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In Others’ Words: Go Ahead, Astound Yourself!

In Others’ Words: Go Ahead, Astound Yourself!

Right before school started for my daughter CJ, we spent the weekend in Breckenridge. It just so happened our time there coincided with the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race. My husband, daughter, and I stood with hundreds of other spectators lining the streets and watched cyclists speed downhill through the town. I was astounded by the display of professional cycling. The speed. The intensity.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

There’s nothing quite like family rallying together in a crisis. Yesterday, my family rallied round my almost 99-year-old mother-in-law after she fell in her bathroom and ended up being taken to the emergency room via ambulance — she said the trip wasn’t bad — and then spent the day getting x-rayed and scanned. But they also rallied around one another in a time of concern &... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

I’m in a “not writing” phase at the moment. Except the moment has stretched over a number of days. And, while I’m not on a hard deadline, I do have things to write. I have written blog posts … my In Others’ Words posts and other blog commitments. But that’s one type of writing, as opposed to working on fiction ideas. I’m a novelist. I write stories &... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I not tak... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even months away — like a writers conference or visiting a ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Essence of Love

In Others’ Words: The Essence of Love

Kindness is such a beautiful expression of love. A kind word. A kind action. Kindness negates self-centeredness because we’re considering someone else’s needs before our own.  Sometimes it’s easier to be kind to a stranger than it is to be kind to a family member or friend. We let someone go ahead of us in the grocery line. Or we buy coffee for the driver behind us in the Starbuc... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

For me, it seems I always come back to gratitude.  There are certainly a lot of other emotions that demand my attention — wanting dominance in my life. And yes, I started to list them off and then deleted the list because why name all the emotional ups and downs I experience any given day? Disappointment can be one of the most unrelenting of emotions — even when it only whispers in my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Anger Remedy

In Others’ Words: The Anger Remedy

  The other night I decided to enter into a controversial debate . . . a conversation on Facebook, something I just don’t do. I wrote out my comment, editing it here and there, and then read it out loud to my husband Rob and my sixteen-year-old daughter, CJ. Here’s how the conversation went afterward: CJ: Can I say something? Me: Sure. CJ: You’ve told us if we’re angry... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

Comedian Jerry Lewis died just this past Sunday, August 20. The New York Times hailed him as “a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century.” While at times he was controversial, Lewis was also certainly multi-talented, known for his slapstick humor, as well as an actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. Jerry Lewis was also one of my all-tim... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Surrounded by Story

In Others’ Words: Surrounded by Story

More and more, I have come to love story.  My life story — and other people’s life stories, too. To be honest, there are times I see someone and, at first, I’m closed to their story. Maybe they seem a little too different from me … and I’m put off. But I’ve learned to say to myself, “This person is made in the image of God,” and doing so opens me to ... Read More »

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