One of the drawbacks of this season of outdoor pleasures and long days away from the office is that work goes on even while one is on holiday and it can take awhile to dig out from under upon returning from vacation. So it is with blogging, at least for those of us who make a regular habit of it. There are a number of worthy carnivals that have long since struck their tents without my remarking on their arrival, and so I belatedly draw the following to your attention as deserving a reprise:
The 76th Carnival of Satire rolled out on June 11th with the Top 10 Reasons Personal Finance is Different for Mobsters.
Beautiful Africa - Ist Edition debuted on June 18th: a celebration of the many silver linings of the "Dark Continent."
Blogging the Renaissance published Carnivalesque - Early Modern Edition on June 20th. There is a fascinating biography of formidable woman and full-time medieval pilgrim Margery Kempe and also my discovery of a Tory in the family tree.
On a different note, I am honored to be chosen by Bill West of West in New England as a blogger who makes him think. The "Thinking Blogger Award" was conceived by blogger Ilker Yoldas on February 11th of this year, and since then I have been recognized by three different readers with this distinction. Mr. Yoldas has subsequently stated that "I also noticed that some are tagged more than once. I guess I should have included a rule to leave a comment here so that a blogger doesn't get "nominated" twice. =)." Feeling that there is little to be gained by having successive grades of this honor - one shudders to think that there might one day be the equivalent of a Thinking Blogger Award with Oak Leaf Cluster and Swords - I gratefully accept this acknowledgment from Bill West, and Assistant Village Idiot before him, but respectfully decline to pass the meme along multiple times. My initial pick for 5 thinking bloggers can be found here.