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. 6/23/14

At a berry pick

Photo: Julia Ozab

Summer is here! And the blog is slowing down just a bit as we prepare for my dad to to fly up from San Diego tomorrow and visit us for the week. But there’s still a lot going on elsewhere on the blogosphere, and here’s some of best.

Best List.50 Awesome Summer Activities for Bored Kids (No Parents Required)” by Linda Sharps at The Stir.

Best Guest Post. “De(tales): A Grief Observed” by Jody Lee Collins at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Parenting Post.My First Week as a Stay-at-Home Dad” by B.K. Mullen at The National At-Home Dad Network.

Most Tragic.The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult” by Boze Herrington at The Atlantic.

Sweetest.I Met Him Online. It Was Love at First Pixel.” by Elizabeth Esther.

Funniest.The Agony and the Ecstasy of Raising a Toddler” by Grant Snider at Huff Post Parents.

Most Thought-Provoking.4 Reasons I’m Not Going to Heaven” by Micah J. Murray at the Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Special Needs Post.What if She Lives With Us Forever” by Ellen Stumbo at Not Alone.

Best Satire.Be Not Deceived: There’s No Such Thing as a Christian Banker” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Idea.Little Libraries” by Randi Bjornstad at The Eugene Register-Guard.

Best Series (starting today!).  “The Non-Blogger’s Guide to Blogging” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Trailer for a Very Bad Movie.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” at Honest Trailers (via YouTube).

“I’m sorry”—Michael Bay.

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/2/14

Galunker

Galunker (Artwork by Dula Yavne)

Happy Monday! And Happy June! Summer is coming in just a few weeks and I’m bracing myself for three months of no school. In the meantime, here’s the best (and worst) of the week.

Worst Question.Is This a Sandwich?” by Spilly (with Foodspin Judge Albert Burneko) at SB Nation.

Best Question.Always Asking Why” by Cara Strickland at Carly Gelsinger’s blog.

Best Special Needs Post.Risking Love” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.(De)Tales: Door” by Aaron Householder at Little Did She Know.

Best Picture Book Concept.Galunker (excerpt)” by Douglas Anthony Cooper and Dula Yavne at Huff Post Books.

Most Thought Provoking.Realizing the Comforts of My Color” by Beth Morey.

Most Chilling.1984 and ATI” by Susanna Wesley at Recovering Grace.

Best Dad Post.How The LEGO Movie Stimulated My Intellect While Gut Punching Me Emotionally” by Lorne Jaffe at the National At-Home Dad Network.

Best Defense of a Viral Hashtag. Because These Are Sacred Scars” by Natalie Trust at Micah J. Murray’s Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Open Letter.From the Lectionary: An Open Letter to Jesus on this Whole Ascension Business” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best (and Possibly Longest) Title.Melodramatic, attention-needy personality seeks public platform from which to spew her narcissistic exaggerations” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Please Stop Giving Everything Away, Hollywood!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want my Bad Grandpa money back!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/31/14

Anna, Julia, and I

A Spring Break selfie

Spring vacation is over and I’m catching up with the Internet. Here’s the best of what I missed when I was away, starting with a small indulgence …

Best Self-Promotion.Beautiful Whispers” by David Ozab at Why I’m Catholic.

And now on to the other posts …

Best Parenting Post (and Best Satire).New Parenting Study Released” by Sarah Miller at The New Yorker.

Best Special Needs Post.Just Enough Hope” by Jolene Philo at Not Alone.

Best Question.Is Mars Hill Church a Cult?” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Letter-to-the-Editor.Awareness Needed for Childhood Apraxia” by Jennifer Warnock in the Newark Advocate.

Most Hopeful.Hey Jesus, it’s Me. Your People Make Me Sad” by Natalie Trust.

Best At-Home Parent Post.5 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Get Back on the Career Track” by Carlotta Zimmerman at Huff Post Parents.

Scariest Post.Why I am Not the Antichrist” by Boze Herrington at The Talking Llama.

Best Reading List.6 New Memoirs About Sorting Through Your Faith” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Rant.I’m Done—A Short Rant” by Robert Martin at Abnormal Anabaptist.

Best Essay (and Best Title).Burn, Destroy, Wreck, Kill: Soccer’s Pig War Produces Spies and Battle Cries in the Pacific Northwest” by Matt Negrin at SB Nation.

Best Playlist. “Action Movie Kid” (via YouTube).

POW! BLAM! WHAM!