Bloggerhood Etc. 8/11/14

Exit 152. Bucksnort, 1 Mile

Photo: Spencer Hall/SB Nation

It’s been an eventful week here—and not in a good way. But now that the drama has settled and life is returning to normal, it’s time to get caught up. So here’s some of the best from around the blogosphere from the last two weeks in an extra-large edition of Bloggerhood Etc. …

Best List.Staff Picks: Worst Highways in America” by Spencer Hall and the SB Nation staff.

Best Demand.I Want My Christianity Back—Without the Ugly Baggage” by Mark Sandlin at Time.com.

Best Realization.Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed” by David Cain at Films for Action.

Best Correction.They Call Us the ‘Nones,’ but We’re So Much More” by Courtney E. Martin at On Being with Krista Tippet.

Most Empowering.Geared Up For Robotics” by Haley Hanson at Huff Post Impact.

Best Dad Post.Hunting Live Dinos” by Don Jackson at Daddy Newbie.

Worst Examples.The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops” by Daniel Burke at CNN Belief Blog.

Best Review of a Bad Product.SPAM” by Spilly at SB Nation.

Best Devotional.His Glory Appears” by Cara Strickland at Little Did She Know.

Best Comic.Outbreak” by xkcd.

The outbreak started with Patient Zero …

Outbreak (Panel 1)

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Rest? What Rest?

It’s been a busy week.

I’m preparing to send out my book proposal, drafting cover letters, and getting my final manuscript draft ready for my line editor. I also have a book review to work on and a web site to set up for a fellow writer, and I’m trying to keep my blog up to date so my readership doesn’t slack off.

Julia, meanwhile, had meetings scheduled each day this week at work on top of her usual responsibilities. It’s good that she taking on a new project—it will benefit her career path—but it’s a change in her routine and it’s wearing her down.

Anna, of course, is her usual energetic seven-year-old self, and we struggle to keep up with her on our best days. She’s always fun, but she’s often exhausting. If only we could bottle some of the energy for ourselves.

On top of all that, we’re recovering from the shift to Daylight Savings Time last Sunday. This time change always throws my body for  loop and it takes me about a week to recover.

This week. This very busy week. And we both need the weekend, because we both need rest.

That’s the mercy of the Sabbath. It was made for us (Mark 2:27) because we need rest. It’s not an obligation, it’s a gift.

A time to take a breath, slow down, and rest. And this week of all weeks it it greatly appreciated.

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