You Wrote it…I Read it…I Liked it…I Recommend it

You know what I love?  When bloggers use their weekend post to tell me some good stuff to read.

Because let’s face it, we can’t get everywhere during the busy week, and when I am hunkered down to read on Saturday or Sunday mornings with my cup of coffee, few bloggers are posting on weekends.

So I look forward to people like Natalie who give me something to read.

And with her blessing I am stealing sharing her idea and giving YOU some lovely things to go read.

One of the first things I read this week was on a blog I rarely read. I don’t usually read many of the “big” blogs, but when I saw this post by The Bloggess facebooked, I had to go read:  The fight goes on.  I rarely read, and I never comment because I feel like one in a faceless mob, but I actually commented on this since I have been dealing with both anxiety and depression and that night one of her readers contacted me to let me know my words spoke to her and that she is praying for me.  While a HUGE blogger, there is no doubt Jenny does amazing things.

On the flip side, I almost never miss a post by Natalie of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, and this week she wrote a really honest, open, and important post, Talking Taboo:  How Much Do You Make with Your Blog. I truly believe she is not just smart, but brave for starting this conversation.  Why does it all have to be so hush hush?  Go take a read and weigh in with your opinion!

I don’t really share my political views here at Sluiter Nation, but I have some pretty strong ones.  I also don’t read a lot of opinion pieces about politics because Cort says i get crazy.  Whatever.  So I choose a happy medium by following Alex from Late Enough and reading posts that I could have written if I was as smart and wordsmithy as she is.  Her post this week, My 2012 Presidential Election Motto Is No We Can’t (Have a Republican), hit home hard.  With the current mess Michigan is in because we kicked out a Democrat for a supposedly capable and smart Republican and the Loony Tunes they have fighting over the Republican Candidacy, I have become cynical.  And Alex put words to that.

I like to laugh once in a while too.  And Jen from Buried with Children makes my giggle so hard I might pee a little.  This week?  Not only did I get to chuckle, but I was blown away with an excellent idea:  Learning to Balance Video Games and Reading.  I just hope Hayden doesn’t follow through on the 10 hour marathon.

Lastly, I need you to meet Jennifer, The Kvetch Mom.  This week she wrote a post that touched my heart and made it both smile and cry at the same time:  Everything Possible.  I cannot tell you how many times I have sat with students who wish they had a mom like Jennifer.  Someone who would have sat with them and told them that they are awesome the way they are, and to go ahead and enjoy life as themselves. I can only hope I am being this parent to my boys.

So there you go.

Five posts this week that get the Nation’s Stamp of Approval!

(and I just realized THREE are by a Jennifer…so it is the week of Jennifers)

Now hop on over to Natalie’s, read her post about making money with your blog and then read the posts she recommends with her Monster Likes post.