Wintry Day Reading

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As I write this blog post, the sun is shining. The weather in Nashville has finally risen above freezing and the light snow from last Friday has begun to melt. After a busy year’s end…then beginning…that held both expected and unexpected time commitments, I finally allowed myself a luxury I don’t take as often as […]

3 email mistakes

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Ever struggle with email? I do. Some days I feel like email is a monkey on my back that I just can’t shake. Messages are easy to send these days, and email is the primary medium. So most of us in the workplace receive a boatload of it. It gets tiresome to manage all that […]

Crisis management: It helps to have a plan

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The phrase “going postal” was coined in 1993 following a ten year period where a total of 35 people were killed in 11 different post office shootings by postal employees. The term has come to be synonymous with disgruntled workers in any profession taking their anger out at the office. September 11, 2001 is a […]

A pearl of wisdom from my mother

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“Ears that hear and eyes that see—the Lord has made them both.” Proverbs 20:12   I sit in a hotel room at this writing, with my back to the sound of the surf, looking up to study four paintings on the wall. This is hotel art, so not da Vinci, but I still admire the […]

What you might need to write that novel

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Patience I wrote a novel. It only took me thirty years. When people ask, I usually say it took five. But it really took me thirty. I know because I remember sitting at the kitchen table of our first home…a second-hand trailer hooked to the water and phone lines of the little country church where […]

Water now brimming in my eyes

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Years ago, my husband was a young preacher and I, an even younger preacher’s wife. An older couple lived in the farm community where we lived, worked and worshipped. She was at church every Sunday…her husband, never. Then the husband was diagnosed with cancer. He quickly became too ill to reform his Sunday habit and […]

What heaven tastes like

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You ever have those moments…those tastes of heaven…when the needle on your personal joy odometer leaned to the far right of what you thought was the highest notch? I’ve had a few moments like that. They’re rare. So when they happen, they sink down into the mind and take up permanent residence. I had a […]

Standing naked on the high dive

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I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. By “book” I mean a novel – available on Amazon, in your local library, and lined up neatly on a shelf with other books in brick and mortar stores. Novels have taken me on memorable, eye-opening, rich, full, meaningful, expansive journeys. […]

Learn to say “no”

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Yesterday, I gave nine hours to a work project. This seems reasonable, except that I’m off for the summer. By “off” I mean I don’t get paid. I have a second employer during the summer, and that employer is me. I am a writer in addition to being a teacher. During the school year I teach […]