Bloggerhood Etc. 1/26/15

Luzern Bridge

Photo: Niall Wallace/BBC News Magazine

Best Beginning.Introducing Our New Baby Boy” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Photoblog.The Camera That Captured People’s Lives” at BBC News Magazine.

Best Special Needs Post.I Know What Causes Autism” by Carrie Carriello.

Best Parenting Post.All My Issues With Goodnight Moon” by Raquel D’Apice at The Ugly Volvo.

Best Question.Is Your One-Word Resolution Holding You Back?” by Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and it is Not What You Think” by Johann Hari at Huff Post Politics.

Most Encouraging.Trust Between Friends and Strangers” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Idea.Uno, the Bomb, and How You Can Make Game Night More Epic” by B.K. Mullen at Dad on the Mic.

Best Commentary.Kirby Delauter’s Not the Only One Who Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment” by Tyler J. Francke.

Best Tribute.An Elegy for Casey” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Essay. The Fighting Indians Earn It” by Peter Rugg at SB Nation.

Best Parody Video.New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody” by (via YouTube).

“Ask your equipment manager.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/17/14

Green Chicago River

The Chicago River, dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also Monday, so time for the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best Special-Needs Story.iPads help disabled children speak” by Alandra Johnson at The Bend Bulletin.

Best At-Home Parent Post.In which I don’t mind if my tinies see me on the computer” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Guy Post.A MANifesto” by Joshua Wood at Blog of Manly.

Best Snapshot.This is What Homeschooling Looks Like” by Karen Gann at Homeschooling in Huntsville.

Most Honest.Standing Naked in Front of Strangers (and Other Occupational Hazards of Memoir Writing)” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Questions.The Four Questions of Christian Education” by Anthony Bradley at The Acton Institute Power Blog.

Most Adorable Scientific Study.Why DO babies laugh? That’s what a scientist set out to learn… with tantalising results” by Kathryn Knight at Daily Mail Online.

Least Judgmental.Neither Do I Condemn You” by Alise Chaffins in Knitting Soul.

Best Marriage Post.‘I Choose You.’ Brief Thoughts on Marriage From An Unmarried Feminist” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Title.The Thing About Kicking Ass and Also Not Being Enough” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Best List.7 of the Mistakes Both Men and Women Make When Dating Online” by Anna Wickham at Good Men Project.

Best Video.Restaurant Etiquette” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity!!!”

The Highlight of the Conference


Image: Martin French

Last weekend, I attended the 2014 Faith and Culture Writers Conference at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Here is a short description of the conference from the website:

“Both inspirational and practical,the Faith & Culture Writers Conference is a place of diverse community, camaraderie, and connection. You will be encouraged, enriched, and challenged to live the creative life that God has called you to. Join us and take your art to the next level while discovering your unique voice and place to house your story.”

Cornelia Becker Seigneur, Director, Faith and Culture Writers Conference.

Like last year it was an amazing experience, and over the next week I will be writing about my impressions, what I learned, all the great things, and the few things I would change for the better, on my professional site ( Here I want to write about the unquestioned highlight of the conference, which had nothing whatsoever to do with writing.

I got to hold a seven-month-old baby.

Happy baby Anna

I remember when Anna was that little. It seems like yesterday.

Dads, Moms, you all get this. There is no experience that can compete with a bright eyed, curious, smiling and laughing little one. A fellow writer and foster mom brought this precious little girl with her last weekend. Like I said, she was seven months old, small for her age, and had probably been through a lot in her short little life. But she was bright and happy and to a dad missing his own not-so-little-anymore girl she was a magnet.

“Hello there beautiful!” I said.

She replied with a glowing smile.

“Would you like to hold her?” my friend asked.

We both knew the answer. I held her, I bounced her, and I sang to her. She grabbed my nose and my mouth, and played with my beard.

It was wonderful, and hands-down the highlight of the conference.

Please check out my other posts on Faith and Culture 2014. They’ll all be linked here as I write them.