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In Others’ Words: What are You Ignoring?

In Others’ Words: What are You Ignoring?

Sometimes … sometimes I get too focused. On my laptop. My iPhone. The laundry. The errands I need to run. (Grocery store. Check. Dry Cleaners. Check. Drop my daughter off at volleyball camp — only she does the driving, not me. Check.) I’m getting things done, yes. But that thought I keep having — the longing inside to take a day or two and escape to the mountains? I shove i... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

If I could sum up today’s quote in two words, they would be: Be grateful.  We can spend a lot of time thinking about what we want — what we don’t have or what we think we deserve. Oftentimes what we have is never enough and setting our minds on “wants” creates a mindset of discontent. And then we get whatever it is we want … and even that doesn’t satisfy b... Read More »

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: Unexpected Celebrations

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars?... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

We all face criticism at some point in our lives. As an author, I invite criticism into my life — sometimes known by the kinder, gentler term of “feedback.” Every novel I write goes through several rounds of edits where my editors tell me what’s working and what’s not working. My Preferred Readers — a small, select group of women — also talk me through my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

Sometimes it isn’t so much what we say as it is what we don’t say. I used to to think the more I said, the better chance I had of winning an argument … of influencing people and making friends … and yes, well, making my point. Talk, talk, talk meant effect, effect, effect, right?  Wrong. The power of persuasion doesn’t always lie in our words. No. Sometimes our most p... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

  My husband and I have become the de facto sports photographers for our youngest daughter’s volleyball teams.  CJ plays volleyball year-round, which means I have thousands of volleyball photos of her and all of her teammates. On average, if her club plays three matches and a cross-over match during a tournament, I come home with a minimum of two thousand photos. I then cull the good ph... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Live and Learn

In Others’ Words: Live and Learn

So often we think about all the things children need to learn — the things we need to teach children. We teach children to: do basic life functions: sleep through the night, feed themselves, dress themselves  talk (Use your nice words!)  read  interact with other children (Play nice, right?)   But children teach adults a lot too, don’t you think?  Things like: It’s fun to bu... Read More »

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