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A Writer’s Passion

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Today, my 1301 students will turn in their first essays, and I will reward them with Hershey kisses. Because they got them to me on time, and I think that deserves a reward all by itself. First essays in my class are narratives about a person who has influenced the student in an important way. […]

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Being the Interviewee

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OK, I like to be in control. Like this week when The Canyon News featured me in their Canyon People article. I’ve done dozens of interviews myself over the last 20 years, and, today, I know one thing for sure – being the interviewer is more fun than being the interviewee. Because the interviewee doesn’t […]

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Confession: Good for My Soul and Yours

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What if David had a choice? What if Samuel had asked Israel’s king if he wanted his moral failure included in the Bible? You know, David’s greatest sin, his most embarrassing sin, his one night stand with Bathsheba. Thinking about it because, a week from today, I’ll do a book signing in my hometown, and […]

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Hindsight

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Small matters matter. That’s what the present-day me would tell the younger me if I could go back in time. A little sacrifice, a little discipline, a little investment, especially if they happen a little every day, can go a long way. Of course, hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to see now what one should […]

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Jesus Wept

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Put a Bible verse on FB yesterday which said something about singing for joy and being glad all our days. To which my friend Liz wrote, “In my dreams.” I like Liz. She helps me keep it real. Face it. There is plenty of hurt in this world. We pray, “Thy kingdom come; Thy will […]

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Busy Times Ahead

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Next couple of weeks are going to be busy. Wed., Feb. 10 I drive to First Methodist Midland to speak to a final small group session on the novelette. This is the first study we’ve done where I haven’t known the people, and I’m excited about getting face to face feedback and talking about how […]

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Information Overload

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Call it information overload. I’m talking about 24 hour cable with 100s of channels, social networks with 100s of friends and 1000s of their messages, dozens of daily emails, cell phones that never leave our side, 1,000s of online books and movies, all instantly available at the click of a mouse. And Google, the search […]

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Winging It

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It’s never happened before. Never had snow cancel school on a day when I had student conferences. So half my 1302 students met with me last week to pitch their research topics, and half did not. Which means I’ll have to wing it this week. Improvise. Innovate. Adapt. Whatever you want to call it, it’s […]