I’m trying something new today, or at least new for the blog. I’ve been emailing friends, colleagues and family members links to interesting news items ever since I’ve had email. Even before that, we had a tradition in my family of snail-mailing around clippings from newspapers. And some of my favorite blogs do a weekly news roundup.
So here goes. Something to fill the time between blog posts, and hopefully, a few things to brighten your day.
I accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for my father’s funeral — and he was great – Washington Post
There’s something very Bethesda-meets-Krusty-the-Clown about this story.
Feeding a farting wombat – YouTube
No explanation necessary.
This 54-year-old custodian just graduated from the college he cleaned at night – Washington Post
Life obstacles? What life obstacles?
Dad and daughter perform delightful rendition of A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ – Mashable
The original was one of the first songs Lindy and I played at our wedding reception. This version may be better. And she has the world’s coolest dad, I think.
A departure Obama is dreading: Leaving the White House? No, Malia moving out. – Washington Post
A few weeks old, but this was a delightful article about the relationship between two of the world’s most-watched people. A good read for dads of daughters.
Frog and Toad: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love – The New Yorker
These are a couple of our favorite story characters. We’ve seen the musical twice and have read the books over and over again. Nice backstory about the author. (h/t Carolee)
Pete Souza: Photographing the Real Barack Obama – The Guardian
Just the latest in a series of “I’m going to miss that guy” stories I’ve been reading lately. Nice discussion about the role of imagery and the symbolism of the presidency.
Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Was Never Going to Be Easy. But Did It Have to Get This Hard – New York Magazine
This is what happens when you’re uniquely qualified to be President, but not as skilled in modern presidential campaigning as your opponent or those who came before you. A long, worthy read.
What else have you read that’s interesting this week?