Bloggerhood Etc. 3/30/15

Photo: Jon Pavlovitz

Photo: Jon Pavlovitz

Best Hypothetical Letter.A Letter to Christians in Indiana, From Jesus” by Jon Pavlovitz.

Best List.25 Things Dads are Hardly Told to Do for Their Daughters, but Should” by Mandy Velez at A Plus.

Best Statement That Needs to be Said.There’s Nothing ‘Brave’ About A Mom Wearing A Bikini” by Ashley Austrew at Mommyish

Best Opinion I Disagree With.Why Oregon’s Self-Service Gasoline Ban Drives Me Crazy” by Tyler Francke at The Woodburn Independent.

Best Photoblog.Swedish Dads” by Johan Bävman.

Best Parenting Post.How I Became a Bully, and What I Will Tell My Kids About It” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Recollection.Incense” by Emily Dufalt, guest posting at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.Reflections on a Decade of Special Needs Parenting” by Jennifer James at Not Alone.

Best Essay.The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison” by Jessica Benko at The New York Times Magazine.

Best Question.Where is Scandinavia?” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

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.

Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part Three

Anna and I check out her new iPad Air

Photo: Julia Ozab

We bought Anna an iPad for her birthday, and what’s an iPad without apps? I took a  look at an iPad at Anna’s elementary school while Julia searched online, and together we found a wide variety of educational games along with some just for fun. Now that a few weeks have passed, I asked Anna what some of her favorites were? She likes a lot of them, so I’ll be featuring them here each Tuesday over the next few weeks.

Check out Part One: Spelling, Grammar, and Reading, and Part Two: Math and Science.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part Three: Geography and Foreign Language

50 States with Flat Stanley

Learn the States With Flat Stanley

  • $0.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2013
  • Version: 1.9
  • Size: 48.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Flatter World, Inc.
  • © Flatter World Inc

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Send Stanley to Oregon.

Description:  Help Flat Stanley re-deliver lost mail while learning the names and locations of all fifty states. Grab a slingshot, take aim, and send him flying.

Anna’s Favorite Part: Flinging Stanley with the slingshot.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 10/28/13

Hot Pockets: Every bite is a different temperature.A lot to choose from this week leads to an extra-long list. Think of it as a top ten (plus one) in no particular order.

Most Honest.Famous brands updated with honest taglines [21 pictures]” at 22 Words. Featuring the above logo and 21 others. How many times have I burned my mouth on one of those things?

Smelliest.Axes of Evil: What happens when a grown woman wears Axe fragrance for an entire week?” by Dalia Lithwick at Slate. I can almost smell it through the screen.

Best Sports Essay.The March Toward Midnight” by Craig Fehrman at SB Nation. We all love the “Cinderella story,” but not all Cinderella’s are created equal.

Coolest Invention.Say hello to a radically redesigned cello — with optical effects” by Tim Hornyak at CNET. I want to see—and hear—this instrument play. Anything but Pachelbel’s canon.

Best Dad Post.Tears of our Fathers” by Dad on the Run. A great review of the 2013 At-Home Dads Convention.

Best Followup.Map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Boys, State-by-State” by Reuben Fisher-Baum at Jezebel. After last weeks map and this one, I find myself wondering how many 90s wedding invitations read …

You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of

Jennifer ______


Michael ______

(Please fill in the last names before printing)

Best Photoblog.This Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of. And Most Of It’s On You Right Now” at ViralNova. Actually quite beautiful and not really nightmarish, except for this …

Flea under electron microscope.


Biggest Rout (EVER).Breaking Madden: The Buccaneers and their 44 Greg Schianos” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Challenge extended …

Challenge accepted.

22? Eh, let’s double it.

Most Thought Provoking.Those People” by Jennifer Ball at Scary Mommy. Some of us have been “those people” at one time or other. And if what Jesus said is true, he is “those people.”

Most Heartbreaking.A Man Chronicles His Wife’s Battle with Cancer in Heartbreaking Photographs” by Katy Waldman in Slate. October isn’t just about fighting breast cancer or celebrating survivors. It’s also a time to remember those we’ve lost.

Best Video.How Many Countries Are There?” by C.G.P. Grey (via YouTube). A great geography lesson with no easy answer.