Best Return. “Breaking Madden: BEEFTANK Returns” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.
Most Honest. “Making Peace With My Mental Illness” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.
Best Special Needs Post. “An Extraordinary Story” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.
Best List. “10 Reasons I Can’t Relate to the 30-Something Blogger” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.
Best Question. “I Sing Because I’m Happy! Or is it the Other Way Around?” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.
Best Parenting Post. “Target’s Response To My Calling Out Their Girls” Clothing Problem” by Stephanie Glese at Huff Post Parents.
Best Commentary. “Synod 14: The Church Needs to Replace the Family” by Artur Roseman at Cosmos in the Lost.
Strangest Story. “I’m a Blonde Tattooed Girl From Texas. Why Are ISIS Fighters Tweeting Marriage Proposals to Me?” by Jennifer Williams at New Republic.
Best Use of Bad Candy. “Six Silly/Spooky Candy Corn Crafts” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.
Best Travel Article. “Shakespeare and the Seven-Year Old” By Melissa Hart at Show Me the Monkey: An Oregon Family’s Adventures.
Best Guest Post. “Why I Am Made Right” by Ashley Linne at Addie Zierman’s How to Talk Evangelical.
Cutest. “What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal” by Jeffrey Blitz at New York Times Magazine (Video).
Best Essay. “40,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Simply Shrugs” by Greg Zoroya at USA Today.
Best Bilingual Video. “Transformers: Age of Extinction (變形金剛4 灭绝重生)” by Honest Trailers (via YouTube).
“The Transformers are back! And they’re as over these movies as we are.”
Best Rant. “Stop Taking the Play Out of Playgrounds” by Chris Bernholdt at DadNCharge.
Best Book. “One of the Coolest Books of Maps That Your Kid Will Ever See” by Tom B. at Building a Library.
Best Birthday Cake. “Baking Dad: Space Shuttle Birthday Cake” by Chris Routly at Daddy Doctrines.
Best Commentary. “Neoliberalism Has Brought Out the Worst in Us” by Paul Verhaeghe at The Guardian. (NOTE: What Europeans call “neoliberalism”—i.e. extreme economic liberalism—is known as libertarianism in the U.S.)
Best Role Model.“Heisman in Pieces, but Marcus Mariota Remains Whole” by John Canzano at Oregon Live.
Best List. “10 Movies That Were More Biblical Than Left Behind” by Benjamin J Corey at Formerly Fundie.
Best Reflection. “Martha, Misunderstood” by Cara Strickland at The Junia Project.
Best Book Review. “The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins” by John Gray at New Republic.
Best Relationship Advice. “The Secret to a Conflict-Free Relationship (Just Kidding, I Don’t Believe in Those)” by Natalie Trust.
Best Parenting Post. “Kids and Electronics” Bring Back Boredom” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.
Most Disgusting. “Types of Boogers: A Cartoonized Guide” by Andy Herald at How to Be a Dad.
Best Question. “Will D.C. Residents Do What Red Mesa Residents Did and Save Their High School Indian Nickname?” by Anthony Brown at Redskins’ Hog Heaven.
Best Dad Post. “Suffering Children” by Brian Doyle in America.
Best Call to Action. “Social Justice for Single People” by Christena Cleveland.
Most Thought Provoking. “Why You Need More Muslim Friends” by John Huckins in Relevant.
Best Video. “She Moved Through the Fair” by Peter Hollens (via YouTube).
His debut album from Sony Masterworks comes out October 27th and is available for pre-order (more details at the end of the video).
Our daughter has a great sense of humor, and says some really funny things. We try to write them down as soon as she says them. We often share them on Facebook and if they’re brief enough I post them to Twitter too. Here are some more of the funniest ones…
Julia was tossing her in the pool one evening and told her that she could only do it while in the pool. Anna asked “Why?” Julia said “If I tried to do it out of the pool, it would kill me.” Anna’s response? “It wouldn’t kill you, Mom, because then you wouldn’t be alive!”
Once when I asked her what she was thinking, she said “If you could read my mind, you’d know.”
Another time, while hanging upside down off the couch: “It’s hard to think when your brain’s upside down.”
While “training” one of her plush elephant toys: “It’s hard to keep an elephant on schedule.”
Back in the pool— this time doing flips: “I did a double. Now I did a triple! Now a quadriple!”
On her jewelry choices: “I’m wearing two bracelets, one for each wrist, but I’m wearing one necklace because I only have one neck.”
Playing on her iPad: “I don’t like level three! I’m skipping level three from now on!” “All level threes?” I asked. “Yes!”
Once she tried to say either “it slipped my mind” or “I lost track of time,” but it came out as “I lost my mind.”
One day while throwing out grape stems for the birds to collect and build nests: “I’ll just toss it out here for whoever gets it first. And no, I didn’t name one of them ‘Whoever Gets It First.'”
At Princess Night with the Eugene Emeralds: “They should have a Princess Night every week!”
Later that night, when it was time to leave: “But, Mom, I want to stay and party!”
And the next morning:”I slept in because I was out partying last night past my bedtime.”
This next one came up while watching the original Toy Story. Right after the scene when Sid performs the first “double brain transplant” by switching the doll’s head with the pteranodon’s head, Anna looks over and says “That’s not how you do a real brain transplant.”
Julia related this one on Facebook: “Anna has created a new word … ‘Talentor’—someone who has many talents. (And she is apparently the first example of the word).”
Another Anna word: seatbeltilization n. The act of using a seat belt.
Just the other night I was talking to her from the next room. She didn’t respond, so I asked”Anna can you hear a word I’m saying?” Her answer? “No.”
And finally a poem that starts with a story …
I said a phrase to Anna today that I haven’t said in months, because she got tired of it. “That’s the plan, Ann … a.” It slipped out and as soon as I said it, I apologized. “That’s okay,” she replied. “I’m not mad, Dad. Or sad, Dad.” “Are you glad?” I asked. “I am glad.”She paused and smiled. “Dad.”