Out of the books I read in 2018, my book of the year comes from the reading I did for my particular vocation* as a writer. But since all of us write something occasionally (for our jobs or in our relationships), and since all of us could use help discerning good writing from poor writing, I … [Read More...]
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Happy New Year! And what a better way to begin the new year than talking about books, my favorite inanimate things. A side note to young parents: The age of one's children and the amount of reading one does must have a direct relationship. I had some very lean reading years. But my kids are getting … [Read More...]
Actually, Advent not a big deal. I mean it depends on what you think a big deal is. If you're comparing it to the "big deals" of Christmas gifts to buy, Christmas events to attend, Christmas traditions to uphold... It is not that kind of a big deal. It is a wonderfully quiet, secretively radiant, … [Read More...]
Almost all of my prayers right now seem to end with these two searching words: “Lord, help.” “Lord, help,” might sound desperate, but God can handle desperation. He can do something with despair. He just can’t do as much with its opposite: the buttoned-up and the … [Read More...]
Have you taken a walk through the leaves yet? Consider this your friendly reminder to do so. (Unless of course you're one of my southern hemisphere, arctic, equatorial, or Montana(!) readers. Sorry.) At the risk of sounding like a positive-thinking life coach or ethereal breathing instructor, I … [Read More...]
"How was your weekend?" "Good." "How's work going?" "Fine." "How's your friend, so-and-so?" "Oh, he's great. Yeah, just great." Sounds familiar, right? Isn't that pretty much the sum of 95% of our in-passing conversations? I'll let you in on a little secret: Sometimes, … [Read More...]