The Blogs of My Friends #3 – Valerie Bonham Moon

Our News & Commentary editor, Valerie Bonham Moon, is a master blogger, and she has an entire collection of them on which she shares her keen perspective and her razor-sharp wit. For me, Valerie is the very definition of the word pundit.

My favorite Valerie-blog is Happy as Kings, and maybe I just like it best because she always has a selection of very cool, very interesting pictures down the right-hand side. If you click on those tiny photos they lead to related posts, like this “Eight Things About Me” post I just found by clicking one. Fascinating. I’d never thought of Valerie as “tea;” she always seemed more like a “mocha tall double shot with amaretto, hold the whipped cream…”

I always find something to ponder on Valerie’s HaK blog, like this recent post about taxes: “Homeschoolers are not the only people who pay taxes that support schools but who don’t use the schools’ services.”

Her Apocalypse Again? post set me to thinking as well: “It’s an odd feeling when authors show that there’s nothing new under the sun — but on a global scale instead of just nearby.”

Of course Valerie doesn’t just write about earth-shaking subjects; check out her discourse on Using Online Maps, which had me chuckling right out loud before I even got to the topic-at-hand: “Using a birth certificate to prove to the people at the Department of Motor Vehicles that “I wasn’t born in January, I was born in February!” is not a reason to be granted a renewal on a driving license you’ve held for decades. If Social Security thinks you were born in January, everything else had better say you were born then, too, otherwise, no license. And don’t bother arguing with the ladies at the DMV, they’ll just call the cops — the signs posted around the office say so.”

And then she really gets in gear: “I got ‘there,’ but recognized that I also needed to get ‘back’ (at least if I wanted to see my family again), and driving home would be another matter because right turns would be left turns — maybe. Cloverleafs skew that change. So I clicked on “reverse directions.” Whoa! The map wasn’t the same, something that caused me to yell at the screen, “Waitaminnit! That’s not the same route!””

And then there’s her humor section, with gems like Funny Quotations and Men in Coats

Fair warning: Click around Valerie’s Happy as Kings blog only if you have lots of time to spare…

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