Bloggerhood Etc. 10/6/14

THUNDERDOME!

Photo: Chris Bernholdt

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).

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/15/14

Sad Tony Romo

The saddest Sad Romo of them all (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation)

It’s halfway through the month of September. Fall is coming, but you can’t tell in Oregon because it’s still 90° here! At least we’ve got Duck football (and Beaver football for my daughter). Anyway, here’s the best of the week …

Best Schadenfreude. “Breaking Madden: Tony Romo’s Week in Quarterback Hell” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Dad Post.Dear Kids … A Letter About Ray Rice” by Carl Wilke at Big Cheese Dad.

Best Guest PostThe Other Lie” by Lisa Sharon Harper at Rachel Held Evans’ blog.

Best Advice.Singled Out: How Churches Can Embrace Unmarried Adults” by Cristena Cleveland.

Best List.7 Toys That Are Not Played With as the Designer Intended” by Darrel Milton at Modern Father Online.

Best Commentary.Solidarity is Our Word: My Humanity is Bound up in Yours” by Meghan Clark at National Catholic Reporter.

Best Profile.Acosia Red Elk: Young Swan Rising From the Water” by John Mounts at 1859.

Best Reflection.Our Selves Drift Away” by Ryan Dueck at Christian Century.

Most Evocative Title. Dodging Farts on Mount Vesuvius” by Jason Greene at One Good Dad.

Best Hagiography. The Real Francis: How One Saint’s Ancient Insights are Transforming Today’s Church” at America.

Best Micro-Post.What Your Selfie Really Says About You” by Tamara Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Best Path to Recovery.So … you left an abusive church? 5 Tips to Start Healing NOW” by Elizabeth Esther.

Most Honest.The 3 Toddler Words I Need to Stop Saying. Like, Right Now.” by Chris Routly at Daddy Doctrines.

Best Special Needs Post. What it Means to be Independent” by Laurie Wallin at Support for Special Needs.

Best Article. The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Church” by Craig Welch at Seattle Times.

Best Interview.Dispatch from Zambia: An Interview with Claire Albrecht of Kasama Micro Grants” by

Best Video. Cute Character Blog” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

And I don’t like piña coladas either.

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/7/14

A few charred timbers are all that remains of the building that once housed the congregation of St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church.

(Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

A long list this week, but I just couldn’t cut in down any further. So settle in for some hardcore clicking, reading, and thinking. Here’s the best (and worst) of the week.

Best Question.The Cross and the Swoosh” by Paul Louis Metzger at Patheos.com.

Best Commentary.To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society” by Luba Vangelova at Mind/Shift.

Best April Fools Post.2014 April Fools Mock Draft” by Walter Cherepinsky at Walter Football.

Scariest.Alexander Dugin: The Crazy Ideologue of the New Russian Empire” by Oleg Shynkerenko at The Daily Beast.

Best List.9 Ways You Can Help Your Stay At Home Husband” by Chris Bernholdt at Dad N Charge.

Best Special Needs Post.A Dad’s Role and Parental Compassion” by Jared Buckley at Not Alone.

Worst Case of Sour Grapes.Parting With DeSean Jackson, the Eagles Added a Kick” by William C. Rhoden in The New York Times.

Best (and Funniest) Parenting Post.25 Things You Should Know About Life With a Toddler” by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds.

Best Advice.The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)” by Christian Jarrett at 99U.

 Most Thought Provoking.On Discussing Homosexuality in the Church: I Just Want to Talk for a While” by Tyler J. Franke.

Most Heartbreaking.Ten Thousand Kids” by Nish Weiseth.

Most Hopeful.St. Elias rises from the flames: Amid tears and laughter, Ukrainian congregation vows to rebuild” by Marco Chown Oved in The Toronto Star.

Best Video.Product Testing: Ronco Rotisserie Oven” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“SET IT, AND …” ah, forget it.

Bloggerhood Etc. 5/27/13

The snow-covered mountains and punctual trains of Montreux, Switzerland, summon childhood train sets, and the daydreams that accompanied them.

Photo: Harold Cunningham/Getty

Last week, I departed from my normal best-of format to highlight a cross section of Apraxia Awareness Day posts. This week I return to my usual format, but with a special expanded link-o-rama. There was just too much good stuff to leave anything out, so here goes . . .

Best Travel Essay—International. “How Learning a Foreign Language Reignited My Imagination” by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. Coates is perhaps my favorite essayist currently writing. When I read his work, I alternate between being inspired to write better myself, and contemplating quitting because I can’t ever imaging writing this well.

Best Travel Essay—Regional. “Visitors take the bait on Bandon crab dock” by Melissa Hart in the Eugene Register Guard. Unlike Coates, Melissa Hart always inspires me to write better. Not because her work isn’t just as wonderful in its own way, but because she’s a personal friend and a great teacher.

Best Letter to My Former Parish. “Dear Parents with Young Children in Church” by Jamie Bruesehoff on I am totally *that* mom. It’s a long story (which appears in my book with names change to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent), but this is exactly what a former parish of ours needed to hear.

Best Parenting Essay. “and to dust you shall return” by Nish Weiseth on her blog. Short and stunning. Wow!

Best Mission Statement. “Pursuing the Truth in Love” by Matt Malone SJ in America. A Catholic statement for a Catholic magazine.

Best Reminder of What We All Need to Say From Time to Time. “Forgive Me” by Rachel Held Evans on her blog. Especially on the Internet, we all need to apologize from time to time. I know I do.

Ring over The Capitol

Image: Ron Miller

Most Mind-Blowing. “If Earth Had a Ring Like Saturn” by Ron Miller on io9.
Awe inspiring pictures like the one above.

Best Reply to an Faux Controversy. “Yes, Pope Francis said ‘All are redeemed.’ Is that news?” by Terry Mattingly on GetReligion. Someone needs to calm “The Huff and Puff Post” down every so often, or at least counter their SCREAMING HEADLINES!

Best Defense of Good Writing. “The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences” by Tom Chivers in The Telegraph. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

Favorite Virtual Exhibit. “Dangerous Decibels” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Educational and fun. Now I want to go to OMSI again.

And the grand finale . . .

LEGO X Wing

Photo: LEGO

The Largest (and Quite Possibly the Coolest) Thing Ever Built With Lego. “This 23-Ton, 5.3-Million-Brick X-Wing Is the Biggest Lego Model Ever.” Story by Angela Wattercutter in Wired. So geeking out right now!

Civil Unions for All

A radical idea perhaps—and a bit of a break from the usual fare of this blog— but it’s been on my mind today, and it might just solve the same-sex marriage controversy. What I would propose is as follows:

Civil marriage would be replaced by civil unions. In the case of already existing civil marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, these would be converted into civil unions dated retroactively to the date of the marriage license. Anyone married in a church would of course still be considered married. Those married in civil ceremonies could still, of course, call themselves married.

In the case of new civil unions, the couple entering into said union would have three options:

1) Civil Union with a civil ceremony. The equivalent of civil marriage/civil union/domestic partnership with a ceremony presided over by a public official. Nothing changes except the name.

2) Civil Union with marriage ceremony. In this case, it would be up to the religious community to decide who could or couldn’t get married. The civil union wouldn’t require a separate civil ceremony, as the witnesses could sign the civil union license along with the presiding minister who would legally serve as a stand-in for the public official.

3) Civil Union with “no official ceremony.” A civil union, like a civil marriage, is essentially a contract. Most contracts are signed with witnesses but without ceremony. Why should a civil union be different? In this case, the couple could either forgo a ceremony altogether or construct their own. As a side benefit, so-called internet ordinations would become unnecessary.

What does this accomplish?

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