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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’ Word: So You Think You Can

In Others’ Word: So You Think You Can

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” Thinking “I can” gets you nowhere — no matter how many times you mentally repeat those words. At some point, thinking has to become plowing … I mean, doing.  I’m stating the obvious today, aren’t I? But how many “I think I cans” have we walked away from? Our thoughts never become actions. The... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

Fear has motivated me to do things. Fear of losing someone I care about or of losing their approval — has caused me to do and say certain things. Sometimes I’ve even chosen to violate my personal values in the hopes of satisfying someone else’s expectations. That’s an ugly truth, but I strive to be honest with you all on this blog. The desire to overcome fear has pushed me ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

In Others’ Words: Three Kinds of Trouble

There are good quotes and there are meaningful quotes … and then there are quotes that hit you right in the solar plexus, forcing you to pay attention. Today’s quote by H.G. Wells hit me hard: “Some people bear three kinds of trouble — the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”  Wells made me realize how sometimes I try to live ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

I experienced the whole “stuck in overdrive” ordeal  for real yesterday. I was driving on the highway when my car started revving up and, even when I tried to brake, the car wouldn’t slow down. I was coming up on my exit — and a red light — in a minute or less, and praying my car would stop even as I imagined my car driving straight into the intersection and oncoming ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Lesson in the Waiting

In Others’ Words: The Lesson in the Waiting

I came across this quote while reading a book by author Robin Jones Gunn last week. Yes, I underlined it, thinking, “This will be a great quote for a future blog post.” Today’s the day. We’ve all waited for something … counted out the seconds, minutes, hours … days, weeks, months … and rejoiced when the waiting was over and what we longed for (or who we lo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Why I’m Thankful for 6 A.M.

Funny thing about this blog … I almost gave up on posting it. I’ve had trouble with PicMonkey, the program I use to design my graphics. For the past two weeks, when I try to save my images, the program freezes. Then I have to shut down my computer and start all over again. Tonight that happened not once, not twice, but three times. Yeah, I was so done with my post on what I was thankfu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Barren is … as Barren Does …

In Others’ Words: Barren is … as Barren Does …

Sometimes when I tell another person how oh-so-very busy I am … well, I’m hoping they don’t hear the hint of pride in my voice. I’m a busy, busy person. That must mean I have a life worth living … a life of significance … that oh, maybe, I’m important somehow? (And now I’m shaking my head as I think: You’re really going to admit that awful trut... Read More »

When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan: Guest Post with Debut Author Melissa Tagg

My novel, Catch a Falling Star, asks the question: Is life about accomplishing plans … or wishes coming true … or something more?  Today’s post is the fourth in the “When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan” Wednesday blog series, 11 guest posts by authors and writers, including Deborah Raney, Rachel Hauck, and  Susan May Warren,  who explore the question: What do you do when life doesn’t go accordi... Read More »