Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Go Tell It On the Mountain

What's left of Kayford Mountain in West Virginia

I'm sneaking in a quick post here from the "office" this week in southern California. The nature of work this week and the resulting lack of sleep makes it nearly impossible to post anything substantive, much less a sentence.

However, I would like to take this opportunity to direct you over to Julie Zickefoose's site and her latest post. As a former journalist,  I am acutely aware of the power that blogs have to inform, educate and bring awareness -- it is an informative medium that has the "hired guns" of corporate-sponsored journalism quaking.

Julie Zickefoose is one of those bloggers whose gentle voice and uncanny wisdom informs her readership in ways that can change the world. Her post yesterday is no exception and is perhaps one of the most important topics she's covered on her blog to date.

Blogging with your conscience is sometimes tough - I applaud Julie for stepping out of that box that her readers so dearly love and encourage you to take a moment to listen to what she has to say. She's bringing blogging to the next level and I, for one, am moved to follow. If you connect at all with what she writes about -- leave a comment there.

I want to believe that we, in this little nature-loving blog community, can take the little skimming stones that writers like Julie toss out and turn those arching ripples into tidal waves. Hope floats there on those trembling waters.

9 comments:

Carver said...

I was so glad you put the link to that excellent post. I went there and will also give the link to a friend who is very involved with trying to end mountaintop Removal. There is a site I love the mountains site which is devoted to that issue.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out later (gotta cook dinner right now.)

Crayons said...

Tim,
Thanks for linking to J.Z.'s post. I didn't know that such violent practices were still going on. I thought it stopped in the 70s.

You are accurate in framing her post. Not just me-centered, not just soap-boxing, but a passionate blend of both. It's so compelling.

Crayons said...

Tim,
Thanks for linking to J.Z.'s post. I didn't know that such violent practices were still going on. I thought it stopped in the 70s.

You are accurate in framing her post. Not just me-centered, not just soap-boxing, but a passionate blend of both. It's so compelling.

Suzi-k said...

thanks for the link. it takes courage, as you said, to launch out against these issues on a blog that tries to remain upbeat, but i feel, if one does not highlight how the powers that be are abusing the power we have given them, we fail as humans somehow. I often think twice before launching into yet another political rant, because I know a lot of visitors will go "ho-hum, there she goes again".... but how can i just blog endless pretty pictures and sweet nothings when people are being murdered all around me, while fat-cat politicians look the other way and roll up the tinted windows of their newest Mercedes? So I guess it is all about balance. I agree with you, the way this post was presented raises blogging to a new level?

Selma said...

It just takes one person to initiate change. I really do believe that. Going over there right now.

Mary said...

Amen, Tim.

Anonymous said...

I read Julie's blog all the time and couldn't agree with you more on the quality of her blog and the topics she chooses to inform us about. The problem is, unless you have a Google or Blogger account, you can't leave comments on her site!

Janet

Kathiesbirds said...

I'll visit there now, but what a great job of writing you did today. I can feel your passion in your words. Thanks T.R.!

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