wonder. I liked it Peter. You will too, go see it now.
Staying on a serious note. Or in the case of Ron at Isopherone, actually getting serious, is his reaction to some of the "details" surrounding a recent protest. Go see his Traitor Sponsors. Then get back into the Isophorone mode with Pelosi Supports Motion On Hostage
DWSUWF, whose only link to Virginia seems to be an alliance with Freedom Democrats' LoganFerree (but that's OK, a Virginia link is all that's required, however tenuous) offers us his thoughts on Chuck Hagel in The Bush-ist Manifesto posted at Freedom Democrats - Online community for Libertarian Democrats.
Up in the Shenandoah Valley, Chris at Spank That Donkey looks once again at the European situation, specifically France in Goode Was Right! fwench Cower in Fear! As usual, STD pulls no punches and hits hard with facts. Good piece, Chris.
There seems to be some strange things happening in Prince William County. Greg has switched sides and is now batting for the other team? In more ways than one? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Check out Greg's announcement. It left me speechless until I read badrose's latest post, she's also made a small change in direction. Go see what badrose considers fine art, in her piece titled I know art when I see it.
As if that wasn't enough, Ward Smythe seems to have become Euro-centric in his article about politically correct phrases, EU Gets One Right.
Strange stuff, but I do hope you all notice how much improved my writing is in my Carnival entry this week. Why Jeff Evans Must Win is some of the best I've seen on my page in months. You must read it.
We finish up this week like we started, with another history lesson. From an unlikely source. Leslie Carbone is not usually given to doing "On this day in..." type writing, but she shows her admiration for Margaret Thatcher with On This Day In 1982.
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In case you haven't figured it out by now, 4 of us got together for a special April Fools Day post. As the plan was put forth by Ward Smythe some several days ago, we decided to follow the tradition of several of the better known comic strip artists and "substitute" for one another for this post. I placed all the names in a McDonald's bag and then wrote down all the names on a page in alphabetical order, except I placed my name last on that list. I then drew names from the bag, assigning badrose to substitute for Greg, Greg to substitute for me, Leslie and Ward turned out to be reciprocal, leaving me to write for badrose.
So, Greg has not really moved in with Greg(2), he's not even considering a move to Charlottesville to hook up with Rick Sincere. His satirical post "Some Announcements" was very well written by badrose.
While I do enthusiastically endorse Jeff Evans over Roscoe Reynolds, I think Greg did a great job imitating my rather unique style of writing. He even fooled Chris at STD, check out this post.
Leslie and Ward worked just as well off each other I think, with each writing in a very convincing manner imitating the other.
Badrose loves art, especially folk art. Her home is filled with it, and the "Starry Night" bowl made by Joyce Wray is among her favorites. As much as she loves art, her feelings for Ward Armstrong run just as deep in the opposite direction. As for Cindy Price, well, you would just have to live here to believe that story.