Bloggerhood Etc. 7/15/13

Two children running along a heart-shaped pattern in the grass

Photo: Ashley Larkin

My seven favorite posts from the last week, along with my usual bonus video.

Most Likely to Give Fundamentalists an Aneurysm (This Week). “Everyone’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring up Gluttony” by Rachel Held Evans. Or to put it the way Jesus did, “remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5, NAB)

Best List. “50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America” by Gustave Arellano at OC Weekly. A hilarious description of life behind “the Orange Curtain,” complete with appropriately inappropriate language.

Scariest. “I’m Going to Have to Relearn My ABCs” by Brandon Klinetobe on The National At Home Dad Network. A father suffers a stroke on his pregnant wife’s due date.

Funniest. “The Pitch Meeting for The Lone Ranger by Eric D. Snider at

For starters. (Johnny Depp) feels strongly that the Tonto character should be a dignified representative of Native Americans, and he wants to convey this by wearing a dead bird on his head.

Most Beautiful. “Through the Eyes of My Children; Beauty” by Ashley Larkin on Draw Near. A visit to Portland’s International Rose Garden and a lesson in seeing what’s all around you.

Most Sorrowful. “The Five Senses of Grief” by Natalie Trust. The story of her best friend’s fight against cancer. My wife’s best friend fought this same fight for over a decade. I’ve seen this sorrow first hand, and it breaks my heart.

Most Impressive. “On the Killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic. I’m angry with this verdict, but I can’t begin to imagine how TNC (or any African American) feels about it. Yet he puts that aside and addresses the real culprit—so-called stand your ground laws like Florida’s that legalize armed vigilantism.

Favorite video. “Bastille Day,” as performed by a thirteen-year-old drummer and Rush fan on YouTube.

“Vive la France!”

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