Doffs o’ Hat

Most of my favorites are listed in my OkCupid profile, but I’d like to highlight some here. (And, no, other than being a non-paying member/registrant of some of these websites, I’m not affiliated with them at all. No shilling I !)

  • lifelessons is a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown. She started it in support of a book she wrote with Tony Moriarty called Lessons from a Grief Diary: Rebuilding Your Life after the Death of a Loved One. (I was fortunate to be involved from early on while they were writing it. It’s truly a wonderful book.) She has since expanded her blog to include poetry, wasp relocation, photos, and musings on life. I really urge you to take a look.
  • OkCupid.com, of course. Every other dating site I’ve looked at puts up paywalls, making them virtually useless if you, like me, are too cheap to pony up the bucks value-minded. And if you take some time to truthfully answer a hundred or more questions, I think their matching algorithm is superb. They have some extra features you can pay for, but there’s really no need.
  • Roger Ebert’s blog is a big reason I started my own. I hoped to get mine up & running, then send him a thank-you message. It’s too late for that now.
  • I’ve mentioned my fondness for the Oxford comma. Here is a bolstering argument from Mr. Ebert.
  • My go-to source for all most things wordly is Merriam-Webster (well, damned pop-up LowerMyBill ads notwithstanding). There I discovered their “ask the editor” video series, which led me to Kory Stamper’s wonderful blog.
  • I struck through “all” up there because I have a different go-to source for etymologies – The Online Etymological Dictionary.
  • If you’re not reading The Onion, there is something seriously wrong with you. (And if you are reading it, there is something seriously wrong with you, but in a high-five kinda way.)
  • Snopes is very good internet-crazy-rumor bane.
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