Bloggerhood Etc. 1/26/15

Luzern Bridge

Photo: Niall Wallace/BBC News Magazine

Best Beginning.Introducing Our New Baby Boy” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Photoblog.The Camera That Captured People’s Lives” at BBC News Magazine.

Best Special Needs Post.I Know What Causes Autism” by Carrie Carriello.

Best Parenting Post.All My Issues With Goodnight Moon” by Raquel D’Apice at The Ugly Volvo.

Best Question.Is Your One-Word Resolution Holding You Back?” by Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and it is Not What You Think” by Johann Hari at Huff Post Politics.

Most Encouraging.Trust Between Friends and Strangers” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Idea.Uno, the Bomb, and How You Can Make Game Night More Epic” by B.K. Mullen at Dad on the Mic.

Best Commentary.Kirby Delauter’s Not the Only One Who Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment” by Tyler J. Francke.

Best Tribute.An Elegy for Casey” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Essay. The Fighting Indians Earn It” by Peter Rugg at SB Nation.

Best Parody Video.New England Patriots Cialis Commercial Parody” by (via YouTube).

“Ask your equipment manager.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/1/14

Norv Turner loss map

The saddest map in the world (Image: SB Nation)

Happy Labor Day, Happy September, and Happy Back-to-School. There’s a busy week ahead, but let’s take a breath first and look back. Here’s the best of the week from around the blogosphere …

Best List.24 Maps That Explain the NFL” by Ryan Van Bibber at SB Nation.

Best Thank You.On Labor Day, 2014” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Funniest Vacation Post.Hillbilly Vacation” by The Furry Bard.

Best Non-Shaggy Dog Story.Dog Days of August” by Matt Norman at And So It Has Come to This …

Best Summer Project.I Know What You Doodled Last Summer” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.

Most Disturbing.A Tale of Two 9-Year Olds: The One on the Playground and the One With an Uzi” by Aaron Gouveia at

Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Homer Simpson Ice Bucket Challenge” (via YouTube).

Best Question.Am I My Brother’s Gatekeeper” by Elisabeth Esther.

Best Photogallery.Oregon Explored: Astoria and the Columbia River Basin” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Back to School Post.Lord Help Me! It’s Time for School Again!” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Example of “Love Your Enemies.”Henry Gerecke, Minister To Nazis During Nuremberg Trials, Examined By Tim Townsend In New Book” by Kimberly Winston at Huff Post Religion.

Best Time Waste. “Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.” at Tumblr. (My favorite? “Bentobox Capncrunch.”)

Best Article.Care for Persons, Care for Planet” by Daniel R. Delio MTS at

Best Idea.Catholic Kids Love Summer ‘Chant Camp’” by Joseph Pronechen at National Catholic Register.

Best Essay.The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida” by Michael Kruse at SB Nation.

Best Video.Worst Game Show Ever!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube)

“Circle gets the square!”

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. 3/24/14

Giant Burt Reynolds!

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Spring is in the air and March Madness in on TV. It’s Monday. Time for the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best Parenting Post.Why all those years of lost sleep spent parenting are worth it” by Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood.

Best T.S. Elliot Reference in a Headline.A Turbulent Priest Awaits the Conquest of Crimea” by Simon Shuster at

Best Social Media Post.When You Don’t Make the List” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Weirdest Concept.2014 NCAA MASCOT DEATHBRACKET” by the Staff at SB Nation.

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

Happiest Post (and Cutest Video).Pharrell – Happy (Puppy & Doggy Version)” by The Pet Collective (via YouTube).

Most Nostalgic.Let’s Talk About the Music From Mystery Science Theater 3000” by  Chaz Kangas at LA Weekly Blogs.

 Best Comic.If You Find a Baby Songbird Out of the Nest” by Rosemary Mosco at bird and moon.

Best Question.Can Your Daughter Accept a Compliment?” by Michelle Cove at Huff Post Parents.

Best List.5 Reasons Why Your Partner Doesn’t Actually Want to Go to the Farmers Market with You” by Anjali Prasertong at The Kitchn.

Best Solve.Wheel of Fortune: Amazing Bonus Round Solve!” on Wheel of Fortune (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/17/14

What is beautiful

From a 1981 LEGO ad (Image via Women You Should Know)

Happy Presidents’ Day. Here’s the best of the week.

Best Flashback.The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say” by Lori Day at Women You Should Know.

Best List.Westminster Dog Rankings, 2014: Another Tough Year for Spaniels” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best NSFW Rant.F**k that Sh***y Coloring Book” by Lucky Shirt at Medium.

Best Manifesto.Frank Lloyd Wright’s 10-point Manifesto for His Apprentices” by Gretchen Ruben at The Happiness Project.

Best Homily.Sermon on that special class of salty, light-bearing people to whom Jesus preaches” by Nadia Bolz-Weber at Sarcastically Lutheran.

Most Encouraging.Cleft palate, bullying overcome by beauty pageant contestant” at CBC News.

Best Q and A (tie). Savage and Trust Unplugged: Cross-Sex Friendship” by Natalie Trust at her blog, and “Trust and Savage Unplugged: Cross-Sex Friendships” by Aaron Smith at Cultural Savage.

Best Advice.12 Habits of Highly Effective Stay-At-Home Dads” by Chris Routly at The Daddy Doctrines.

Best Video.Fix Your Grammar” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“You keep using that word …”

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/24/13

Helmuth Rilling

Helmuth Rilling (Photo: Eugene Weekly)

Unlike last week, this week’s collection doesn’t fit into a tidy theme. So in no particular order, here are my seven favorite posts from last week.

Favorite Tribute to Someone I’ve Met.  “Rilling’s Swan Song” by Brett Campbell in the Eugene Weekly. The co-founder of the Oregon Bach Festival steps down as artistic director, though he will continue to teach and conduct for the foreseeable future. As the driving force behind the Bach Festival, Helmuth Rilling not only put Eugene on the classical-music map, he also had an indirect role bringing me here—my first trip to Oregon was for the 25th OBF in 1994. So I’d like to add a personal “thank you.”

Favorite Tribute to Someone I’ve Never Met. “Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to His Late Mother, Lorna Tuck Colbert” via Huffington Post (with video from Hulu and a link to the full transcript). The Colbert Report host opens his first show back last week with a tribute to his late mother, saying “If you like me, that’s because of my mom.” Beautiful tribute. I cried. So will you.

Saddest Post. “When Father’s Day Hurts” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud. I always had a good father and I’ve always tried to be one too. Not everyone gets that blessing or that opportunity.

Best Dog Post. “The Case of the Devious Dogs: SOLVED” by Jim Higley on Bobblehead Dad. Dogs are always dependable in a way that many people aren’t But just because their loyal doesn’t mean they won’t try to get away with stuff. And it’s hard to stay mad at them once they give you that sad puppy look.

Most Likely to Give Fundamentalists an Aneurism (This Week). “Why I Hate the Word ‘Inerrancy'” by Ed Cyzewski on In a Mirror Dimly. A follow up to Zack Hunt original aneurism-inducing post. Sit back and watch the head-exploding fun!

Latest Evidence the “Public Discourse” has Gone to Hell. “Radioactive” by Robert Rummel-Hudson on Support for Special Needs. Rummel-Hudson calls out two Atlanta-area “shock jocks” for mocking former Saints’ safety Steve Gleason, who is currently battling ALS. Yes the station apologized, and yes the on-air “talent” got fired for it, but what was the station thinking hiring them in the first place? And if the routine was slightly less offense or the least bit funny, would they have kept their jobs? What does this say about us, that this crap is on the air at all?

Best (Funniest and Most Informative) Video. Glove and Boots with “The Hero’s Journey.”

As Johnny T. says, “Boom! Done!”

Five Minutes of Fear

Barking German Shepherd

Photo: Josh Plueger (USAF)

“There’s a dog in my room!”

Anna ran into the living room in a panic. She loves to be dramatic, but Julia and I both know when she’s serious.

“A dog?” I asked.

“Yes. I heard a bark, and it wasn’t Betty!” Betty is her make-believe dog.

“It was probably outside.” I said.

She ran into Julia’s arms. “Do you want one of us to look,” Julia asked.

“Yes please.”

So I walked into her room, and I heard it.


Odd. It seemed to be coming from inside the room.

Woof, woof.

I looked around and noticed Anna’s computer. The screen saver was on, so I moved the mouse.


Mystery solved, I walked back into the living room.

“Anna were you playing a Puppy Clifford game earlier?” I asked.


“You left it on.”

“Oh, sorry.” She smiled sheepishly, climbed down from Julia’s lap and walked back to her room.

And I thought about how, even as adults, the things we’re most afraid of are  products of our imagination. How we exaggerate fears in our minds until they become far more threatening than they actually are.

Jorge in a cape and crown (fan art)

Prince Jorge (Clifford Puppy Days fan art from

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