Bloggerhood Etc. 5/12/14

Mom and baby

Photo: Pax Christi, USA

A belated “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms out there. Hope it was a good one. Here’s the best of the week.

Most Timely.The Original Mother’s Day Proclamation” by Julia Ward Howe (1870), posted at Pax Christi USA.

Best Essay.Three Little Words: Too Many Men” by Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated.

Best Use of Bad Language.Urban Slang Dictionary for Noxious Weeds” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Parenting Post.The Struggles of Christian Parenting” by Stephen Mattson at Sojourners.

Best Special Needs Post.On Early Intervention” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Blog Interview. “‘I Just Have To Write What’s on My Heart’: A Conversation with Teryn O’Brien” by Boze Herrington at Sketches by Boze.

Best Guest Post.(De)tale: Plates” by Rachel Marie Stone at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Reflection.A Good For Nothing God” by Zach Hunt at The American Jesus.

Best Comic (and Best Question).WTF is Wrong with Americans?” by Silhouette Man at tickld.

Best Reading List.Pioneers in Pigtails: Remembering the First Heroines Who Made Us Mighty” by Megan Jean Sovern at Huff Post Books.

Funniest.7 Tips for Dating My Three Year Old Daughter” by John Kinnear at Ask Your Dad.

Best Video.Please Stop With the Buzzfeed Quizzes” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“It says I am loyal, kind, and wise.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 5/13/13

Tim Tebow looks even more inspiring in sepia.

Photo: SB Nation

My seven favorite posts from the last seven days (or so) in the blogosphere, starting with one I missed last week and couldn’t leave out.

Best Humorous Essay (of the year so far). “Tim Tebow in the CFL: A Memoir” by Jon Bois on SB Nation. This is a work of mad genius by a writer whose prose finally matches the hype that is Tebow.

American football fans think of the CFL as a joke, a necessarily lesser league, a sort of sawdust bin where the has-beens and busts of the NFL end up. It’s not lesser. It’s just … a fundamentally different league. (They only have three downs, did you know that?) Getting used to how Canada did things was more of an adjustment for me. They use mammals how we use paper money. A horse is $1,000, a donkey $500, a dog $200. Hamsters are 20 bucks, gerbils are 10 bucks. I stared as $40 of June Jones’ money scurried and sniffed around the table.

“Aren’t they gonna get lost?” I asked.

“Nah. They know to stay put.”

If I write a year-end “Best of Bloggerhood Etc.” post in December, this essay will be included.

Best Proof that Some People will Still Believe Anything They See on the Internet. “How the RIT Stairwell Illusion Works” by Earnest Pettie on Break.  This is 2013. Have you never heard of editing?

Best Proof That Disney is Still Part of the Problem Despite the Brilliance of Pixar. “Merida From Brave Gets an Unnecessary Makeover, Sparks CHANGE.ORG Petition” by Jessica Samakow on Huffington Post. When this movie came out, I wrote about how amazing it was that girls could finally look up to a princess who doesn’t need a prince. Leave it to Disney to screw that up. God only knows what they’re going to do to Star Wars. At this rate, we may find ourselves missing Jar Jar.

Best Post on Friendship and Faith. “Nothing Hurts That Couldn’t Heal” by Antonia Terrazas, guest posting on Alise  . . . Write! A touching story, with beautiful writing. I’ve found a new blogger to follow.

Best Slideshow. “Apraxia Awareness Day 2013” by Sharon Gretz on PhotoSnack. Love all the pictures of the kids!

Best Mothers’ Day Post. “What Does it Take to be a “Real” Mom? by Melissa Hart on Butt to Chair: Thoughts on the Writing Life. Being adopted myself, this post really touched me. I know from personal experience that Melissa’s daughter will always see her as her real (and only) Mom.

Best Video Blog Post (and List). “10 Reasons Why Time Travel Is No Good” by Glove and Boots.

“Oh dear Lord! I thought dubstep would go away!” Poor Mario.


Mary, May, and Mothers’ Day

Icon of the Virgin and Child surrounded by flowers

The Virgin of Zirovitskaya (Reproduction by

“The May Magnificat” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season—

Candlemas, Lady Day;
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honour?

Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her?
Is it opportunist
And flowers finds soonest?

Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
Question : What is Spring?—
Growth in every thing—

Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
Grass and greenworld all together;
Star-eyed strawberry-breasted
Throstle above her nested

Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
Forms and warms the life within;
And bird and blossom swell
In sod or sheath or shell.

All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathizing
With that world of good
Nature’s motherhood.

Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind
How she did in her stored
Magnify the Lord.

Well but there was more than this:
Spring’s universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.

When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple
Bloom lights the orchard-apple
And thicket and thorp are merry
With silver-surfèd cherry

And azuring-over greybell makes
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
And magic cuckoocall
Caps, clears, and clinches all—

This ecstasy all through mothering earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth
To remember and exultation
In God who was her salvation.

May God bless all mothers today and every day. Amen.