Tuesday 6 August 2013
TIME lauds our Sophie
And the chocolate slipper award goes to the indomitable Sophie Sarin, seen here chez nous in an age when the parrot still sat guard at the window. TIME Magazine has just named her Djenne Djenno blog one of its top 25 this year. An amazing accolade well deserved, especially since following the onset of war in Mali Sophie's was the ONLY reliable source of information as to what was going on (it still is).
This award of sorts also honours her singular brand of philosophy and humour, with a succinct introductory text, though the comments of sour aspirants who think they should have been preferred make dismal reading. What, more deserving than a woman who has helped, and continues to help, the blind to see by funding annual cataract operations in Djenné, among countless other community projects she's instigated? I love this picture of what in biblical times would have been called a miracle.
As Sophie's example was the reason why I took up what is outwardly at least far less adventurous blogging back in 2007, I'm delighted to homage the Blogmother. In not too long a time we'll be bathing with her in a Swedish lake, and in the meanwhile may Mali choose its leader wisely.