Bloggerhood Etc. 2/17/15

Bare tree against blue sky.

Photo: Cara Strickland

Best Parenting Post.Outsmarted By A Three Year Old; Tales of a Manipulative Child and a Manipulated Father” by Joe Ellis Gage at Fatherhood Stories.

Best Confession.I Almost Didn’t Vaccinate Our Kids” by Andee Zomerman at Nature of a Servant.

Best Special Needs Post.In Defense of Monsters” by Robert Rummel-Hudson at Support for Special Needs.

Most Honest.What I Didn’t Resolve in January” by Cara Strickland at Mudroom.

Best Profile. “The Plane Builder of South Sudan” by Jason Caffrey at BBC News Magazine.

Best Question.Is Liturgy Magic? A Response to Peter Leithart’s Puritan Sacramentalism” by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick in Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.

Best Letter.Dear Scarlett, all I knew to do was to kiss your face (a letter to my daughter)” by Natalie Trust.

Best Interview.‘Every Person Is a Gift From God,’ Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli; Ancona-Osimo, Italy” by Jim McDermott in America.

Best Story.Solving a Lingering Mystery from Cheryl Strayed’s Wild” by Katie Calautti at Vanity Fair.

Best Video.The One Ring Explained” by CGP Grey (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.

Bloggerhood Etc. 2/9/15

Parker at his dad's laptop.

Photo: The Mindful Dad

Best Guest Post.Daddy I Love You and Mom” by Parker at Mindful Dad.

Best List.16 Things That Happened When I Went to The Creation Museum” by Sarah Moon at Sarah Over the Moon.

Best Question.How Real Are Facebook Friendships?” by Jacoba Urist at The Atlantic.

Best Dad.This Single Dad Couldn’t Do His Daughter’s Ponytail, So He Went To Cosmetology School” by Jessica Samakow at Huff Post Parents.

Best Special-Needs Post.I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles” by Sarah Kurchak at Medium.

Best Diagram.Sy Fy Movie Venn Diagram” by David Vienna at Vienna Calling.

Sy Fy Movie Venn Diagram

Image: Vienna Calling

Most Alarming.Report: Requiring Kindergartners to Read—as Common Core Does—May Harm Some” by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.

Best Commentary.The Cowardice of Conversationalists” by Charlie Capen at How to be a Dad.

Strangest Gift.Lobster” by Thorn Caraway at Cara Strickland’s Little Did She Know.

Most Moving.Why I Don’t Cry to Christians Anymore” by Anonymous at Micah J. Murray’s Redemption Pictures Blog.

Best Essay.Meet the Bag Man” by Steven Godfrey at SB Nation.

Best Fake Trailer.Star Wars vs. Star Trek Epic Trailer” by Alex Luthor (via YouTube).

Bloggerhood Etc. 9/30/13

Jeffrey Wright and W. Kamau Bell

Image via FXX and The Washington Post

A lot of great stuff to sort through this week resulting in an extra-long list of links. Enjoy!

Best Solution to the So-Called Name Controversy.Jeffrey Wright defends ‘Redskins’ name” by Dan Steinberg at The Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog.

(Wright) pointed out the several majority-Native American high schools that continue to call their teams “Redskins,” and finally made a proposal.

“They don’t want this to disappear, either,” he said. “If the Redskins, RGIII, in the offseason, spent some time to go down and work with some of those young brothers, maybe help them out with some educational opportunities and things like that — if they made a connection in that way — I think it could dismiss the entire argument. Because in that way, there would be a sense of ownership, or at least a sense of connection to the team. And I think it could be very effective, and a good story for everyone.”

Excellent idea!

Best Response to Banned Books Week.Please Ban My Books as Loudly and Obnoxiously as You Can” by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds.

I have come to the decision — since it is banned books week, after all — that my books are vile, wretched specimens of American pop culture. They prominently feature:

Crass profanity!

Caustic violence!

Gratuitous sexual exploits!


Won’t someone please think of the children?

Best Reminder.No More Survival Mode” by Nish Wiseth.

I am a blessed woman.

And yet, when people ask me how I’m doing, I often respond with, “I’m tired. I’m in Survival Mode, but I’m okay.”

We too have spent the spring and summer in survival mode. It’s necessary sometimes, but it’s no way to live long term.

Best Lesson.Families First – Things I Have Learned Over the last Few Months” by Dennis A. Daniel at MAN UP! A Practical Guide to Being a Dad.

Over the last few months I have had the pleasure of being exposed to a group of men, who I never would have met were it not for (my) book.  This group is about as diverse as they come.  They are diverse politically, racially, economically and religiously.  They are from different countries and continents.  They are married, divorced, gay and straight.  They are young with new families, and older with grown families.

The thing that these men have in common is that they are all passionate about being great Dads.

We all love our children and want what’s best for them. That similarity is far greater than any of our differences.

Must Read.I’m Coming Out… as Pro-Vaccine” by JJ Keith at The Huffington Post.

I have two reasons for rethinking my silence: Jack and Clio … Their (leukemia) prevents them from receiving live vaccines such as the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shot … The idea that they could be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease while they are enduring treatment is troubling.

You might be thinking, “No worries, because those kids are protected by herd immunity.” Well, so many parents are foregoing vaccines now … (that) there are pockets where the vaccine rates are dipping below 50 percent. For herd immunity to be effective, vaccination rates need to be at least in the ballpark of 80 percent.

Get your kids vaccinated. The benefits—to them and to other children—far outweigh the risks.

Best Defense of Introverts.In the Whirled: Socializing our kids to death” by Tiffany Gee Lewis in The Deseret News. Like me, Anna seems to be an “outgoing introvert.” As much as she can be a social butterfly, there are times when she retreats to her room and lets her imagination run wild. She needs that space.

Best Travel Article.Expect the unexpected at Glacier Park” by Melissa Hart in The Eugene Register Guard. Hart always includes her daughter’s experiences in her travel writing. Wonderful stuff.

Best Photoblog.What The Monopoly Properties Look Like In Real Life” by Nick Carr (aka Scout) at Scouting New York.

Virginia Avenue

Photo: Nick Carr

Every property as it looks today. I really enjoyed seeing them all.

Best Book Excerpt.Someone just stabbed that man” by Cheryl Strayed at

“Someone just stabbed that man,” I said loudly to the waiter, who emerged from the café doors moments after the attack …

“I wouldn’t worry about it,” he said to me now, languidly refilling my coffee cup from the pot he carried.

“You wouldn’t?” I asked …

Best Video.My Little Pony Toy Store Extortion” at The Incredible Adela Ru channel on YouTube.

“I need them because I don’t have them.”