Bloggerhood Etc. 12/22/14

Cars stuck in snow

Photo: Cornelia Becker Seigneur

Best Parenting Post.No One Cares, Mom” by Cornelia Becker Seigneur.

Best Open Letter.Open Letter To Michelle Duggar As She Celebrates Victory In Repealing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws” by Carissa House-Dunphy at Liberal America.

Best Retrospective.The Painful Lessons of Mars Hill” by Ben Turtin at Leadership Journal.

Best Special Needs Post.Some Thoughts on a Very Very Very Bad Idea” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Satire.Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies” by Mallory Ortberg at The New Yorker.

Best Essay.An Honest Game” by Nigel Duara at SB Nation.

Best Book Review.Parenting in the Present Moment: A Review and Giveaway” by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Bravest.I Will Give You a New Heart and Put a New Spirit in You” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Seasonal Post.Oh, There’s No Place Like Homesick For The Holidays” by John Pavlovitz.

Best Reflection.Pantheon, One Fallen” by Stefanie Gunning at Working Without a Net.

Best Take on a Cliché.Keeping Christ in Christmas” by Alise Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Best Trailer (LEGO or Otherwise).Azog’s Battle Plan,” a trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by Brotherhood Workshop (via YouTube).

“We strike at dusk!”

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Bloggerhood Etc. 11/10/14

A Sanchez on every team!

So much Sanchez, so little time (Image: Jon Bois/SB Nation).

Best Computer Simulation of Hell.Breaking Madden: The Mark Sanchez Century” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Open Letter.Dear Democratic Party: Make No Mistake About It, Republicans Didn’t Win – You Lost” by Allen Clifton at Forward Progressives.

Best Mom Post. “Having a Bad Day Doesn’t Make You a Bad Mother” by Lisa-Jo Baker at Surprised by Motherhood.

Best Dad Post.Running With My Kids” by Whit Honea at The Honea Express. 

Wisest.Six Words My Kid Said That Contain Such Wisdom” by Cornelia Seigneur at Huff Post Parents.

Best Redefinition.#Blessed” by Jamie Wright at Jamie The Very Worst Missionary.

Best Parenting Advice.Mom and Dad, You Suck at Parenting (and Here’s Why That’s Just Fine)” by Jon Pavlovitz.

Best Reminder.Being a Christian Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think it Should” by Preston Sprinkle at Relevant.

Best Movie Review.An Obnoxious Review of ‘Interstellar,’ by the 3 Jerks in the Row Behind Me” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Special Needs Post.She Stands Tall: Not Trying to Fix the Child I Adopted” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.De(tales): Bible” by Heather Caliri at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Commentary. “An NFL Locker Room is Not a Hive” by Stephen White at SB Nation. 

Best Video.Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People” by CGP Grey (via YouTube).

“Boom! Election over.”

Bloggerhood Etc. 7/14/14

Newport sunset

Photo: Julia Ozab

The sun has set on our week-long Oregon Coast vacation, and it’s time to get back to work. Step one: catching up on everything I missed online. Here are some of the best …

Best Bucket List.Gonna live like I’m dying–a list of what I’d do/not do if I my time was almost up” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Response to a Media-Driven Controversy.The Redskins Controversy; Let the Natives Speak” by Charles Martel at Turf Show Times.

Best Writing Advice.Paper Can Handle the Truth” by Natalie Trust at The Gift of Writing.

Best Special Needs Post.When the Waves are too Strong” by Shannon Dingle at Not Alone.

Best Satire.How to Breastfeed Appropriately” by Bunmi Laditan at Huff Post Parents.

Best Protest.Dallas Open Carry Guitar Protest Hits the Right Note” by the editors at The Dallas Morning News.

Best Question.Will American Christians Fail the Good Samaritan Test?” by Ed Cyzewski.

Best Comic.If Super Mario World Had Been Released on an App Store” by Commitstrip. 

Best Dad Post.My Son Wears Dresses and That’s OK With Me” by Seth Menachem at xojane.

Best Reality Check.This is What Happened When I Drove My Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps” by Darlena Cunha at The Washington Post.

Best Commentary.Christians Worship a Child Who Fled Violence in His Home Country” by Gay Clark Jennings at Religion News Service.

Best Book Trailer.How to Start a Family … One Owl at a Time,” a trailer for Melissa Hart’s new memoir Wild Within (via You Tube).

Best Movie Trailer.Wild – Official Trailer (2014)” the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir (via YouTube).

“What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?”

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/2/14

Galunker

Galunker (Artwork by Dula Yavne)

Happy Monday! And Happy June! Summer is coming in just a few weeks and I’m bracing myself for three months of no school. In the meantime, here’s the best (and worst) of the week.

Worst Question.Is This a Sandwich?” by Spilly (with Foodspin Judge Albert Burneko) at SB Nation.

Best Question.Always Asking Why” by Cara Strickland at Carly Gelsinger’s blog.

Best Special Needs Post.Risking Love” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.(De)Tales: Door” by Aaron Householder at Little Did She Know.

Best Picture Book Concept.Galunker (excerpt)” by Douglas Anthony Cooper and Dula Yavne at Huff Post Books.

Most Thought Provoking.Realizing the Comforts of My Color” by Beth Morey.

Most Chilling.1984 and ATI” by Susanna Wesley at Recovering Grace.

Best Dad Post.How The LEGO Movie Stimulated My Intellect While Gut Punching Me Emotionally” by Lorne Jaffe at the National At-Home Dad Network.

Best Defense of a Viral Hashtag. Because These Are Sacred Scars” by Natalie Trust at Micah J. Murray’s Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Open Letter.From the Lectionary: An Open Letter to Jesus on this Whole Ascension Business” by Rachel Held Evans.

Best (and Possibly Longest) Title.Melodramatic, attention-needy personality seeks public platform from which to spew her narcissistic exaggerations” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Please Stop Giving Everything Away, Hollywood!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

“I want my Bad Grandpa money back!”

Bloggerhood Etc. 4/14/14

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Welcome to Palindrome Week! That right, this week (at least in the US) every date is a palindrome. Exciting, huh? Well, here’s the best of the last, semi-palindromic week from around the blogosphere.

Best Remembrance.Hank Aaron’s Homer and the Most Revered Record in Sports” by Grant Brisbee at SB Nation.

Best Special Needs Post.The Exquisite Joy of Nothing” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Brightest Post.Bright Spot” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Most Hopeful (in Spite of its Title).The World Would be a Better Place if We All Died …” by Brandon Andress.

Best Psychological Analysis.REF RAGE: A Study of Our NCAA Tournament Frustrations and Hatreds” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Parenting Post.The Saint of the NICU” by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary.

Best Headline.Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand” by Karl W. Giberson at The Daily Beast.

Best Synchroblog.The Day it Felt Like Church” by Chris Morton (and several other bloggers) at Growth and Mission.

Best Question.Why Can’t My Son Receive the Eucharist?” by Anna Nussbaum Keating at First Things.

Most Likely to Make You Cry.The Lessons of Princess Lacey” by Kurt Mensching at SB Nation.

Best Advice.How To Be A Christian Without Being A Total $@#& About It” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Video Mashup.Spoiler Alert – Supercut!” by Screen Junkies (via YouTube).

And like that … the movie’s ruined!

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/2/13

Numbered Advent Envelopes

Photo: Addie Zierman

A blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the week starting with …

Best Advent Kickoff.35 Ideas for Cultivating Spiritual Mindfulness at Christmas” by Addie Zierman. The first post in Addie’s week-long “When You Need a Little Christmas Community Project.” For the next four days, she’ll be focusing on a different aspect of “Christmas mindfulness”

Monday: Spiritual mindfulness as we honor the season of Advent and celebrate the arrival of Light.

Tuesday: Mindfulness in our interactions with friends and family.

Wednesday: Mindfulness in the ways we love and welcome strangers.

Thursday:  Mindfulness in creating magic and meaningful traditions.

Which is what Advent is—a season of preparation through prayer and reflection. (And I’ll be tying in my posts with these themes each day this week as well.)

Best Photoessay. “Fifty States of LEGO” by Jeff Friesen at The Brick Fantastic.

Only organic free-range chickens run amuck at the FreeBird food truck. Just don’t get pecked when you pluck.

Oregon (Photo: Jeff Friesen)

Best Special Needs Post.The Reality of Special Needs, and How You Can Help” by Nish Weiseth.

Sometimes, other parents make me want to rip my hair out.

Which is unfortunate, because I quite like my hair. It’s not their fault, it’s just part of the hard reality of having a kid with special needs.

Happy posts on Facebook about the cute conversation you had with your four year old? Shut up. Don’t want to hear it.

Pictures of your preschooler smiling and holding their new baby sibling? Can’t handle it.

Pictures from play dates, evening outings to restaurants and taking him to his first movie? Please just stop.

I want to be excited for you, I want to celebrate the victories of your kids. I really do. But sometimes, it’s really f**king hard.

Best Comic Series.5 differences between life now and life before cell phones” by Twenty Pixels (re-posted at 22 Words).

Before and after cell phones panel

Image: Twenty Pixels

Best Commentary.Beware: Non-Celibates Writing about Celibacy” by James Martin, SJ in America.

(F)ormer Catholics have written perceptively about the church. The problem is that Keller’s article is based largely on the opinions of two priests who left the priesthood and a sister who left her order, and his own speculation about what the celibate life must be like. That’s like writing a piece on marriage and speaking only to divorced men and women. “Yeah,” they might say, “married life stinks.”

Worst Top Ten List (Ever).Top Ten Single Digit Numbers” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

See their previous Top Ten Worst Top Ten Lists (now 2-11) here.

Best Advice to a New Dad.An Open Letter To Zack Hunt” By Ed Cyzewski on Zach’s American Jesus blog.

Prepare yourself for some amazing parenting wisdom because if there’s anyone who knows a megaton about parenting, it’s the father who has one 16-month old child. I’m practically an expert. Now that I’m past the one year mark, I’m even more of an expert than those bloggers who give “Tips for a Happy, Lifelong Marriage” after their first anniversary.

Best Video (and Best Christmas Flashback).Honest Trailers – Home Alone” by Honest Trailers.

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than by revisiting the family holiday classic featuring cutie pie Macaulay Culkin violently standing his ground against two hapless burglars!

In a house filled with sadistic booby traps and far too many poinsettias.

Bloggerhood Etc. 7/15/13

Two children running along a heart-shaped pattern in the grass

Photo: Ashley Larkin

My seven favorite posts from the last week, along with my usual bonus video.

Most Likely to Give Fundamentalists an Aneurysm (This Week). “Everyone’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring up Gluttony” by Rachel Held Evans. Or to put it the way Jesus did, “remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5, NAB)

Best List. “50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America” by Gustave Arellano at OC Weekly. A hilarious description of life behind “the Orange Curtain,” complete with appropriately inappropriate language.

Scariest. “I’m Going to Have to Relearn My ABCs” by Brandon Klinetobe on The National At Home Dad Network. A father suffers a stroke on his pregnant wife’s due date.

Funniest. “The Pitch Meeting for The Lone Ranger by Eric D. Snider at Film.com.

For starters. (Johnny Depp) feels strongly that the Tonto character should be a dignified representative of Native Americans, and he wants to convey this by wearing a dead bird on his head.

Most Beautiful. “Through the Eyes of My Children; Beauty” by Ashley Larkin on Draw Near. A visit to Portland’s International Rose Garden and a lesson in seeing what’s all around you.

Most Sorrowful. “The Five Senses of Grief” by Natalie Trust. The story of her best friend’s fight against cancer. My wife’s best friend fought this same fight for over a decade. I’ve seen this sorrow first hand, and it breaks my heart.

Most Impressive. “On the Killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic. I’m angry with this verdict, but I can’t begin to imagine how TNC (or any African American) feels about it. Yet he puts that aside and addresses the real culprit—so-called stand your ground laws like Florida’s that legalize armed vigilantism.

Favorite video. “Bastille Day,” as performed by a thirteen-year-old drummer and Rush fan on YouTube.

“Vive la France!”