DC Blogs Noted

Brunch Bird has done a wonderful job assembling The Best Blog Posts of 2006 as Picked By Me. Some great links here.

Viewing President Ford’s casket in the Capital, Alice’s Adventures Underground writes:

Once inside the Capital, we quickly filed past President Ford’s casket in the Rotunda. No stopping. Seriously don’t even slow down, because a guard will yell at you, even if you are just bending down to talk to your child about what you’re doing there – because you should have done that before you came, I guess.

Mr. T in DC also goes to the Capital and is moved by the presence of family members of the former president.

At the end of the path around the cortege, Ford family members stood to personally thank each and every person who shuffled by. It was a touching moment, I thought, a reminder that the occupant of the coffin nearby wasn’t just a figurehead or politician, but a real person with a family and private life just like all of us.

Regarding those Ford Administration-era photos of Dick Cheney, Kittens with Mittens writes: A young and virile looking Cheney does invoke much more fear than something as silly as cloned food.

About WaPo’s recent story concerning the early blooming of plants, the Washington Gardener writes …  the “Forsythia” referred to in their article as being seen in bloom all over town is most likely Winter Jasmine instead. Even experienced gardeners seem to get the plants mixed up and it is a shame, as they both deserve a place in your landscape for no other reason but then to lengthen the flower season.

Generally, we usually advise readers never to move outside this area because of risk of developing outside-the-beltway thinking habits.  The former Playful in DC blogger, who now writes Playful in NC has thoughtfully provided visual proof of what may happen if you leave this area. (Thanks to Reya)

Criteria for DC Blogs Noted? This is the question asked in a recent post at On Rush Hour in DCI’ve been trying to figure out what the criteria are that result in blogs being chosen as “DC Blogs Noted” every day? A main complaint is some blogs seem to appear more frequently than others in this column. We’ve never accepted donations to run this site in order to maintain editorial independence, so any perception that some blogs get more attention then others is disquieting.  The criteria are essentially this:  Find interesting, novel, heart-wrench, funny and hopefully honest posts that tell us something about the place and times we live in. Search out Metro area writers and expose them to the broader DC universe, which is the main mission and the thing that has made this worth doing. I always worry about overexposing someone in the noted column or neglecting someone who deserves more. It’s also very easy to miss a good post; the local blog universe keeps expanding. Writers are always encouraged to send in links of something they have written that they feel has turned out well or recommend the work of others. There are also some regular behind-the-scenes contributors of suggested links.  I believe we have been true to the goals for the Noted column, but also believe that feedback is important to ensure it stays that way.   — kob.

Site Note: Due to a perfect storm of problems: short work week, tight deadlines, jury duty and minor cold, I have to skip publishing Thur. Back Friday. Regards — kob