Hello! And welcome to another edition of the blogaround!
It was kind of a rough week in the blogosphere. Some truly terrible things happened to some really good people, but there was a lot of good writing that came from it. And I've done my best to break up the sadness with a little levity- because to be honest, this was also a hilarious week in the blogosphere. The internet is strange like that.
"The Sitter" - The Spin CycleSue's son is getting older and more responsible, and the conversations you have about a parent night out change as they grow. But this story is about more than having a night away from your kid, it's about watching them grow and exceed your expectations. I loved it.
"Sugar Bowl Condolences" - Ninja Mom Blog
As I wrote earlier this week, Courtney at Our Small Moments lost her husband to cancer. There have been a lot of us online writing about it, but this is one of the most moving posts. Nicole writes about losing her father, the lack of control we have over our lives, and sharing grief with friends. Definitely read it.
"The Religion Post" - Ask Your Dad
Religion is absurdly important in America. Fundamentally, it's personal. It's about your relationship to your beliefs, about your relationship to your spiritual life, and about the way you cope with the world around you. But in recent years in particular, religion has taken more of a front seat in American culture. I have always been a member of a minority religion, and that makes this shift obvious to me. I see it every day, and the plethora of emotions it gives rise to can be difficult to express. John does the subject justice.
"Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery" - io9
And now for something completely different. I love biology and anatomy, which is convenient because SI is a little bit obsessed. One of her favorite things is visiting her friend Moss's house, and reading his anatomy textbook. That said, I'm grateful I haven't been faced with explaining the clitoris to her. And I'm grateful that now I'm sure I'll actually know what I'm talking about when the time comes.
"Telling My Son The Bad News About His Stepdad" - Single Dad Laughing
Dan's son's stepfather was in a motorcycle accident this week. And he wasn't wearing a helmet. Now, I'm going to hold back from my usual rant about the need to protect your brain, I'll leave that to my dear friend Kate (who is finally out of rehab!). But Dan's son is only a little older than my kids. How do you tell somebody so young about the closeness of death, prepare them in case of the worst?
"My Live-Tweeted Nightmare (or, Abercrombie & Bitch)" - Kris McDermott
If you have small children, I both recommend taking in a teenager from another country for the summer. I also advise you to delegate some of the "fun things" your temporary teenager might want to do to other people. People without kids. And definitely people who are hilarious stand-up comedians. Because I laughed so hard while Kris tweeted that I actually woke up the baby.