“Peale drew throngs of followers, but also sharp criticism from Christians who accused him of cherry-picking Bible verses and peddling simplistic solutions.

But the young Donald Trump was hooked.”

On a videoconference this last e-learning day, F claimed loudly in a “two truths and a lie” session that she had logged 220 hours on Animal Crossing during the lockdown.

It was a lie, but I swear I heard the sound of authorities coming to seize our parenting licenses.

If you look closely, our new neighbors appear to have multiplied.

I love this ESPN story about the American “Santa Grandfather” who became one of the Lotte Giants’ biggest fans. Now I wish ESPN would broadcast an actual Lotte Giants game.

I wasn’t imagining it. All these COVID-19 ads are pretty much all the same.

Frannie found a robin nesting in our shrubbery.

I love that now that I’m following a Korean YouTube feed for baseball, I’m getting a ton of Korean suggestions on my YouTube home page. (And no, I’m neither Korean nor understand Korean. But maybe I should learn the language. Ballgames seem more fun in Korean.)

A Muslim video game developer finds community during Ramadan in Animal Crossing: “For Ismail, the biggest benefit is that he’s not alone during inarguably trying times. This gets him a little closer to the real thing.”

The lilacs are blooming in the backyard. And they smell amazing.

Someday, I will get out of the house and take photos of other things besides my kid and her dog.

Tony Gwynn would have turned 60 years old today. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN writes about the Hall of Fame slugger’s artistry with the bat.

(I also recall my brief brush with his greatness two decades ago.)

When Animal Crossing and my appreciation for pro sports collide.

Austin Kleon is one of my favorite people on the Interwebs. Here’s one reason why: “Not everything will be okay (but some things will).”

I’ve lost count of how many allegedly indestructible chew toys we’ve seen in the past six months.

The upshot of this McSweeney’s list, “Unfollow, Unfriend, or Block: A Pandemic Guide“: Just back away from all social media.

Got the replay of the KBO opening day matchup (NC vs Samsung) on the ESPN app while I fight off some nausea on pain meds at the work station. Korean baseball is totally propping me up right now.

Apparently it takes being hopped up on painkillers to finally win a round of Cards Against Humanity (Family Edition) at our house.

Annoyed that I ordered Marvin Gaye stamps and got John Lennon stamps instead. Not that I necessarily dislike Lennon or the Beatles, but still. Just checked the USPS site; the Gaye stamps aren’t available, so I guess they’re sold out. Could be way worse.

“Just as the initial coronavirus outbreak caught hospitals unprepared, the country’s mental health system — vastly underfunded, fragmented and difficult to access before the pandemic — is even less prepared to handle this coming surge.”

“I’m not O.C.D., but I love routine. I get less depressed with routine. … That makes me feel better. I don’t want too much mental freedom. I have too much of that anyway.” (Jerry Seinfeld) 💬

It’s official: ESPN will broadcast Korean baseball games starting at 1 a.m. ET Tuesday!

Time to figure out who to root for. Best primer I’ve found is on the Athletic site, but it’s subscription only.

A murder hornet? Now 2020 is just showing off.

A problem I never thought I’d have to deal with: ordering face masks from several different Etsy sellers until I find one that fits.

Finally, an outlet for all my sonnets about Chalupa Supremes.

Slowly going insane.