Monthly Archives: January 2010

Rejection

Rejection. Not a word most of us like. Yet rejection is a big part of life; isn’t it? If I ever have the chance to speak at a high school graduation ceremony, I will talk about rejection. Which is one … Continue reading

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Stuck

With the help of my Tacoma 4X4, I helped some people get unstuck yesterday, including two of Canyon’s finest. It’s a frustrating thing being stuck. You’ve got important things to do, and you have the resources to do them. Except … Continue reading

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Encouraging Words

Received good news from my partner Clark yesterday. The Wednesday night class he’s teaching at FUMC Midland went well. Were doing Lesson 3, which, among other things, looks at my struggle with fear in the novelette. Wrote Clark, “They shared … Continue reading

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The Blizzard of ’57

For those of you not in the Texas Panhandle, we’re having a major snow storm this morning, and I’m remembering the blizzard of ’57. It may still be the area’s most deadly storm. Killed 10 people, most in automobile accidents, … Continue reading

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Focus

Do you promise too many things to too many people? I see that hand. Been reviewing student research topics this week. The biggest problem? Lack of focus. You can’t write about world hunger in a 5-7 page paper. You can … Continue reading

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Grief That Feels Like Guilt

C. S. Lewis once said that grief feels a lot like fear. Mine is feeling more like guilt. Today is my little sister’s birthday, the seventh she has celebrated in heaven with Jesus. And I’m feeling guilty. Guilty that my … Continue reading

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Noticing Things

Will send my 1301 students outside today. I give them 15 minutes to write all the observations they can. Winner gets a prize. Many will write down 75 or more. It’s an exercise in creativity. Creative people see things others … Continue reading

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Is Success a Moving Target?

Placed a lot of books in people’s hands this week and am anxious to know how they respond. Of course, I may never know. Been writing long enough to know that you hear from only a small minority of your … Continue reading

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Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread.” I would have asked for more: “Give us this day groceries for the week.” Because I’m a planner. I don’t like uncertainty. Don’t like the pressure it brings. Don’t like the anxiety, the … Continue reading

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Come Join Me in Narnia

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good story is worth a thousand sermons. I’m referring to C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, the children’s stories that changed my life nearly 20 years ago. At midlife my … Continue reading

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