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In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even some favorite mov... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Living Expectant

In Others’ Words: Living Expectant

How often do we look for our big opportunity somewhere out there — expecting the thing we’ve been waiting for to show up tomorrow, or next month, or even next year? With a “somewhere out there” focus, what kind of right-here-right-now opportunities do we miss? The danger? Being so intent on tomorrow’s possibilities we overlook what’s happening today. Lessons to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

Go ahead, be a wise guy. Sometimes we discredit ourselves. We discount how much we know. Downplay our hard-earned experience. Overlook how we’ve matured. Let’s face it, you can’t go through life without learning a few things, right? And who knows you better than you do? Have you ever participated in one of those “Write a letter to your younger self” exercises? That... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Chasing the Dream

In Others’ Words: Chasing the Dream

It’s the middle of November, which means I’m thinking of Thanksgiving … and then Christmas … and then the New Year is is fast approaching. Are you feeling breathless yet? This is the time of year I often look forward and backward at the same time. I consider what I wanted to accomplish during the past year — did my dreams come true? — even as new dreams lure me ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

My understanding of God has changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: I know that God is a God of hope. Do I get discouraged at times? Yes. Do I struggle against God’s plan — sometimes when it’s clear and sometimes when it’s not? Yes. Do I sometimes call myself “Oh-me-of-little-faith”? Yes. But all that stuff about me doesn’t change th... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Dream Come True

In Others’ Words: Dream Come True

So yesterday … yesterday was about a dream coming true. I sat in my office with my daughter, CJ, and watched the 2016 Christy Awards, which were presented online this year, and my novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, won for the Contemporary Series category. I’m still grinning about that moment … and still not believing it. And what’s even more fun is right before that, m... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Maya Angelou and the wonder of today

In Others’ Words: Maya Angelou and the wonder of today

  I so often look at Friday as the end of the week — Thank God it’s Friday! — I forget that it’s a new day all in it’s own right. A wonderful day, as Maya Angelou said on May 17, 2013. I’m still adjusting to the reality that we’ve lost her voice, her insights, her courage. Today, I wanted to share this quote that was featured in “Maya Angelou... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Pleasant Truth

In Others’ Words: Pleasant Truth

Well, here we are again, wrapping up another week. Friday, sliding into the weekend … and then gearing up for Monday and all that next week holds. I don’t know how your week went — how many successes you’re celebrating right now, how many disappointments you’re trying to shrug off. Or pray through. But here’s one thing I do know: no matter how you’re feeli... Read More »

In Others’ Word: Circumstance

  I love the rhythm of the words in today’s quote. God can change … He can orchestrate … He can alter … He can and does …  The words becomes are anthem of hope. Not that I’m surprised — they are penned by my writing-friend, Cynthia Herron. From the first time I met her, I recognized the heart of a valiant encourager in this woman. Someone who challeng... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Extra Mile

There are two people you can go the extra mile for: yourself and someone else. Going the extra mile for yourself means you try a little harder to get the task done — you give more of yourself, your creativity, your effort. You’re not settling for “good enough.” Going the extra mile for someone else means you sacrifice for that other person — that time you need for you... Read More »

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