Bloggerhood Etc. 12/8/14

all houses matter

Best Cartoon. “All Houses Matter” by Chainsawsuit.com.

Best Commentary. “‘This Stops Today’: Eric Garner and Police Accountability” by Mollie Wilson O’Reilly in Commomweal.

Best Letter.To My Future Son With Thoughts of Ferguson” by Amena Brown Owen at A Deeper Story.

Best Reality Check.Being a Cop Showed Me Just How Racist and Violent the Police Are” by Redditt Hudson at The Washington Post.

Most Honest.Just Another Straight White Chick in The Burbs” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Most Hopeful.What if We’re Supposed to *Be* the Good News We’re So Desperate for When it Comes to Race Relations in America?” by Lisa-Jo Baker.

Best Guest Post.Through the Door” by Cara Strickland at The Hope Diaries.

Best Special Needs Post.He Has What?” by Patty Meyers at Not Alone.

Best Songlist.The Top 5 Most Moving Christmas Songs I Listen To” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Photoblog.The Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing,” photos by Stephen Orlando, posted by Christopher Jobson at Colossal.

Best Tech Post.The Holidays Are Here. Which Apps Will You Share With the Children in Your Life?” by Julie M. Wood and Nicole Ponsford at Harvard Family Research Project.

Most Reassuring.Why the Immaculate Conception makes Protestants squirm {and why it doesn’t have to!}” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best Video.Hallelujah” by Peter Hollens, featuring Jackie Evancho (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/1/14

An all-purple Advent Wreath

But where’s the pink candle? (Photo: Cara Strickland)

Happy December and a Blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the last two weeks, beginning with an Advent post.

Best Start to Advent.Dwell” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Special Needs Post.We See You, Calvin” by Kara Dedert at Not Alone.

Best Dad Post.Sorry Kids, I Will Never “Let” You Beat Me” by Beau Coffron at Lunchbox Dad.

Most Moving.Ghostly Grief: On Miscarriage and Loss” by Micha Boyett at On Faith.

Best Retrospective.A Eulogy for Radio Shack” by Jon Bois at SBNation.

Best List.12 Things For Which I Forget to be Thankful” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Commentary.Why the Lack of Indictment for Mike Brown’s Shooting is a Devastating Blow” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

Best Personal Essay.Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye at David Kanigan’s Live and Learn.

Best Response.Foolishness, Poverty, Mobility” by Elizabeth Stoker Bruening.

Best Photoblog.Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks” by Janet Potter at The Millions.

Best Interview.Faith and Science: 15 Questions for Dr. Stephen Barr” by Sean Salai, S.J. at America.

Best Reality Check.Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits (or Lack Thereof)” by Jack Conte at Medium.

Best Meditation.I Was Wrong About You, 2014” by Natalie Trust.

Best Profile.A Football Martyr” by John Rosengren at SB Nation.

Cutest Video.Paranormal Petivity” by Pets Add Life (via YouTube).

“What?”

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/29/14

Red moon and horizon.

Photo: Melissa Otterbein

Best Goodbye to Summer.Yes in Every Season: Thoughts & Longings on the Last Night of Summer” by Melissa Otterbein at Like Birds on Trees.

Best Admission.I’m Tired of Owning” by Micah J. Murray” at Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Parenting Post.Separating Twins at School and Other Misadventures in Twin Parenting” by Elizabeth Esther.

Best List.7 Ways Pro Athletes Are Like Toddlers” by Lorne Jaffe at City Dads Network.

Best Interview.Melissa Hart Rescues Raptors and Adopts a Child in Her New Memoir Wild Within” by Cornelia Becker Seigner at Oregon Live.

Most Thought-Provoking.The Racist Dirge of America” by Michael Peppard at Commonweal. 

Best Special Needs Post.He’s Not Scary, He’s a Little Boy” AliceAnn Meyer at Jameson’s Journey. 

Best Response to Bad Theology.Does God Really Promise to Give Us Our Own Nation?” by David Lamb at Biblical Theological Seminary Faculty Blog.

Best Advice.This is Hard, You’re Doing a Good Job.” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Book for New Parents. Zero to Five, reviewed by Alice Callahan at Science of Mom.

Best Guest Post.Blueberry” by Ben Moberg at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Best Apology. “‘We Screwed Up:’ Maker of DC Board Game Apologizes to Parents of Young Girls” by Rebecca Pahle at The Mary Sue.

Best Admission.I’m a Blogger Damnit” by Brandon Billinger at The Rookie Dad.

Best Dad Post.Happy Birthday, Mouse” by Buzz Bishop at Camp Dad.

Best Mom Post.When Growing Up Hurts (a Mama)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

Best Tribute. “Sean Taylor, A Football Lifeat NFL Network.

Sean Taylor Mosaic

Image: NFL Network

Bloggerhood Etc. 8/18/14

Lit candle

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

I usually try to make these weekly roundups a mix of deep, thought-provoking posts, and lighter, funnier pieces. And then weeks come along that are so filled with heartbreak that there’s nothing I can do but weep with those who are grieving. Last week was one of those weeks.

First, a cross-section of voices on the continuing tragedy of Ferguson and the regression of Civil Rights in our country.

Why We’ve Got to Go There” by Deidra Riggs at Jumping Tandem.

Five Minute Friday: Tell (And Cry to Listen)” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.

First They Came for the Black people, and I Did Not Speak Out” by Matt Stauffer.

In Which I Have a Few Things to Tell You About Ferguson” by Sarah Bessey.

When Ferguson is Across the Street” by Shawn Smucker.

Things To Stop Being Distracted By When A Black Person Gets Murdered By Police” by Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous.

Racial Bias, Police Brutality, and the Dangerous Act of Being Black” by Kristen Howerton at Rage Against the Minivan.

Ferguson and Healing our Nation” by Alice Chaffins at Knitting Soul.

Black People Are Not Ignoring Black on Black Crime” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.

The New Racism: This is How the Civil Rights Movement Ends” by Jason Zengerie at New Republic.

Second, two bloggers share their own experiences with depression in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.

What Will it Take to Become a Church for the Depressed?” by Chris Morton at Growth and Mission.

Depression is Not a Joke” by Lorne Jaffe at Raising Sienna.

Third, a Prayer for Those Fleeing Violence and Oppression in Iraq, in Their Own Language.

May God our Father watch over them, and over all who are in danger.

Amen.

When a Photo Tells a Tragic Story

Two black kids hold "don't shoot" signs.

Photo via Anne Helen Petersen and MotherJones.com

I saw this image yesterday on Facebook and it left me speechless. I’ve not been able to find out who took it—even after a Google image search—but whoever the photographer was, he or she has captured the danger that African American children face every day.

This isn’t just Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, it’s America. And those of us who by the accidental privilege of our skin color don’t live the life these kids must face need to see them. We can’t shut our eyes any longer.

A new day has hopefully dawned in Ferguson, a new page in the story captured in this photo on Twitter this morning.

But how long until it happens again? Other black men have died violent deaths this week. We don’t know their names, or their circumstances, but we know that families and communities are morning them.

And in this way, all of America is Ferguson.

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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. 5/5/2014

The Hagia Sophia

Image: Dylan Lathrop/SB Nation

Happy Cinco de Mayo! What does a beautiful artistic rendition of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul have to do with a popular Mexican holiday? Absolutely nothing! Here’s the best of the week.

Best Essay.The Istanbul Derby” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.

Best Satire.What I Wish Women Knew About Men” by Micah J. Murray at the Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Parody.If Coaches Coached Their Teams the Way We Do Church” by Tyler Franke at Venn Magazine.

Most Honest.Open Letter to the Child I Hit at the Park” by Bunmi Latidan at Honest Toddler.

Best Advice.The Golden Hour” by Johanna Harness.

Best Commentary.Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, and Forgiveness” by Lisa Sharon Harper at Huff Post Religion.

Best Question.God Has a Body” by Emily Maynard at A Deeper Story.

Best Special Needs Post.How to Make Others Understand” by Jared Buckley at Not Alone.

Best Guest Post.(De)tales: the Bra Thief” by Natalie Trust, posting at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Dad Post.The Tears of Saint Joseph” by Bill Peebles at ihopeiwinatoaster.

Funniest.Recipes for Gourmet Ingredients, Written by 20-Year-Olds” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Best Facebook Status.You Won’t Believe What My 14 Year Old Posted on Facebook” by Carl Wilke at Big Cheese Dad.

Best Photoblog.The Force is Strong With These 35 ‘Star Wars’ Fan Families” by Mandy Velez at Huff Post Parents.

Best Video.Honest Trailers: The Spider-Man Trilogy” by Screen Junkies (via YouTube).