Another month, another assortment of posts—from simple yet poignant musings on existence and our connections to others to thoughtful and opinionated commentaries on the Internet, life choices, and the anniversary of September 11.
One week will feel like months. You alone will bear witness to each meeting, vision, and song. No one will remember it for you. Because of this, each small moment will expand to hold multitudes.
Iceland. Wow. These ethereal images showcase the country’s natural beauty, but also document everyday life. We like this varied collection, which juxtaposes stunning landscapes with shots of people and animals. The words in this post also create a magical mood—readers sense the writer’s wanderlust and free spirit.
The more I think about that tree, the more impressed I am. It fought to live so that we – regardless of our gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, and political views – could enjoy its shade, appreciate its blooms, and find comfort in its hug and wisdom in its story. It’s unconditional – just being, like that mother and son embracing each other in a school hallway eleven years ago.
In this post, Kevin recounts a memory from Sept. 11, 2011—an intimate scene at a middle school between a mother and son—and then goes on to describe the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. We appreciate the delicate way he weaves his personal story with thoughts on the Survivor Tree that stands at this site. It’s a tough topic to tackle, and he does it respectfully.
My younger brother is gay. Gay as laughter. Gay as the day is long. One of the finest moments in my life, and one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me, was the day he felt safe to come out to me.
A brother shares his thoughts about being defriended on Facebook over photographs he posts of his gay brother’s wedding. The language is simple and direct, which is arguably the post’s greatest strength. Heartfelt and honest, the piece has generated nearly 1,200 comments.
In my opinion, facial recognition can be downright creepy. The other day while uploading an album from a recent museum visit, I was asked to identify the “people” in a photo, which were actually deteriorated statues from the 12th century. Another time, Facebook suggested a tag of my brother on a picture of me. Ew.
Erika, a lawyer, introduces and frames her discussion on privacy with news of Facebook turning off its facial recognition feature in Europe. She presents a thorough, informative take and links to reliable sources. Furthermore, her friendly and accessible language and anecdotes of conversations with her husband make this piece engaging.
Rather, what bothers me about “perfect” weddings is that so much emotional capital is staked on something so ephemeral, that friendships and familial ties are put in jeopardy for the sake of putting on a show.
Opinionated. Sharp. Entertaining. We are drawn to this original take on banning children from weddings and creating the “perfect” event, which has generated a healthy discussion. The author’s voice is particularly strong, and she also touches on larger topics of lifestyle choice, consumerism, financial responsibility, and the “American obsession with home ownership for its own sake.”
If you cut his arm open and did the same to me, we’d both bleed the same red.
Noor’s musings on life, people, and the world are poetic and beautiful, and we love the miniature narrative she creates between two people who are seemingly different. Readers have responded to the warmth and uplifting mood of her post.
For any chance at virality, the final Index number MUST be negative. This works perfectly fine for most of the personalities discussed above. If we are talking about Stephen Hawking, however, there is a better chance of finding virality in the singularity at the center of a black hole.
We read a number of pieces on memes this month, and Mark’s post was especially entertaining. This second installment in his Equations of Everyday Life feature mixes math, humor, and celebrity culture. Using Lindsay Lohan as an example, he presents a hilarious formula for measuring “inane celebrity meme virality.” Just read it—it’s fun.
Unlike most addictions, the love of good books does not make one less, but rather more, of who you already are – provided, of course, that you try your best to be polite.
Bibliophiles are passionate, and William is no exception. Solid and articulate, this post celebrates books of all kinds, secondhand bookshops, and the relationships between book browsers and collectors, shop owners and workers, and the delightful books on shelves, waiting to be found.
If I were in his shoes, I would have been spitting fire. Having cancer? Again? At the age of 40? Because of the treatment for the first cancer? I would have been mad at the entire world. I would have been a raging, self-pitying, sobbing basketcase and I would have been mean as hell.
“Madame Weebles” pens a lovely and intimate tribute to her husband, Mr. Weebles, who—having cancer twice—finished radiation and chemotherapy one year ago. It’s one of those inspirational, moving posts that can only make you smile.
She’s almost encapsulated by the music, beautiful memories of her trapped in the thick, forever-and-ever amber of crystal-clear guitars and sunny-day harmonies.
Every Friday on Freshly Pressed, we promote notable posts written in response to our Weekly Writing Challenges over on The Daily Post. Jackson’s response to ”A Few of My Favorite Things” is quite the fuzzy, nostalgic journey: he muses on coming of age, music, and a past relationship. His words float like his daydreams—as you read his post, you feel like you’re swirling inside his head.
What do you think about September’s selections? Were there other Freshly Pressed posts this month that resonated with you?
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- Oct 1, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
Oct 1st at 6:10 pm
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Oct 1st at 6:14 pm
Interesting collection. I’m about to be Freshly Pressed for the first time (in the next “day or two”) so hopefully I’ll be featured in a post like this in a month’s time. Excited!
Oct 1st at 8:02 pm
This feature is one of the reasons I’ve come to love WordPress.
Oct 1st at 8:08 pm
Exciting! The previews already look enticing. I’ll sure check them out at my pace. Good job Cheri, I’m always impressed by your thorough organization. Keep up the good work.
Oct 1st at 8:26 pm
Wonderful choices! Many thanks for bringing them to our attention again
Oct 1st at 8:39 pm
Thank you to all who dug my posts. It means a lot.
– Jackson Williams
Oct 1st at 8:40 pm
All of them were inspirational. Great thanks!
Is there any way to find editors’ picks by category?
Oct 1st at 8:40 pm
*post. This is what I get for typing while feeling honored.
Oct 1st at 8:48 pm
Great picks! I have been reading a lot of new blogs. Even blogs, that I thought I would not enjoy. I ended up enjoying them Thank you for bringing them to our attention! Great Work!
Oct 1st at 8:59 pm
Wonderful and full of inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing
Oct 1st at 9:14 pm
I love that you do these recaps. Fantastic!
Oct 1st at 9:39 pm
I am always intrigued by the Freshly Pressed choices and the intriguing titles! I’m new to blogging (since June) and WordPress is easy to navigate, even for someone like me who is not super tech savvy. Thanks!
Oct 1st at 9:42 pm
Enchanted Seashells again…sorry for the overuse of the word “intriguing”. I should have proofed that comment before I committed to it. A pretty egregious error for a proofreader!
Oct 1st at 9:45 pm
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Oct 1st at 10:38 pm
It was interesting to see all the top posts. They were really inspirational. Mikalee- The /9/11 post also brought tears to my eyes. I really liked the Iceland post because I have been there before It brought back great memories of being there!
Oct 1st at 11:16 pm
Great to share in these wonderful posts ~ congrats to all the bloggers featured ! ~R
Oct 1st at 11:32 pm
I am new to wordpress and enjoying the September picks. The selections resonate humanity. The stricking resemblances evidencing thirst for acceptance, empathy and love. The creative and colorful posts are an awakening of being. Bravo to the bloggers and the editors! I’m glad to be on board.
Oct 2nd at 12:53 am
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Oct 2nd at 1:01 am
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Oct 2nd at 1:12 am
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Oct 2nd at 1:51 am
Good post. Makes me want to write more
Oct 2nd at 3:04 am
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Oct 2nd at 4:53 am
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Oct 2nd at 6:28 am
Nice collection for this freshly pressed section. I wish one day my blog will also come in freshly pressed section.
Till then cheers !
Oct 2nd at 6:52 am
Great list! bookmarking these sites to return at leisure
Oct 2nd at 10:12 am
i loved most of them especially the one on bibliophiles- being one myself it highly resonated, thank you!!
Oct 2nd at 3:20 pm
These are some awesome posts, thanks!
Oct 3rd at 12:25 am
So glad to see Madame Weebles FP’d. She’s an integral part of our own little enclave of the blogging community so it was wonderful for her to be exposed to many others.
Oct 3rd at 1:36 am
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No one could completely describe that feeling unless you’ve been able to go through Iceland.
Oct 3rd at 1:44 am
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Oct 3rd at 4:06 am
I am new to blogging, but I like what I see here. Weebles is interesting and One Is Never Enough…Yeah I really like that one!
Oct 3rd at 3:40 pm
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Lovely view Looks nice and peaceful
Oct 3rd at 4:25 pm
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Oct 3rd at 4:41 pm
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Oct 3rd at 5:45 pm
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thats very good task. well done
Oct 3rd at 6:41 pm
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when will I be like them?writing things for good caus-believe.trust.hardwork.
Oct 3rd at 7:32 pm
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Oct 3rd at 7:46 pm
An excellent selection. Have already started following a couple of these blogs. Thanks for cherry-picking the best of the best. (No pun intended, Cheri. OK, maybe a little…)
Oct 4th at 12:25 am
Very interesting. Thanks.
Oct 4th at 12:40 am
Not a great month, but October so far has been rich.
Oct 4th at 3:34 pm
Great posts. Cant’ wait to see what’s in store for next month. I’m glad I converted over from blogger to wordpress….though I wish I could do something about adding google analytics on this thing….
Oct 4th at 3:56 pm
Very cool blogs this month!
Oct 8th at 11:52 am
Switched recently to WordPress and always look forward to the picks of the month. Great blogs this month.
Oct 9th at 1:06 pm
Great selections! Hope to get myself here someday as well!
Oct 11th at 1:07 pm
I’m liking the themes by WP!
Oct 11th at 11:17 pm
Lovely post — the photos are breathtaking…I look forward to coming back for a better read…
Oct 12th at 8:59 am
Enjoyed the multiple flavors…interesting read…
Oct 13th at 2:47 am
Fascinating content here! Good job and thank you!
Oct 14th at 9:02 pm
I would like to nominate a site for editors’ picks for september 2012. How do I do that?