#iHeartHsv: There’s No Place Like Home

OK, so I’m finally allowed to talk about this! The Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a new website for visitors to our awesome city, iHeartHsv.com, and Rebecca and I are regular bloggers for the site! Even if you’re local, it’s well worth checking out — an incredible resource of things to do in the Rocket City (Huge kudos to Jessica Carlton Kumbroch!), and I am SO very honored to get to be a part of it. I was born in Huntsville and have spent almost three quarters of my life here, but over the last three years, my relationship with “my own little postage stamp of native soil” has deepened in very cool ways. I’m extremely proud to have been picked as part of the voice of me hometown, and very proud to call Huntsville home. ‪#‎iHeartHsv‬, indeed!

Related Link: Can’t get enough #iHeartHsv? CVB launches new website for all things Huntsville-Madison County (from al.com)

Mourning And Night

So the Rocket City Bloggers are doing a Year Long Blogging Challenge, where there’s a prompt for each week of the year. Since I’ve been remiss in blogging lately, I missed the first three prompts, but I figured I would do something for this week’s: “What is your favorite joke/cartoon?”

If I had more time, this would have a long explanation about the history of the cartoon and an aside about the joys of collaboration. Instead, I’ll just say my friend Lain is brilliant and here’s a cartoon we did:


Rocket City Bloggers Carnival — Summer in the “City”

Image unrepentantly stolen from Entirely Adequate’s submission for the carnival. Used without permission, unless she tells me to take it down.

For those who don’t know, I’m part of an incredibly awesome group of local bloggers, known as The Rocket City Bloggers. Basically, as a group, we write things, share things we write with each other, eat things, and talk about writing things. And sometimes write about eating things. And often write things about talking about writing things, but that’s getting kind of meta. Like I said, it’s an awesome group.

Also, once a month, we have a blog carnival, in which those of us who aren’t too lazy (Bo, I’m looking at you here) all write posts about the same topic, and then one of us publishes a post linking to all of the other posts.

This month, the theme is “Summer,” and the host for the month is yours truly.

So, welcome, then, to the Rocket City Bloggers June Carnival.

Here are this month’s posts:

• From the “Mrs. Mood” blog, we have Who Else Is Ready?: “I know, I know, here we are on the inauguration of June but I am here to tell you, I am ready for Christmas.”

• Over on “Ninasoden,” there’s Summer Then & Now: “Summer time used to be a time of running around in the sprinklers and riding my bike for hours before finally running into the house truly exhausted and collapsing on the living room floor.

• “Calluna” wrote a post titled Summer As I Knew It: “The routines of the first 21 years of my life were dictated by a school calendar.”

• At “Girl Gad About,” you can read Summer Editorial Calendar: “To all my wanderlust-stricken love bunnies out there, Girl Gad About plans to implement a summer editorial calendar.”

• Over on “Entirely Adequate,” there’s Unscheduled Summers Provide The Best Memories: “Nearly everyone I know who has kids spends tons of money and time striving to plan the perfect summer.”

• And, for those who missed it, I posted my entry on Monday, How’re Dem Seasons? Summ’er Not As Good As Others: “When I was younger, as should be the case with every red-blooded American child, my favorite season was summer.”

• As an added bonus, I’ll include this submission from “Successful Freelance Writer,” who, participating the carnival for the first time, didn’t quite get the theme idea, but did put in enough of an effort to actually send something. Next time, though, it’s all gonna be theme-related again, so don’t nobody go getting any ideas: Taking Steps to Build A Writing Career

Carnival Time Again

I participated once again in the Rocket City Bloggers monthly blog carnival.

This time, the topic was family, and the carnival was hosted at Rocket City Mom.

Go check out the other great posts from local bloggers!

The Best of Huntsville, Alabama

My Huntsville picture post the other day was part of a blog carnival by local bloggers, titled “The Best of Huntsville, Alabama.” Go check it out!

RSS Reader Roundup

For some reason in the last few days, there have been several stories in my reader that particularly interested me almost-but-not-quite enough to write blog posts about them. So instead I’ve been saving them, with the intent to write one post about the various almost-post-worthy topics. And now I am.

• I’m not sure if the person I’m stealing this from would want me linking back, so I’m not, but I liked what they had to say about less-frequent blogging as they’ve been focusing on personal matters — “And some of those thoughts I just don’t post online. There are all sorts of reasons for that quietude: the blog is an editorial board for me, not a journal. The journal is not for broad pubication. It’s none of your d@mned business, which is I’m sure a radical concept in the media-and-data-saturated environment in which we now live. Maybe I have unpleasant things to say. Maybe I don’t feel like hurting people a thousand miles away by broadcasting my irritation with them to strangers ten thousand miles away. In any case, I’ve got other things to do with my time.”

To which I say, bravo. It’s always been an interesting question for me. My previous blog was very impersonal, but this one is frequently personal. But then, there are other personal things that I don’t blog. When does it become too much? When does living out loud turn into pandering? On the other hand, when does it become dishonest to blog around stuff? I’ve written about similar subjects before, and it still intrigues me.

Astronomers are currently studying a nearby supernova, only 21 million light years away. The headline — “it’s exploding right now” — and a bit in the first paragraph — “scientists actually managed to catch the supernova within hours of its explosion” — are misleading. Yes, they’re seeing light from near the beginning of the event. But, based on the speed of light, they’re not seeing something happening right now, they’re seeing something that happened 21 million years ago.


And this is one of the big issues I have with young-Earth-creation theories — if the universe is less than, at a minimum, millions of years old, this star is a lie. It never existed. For years, scientists have been looking at a star that never really existed; God just put light en route to Earth to make it look like there had been a star where there never was. And I’m not comfortable with a deceptive God. I’m more comfortable believing the universe is the age God makes it look.

• Speaking of whom, I enjoyed this letter from Sojourn pastor Eric Morgan, excerpted in part:

Because the Lord was with her, Mary was highly favored by God. Because she walked with God and found favor with God, God in-trusted her with a very special gift and task. Mary was the chosen instrument God used to bring (birth) salvation into human history. Jesus, who is fully human and fully divine, came from womb of Mary…  How amazing is that to consider?
The beauty and mystery of the incarnation do not stop with Mary. They are very applicable to you and I. Like Mary, we too are bearers of God by virtue of the Spirit of God that lives within us. Just like Mary, who God used to bring salvation to humanity, God wants to use us, in the same capacity. Because the Spirit of Christ is within us, we have been highly favored to be God-bearers (theotokos) to our world. We are to bear witness of the light of the glorious gospel that will bring salvation to our world.

• I have to share this, too — Report clears NASA shuttle selection process, but doesn’t make Dayton or Houston any happier:

This report, while clearing NASA of any political meddling in its decisionmaking process, did little to assuage those denied an orbiter. An AP article about the decision with the headline “Report: NASA made right picks for retired shuttles” was retitled by a Houston TV station as “Bolden Overrode Retired Shuttles Decision”. That was based on a passage in the report where, in 2009, Bolden rejected a recommendation by a NASA team to award orbiters only to NASA facilities (KSC, Houston, and the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville), saying that he preferred that “the Agency choose locations where the Orbiters would be seen by the largest number of visitors and thus serve NASA’s goal of expanding outreach and education efforts to spur interest in science, technology, and space exploration.”