Bloggerhood Etc. 9/8/14

Anna with her backpack on.

Photo: Julia Ozab

Anna starts her first full week of third grade today, and I’m settling into a writing schedule. Time to get to work. First up—the best of the week from around the blogosphere …

Best Back-to-School Post.High School: It’s Her Turn” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Commentary.The Message of Mercy” by Cardinal Walter Kasper at America.

Best Reflection.The Classical Cloud” by Alex Ross at The New Yorker.

Best Cautionary Tale.Here’s Exactly Why MacArthur’s Advice On Gay Children Is So Dangerous” by Benjamin Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Profile.A Place to Call Home: The Complicated Story of Colt Lyeria” by Mike Piellucci at SB Nation.

Best Question.What’s so Important—and Stressful—About Family Dinner?” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best List.Pothead NFL Logos: What if all 32 NFL Logos Smoked Weed?” by David Rappoccio at Kissing Suzy Kolber (via Not Sports Center).

Most Honest.Death of a Cult Leader OR “How are you doing since your grandfather died?” by Elizabeth Esther.

Most Vulnerable.On Brokenness and Mole-Whacking” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Most Hopeful.Teen With Cancer Remixes Jay Z With ‘Bald So Hard,’ Shows How To Laugh When Battling Disease” by Eleanor Goldberg at Huff Post Impact.

Best Special Needs Post.The Other Talk” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Essay.The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families” by Alex Morris at Rolling Stone.

Best Video.Product Testing: Flowbee and Poo-Pourri” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“Have you always wanted to cut your hair with a vacuum cleaner?”

Um … no.

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/6/14

Hope anchors the soul - Hebrews 6:19

Image via Natalie Trust

Check it out! I wrote “14” instead of “13.” Guess I’m more than ready for the New Year. 2013 is gone—and good riddance—here’s hoping for a better 2014.

Best Lessons.20 Things I Learned in Twenty-Thirteen” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Confession.A Kitchen Confession: I’m Broken” by Natalie Trust.

Best Letter.For Anyone Who’s Still Standing” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best New Beginning.Hopeful for the New Year” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Parody.What Do Y’all, Yinz, and Yinx Call Stretchy Office Supplies?” by Sarah Larson in The New Yorker.

Best Personal Essay.A Complicated Homecoming” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords.

Best Intersection of Theological and Coffee Nerdness.Coffeedoxy and Heterodoxy” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Demick at Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.

Best Profile.Who Am I to Judge? A Radical Pope’s First Year” by James Carroll at The New Yorker.

Most Ridiculous.Andrew Luck’s Amazing Fumble Recovery Touchdown” by James Dator at SB Nation (includes animated gif).

And the replay (via YouTube) …

Let the Luck puns commence.

Broken and Whole

Bowl repaired with gold laquer

Kintsukuroi (Photo via Google Image Search)

I broke my arm when I was twenty-one years old. I was playing flag football on a muddy field when I fell awkwardly and snapped my right humerus (upper-arm bone) at its midpoint. It was the most intense physical pain I’d ever experienced.

The bone healed in time, but now—over twenty-five years later—I have a bump in the middle of my right upper arm that always reminds me of that day and that injury.

We break and we heal, but we carry the scars with us for the rest of our lives.

We are like kintsukuroi (or kintsugi), the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold lacquer. Like kintsukuroi, we are both broken and whole, and our cracks are both visible and beautiful.

For they are the record of our lives.

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