Bloggerhood Etc. 1/5/15

2015 rollover

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Happy New Year! Here’s the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best News.Pope Francis Is Trying to Rally 1.2 Billion Catholics to Help Avert a Global Disaster” by Tom McKay at World Mic.

Best Advice.Counting Gifts Instead of Problems” by Abby McDonald, guest-posting at Purposeful Faith.

Geekiest Post.Who Would Win and All-Out Battle: Star Wars or Star Trek?” by Rom Lokken at Gizmodo.

Best Theological Post.Why it Matters That the Bible Was Written by Human Beings” by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at Inebriate Me.

Best Parenting Post.A Tale of 2 Elsa-Themed Birthday Parties” by Jennie Sutherland at Huff Post Parents.

Best Question.Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction?” by Caroline Williams in The Guardian.

Best What If?The Alternate Histories of Mario Cuomo” by Russell Berman in The Atlantic.

Best Infographic.‘Let it Go’ with Phonetically Accurate Lyrics” by Andy Herald at How to be a Dad.

Best Commentary.The NYPD’s ‘Work Stoppage’ is Surreal” by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone.

Best Reflection.Hail Mary: You Have More in Common with the Mother of Jesus than You Think” by James Martin at Slate.

Best Story.The Most Important Cardboard Box Ever?” by Stephen Dowling at BBC News Magazine.

Best Bad Idea.Nothing Gold Can Stay: In Pursuit of the Best Sports Account on Twitter” by Jon Bois at SBNation.

Best Confession.I Am Lord Business” by Buzz Bishop at DadCamp.

Best Video.The Teleporter” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“Yep. The blog’s ruined.”

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Bloggerhood Etc. 11/10/14

A Sanchez on every team!

So much Sanchez, so little time (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation).

Best Computer Simulation of Hell.Breaking Madden: The Mark Sanchez Century” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Open Letter.Dear Democratic Party: Make No Mistake About It, Republicans Didn’t Win – You Lost” by Allen Clifton at Forward Progressives.

Best Mom Post. “Having a Bad Day Doesn’t Make You a Bad Mother” by Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood.

Best Dad Post.Running With My Kids” by Whit Honea at The Honea Express. 

Wisest.Six Words My Kid Said That Contain Such Wisdom” by Cornelia Seigneur at Huff Post Parents.

Best Redefinition.#Blessed” by Jamie Wright at Jamie The Very Worst Missionary.

Best Parenting Advice.Mom and Dad, You Suck at Parenting (and Here’s Why That’s Just Fine)” by Jon Pavlovitz.

Best Reminder.Being a Christian Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think it Should” by Preston Sprinkle at Relevant.

Best Movie Review.An Obnoxious Review of ‘Interstellar,’ by the 3 Jerks in the Row Behind Me” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Special Needs Post.She Stands Tall: Not Trying to Fix the Child I Adopted” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.De(tales): Bible” by Heather Caliri at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Commentary. “An NFL Locker Room is Not a Hive” by Stephen White at SB Nation. 

Best Video.Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

“Boom! Election over.”

Car Trouble

Our van in 2005

“Burgundy” (Photo: Julia Ozab)

I’ve had an interesting morning.

It began as usual. I drove Anna to school. About halfway there, a warning light lit up on the dashboard. I didn’t think too much of it. Cold weather sometimes triggers errant alert lights.

Or as I explained to Anna “Burgundy doesn’t like the cold.”

Burgundy is Anna’s name for our van.

Then as I approached a right turn, I flipped the turn signal.

Nothing.

So I pushed the button to lower the window so I could signal by hand.

Nothing.

Now I knew something was wrong. I drove the rest of the way to school—very carefully—and dropped Anna off. I would have driven straight to our mechanic from there, but I forgot my cell phone so I had to go home and get it. Maybe I should have left the engine running while I went upstairs, but I didn’t. I came back down to start the car.

Nothing.

The lights still worked. The radio still worked. It wasn’t the battery, but something was wrong and now I needed a tow to the auto shop.

Quite a start to the day. I could focus on the negatives, and be angry, frustrated, or depressed, but instead I thought about all the positives.

We own a car—outright.

We are AAA members and get a free tow.

We have a reliable mechanic, who we’ve taken the car to since we bought it, so we won’t get ripped off.

The car didn’t quit on me this morning, with Anna in the backseat and no way to get her to school.

The car didn’t quit on us any time in the last week while we were out.

The car didn’t quit on me on the way to the Faith and Culture Writers Conference or on the way back home.

My mother-in-law lives close by, and shares her car with us. Julia drove it to work today so I could take Anna to school. Julia can pick Anna up if the car isn’t ready in time, and we can coordinate our schedules tomorrow if necessary.

There are so many good things to focus on, so many ways in which this situation could be much worse, that I refuse to dwell on the bad things.

Dwelling on them won’t change them. It will only make me feel worse. I’d rather give thanks for all that is good in my life. I’ve got a lot to give thanks for.

Has anything bad—or just inconvenient—happened to you lately where you were able to focus on the good instead? Did it help? Tell me about it.