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.

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Bloggerhood Etc. 2/10/14

Olympic Rings

Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Winter Olympics, winter-induced cabin fever, and more! It’s the best and the worst of the week.

Worst Olympic Coverage.Jon’s dispatches from Sochi, a place he is not at” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

It seems like there are more and more Olympic host cities each and every year. But Sochi, the host of this year’s Winter Games, was clearly unprepared. Here is Jon’s report from Sochi. He is not there, and these photos are fake.

Best Cure for Boredom.The Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony drinking game!” by Matt Ufford at SBNation.

The Olympics Opening Ceremony has everything a bored viewer staying home on a Friday night could possibly want: pageantry, bad outfits, people walking, and announcers reading facts from Wikipedia. In other words: you’ll need a drinking game to enjoy it.

Best Primer.What you need to know about Olympic figure skating at the Sochi Games” by Roger Sherman at SB Nation.

Figure skating is America’s favorite winter sport, a beautiful art form we watch because somebody coated in glitter will have her life’s work shattered because she failed to land a triple axel. But what the hell is a triple axel?

Best Essay.A Miracle Put on Ice” by Jeff Perlman at SB Nation.

Four years after the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team never had a chance.

An impossible goal doomed them before they ever began.

Worst Case of Cabin Fever.Snow Days from Hell” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

… when the snow started falling on Thursday, I was giddy. There it was: quiet beauty with the promise of play time. Instead, I’m locked in a low-budget horror movie. Have you seen Despicable Me 2? You know how those cute yellow minions turn into feral, fuzzy creatures of death? That’s what happened around here.

Best Mental Escape from the Cold.Isla Taboga: Panama’s Best Kept Secret” by Jane R. Stevenson at Go Nomad.

The view from Cerra de la Cruz, Isla Tabaga

Photo: Jane Stevenson

Best Admission (and Worst Schedule).My So-Called Blogging Life” by Natalie Trust.

Or “how to spend a whole day not writing.” So funny, and so true.

Best Resource.The Big Book of Black Quarterbacks” by Greg Howard at Deadspin.

This project started with my dad on Thanksgiving. He was reminiscing about Doug Williams, who in 1988 became the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. All these years later, he was still proud of Williams, whose name to some may be that of a half-remembered player from the past but to millions of others remains a powerful symbol of progress. It stayed with me, and it seemed that it was worth telling the story not just of Williams, but of everyone—of all those generations of players who struggled so that Russell Wilson could be, simply, a good young quarterback.

Best List.4 Things Little Girls Need from Their Dads” by Thomas Blevins at Elevate Dads.

Maybe you are wrestling with this and don’t know where to start. Maybe being a dad isn’t natural. Maybe your dad was never in the picture. But you can make a difference right where you are. Here are some tried and true principals that every little girl needs from their dad.

Best Video.Glove and Boots Product Testing: Rotato Express” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 12/9/13

Girl lights an Advent Wreath

Whittman photo (via Our Sunday Visitor)

A little Advent, a little Christmas, and the rest of the Best of the Week …

Best Advent Resource List.Prepare the Way of the Lord” at Our Sunday Visitor.

Most Mindful Christmas Gift List.7 Gift Ideas for the One Who is Struggling” by Addie Zierman.

Best Santa Profile.The Real St. Nicholas” by Joe Towalski at Catholic Spirit.

Best Comic.I Don’t Own a TV” at xkcd.

Best Top Ten.Top Ten Pope Moments” by Noah Rayman at TIME.com.

Best Statement of the Obvious.Rush Limbaugh Knows Nothing About Christianity” by Andrew Sullivan at The Dish.

Funniest.Breaking Madden: A land where ‘offsides’ has no meaning” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.

Saddest (But Truest). “Mike Shanahan’s Brilliant Last Act as Redskins Coach; Making Everyone Forget He Sucked” by KC Clyburn at HTTR 24-7.

Best Tribute.A Southern Cross Love Song: Remembering Nelson “Madiba” Mandela” by Lisa-Jo Baker at A Deeper Story.

Biggest Surprise.  The weather in Eugene over the weekend. (Story via KEZI 9 News.)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Three Weeks Later . . .

Anna makes a snow angel.

Anna no longer hates snow. Now she loves it!

I knew that this day would come eventually, but I didn’t expect it so soon. Then yesterday—on the second day of Spring—we got the heaviest snowfall this year. I figured she wouldn’t be interested, given her past dislike of snow, but I caught her looking out the window around nine o’clock this morning.

“Pretty isn’t it?”

“Yeah.”

“You want to go out and play in it?”

“Sure.”

Anna and Dad out in the snow

So she got out her snow boots, we both bundled up and went outside. My mother-in-law took some pictures of us out in front of the apartment and in the backyard. I taught her how to pack a snowball, build a snow fort, and make a snow angel.

Then we braved the slush in the parking lot and crossed the street to our park. The snow was a bit deeper there, and she didn’t want to walk to far, so we staked out a corner of the park and started rolling snow to build a snowman. I’m not sure if I’m just out of practice, or if the snow was a bit too powdery, but the snowman caved in a bit and we ended up with a snow-Jabba-the-Hutt. We stopped for a moment to admire our work—as it was—and then pummeled it with snowballs.

We were only out about an hour before we got cold and had to come in, but Anna had such a good time that when I told her school was closed again today she was thrilled.

“We can play in the snow again!”

Given how much she loves school, this says a lot.

Anna throws a snowball.

Photos by Kathleen Harris.