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  • 3 Free Tools for a Productive September
    [September 1st is the New January 1st]

    On Monday, September 01 st, 2014
    Happy September! September 1st is the new January 1st! Fresh slates and bouquets of sharpened yellow pencils blooming new possibilities. And Happy Labor Day! Traditionally, school always begins in Canada the day after Labor Day… so quieter in this web corner today,  enjoying the day as the symbolic end of the summer, as we get
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  • What Every Hard Week Ahead of You Needs

    On Monday, August 25 th, 2014
    Sometimes, even right before it really begins, you’ve got a feeling how the week’s going to go. I look in the mirror early on a Monday morning, the bedhead looking more like a monsterhead, and I look right into that water-splattered mirror. And tell the woman looking back at me how the next seven days
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  • How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out into the World

    On Thursday, August 14 th, 2014
    You talk with a police officer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer – and you up
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  • What the Church & Christians Need to Know About Suicide & Mental Health

    On Tuesday, August 12 th, 2014
    Dear Church, Cancer can be deadly and so can depression. So can the dark and the shame and the crush of a thousand skeletons, a thousand millstones, a thousand internal infernos. We could tell you what we know. That — depression is like a room engulfed in flames and you can’t breathe for the sooty
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  • 3 Truths about Platform & What Your Soul Was Never Made For

    On Tuesday, August 05 th, 2014
    This week The High Calling is exploring the idea of “platform” — and they asked if I’d join them & write into the idea of platform for writers and the Kingdom of God… {stay tuned for exciting things coming this week for our little community?} When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white
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  • How to Get Really Living Instead of Merely Existing

    On Monday, August 04 th, 2014
    It’s like an awakening. That right in the middle of the Sunday sermon, while the pastor’s preaching what salvation really means — I can see a woman in a pew ahead of me flipping through the pages of an Avon catalogue. I can only bow my head. Because there are a thousand ways to be
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  • How to Get Really Living Instead of Merely Existing

    On Monday, August 04 th, 2014
    It’s like an awakening. That right in the middle of the Sunday sermon, while the pastor’s preaching what salvation really means — I can see a woman in a pew ahead of me flipping through the pages of an Avon catalogue. I can only bow my head. Because there are a thousand ways to be
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  • Why You Really Need to be Done with Living Safe: Being a Dangerous Disciple of the Unsafe God

    On Monday, July 14 th, 2014
    My Gran, she’s taking slow walks outside the hospital now. Her heart’s growing stronger, beating certain. I wash down the cupboards in the kitchen. I pray for Gran’s heart attack recovery, for each step she keeps taking, ninety-one and frail-boned and Irish-determined. Life’s a risk and maybe she’s stronger than I am, accepting each heart beat,
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  • The Great Challenge Facing All Women
    [and Why Women Need to Stop Judging Each Other]

    On Wednesday, July 09 th, 2014
    Rain on a tin roof this morning. The rocking chairs out in the ash grove sit quiet, solid — steady in the wind. Steady in the wind. They’re calling for another inch of rain today, for it to just keep coming. Our Hope-girl makes brownies, shakes the popcorn over the stove. And there’s this deep
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  • One Way to Kick Your Fears to the Curb at the Start of A New Week

    On Monday, July 07 th, 2014
    Who said only courage wears a Red Badge? Yeah, it’s just khaki capris, a black tee, I pull out of the closet for a day dawning summer, me leaving the house for the heat, appointment and errands. I’m a mess with no no red badge of courage, just a flailer trying to wear prayer, the
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  • What Really Unites a Great Land & People & the Real Power of Patriotism

    On Friday, July 04 th, 2014
      It was when she leaned back to watch the fireworks. When the kids, full of strawberries and ice cream, sprawl about her in the grass, waiting in the thickening dusk, waiting in the sea of blankets spread out and tilted lawn chairs and balding men with bare hearts sit near the white crowned women
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  • Why You Can Stop the Exhausting Work of Trying to be a SuperMom

    On Monday, June 30 th, 2014
    When one of the boys pulls off his Sunday shoes, the filthy ones ridiculously still clinging to “Sunday Shoes” status, he catches my eye and grins like he’s swallowed a canary. “So I only wore one sock to church.” What are you going to do but laugh with the grinning kid? Yeah, I am that
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