Bloggerhood Etc. 1/20/14

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Image: Spencer Hall (SB Nation)

The best of the week, including three hilarious posts from SB Nation, which features some of the best sportswriting on the Internet, and three fantastic special-needs posts. Some weeks it’s so hard to narrow these down, so why try?

Best Diagram.Hat Angles are Important: A Helpful Guide” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation (image above).

Best Guest Post. “Promise, an Apraxia Monday Guest Post” by Stacey Shubitz at Leslie Lindsay’s Speaking of Apraxia blog.

Best Microstory.On a Bus Ride of Redemption” by Tamára Lunardo at A Deeper Story.

Best List.5 Tips for Loving People Through the Loss of a Marriage” by Natalie Trust.

Best Special Needs Post.Here be Dragons” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Worst Pants.Pantsform: Jim Harbaugh’s Pants, Reviewed” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best Statement.I Am Not Diabetes” by Scott Benner at Huff Post Parents.

Best Win.What Happens When the President Sits Next to You at a Café” by Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic.

Best Essay.A Toast Story” by John Gravois at Pacific Standard.

Best End to a Trilogy.Breaking Madden, 49ers vs. Seahawks: BEEFTANK’S Path to Self” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

“Oh how good it is to have fled, to have become free!” —Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha.

Review: Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

When I made the decision to stay home and take care of our daughter Anna, I had no real guide to what I was doing. In 2006, the image of a stay-at-home dad had not progressed much beyond the Hollywood portrayal of the laughably incompetent “Mr. Mom” cliche.

Well, a lot has changed in the first seven years of my daughter’s life. Stay-at-home dads are more commonplace and more accepted as people see we actually can care for our children most of the day without losing them, starving them, or seriously injuring them. There are stay-at-home dad groups, both local and national, that provide support, and there are a growing number of books that take on some aspect of the at-home dad experience.

I should know. I’ve written one myself and I’ve read many others, most recently the witty memoir Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad by author, blogger, and twelve-year at-home dad Scott Benner.

This is a funny, moving, and inspiring book by a man who’s been an at-home dad for almost twice as long as I have. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes, great advice, and touching moments that ring true throughout. I quickly lost track of the number of times I nodded along with some story that paralleled a memorable event in my own life.

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