Bloggerhood Etc. 3/23/15

Best Idea.There’s A Preschool For Adults To Unwind And Relive Their Childhoods” by Emily Arata at Elite Daily.

Best Guest Post.Mask” by Kimberley Coyle at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.Thoughts on Growing Up With a Sister With Down Syndrome” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Mom Post.Here We Are Again” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Dad Post.My Real Name, and the Problems it Has Caused Me” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Series.Here Comes the Brides!” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Most Interesting.Why Violin-Makers Adopted the f-Shaped Hole” by Clive Thompson at BoingBoing.

Most Honest.Surviving!” by Gary Mathews at Skippah’s Realm.

Best Reflection.The Transition Time” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best News.We Have Some News!” by Glove and Boots (via You Tube).

“Meh.”

To catch up on the great posts I’m reading online and to get a sneak preview of next week’s candidates, check out my new Around the Blogosphere board on Pinterest.

Bloggerhood Etc. 1/20/14

hat orientation blueprints

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.

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/9/13

Baseball cannon!

“Hey batter, batter, batter!” Photo: Skymall.com

I begin this week’s entry with a tie for funniest post—both from SB Nation.

Best Distraction.Browsing the Sports Section of Sky Mall” by Bill Hanstock.

You may know SkyMall from being on a plane and suddenly realizing you forgot to bring anything to read. Dang ittttttt. But we’re here to let you know that SkyMall is online and you can purchase any number of sporting goods, accessories and collectables right through their handy website!

I love Skymall! And now I can enjoy their catalog without the cost of a plane ticket. O happy day!

And …

Best Video Game Character. Breaking Madden: Meet CLARENCE BEEFTANK, the Jaguars’ five-foot, 400-pound quarterback” by Jon Bois.

He is indestructible. Trying to injure BEEFTANK is like trying to puncture a cinder block. He runs like the roundest of freight trains. He is like Pac-Man, only his maze is of the existential sort that funnels him through the cockles of football’s pure heart. He can frequently bowl over multiple defenders in a single run. He can also throw very, very far, a skill that does not fit into his game at all … (but) his throwing power is fully tempered by his thorough inability to throw with any degree of accuracy.

Bois makes up for this apparent flaw by never throwing the ball. BEEFTANK either hands off to Maurice Jones-Drew or runs the ball himself. He’s all-but-impossible to bring down, but tends to tip over while cutting. And no matter what, the Jags still lose.

Moving on to some of the more serious and thought-provoking posts of the week.

Best Open Letter.Authors and​ Booksellers: Join The Indies First Movement” by Sherman Alexie at the American Booksellers Association website.

Here’s the plan: We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing).

Sounds great! I’m in!

Most Moving.The Good Father: Of God, Doubt, and Gay Relationships” by Stephen at Sacred Tension.

One Sunday morning, when I was at the end of my rope, I was on my knees during mass crying out to God for an answer. And then something happened.

I don’t know how, but I suddenly knew that God was there with me. I knew that His holiness was wrapped all around me, gathering about me like heavy smoke. In the midst of that holiness, I didn’t feel judged, I didn’t feel cast away – I felt safe. Safe for the first time in years.

Best Start to a Long Overdue Conversation.Christians, Divorce, and Marriage: On Being Excluded from Conversations” by Natalie Trust.

In the past seven years, people have questioned if I was bitter, if I had forgiven, it I would ever want to get married again, and of course were always curious if I had missed any red flags.

Very, very rarely have people asked me something like, “What was it like to go from married to single all of the sudden? Tell me about you experience.” Or “How does it feel for you to go to weddings or events where couples are a predominant part of the crowd?”

I think we can ask better questions.

And to end on a lighter note, and because it’s one of the most stunning videos I’ve seen in a long time …

Best Video.Atlas” by Coldplay (via YouTube)

Switch the player to full screen. Put on headphones. You will want to be immersed in this video.