And So It Was Blogged (XII)

Friday, June 18, 2010

I know I’m not alone when I say this: I’m tired. It’s gotten so that my eye is twitching. Never a good sign. So, let’s make this snappy. Get in, get out and get on with the weekend. Here’s the Best of the Blogs—my rundown of what I thought were the prime bloggy cuts from this 24th week of 2010

1. Daddy’s Time to Shine
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Yes, already. Even though the fuss for it doesn’t even halfway match that of Mother’s Day, it’s important to celebrate these men. I’ve always liked the special day, partly because my Dad has been a stellar father and partly because I married a good man who also turned out to be a first-rate Dada. The blogs have talked fatherhood this week. Well, some of them. Over at Motherlode, the question is: What does it mean to be a father today? The post talks about the changing face of fatherhood by way of a new documentary called The Evolution of Dad.

Motherlode stays with the question in another post on fatherhood. This one is a guest post by a new father who very much wants to be involved and present in his young daughter’s life, but he and the child’s mother only had a casual relationship before the baby was born.

And, of course, where would we be without a Hollywood slideshow? Here’s parenting.com‘s 17 Best Celebrity Dads.

2. Green Team
Buying organic, though expensive, is what many of us aim for. But then there’s the option of buying local. Is that still considered organic, though? On A Child Grows in Brooklyn, food blogger Stacie Bills of the always yummy One Hungry Mama tries to help parent figure out whether to buy organic or local.

3. Top Spots
As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re moving to New Jersey at the end of the month. I’ve only been asked “But why?” once so far, which is good. (New Yorkers, especially folks in Brooklyn, sometimes take it as a personal affront when you say you’re living this city.) Parenting.com has its grand list up for 2010: The Best Cities For Families. NYC was number 29 on the list of 101 cities. Montclair was nowhere on the rankings. So I guess it’s, Take that, Ms. Mary Mack!

4. Hey, You
I came across this blog that I wanted to share. It’s Cassie Boorn’s personal blog and it’s really something. In fact, from the little I’ve read about Cassie so far, she’s quite something, too. She’s a 22-year-old mother who’s in college and just trying to sort it all out. Lucky for us, she’s doing it online. There’s a section of her blog called 20-Something Self Letters, where Cassie has asked other women (many of them mothers and mom bloggers) to write a letter to their 20-something self. The letters are sweet, touching, funny, wise, and all around wonderful. Here’s the letter from one of my favorite blogger/photographer mothers, Karen of chookooloonks.com. Read it and maybe weep.

5. Say Cheese
QB and I were in the bookstore this week, taking cover from the impending rain that never actually showed. We spent most of the time in his fun section reading … and dragging books down from the shelves. On the way out I saw this book. The cover shot alone made me laugh. Then I found out that there’s a web site behind it: Awkward Family Photos.com. Hilarious … and at times hella disturbing. (Check out the nudist cat-lover couple shot for proof.)

This morning I also checked out Cool Mom Picks (a super resource for moms or dads or anyone, really, who wants be down with all things cool, fresh and off-beaten-path) and there it is again:  Awkward Family Photos. Maybe I need to get this book, already. CMP recommends it as a great Father’s Day gift. Indeed.

And with that, it’s a wrap. Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Quinn’s Dad and Quinn’s Dad’s Dad. To all the Poppas, you’re doing a good job, men. Know that you are loved and appreciated.

See you next week, yes?

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