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In Others’ Words: Be a Team

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

All teams are made up of individuals. Sport teams. Business teams. Ministry teams. But if the team’s focus is on all the separate people who make up the team instead of the overall goal of the team, the group will stall out. You can’t get anywhere if you’re divided by the wants of a variety of different people. Individuals are chosen for the need — the goal — of the t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: True Success

In Others’ Words: True Success

There are many definitions of success, but this one by Dr. Kelly Flanagan tops my list: “… success is what happens when you make your true self your lived self.” We can accomplish so many things — academically, professionally, personally — but unless we are being true to ourselves, all our victories ring hollow. We can allow someone to place a ribbon around our neck o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Expecting a Miracle

In Others’ Words: Expecting a Miracle

This time of year overflows with expectancy. Yes, we’re all counting down the days until Christmas morning, when we’re with friends and family. When we can finally dig into our stockings and tear into the brightly wrapped presents. Sit back and savor the sound of laughter and the presence of our loved ones. But if we push past the expectancy of today — the hopes and dreams of thi... Read More »

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

  It’s the first day of December and what better way to begin the holiday season than with a giveaway? The giveaway is appropriately named “The 12 Authors of Christmas” because 11 writing friends and I put together a fun prize package. As I looked at all the smiling faces on the festive graphic designed by the oh-so talented Angie Dicken, yes, I saw award-winning authors. Bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Childhood

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Childhood

There are books everywhere in my house.  When e-readers came on the scene, my husband encouraged me to get one. His hope? That the multiple To Be Read (TBR) piles would disappear into virtual oblivion. Um, no. That did not happen. My Kindle is loaded and ready to go on trips with me … and the TBR piles continue to thrive throughout the rooms of my home. And now … well, now I have two p... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Taking Christmas a Little at a Time

In Others’ Words: Taking Christmas a Little at a Time

Christmas can get awfully crowded — filled up to overflowing by a busy schedule. Things to do. People to see. Presents to buy and wrap. Cards to address and mail — or maybe design online and email. Traditions to be kept or begun. And somewhere in the midst of all the doing, we want to remember the reason for the season . . . the “why” of it all . . . the “who” w... Read More »

In Others’ Words: For the Love of Reading

In Others’ Words: For the Love of Reading

“I don’t want to write a blog post. I want to read a book.” That’s what I said to my husband last night … right before I set my book aside and started working on this blog post. And that little bit of complaining sparked the theme of today’s blog: books and the love of reading. I’ve always loved to read books, but oddly enough, my writing career has wrecke... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Writing & Reading

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~Stephen King (1947-), author I’m an author and, yes, I’ve heard the “To be a good writer you need to read” admonition so many times I’ve lost count. Of course, I’m lousy at math, so losing count isn’t that difficult for me. But even though I know... Read More »

The 2012 Oscar winner for animated short film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

httpv://youtu.be/Adzywe9xeIU My son, Josh, who is also a writer and an editor, shared this absolutely delightful video with me: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It’s 15 minutes long — but oh, those 15 minutes went by so quickly. Enjoy. Read More »

In Others’ Words: Books

  ‘A book worth reading is a book worth buying.’ John Ruskin, English art critic (1819-1900) The Wedding Dress, by award-winning author Rachel Hauck, comes out in April. I pre-ordered it months ago. I’ve been waiting to read this novel since Rachel first shared the story behind that beautiful book cover as we walked along the streets of Indianapolis during the 2010 ACFW conf... Read More »

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