Top 11 Blog Posts of 2011

Well, yeah, it’s that time of year. I get to re-read a year’s worth of posts and try to figure out which are my favorite 10. Here they are — and, by the way, happy new year to all of you:

— Death of Erotlicism on Channel 3 — A rant of a complaint about those icky Cialis commercials that make you want to join a convent. Love this one.

— The Unexpurgated Story of the Dining Room Table — Marriage is about compromise, capice?

— The Times, They Have Changed a Whole Bunch — Even though my parents are dead, I still find myself trying to explain the world to them. I’m pretty sure I’m failing. We always did have communication problems.

— You Can See the Milky Way From There — Reflecting on a good life.

— I’m Not Having a Nervous Breakdown, I Am Just Trying to Write — The story of someone who looks odd, sounds odd, but is only trying to produce a few sentences. How hard can it be? Why does she look so panicky?

— Who You Are and What You Keep — At a certain age, you realize all you will leave behind are keepsakes and stories.

— Recalling that Long-Ago Moment When Everything Changed — There’s a time in everyone’s life when something changes and you’re never quite the same. Here’s mine.

— On Not Being a Tiger Mom — Ode to mothers who call themselves pussycat moms, since that sounds so much better than terms like slacker or slipshod. We’re proud of ourselves, kind of.

— The Sweet Little Texas Housewife Speaks Up — A famous writer called me this. She may have changed her mind.

— Speaking of Brazilians — Here’s another trend I’m glad I don’t have to explain to my parents. Hell, I’m not even sure I want to know about it myself.

— The Ballad of the Sick Husband — Household drama in 4/4 time. Catchy and catching.

NOTE: I see I have 11, not 10. As Rick Perry would say, Oops. I’m leaving it that way.

(Copyright 2011 by Ruth Pennebaker)

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9 comments… add one
  • Ruth,
    thank you for choosing this list of your favorite posts from the last year. it’s a bit like visiting old friends.

  • I enjoyed your self-picks for your eleven top posts of the year. It enchants me to re-read through all of your picks all packaged together and tied up with string. You entice me throughout the year with tasty phrasing, tinting your take on a broad field of subjects. Then, here at the end of the calendar, you spread what you think are your choicest thoughts atop the sideboard and invite your readers to gather at the banquet table absorbing the aromas, textures and tastes of your journalistic smorgasbord all at once!

    And what is the verdict? Those eleven brown paper packages tied up with string validate Mr. Villers’ original faith in plain little ol’ Ruth.

  • Read ’em all and loved everyone. Here’s to more posts in 2012.
    Happy New Year to you too.

  • Craig Link

    Your Top Ten List made my Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists.
    I take the eleventh for a little lagniappe

  • I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award. You can read all about it on my blog for today. Looking forward to your photos and thoughts in 2012.

  • Even your little teasers are delightful.

  • My favorite had to be ‘On Not being a Tiger Mom.’ From a fellow non-tiger.

  • I posted this on FB, but I had to come back and visit…and agree with Alisa, that the teasers are fun, too!

  • Thanks for this list. I had read many of them, but missed a couple. Glad to have caught up!

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