Bloggerhood Etc. 12/2/13

Numbered Advent Envelopes

Photo: Addie Zierman

A blessed Advent to all of you. Here’s the best of the week starting with …

Best Advent Kickoff.35 Ideas for Cultivating Spiritual Mindfulness at Christmas” by Addie Zierman. The first post in Addie’s week-long “When You Need a Little Christmas Community Project.” For the next four days, she’ll be focusing on a different aspect of “Christmas mindfulness”

Monday: Spiritual mindfulness as we honor the season of Advent and celebrate the arrival of Light.

Tuesday: Mindfulness in our interactions with friends and family.

Wednesday: Mindfulness in the ways we love and welcome strangers.

Thursday:  Mindfulness in creating magic and meaningful traditions.

Which is what Advent is—a season of preparation through prayer and reflection. (And I’ll be tying in my posts with these themes each day this week as well.)

Best Photoessay. “Fifty States of LEGO” by Jeff Friesen at The Brick Fantastic.

Only organic free-range chickens run amuck at the FreeBird food truck. Just don’t get pecked when you pluck.

Oregon (Photo: Jeff Friesen)

Best Special Needs Post.The Reality of Special Needs, and How You Can Help” by Nish Weiseth.

Sometimes, other parents make me want to rip my hair out.

Which is unfortunate, because I quite like my hair. It’s not their fault, it’s just part of the hard reality of having a kid with special needs.

Happy posts on Facebook about the cute conversation you had with your four year old? Shut up. Don’t want to hear it.

Pictures of your preschooler smiling and holding their new baby sibling? Can’t handle it.

Pictures from play dates, evening outings to restaurants and taking him to his first movie? Please just stop.

I want to be excited for you, I want to celebrate the victories of your kids. I really do. But sometimes, it’s really f**king hard.

Best Comic Series.5 differences between life now and life before cell phones” by Twenty Pixels (re-posted at 22 Words).

Before and after cell phones panel

Image: Twenty Pixels

Best Commentary.Beware: Non-Celibates Writing about Celibacy” by James Martin, SJ in America.

(F)ormer Catholics have written perceptively about the church. The problem is that Keller’s article is based largely on the opinions of two priests who left the priesthood and a sister who left her order, and his own speculation about what the celibate life must be like. That’s like writing a piece on marriage and speaking only to divorced men and women. “Yeah,” they might say, “married life stinks.”

Worst Top Ten List (Ever).Top Ten Single Digit Numbers” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).

See their previous Top Ten Worst Top Ten Lists (now 2-11) here.

Best Advice to a New Dad.An Open Letter To Zack Hunt” By Ed Cyzewski on Zach’s American Jesus blog.

Prepare yourself for some amazing parenting wisdom because if there’s anyone who knows a megaton about parenting, it’s the father who has one 16-month old child. I’m practically an expert. Now that I’m past the one year mark, I’m even more of an expert than those bloggers who give “Tips for a Happy, Lifelong Marriage” after their first anniversary.

Best Video (and Best Christmas Flashback).Honest Trailers – Home Alone” by Honest Trailers.

There’s no better way to start the Christmas season than by revisiting the family holiday classic featuring cutie pie Macaulay Culkin violently standing his ground against two hapless burglars!

In a house filled with sadistic booby traps and far too many poinsettias.

My 200th Post, Give or Take

200

Actually, this is post number 201, but close enough. I’ve reached another milestone, and I ‘m celebrating that accomplishment today with a look back at the ten most popular posts from the last 100:

10: When I Grow Up, I Want to be A . . . (April 17, 2012)

Anna talks a lot about what she wants to be when she grows up, and she changes her mind frequently. I wrote this post—inspired by Dr. Seuss—describing her many choices. (She’s back to actress for now).

9: Little Girl Pirates! (Nov. 8, 2011)

A review of Peter Harris’ The Night Pirates, one of Anna’s favorite books, and a brief comment on finding role models for young girls outside of the stereotypical princesses.

8: “I Loss My Toof” (March 12, 2012)

Anna loses her first tooth. and Julia and I contemplate her upcoming gum surgery. “A joyous event, streaked with sadness.”

7: Bread and Jam for Anna (March 9, 2012)

Anna is our own little Frances (from the Frances books), and like Frances, she eats the same thing every day. Then, one day she decides she wants to try hot lunch at school because “it’s good to try new things.” And better still to”make them come out even.”

6: Mutual Obedience (June 7, 2012)

My take on “mutuality” in marriage, inspired by The Rule of Saint Benedict,  Rachel Held Evans’ One in Christ: A Week of Mutuality syncroblog, and Saint Paul’s overlooked call for husbands and wives to “be subject to one another out of reverence to Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)

5: “Nothing Runs Like a Deere.” (April 20, 2012)

One of Julia’s beautiful photos from The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival.

4:  The Future is Now (April 29, 2012)

I’ve been a Redskins fan for the last 40 years. The first two decades were great. The last two? Not so much. But that’s all about to change thanks to the new starting quarterback—and future of the franchise—Robert Griffin III.

3: A Princess Who Doesn’t Need a Prince (June 23, 2012)

My review of Disney/Pixar’s Brave.

2: Mother, Bride, and Daughter (Feb. 6, 2012)

Does Christianity have a “masculine feel?” My answer to John Piper, inspired by Our Lady and the innumerable female saints that make up one half of the Body of Christ.

And the number one post, with more hits than all the others combined . . .

1: It’s Taco Tuesday . . . Heads Up! (March 27, 2012)

I don’t know if it’s the taco-flinging robots, or maybe a lot of stoned college students  are searching Google at 2 a.m., but this tongue-in-cheek response to a too-funny-to-not-be-true story in the Huffington Post went viral in May and has exponentially increased my blog traffic. Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining.

Now on to the next hundred posts—give or take.