Where I’m At When I’m not Here

Switch-Tasking. That is the short answer to where I’m at when I’m not here. In his recent article “Want to Succeed? Stop Trying so Hard,” Peter Bregman points out that even tasks we enjoy have a limit to them before we wear out and need to switch. He calls it task fatigue. He says the best way [...]

I am Exactly the Person that I Want to Be

In my Sunday Celebrations I’m practicing loving people–easy, weird, and hard people, every person, everyone. I think it’s valuable work. However, one Wise Person recently pointed out to me that it’s all good and well to love everyone, but you can’t do a very good job of it really if you don’t first love yourself. [...]

Paralysis

This is where I am now: Paralysis. I have tons of work, all of it paying work, waiting for me. I make money only if I do the work. That is how I make money. It’s all writing. It’s all EASY. I guess. But it’s time consuming. And there’s so MUCH of it. And it [...]

Comedy or Tragedy: You Decide

So Glennon at Momastery recently posted about Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, in which he talks (among other things) about the major underlying principle of improvisational comedy, which is, in short, the power of agreement, ”the notion that a very simple way to create a good story … or humor … is to have characters accept everything [...]

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

One morning recently, the local paper was full of the kind of news that makes me cry. Besides the riots in London and the politicians in Washington, and an economy that only a bankruptcy attorney could love, there were these: A 16-year-old boy convicted of raping an 83-year-old woman. A 12-year-old boy charged with raping [...]

Beautiful Life

In the hour leading up to the storm, I ghostwrote a blog entry on the topic of motivating employees. During the storm I wrote parts of an article about the next Democratic National Convention, and then I scheduled meetings with clients to discuss their flyers and their elevator speeches. After the storm, I slipped into [...]

Wild and Precious Life

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and [...]

Ducks Don’t Paddle Like Hell

There, I said it. You’ve heard the little inspirational quote about how serene a duck looks on the surface, but underneath he’s paddling like hell. It’s supposed to mean that you should never assume successful people find it easy, that if you just work hard enough and try to look good doing it, you can [...]

Grace: Help is On Its Way

I have an app on my phone called Lookout that scans for viruses and keeps my phone safe. But the unexpected, and (to me) most important gift from Lookout is the message it displays in my notifications bar: Everything is OK. When I need reassurance, I turn on my phone and open my notifications bar. [...]

Learning to Read with Jesus

We volunteer at a predominantly African-American, deeply heart-felt religious church that feeds the hungry in their very poor community several times a week from their kitchen. Unlike the quiet, cerebral worship of a Quaker Meeting, services here (before, during, and after the meal) are loud and emotional. “Amen!” “Tell it sister!” “Can I get a [...]

  • A Few Beautiful Things

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    Fun prompts, great community, opportunities to be published.

    What Happens Now
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    Officer Superhero
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    Sowing Dreams
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    Writing is a Beautiful Violence
    This pretty much sums it up.