Bloggerhood Etc. 3/23/15

Best Idea.There’s A Preschool For Adults To Unwind And Relive Their Childhoods” by Emily Arata at Elite Daily.

Best Guest Post.Mask” by Kimberley Coyle at Little Did She Know.

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

Best Mom Post.Here We Are Again” by Sarah Bessey.

Best Dad Post.My Real Name, and the Problems it Has Caused Me” by Adam Hall at Tenor Dad.

Best Series.Here Comes the Brides!” by Tamára Lunardo at Tamára Out Loud.

Most Interesting.Why Violin-Makers Adopted the f-Shaped Hole” by Clive Thompson at BoingBoing.

Most Honest.Surviving!” by Gary Mathews at Skippah’s Realm.

Best Reflection.The Transition Time” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best News.We Have Some News!” by Glove and Boots (via You Tube).

“Meh.”

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Bloggerhood Etc. 3/9/2015

Rick & Becky, God bless you!

Photo: Benjamin L. Corey

Best Open Letter.Dear Rick & Becky: I Hope You Get To Read This One Day” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Special Needs Post.Letting Go of Self-Sabotage on the Special Needs Journey” by Gillian Marchenko at Not Alone.

Best Story.Lucky Charms” by Tania Runyan, posting at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Question.What’s the Big Deal About the Dad 2.0 Summit?” by Zach Rosenberg at 8 Bit Dad.

Best List. “The Top Ten Portland Album Covers of All Time” by Ned Lannamann at The Portland Mercury.

Best Commentary.The Argument for a Basic Income” by John D. Sutter at CNN.com.

Best History Lesson.The Story of the Reformation Needs Reforming” by Eamon Duffy in The Telegraph.

Best Portrait of an Artist.Simon Beck: Creating Art with a Compass and Snowshoes” by Andrea Crossan at BBC News Magazine.

Best Retrospective.54 Miles to Freedom” by Paul Murray at National Catholic Reporter.

Best Tribute. Oren Miller, 1973-2015” by Dustin Fisher (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.

Reaching Her Goal

Anna in our van with all the cookies

Photo: Julia Ozab

Anna’s first cookie season with Girl Scouts is drawing to a close. We had no idea how well she would do or how tiring it would be for all of us, but it is almost over.

At the start of pre-orders in January, she set a goal of 400 boxes. We weren’t sure if she would make it, but we were determined to help her in any way we could. Anna made cookie pre-order posters for Julia to take into her office, and I reached out to friends, family, and colleagues online. She sold more than 100 boxes before the end of the first pre-order period, and then hit 200 the day booth sales were set to begin.

She was already half-way there. Then came the first weekend. This is the hot time for Girl Scout cookies. People are seeing booths outside stores for the first time in a year, and the sales are huge.

By Sunday afternoon, she broke the 300 mark. But it was wearing on her, and us, and the rest of the troop.

Still we were so close, and we had four booths the following weekend. We knew her goal was within reach.

She sold her 400th box at her second booth on Saturday afternoon and after Sunday she’s closing on on 450. We have two more booth scheduled–one tonight and the other on Saturday. She has a great shot of hitting 500 and being the top seller in her troop.

For her first sale, it’s a great accomplishment. And a reminder to me and to all of us. You never know what you can do until you try, but if you don’t try you’ll never find out.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,” and through him “all things are possible.

Cheerleaders of Faith

Bloggerhood Etc. 3/2/15

Oren with his wife and kids.

Photo from A Blogger and a Father

This is a hard place to start, but the only place I can start. The Dad Bloggers community lost a friend and colleague on Saturday when Oren Miller passed away after a ten-month fight against cancer. I didn’t know Oren beyond the words in his blog and on the Dad Bloggers Facebook page, so I’m not one to write a tribute. I’ll leave that to his closest friends. But I can share the gift he left us.

Biggest Loss. A Blogger and a Father by Oren Miller. His words will be missed.

Best Advice.Unity, not Uniformity” by Rita Ferrone at Commonweal.

Best Prayer.God Have Mercy on Us” by Matthew Paul Turner.

Best Interview.Sarah Bessey – A Faith, Art, and Motherhood Interview” by Jerusalem Greer.

Best Story.The Girl Who Gets Gifts from Birds” by Katy Sewall at BBC News Magazine.

Most Outrageous.The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit” by Conor Friedersdorf at CityLab.

Best Special Needs Post.Dirty Bird” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Best Compliment.What One Courageous Dad Taught Me at Dad 2.0 Summit” by Christian Toto at Daddylibrium.

Best Reflection.This is How We Survive the Winter” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Question.Would Headlights Work at Light Speed?” by Vsauce (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.

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/23/15

Kid on a bus.

Photo: Sarah Ruttan

Best Parenting Post.Stamps in Their Passport: The Highs and Lows of Travel with Children” by Sarah Ruttan at Alice Calahan’s The Science of Mom.

Best Commentary.School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults” by Michael Godsey at The Atlantic.

Best List.Want to ‘Take Up,’ Rather Than ‘Give Up’ Something for Lent? Try the Acts of Mercy” by Elizabeth Tenety at America.

Most Infuriating.How The Boss May Be Quietly Pocketing Your Server’s Tips” by Dave Jamieson at Huff Post Business.

Best Reflection.When Your Life is Out of Control During Lent” by Natalie Trust.

Best Special-Needs Post.A Fashion Breakthrough for Those with Developmental Disabilities” by Melissa Hart at Oregon Live.

Most Monastic.De(tales): Mystery” by Hope Lyda, guest-posting at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Profile.Is the College of Faith for Real?” by Evin Demirel at SB Nation.

Best of the Bunch.Spiritual Assault: How Not to Run a Parish” by Barbara Parsons, part of a series of stories on the Catholic priesthood at Commonweal.

Best Video.Zeppelin!” by Louisville Leopard Percussionists (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.