As usual, we were impressed by the fresh perspectives, different voices, and mix of topics in the WordPress.com Reader this week. Looking for something to read? Here are a few suggestions:
My point is this — I believe it would be incredibly naive to argue that the Pope’s decision is a reaction to scandal or contemporary issues that face the Church. This is not a cowardly man running away from the moment but an astute leader ensuring that the moment does not run away from his Church.
This week, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world with his resignation announcement. Readers at What the Blackbird Said appreciated and responded to the intelligent and reverent discussion about this historical moment in the Catholic Church. The piece, a bit on the longer side, is thoughtful and crafted with care. ”It is a heartbreaking decision that is incredibly brave and demonstrates both wisdom and humility. It is an example to all, and inspirationally encouraging in faith.” We also love this blogger’s voice and the variety of topics she tackles on her blog, and this post — quite different from her others — was particularly refreshing.
And then it hit me. Standing in H&M, surrounded by H&M’s core demographic, it hit me. This T-shirt wasn’t meant for me.
The forty-something blogger at You Know You’re Over Forty When . . . kept our attention with this humorous yet thoughtful post on finding a Bruce Springsteen T-shirt in the middle of H&M — and quickly realizing it wasn’t meant for her: “It was meant for girls whose parents owned and appreciated Born In The USA. It was meant for girls who probably thought that this was quite amusing.” And while she specifically recalls 1984 when Born In the USA was released — and her first real brush with the album three years after — the nostalgia she whips up in the piece makes us remember moments in our own past, and makes us smile and laugh because we, too, have been confronted with adulthood in similarly amusing ways.
I’ve read posts by dads who praise hired help because it gives them more time with the kids. I can respect that approach. If I had back every hour spent cutting the lawn or shoveling snow, I might have used it to have more fun with my family. . . .
But for me, I like doing it myself. I like the sense of accomplishment, and I like the message it sends to my son.
In the midst of the recent snowstorm on the East Coast, the writer and father at Undead Dad was able to reflect on what it means to shovel snow out of his family’s driveway, and how much of his pride is tied up in domestic labor. “I like being the one outside working on the house to make life better for the family. I like the idea that my son is watching me work hard, break a sweat, and get a job done.” Eloquent and honest, the post is a great example of what the blog is about: mindful fatherhood in the age of over-work.
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Feb 16th at 8:18 am
Kind of new to your friday faves, liking it so far so tgif! I’m especially happy with the preview, which would be helpful over at “Freshly pressed” as well.
Feb 16th at 9:10 am
The chosen ones are actually a lil bit different this time. They are simply the best.
Feb 16th at 8:43 pm
Great blog posts. I think they’re fresh enough to live up to the title of this post!
Feb 18th at 2:34 pm
I like the blog about the Pope. The man is not YOUNG. He looks as if his health is failing. He should step down and enjoy the rest of his days here on earth.
Feb 18th at 8:05 pm
I’ve always enjoyed reading the highlights about the blogs as it can lead me towards some interesting reading. Unfortunately I was a little disheartened to read this particular e-mail after viewing one of the titles. Could the point not have been made without taking the Lord’s name in vain?
Feb 18th at 11:15 pm
Good work Cheri, if in fairness I understand but do not agree with the comments over title. But hang on I was very upset over the use of a ‘z’ instead of an ‘s’ in ‘Realise’, there is just no hope left. I might as well just start writing like a 14 year old and make up my on words which mean whatever I want. (See Mrs Haigh, your English lessons weren’t a waste after all!)
Feb 19th at 8:13 am
Hi – great reads. New to this & enjoying the fascinating commentary. Will tune in regularly.
Feb 19th at 2:19 pm
hey Cheri … I don’t agree with Matt George. That’s censorship. If the post itself was hateful or the word was flat out hard cursing … perhaps. But the title of the post reflects the writer. And is clear that he is in no way insulting any god or any religion It would be like cleaning up everything Hunter Thompson wrote. I hope you won’t let it happen. That post deserved to be read!
Feb 23rd at 5:16 pm
Some great Choices Cheri. The Pope and Springstein in one go. Excellent.
Feb 24th at 9:53 pm
Hi Cheri! Sofagirl makes some great points about the concern over language.
Here are some of my blog numbers:
14 separate wordpress blogs
First post (on WordPress): 2005
Number of posts: 650 (on main blog: granthuhn.wordpress.com)
Most views on single post: 11,940
All time views on main blog: 37,777
Total comments on main blog: 615
All with zero marketing or promotion
When do I get freshly pressed?
Thanks for all you do!
Feb 25th at 12:59 am
Please…if the post is to be censored, then it should just be left out rather than alter the writer’s work. Obviously, the writer had no disrespectful or malicious intent and I applaud you, Cheri, for including it. I am continually amazed at “censorship gone wild” in this country, to the point of a chilling effect over everything. We have stopped laughing as a society, take ourselves way to seriously, and seem to be so generally tight-***ed.
Feb 26th at 11:07 am
I love the feisty comments as well as the posts. Please keep them coming.
Feb 28th at 1:26 pm
Awesome choices! Thanks for introducing us to some terrific blogs/bloggers. Cheers.