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

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Bloggerhood Etc. 9/1/14

Norv Turner loss map

The saddest map in the world (Image: SB Nation)

Happy Labor Day, Happy September, and Happy Back-to-School. There’s a busy week ahead, but let’s take a breath first and look back. Here’s the best of the week from around the blogosphere …

Best List.24 Maps That Explain the NFL” by Ryan Van Bibber at SB Nation.

Best Thank You.On Labor Day, 2014” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Funniest Vacation Post.Hillbilly Vacation” by The Furry Bard.

Best Non-Shaggy Dog Story.Dog Days of August” by Matt Norman at And So It Has Come to This …

Best Summer Project.I Know What You Doodled Last Summer” by Brent Almond at Designer Daddy.

Most Disturbing.A Tale of Two 9-Year Olds: The One on the Playground and the One With an Uzi” by Aaron Gouveia at Time.com.

Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Homer Simpson Ice Bucket Challenge” (via YouTube).

Best Question.Am I My Brother’s Gatekeeper” by Elisabeth Esther.

Best Photogallery.Oregon Explored: Astoria and the Columbia River Basin” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Best Back to School Post.Lord Help Me! It’s Time for School Again!” by Kelly Langston at Not Alone.

Best Example of “Love Your Enemies.”Henry Gerecke, Minister To Nazis During Nuremberg Trials, Examined By Tim Townsend In New Book” by Kimberly Winston at Huff Post Religion.

Best Time Waste. “Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.” at Tumblr. (My favorite? “Bentobox Capncrunch.”)

Best Article.Care for Persons, Care for Planet” by Daniel R. Delio MTS at CHAUSA.org.

Best Idea.Catholic Kids Love Summer ‘Chant Camp’” by Joseph Pronechen at National Catholic Register.

Best Essay.The Right Thing to Do vs. The State of Florida” by Michael Kruse at SB Nation.

Best Video.Worst Game Show Ever!” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube)

“Circle gets the square!”

Time to Exhale

Waves breaking on a beach.

Photo: Anna Ozab

Tomorrow, Julia and I are taking our first real vacation in ten years. Our last one was our honeymoon. After that we took trips—to San Diego and to Indiana to visit family, day trips to Florence, the Wildlife Safari or the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, and occasional overnights to Portland or Bend. But this is the first real drop everything, take a week away, and have a real vacation since before our Anna was born.

We all need a break from the routine. We all need time to exhale.

So we’re going to the Oregon Coast. We’ll head up to Portland tomorrow, then after Mass at the Grotto we’ll drive out to Astoria Sunday afternoon. From there, we’ll spend the next four days working our way down the North and Central Coast, from Seaside to Florence, and returning home on Thursday night.

Anna is looking forward to it and so are we. I’ll be writing every evening—in a journal, not online—but otherwise I’ll be soaking it all in.

The blog will still be here when I get back, and I hope you will be too. (In the meantime, I’d love it if you checked out some of the 594 other posts I’ve published since December, 2010.)

Later this morning,  we’re off to a Fourth of July parade, an annual visit to our tree, an afternoon of packing for our trip, a family dinner, and fireworks shortly after dusk.

Then tomorrow morning the vacation begins.

Time to exhale.

Five Minute Friday

Bloggerhood Etc. 6/23/14

At a berry pick

Photo: Julia Ozab

Summer is here! And the blog is slowing down just a bit as we prepare for my dad to to fly up from San Diego tomorrow and visit us for the week. But there’s still a lot going on elsewhere on the blogosphere, and here’s some of best.

Best List.50 Awesome Summer Activities for Bored Kids (No Parents Required)” by Linda Sharps at The Stir.

Best Guest Post. “De(tales): A Grief Observed” by Jody Lee Collins at Cara Strickland’s blog Little Did She Know.

Best Parenting Post.My First Week as a Stay-at-Home Dad” by B.K. Mullen at The National At-Home Dad Network.

Most Tragic.The Seven Signs You’re in a Cult” by Boze Herrington at The Atlantic.

Sweetest.I Met Him Online. It Was Love at First Pixel.” by Elizabeth Esther.

Funniest.The Agony and the Ecstasy of Raising a Toddler” by Grant Snider at Huff Post Parents.

Most Thought-Provoking.4 Reasons I’m Not Going to Heaven” by Micah J. Murray at the Redemption Pictures blog.

Best Special Needs Post.What if She Lives With Us Forever” by Ellen Stumbo at Not Alone.

Best Satire.Be Not Deceived: There’s No Such Thing as a Christian Banker” by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie.

Best Idea.Little Libraries” by Randi Bjornstad at The Eugene Register-Guard.

Best Series (starting today!).  “The Non-Blogger’s Guide to Blogging” by Addie Zierman at How to Talk Evangelical.

Best Trailer for a Very Bad Movie.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” at Honest Trailers (via YouTube).

“I’m sorry”—Michael Bay.