Bloggerhood Etc. 10/20/14

beach bonfire

Photo: Heather Park

Best Photoblog.Once I Went to a Wedding” by Heather Park and Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Special Needs Post.The Path to Self-Advocacy” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best List.The 5 Worst Commercials of the MLB Postseason” by Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.

Best Satire.The War on Halloween” by Drew Chial.

Best Question.What Does it Mean to be Blackish?” by Christena Cleveland at Christianity Today.

Most Hopeful.The Secret to Stop Feeling Like a Failure” by Jennifer Dukes-Lee, guest-posting at Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience.

Best Social Commentary.Deus Ex Musica: Beethoven’s Bad Influence” by Alex Ross at The New Yorker.

Best Parenting Post.The Whole Truth About Infant Cereals: 7 Science-Based Tips” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Reflection.Mark Driscoll Impacts the Non-Mars-Hill People Too” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Sports Commentary.Kirk Cousins, E.J. Manuel, and Why Bad Quarterbacks Keep Getting Starting Jobs” by K.C. Clyburn at Football is Stupid.

Best Advice.How I Learned NOT to be an Obnoxious Author” by Sarabeth Caplin.

Best Mom Post.To Live Like a Child” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Dad Post.A Dispatch from the Gender Frontline (I Went to Some Toy Shops)” by Simon Ragoonanan at Man vs. Pink.

Best Essay. “The Other Side of the River” by Stephen Knox at SB Nation.

Most Awesome Video.3D Printed IRON MAN Child Prosthetic Hand” by Pat Starace (via YouTube).

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Go Nats!

Nats 2014

Football and baseball have traditionally been the two biggest sports in America, and my relationship with each was forever influenced by my childhood. I wrote about my lifelong Redskins obsession a couple of years ago, and my view of football has been shaped by my unbreakable attachment with my “home team” for better and for worse ever since. My view of baseball is fundamentally different for one reason—I never had a home team.

Okay, that’s not quite true. For a brief moment I did. They were the Washington Senators, and my earliest memory of them is the last season they played in the District. Then they moved to Arlington, Texas, and became the Texas Rangers, and a part of my childhood was taken away.

Kids in New York got to be Yankees fans, kids in Boston got to be Red Sox fans, and kids in Chicago got to be White Sox or (if they were really unlucky) Cubs fans. Even kids in Baltimore got to be Orioles fans. But I didn’t have a team to call my own.

And that’s how I became a lifelong baseball nomad.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 7/21/14

Anatomy of a diaper

Photo: Lunchbox Dad

Remember when you had a little one in diapers? Those of us who look back fondly at those times are guaranteed to have all their kids potty-trained! Now on to the source of the above photo, and the rest of the best of the week.

Best Dad Roundup.29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad” by Mike Heenan at HuffPost Parents. (Reads like a “Who’s Who of Dad Bloggers”—great stuff!)

Best Guest Post.(De)Tales: Paddleboard” by Kelli at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Travel Post.Nobody’s Leaving This Fun Family Vacation” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.  (Side note: We took our coast vacations the same week and even ran into each other at Cape Mears Lighthouse.)

Best Special Needs Post.Why Are We So Afraid of Disability?” by Ellen Stumbo at Not Alone.

Best Bad Comic. “Champion” by James Breakwell at James Breakwell’s Unbelievably Bad Comic.

Bravest Post.Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach” by Lorne Jaffe at Huff Post Healthy Living.

Strangest Story.The Cornish Beach Where LEGO Keeps Washing Up” by Mario Cacciottolo at BBC News Magazine.

Best Question.Who Will Hold the U.S. Accountable for a Rush to Deport the Most Vulnerable?” by Shaina Aber at Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Best Parable.Jesus and the Attempted Exodus” by Mark Sandlin at The God Article.

Best Advice.Brave, Brave, Be Brave” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Commentary.Unfinished Houses” by John J. McLaughlin at America.

Best Satire.Mile-High Baseball” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best Video. “Fun Healthcare Alternatives!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 5/26/14

Color Guard

Photo: Julia Ozab

On Memorial Day here in the United States, pray for those men and women who gave their lives for their country, for those in the armed forces today and for peace everywhere. —Fr. James Martin, SJ

Now on to the best of the week …

Most Moving.Lace Seastrunk’s Inspiration” by David M. Hale at ESPN.com.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Cleft-Lip Smile I Never Knew I’d Miss” by Shawnee Barton at The New York Times.

Best Bad Photoblog.21 Disgusting Vintage Recipes The Might Make You Puke in Your Mouth a Bit” by Beej Rudd at Dose.

Best Flashback.What the NBA Looked Like on the Web in 1996” by David Roth at SB Nation.

Best Commentary.American Poison” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords.

Best Question.Wearing a Crucifix” by Richard Beck at Experimental Theology.

Best List.101 Ideas for Keeping Your Child with Special Needs Busy All Summer” by Sandra Peoples at Not Alone.

Best Metaphor.Klingon Christians and Their Gospel Coalitions” by Morgan Guyton at Mercy Not Sacrifice.

Best Guest Post.An Unexpected Gift from Autism and Parenting” by Natalia Erehnah at Your Beautiful Child.

Best Advice.You Can’t Find God” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Smoothest.Young Fan Gives Decoy Ball to Young Lady” by MLB.TV (via YouTube).

“That is the play of the game!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/14/14

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Welcome to Palindrome Week! That right, this week (at least in the US) every date is a palindrome. Exciting, huh? Well, here’s the best of the last, semi-palindromic week from around the blogosphere.

Best Remembrance.Hank Aaron’s Homer and the Most Revered Record in Sports” by Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.The Exquisite Joy of Nothing” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Brightest Post.Bright Spot” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Most Hopeful (in Spite of its Title).The World Would be a Better Place if We All Died …” by Brandon Andress.

Best Psychological Analysis.REF RAGE: A Study of Our NCAA Tournament Frustrations and Hatreds” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Parenting Post.The Saint of the NICU” by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary.

Best Headline.Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand” by Karl W. Giberson at The Daily Beast.

Best Synchroblog.The Day it Felt Like Church” by Chris Morton (and several other bloggers) at Growth and Mission.

Best Question.Why Can’t My Son Receive the Eucharist?” by Anna Nussbaum Keating at First Things.

Most Likely to Make You Cry.The Lessons of Princess Lacey” by Kurt Mensching at SB Nation.

Best Advice.How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Video Mashup.Spoiler Alert – Supercut!” by Screen Junkies (via YouTube).

And like that … the movie’s ruined!

A New Dawn in the District

Arial view of Washington D.C.

Photo: Architect of the Capitol’s Office (via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks in our Nation’s Capital, and, no, I am not talking about politics. I’m talking about something equally stressful but far more enjoyable: sports.

You see a long dark era in the District is drawing to a close. We’re not quite there yet, but we can see the light dawning. And like the dawn, this brightening future is inevitable.

Washington Nationals

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Nationals racked up the best record in baseball this year. First in war, first in peace, and FIRST in all of baseball. But that alone doesn’t win you a World Series. The Nats teetered on the brink of elimination against the St. Louis Cardinals, evened up the series at two games a piece, and then had the defending champions one out away from elimination, before a heartbreaking ninth inning brought their season to an end. No amount of success, however unexpected in April, would take away that sting.

“Wait until next year.” Often the siren song of the perennial loser, but not in this case. The Nats are for real. They’re young, loaded, and have tasted success. This season, the goal was just to win and to make the post-season. Anything past that was a bonus. But the sting of that loss to St. Louis doesn’t feel like a bonus, does it? This team wants to go all the way next year, and they have the talent to do it.

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