Bloggerhood Etc. 6/1/15

Second Battle of the Virginia Capes by V. Zveg (1962).

Second Battle of the Virginia Capes by V. Zveg (1962).

After a few weeks off (thanks to a stubborn chest cold), here is the best of the last twenty one days (give or take).

Best Dad Post.Why I Want My Daughter to Curse” by Lorne Jaffe at Mighty.

Best List.4 Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solid Foods” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Confession. “We Quit Our Jobs” by Liz von Ehrenkrook at So I Married a Youth Pastor.

Best Transition Post. “Commencing” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know. 

Most Surprising.For One Irish Couple, Backing Gay Marriage Is a Matter of Family Values” by Hanna Ingber at The New York Times.

Best Commentary.When Mean, Scared, Scary People Have Stolen My Jesus” by John Pavlovitz.

Best Special Needs Post.A Writer in the Family” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Geekiest Post.On the Taxonomy of Spaceships” by Hageshii01 at Critical Sh*t.

Best Question.What’s in a Name?” by Andee Zomerman.

Best Insight.It’s a Good Life” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Parody. “The Kevin Smith Blog” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

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

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/13/15

pizza

Photo via Redemption Pictures

Still in the midst of an extended break. The blog will pick up again soon, I promise. In the meantime, here’s the best of the last two weeks …

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part One.Stripping the Altar” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part Two.The Dark and Beautiful Cross” by Alise Wright at Knitting Soul.

Best Holy Week Trilogy, Part Three.With Scars and All” by Eric Immel, SJ at The Jesuit Post.

Best List.Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Give Pizza to Everybody” by Micah J. Murray at Redemption Pictures Blog.

Best Special Needs Post.Love Pushes Us to the Front of the Crowd” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Graphic.What Your Favorite Map Projection Says About You” by xkcd.

Best News.Beloved Brontosaurus Makes a Comeback” by Ewen Callaway at Nature.

Most Unexpected.In Defense of Marriage” by Daniel Pelfrey at Post-Postmodern Dad.

Best Commentary.Thomas Cromwell Was the Islamic State of His Day” by Dominic Selwood at The Guardian.

Best Video.Donall and Conall Meet Richard Dawkins” by Lutheran Satire (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.

Ten Years Ago

Julia and I after our wedding.

June 26, 2004

Ten years ago, these words from The Song of Songs were read at our wedding. They have always expressed the depth of my love for her in a better way than I ever could.

“Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, passion as relentless as the grave. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the LORD himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown. Were a man to offer all his family wealth to buy love, contempt is all he would gain.” —Song of Songs 8:6-7

Ten years ago, I vowed my love and my life to her and I have never regretted it for one moment. She is the best wife, best mother to our daughter, and best friend I could have asked for, and I thank God every day that he brought her into my life.

Happy Tenth Anniversary my love! May we have many, many more together.

A Historic Anniversary

Virginia Flag

The Flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Wikimedia Commons).

Today is a special Throwback Thursday. It marks the anniversary of two historic events tied to the state of my birth.

On June 12, 1776, the Fifth Virginia Convention unanimously adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights. This little known document drafted by founding father George Mason—with the assistance James Madison, Patrick Henry, and others—influenced both the United States Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

On June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Mildred and Richard Loving in Loving v. Virginia, overturning bans on interracial marriage across the country.

That these two historic events occurred on the same day 191 years apart reminds of a well-known saying that Dr. Martin Luther King quoted on several occasions: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”  It also teaches us what Dr. King knew from his own life and ministry, that we are the moral agents that must keep bending that arc the right way.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 6/9/14

DDAY/

Photo: Reuters

Last week marked the 70th Anniversary of D Day. This means that the Second World War is as distant an event to my daughter as the Civil War was to my parents. That’s kind of mind-blowing, isn’t it?

On to the best of the week …

Best Photoblog.D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now” by Charlotte Meridith and Elliot Wagland at Huff Post UK.

Best Dad Post.That Telling Moment” by Bill Peebles at ihopeiwinatoaster.

Best Hack.LEGO Figures Make Perfect Cable Holders” by Melanie Pinola at Lifehacker.

Most Truthful.If Strangers Talked to Everybody Like They Talked to Writers” by Lincoln Michel at Electric Lit.

Most Inspiring.Every Brave Breath” by Randi Bjornstad in The Eugene Register Guard.

Most Thought Provoking.What Both Sides Completely Miss in the Abortion Discussion” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Dystopia.All is Lost: In the Season Finale of of NBA Y2K We Bear Witness to the Slow, Miserable Death of Basketball” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.Special Needs School of Life—Just Keep Going” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Parenting Post.30 Things I’ve Learned in 18 Years of Parenting Boys” by Alexandra Rosas at Scary Mommy.

Best Poem. Dolorosa” by Boze Herrington at Sketches by Boze.

Most Heartbreaking.Empty” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Most Informative.Your Family Tree Explained” by CGP Grey (via You Tube).

Which makes everybody my cousin? That was easy!

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/28/14

Redskins and Dolphins in SB VII

The Redskins of my childhood (Photo: Getty Images)

Happy Monday! Wait … is there such a thing?

Here’s the best of week …

Best Article.A Decade Without a First-Round Pick” by Mike Tanier on Sports on Earth.

Most Honest.Infertility Awareness Week: A Catholic Perspective” by Aimee Murphy (and numerous contributors from a Facebook infertility support group, some of whom chose to remain anonymous) at Ramblings of an Interested Party.

Most Poetic.The Popular Poet” by John Blase, guesting on Addie Zierman’s How to Talk Evangelical blog.

Best Reflection.Shared Sacrifice” by Msgr. Micheal Heintz at America.

Best Photoblog.Pattern” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Biggest Blowout (in any sport, ever).NBA Y2K: OutKast’s quest for 404 points in one game” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.3D Printers: The Future is Now” by Jolene Philo at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.In which we’re telling a new narrative about gender roles and racial reconciliation” by Osheta Moore at Sarah Bessy’s blog.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Day the Place Cards Were Burned” by Natalie Trust.

Most Nostalgic.Traveling the Oregon Trail” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best List.Top Ten Ways to Misuse the Bible {from an ex-fundamentalist guilty of ALL ten}” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Play House” by Alex Allmont on Vimeo.

If only LEGO did that when I was a kid!

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/17/14

Green Chicago River

The Chicago River, dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s also Monday, so time for the best of the week from around the blogosphere.

Best Special-Needs Story.iPads help disabled children speak” by Alandra Johnson at The Bend Bulletin.

Best At-Home Parent Post.In which I don’t mind if my tinies see me on the computer” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Guy Post.A MANifesto” by Joshua Wood at Blog of Manly.

Best Snapshot.This is What Homeschooling Looks Like” by Karen Gann at Homeschooling in Huntsville.

Most Honest.Standing Naked in Front of Strangers (and Other Occupational Hazards of Memoir Writing)” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Questions.The Four Questions of Christian Education” by Anthony Bradley at The Acton Institute Power Blog.

Most Adorable Scientific Study.Why DO babies laugh? That’s what a scientist set out to learn… with tantalising results” by Kathryn Knight at Daily Mail Online.

Least Judgmental.Neither Do I Condemn You” by Alise Chaffins in Knitting Soul.

Best Marriage Post.‘I Choose You.’ Brief Thoughts on Marriage From An Unmarried Feminist” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Title.The Thing About Kicking Ass and Also Not Being Enough” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Best List.7 of the Mistakes Both Men and Women Make When Dating Online” by Anna Wickham at Good Men Project.

Best Video.Restaurant Etiquette” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity!!!”