I didn't get to much regular blog reading this week because I spent every night staying up until at least midnight reading through the nominees short-listed for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week awards. (Have you voted yet? If not, time's a-wastin'! Go! Right here! Right now! There's only a handful of minutes left before the voting closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.)
But, I did manage to find some great links for you to check out ...
Ree from Confessions of a Pioneer Woman certainly doesn't need the shout-out from little ol' me to attract you to her blog, but as someone who loved Ed Emberley's books as a kid, I loved Ree's post "Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals."
See, I knew that Facebook can make you smarter (according to this post from Mashable!).
This story from Autism Vox isn't the best story of the week, but one of the saddest. What the hell is wrong with whomever stole this family's puppy? The fact the puppy was/is being trained as a service dog for two kids with autism makes this even more infuriating. (And if the thieves knew this was a service dog??! Well, you probably can figure out where I stand on that. There not enough punishment in the world.) I hope this family gets their pet back soon.
And finally, as we know, this week that marked the 8th anniversary since the world changed on September 11. Several items that I found of special interest included Gerald Posner's piece from The Daily Beast, "The Man Who Saved the Capital" (truly a story worth reading) and Abigail Carter's blog post from yesterday.
Abby is the author of The Alchemy of Loss (which I reviewed here) and writes the blog of the same name. Abby's husband Arron died in the World Trade Center where he had been attending a trade show that fateful morning. On her blog yesterday, Abby wrote a powerful post about the 10 things she loves about September 11. I wrote of The Alchemy of Loss that it is "a testament to the power of renewal that life offers," and so, indeed, is Abby's post.