Bloggerhood Etc. 4/21/14

A stack of stones on a beach.

Photo: Elizabeth Esther

Happy Easter to all! Here’s a roundup of the best Holy Week posts in a special Triduum edition of Bloggerhood Etc.

Best Holy Thursday Posts …

‘Homeless Jesus’ Sculpture Continues to Divide Wealthy Community” by Ryan Grenoble in The Huffington Post.

Becoming Peter, on Betrayal and Faith” by Paddy Gilger, SJ at

Pope Francis Washes the Feet of 12 Elderly and Disabled People” by (via YouTube).

Best Good Friday Posts …

Hanging on the Cross Alongside Jesus” by Marlena Graves at Missio Alliance.

For We Know Not What We Do” by Matthew Paul Turner.

Stripping the Altar” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Holy Saturday Posts …

If Death is Not the End” by Brandon Andress.

Ebenezer” by Elizabeth Esther.

Homily at the Easter Vigil (Full Text)” by Pope Francis at Salt and Light TV.

Best Easter Sunday Posts …

Celebrating Easter: Why a Watered-Down Resurrection Doesn’t Work” by James Martin S.J. in The Wall Street Journal.

The Radical Easter Proclamation” by Christopher J. Hale in Time.

Greek Orthodox, Catholic Bishops Celebrate Easter” by Brian Lee in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

And the best Easter Egg Hunt …

Pixar Fans Join the Hunt!” by DisneyPixar (via YouTube)

Anna’s Favorite Apps, Part Four

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, Part Two: Math and Science, and Part Three: Geography and Foreign Language.

(Note: specs and screenshots via the App Store)

Part Four: Just for Fun

3 Games in 1 App

Monsters University

  • $0.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2013
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 60.5 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller: Walt Disney
  • © Disney 2013

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation). This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Free version: Catch Archie.

Become the ultimate scarer!

Description: Catch Archie the Scare Pig, run the Toxicity Challenge, and Avoid the Parent (aka the 50 foot librarian) in three fun games based on the film Monsters University. Each game features thirty stages of increasing difficulty. Play as Mike, then unlock Sully, Squishy, and Don Carlton, as you move up in levels. Earn coins and buy boosts and second chances.

Anna’s favorite part: Spending coins in the store.

Julia and I are both hooked on this app. She’s played all thirty stages of Toxicity Challenge and Avoid the Parent, and I’m on Stage 28 of Catch Archie.

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A Princess Who Doesn’t Need a Prince

Disney-Pixar’s latest release, Brave, is a first for both studios. It is both a “Disney Princess” movie without a prince, and a Pixar movie with a female lead.

The film takes place in the early Middle Ages in the Scottish Highlands. The fragile peace of King Fergis’ realm rests on the shoulders of his first-born, headstrong daughter Merida, who must choose a suitor between three prominent highland clans. She has other ideas, though, and resists the pleadings of her mother Queen Eleanor to be a proper lady. She’d rather ride her horse and shoot her bow: she has grown up to be an expert archer. Nevertheless, a contest is held between three rather ridiculous suitors, during which Merida outwits her parents and forces a confrontation with her mother that ends badly for both of them. She rides into the woods in tears and . . . you’ll need to see the film to find out what happens next.

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