Bloggerhood Etc. 12/2/13

Numbered Advent Envelopes

Photo: Addie Zierman

A blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the week starting with …

Best Advent Kickoff.35 Ideas for Cultivating Spiritual Mindfulness at Christmas” by Addie Zierman. The first post in Addie’s week-long “When You Need a Little Christmas Community Project.” For the next four days, she’ll be focusing on a different aspect of “Christmas mindfulness”

Monday: Spiritual mindfulness as we honor the season of Advent and celebrate the arrival of Light.

Tuesday: Mindfulness in our interactions with friends and family.

Wednesday: Mindfulness in the ways we love and welcome strangers.

Thursday:  Mindfulness in creating magic and meaningful traditions.

Which is what Advent is—a season of preparation through prayer and reflection. (And I’ll be tying in my posts with these themes each day this week as well.)

Best Photoessay. “Fifty States of LEGO” by Jeff Friesen at The Brick Fantastic.

Only organic free-range chickens run amuck at the FreeBird food truck. Just don’t get pecked when you pluck.

Oregon (Photo: Jeff Friesen)

Best Special Needs Post.The Reality of Special Needs, and How You Can Help” by Nish Weiseth.

Sometimes, other parents make me want to rip my hair out.

Which is unfortunate, because I quite like my hair. It’s not their fault, it’s just part of the hard reality of having a kid with special needs.

Happy posts on Facebook about the cute conversation you had with your four year old? Shut up. Don’t want to hear it.

Pictures of your preschooler smiling and holding their new baby sibling? Can’t handle it.

Pictures from play dates, evening outings to restaurants and taking him to his first movie? Please just stop.

I want to be excited for you, I want to celebrate the victories of your kids. I really do. But sometimes, it’s really f**king hard.

Best Comic Series.5 differences between life now and life before cell phones” by Twenty Pixels (re-posted at 22 Words).

Before and after cell phones panel

Image: Twenty Pixels

Best Commentary.Beware: Non-Celibates Writing about Celibacy” by James Martin, SJ in America.

(F)ormer Catholics have written perceptively about the church. The problem is that Keller’s article is based largely on the opinions of two priests who left the priesthood and a sister who left her order, and his own speculation about what the celibate life must be like. That’s like writing a piece on marriage and speaking only to divorced men and women. “Yeah,” they might say, “married life stinks.”

Worst Top Ten List (Ever).Top Ten Single Digit Numbers” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

See their previous Top Ten Worst Top Ten Lists (now 2-11) here.

Best Advice to a New Dad.An Open Letter To Zack Hunt” By Ed Cyzewski on Zach’s American Jesus blog.

Prepare yourself for some amazing parenting wisdom because if there’s anyone who knows a megaton about parenting, it’s the father who has one 16-month old child. I’m practically an expert. Now that I’m past the one year mark, I’m even more of an expert than those bloggers who give “Tips for a Happy, Lifelong Marriage” after their first anniversary.

Best Video (and Best Christmas Flashback).Honest Trailers – Home Alone” by Honest Trailers.

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than by revisiting the family holiday classic featuring cutie pie Macaulay Culkin violently standing his ground against two hapless burglars!

In a house filled with sadistic booby traps and far too many poinsettias.

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