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Did You Catch My Last Two Guest Posts?

Two Recent Guest Posts Two of my posts this month were as a guest writer on other sites. Although both are geared for writers, the principles I describe apply to everyone. 1. June 10 - "Three Hard Lessons I Learned Writing Nonfiction" at Almost An Author (A3). Knowing...

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Making Sure Our Knot is Secure

Tying the Knot They literally tied the knot. Halfway through this popular month for brides and grooms to become one, I think of the last wedding ceremony I participated in. To symbolize the unity of their relationship, Josh and Catherine could've lit a unity candle or...

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Animal Worship: Donkey, Elephant, or Lion?

Todd Starnes and Our Favorite Animal Last Tuesday night at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, faculty member Todd Starnes was on fire about his favorite animal. And he is right. In more ways than one. As his work at Fox News suggests, he's on the...

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Why the Old Maid Deserved a Mother’s Day Rose

Kathryn's Rose She deserved a rose as much as any woman at church that day. Kathryn was a retired schoolteacher. Some might call her an "old maid" because she never married. Never raised any children in her home. Yet, each year for our VBS closing celebration, Kathryn...

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Ten Pictures to Tell the Best Story in the World

A Wordless Story The best story in the world can be told in 10 pictures, without words. "Show, not tell" is a writer's mantra. Holy Week is the perfect time to show the cornerstone of the Christian faith: Jesus' death and resurrection. If we jump from Palm Sunday to...

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The Day An Oxford Comma Cost $10 Million

The Great Oxford Comma Debate Because of the lack of an Oxford comma, milk-truck drivers in Maine recently won a $10 million lawsuit against their employer, Oakhurst Dairy (O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy). An Oxford comma (aka a serial comma), is the last comma separating...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 4 of 4 – Avoid

The Box to Avoid Welcome to the last of our 4-part series. We'll discuss the box to avoid completely. The link to Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Box 4 -...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 3 of 4 – Limit

The Box to Limit Welcome to part three of our 4-part series. This week's box is one to limit our time as much as possible. The link to Part 1: The link to Part 2: Box 3 - Urgent & Not...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 2 of 4 – Focus

The Box to Focus Welcome to part two of our 4-part series. We'll address which box to focus more time than we typically do. If you missed Part 1 or want to refresh your memory, click on this link: ‎ Box 2 - Not Urgent &...

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Living In the Right Boxes – Part 1 of 4 – Manage

The Box to Manage If you struggle with time management -- like I do -- we can think inside the boxes. In this 4-part series, each week I'll share two examples from the Bible to support the principles. The first box is the one to manage. Box 1 - Urgent & Important...

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Giving the Squeaky Wheel a Deaf Ear

Squeaky Wheels The squeaky wheel gets the grease." Constructive criticism is like that blue-green liquid Mom shoehorned in my mouth when I was sick. Yucky now. Helpful later. If a problem should be addressed or a task could be improved, this info is gold. Even if it...

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How Will We Be Remembered After We’re Gone?

Remembered for What? How do you want to be remembered? Three of the shorter obituaries I've read summarized the person's life in just three words. "She was disabled." "He was retired." "He had dementia." I wonder what their life must have been like before they...

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An Alternative View of Alternate Facts

Just the Facts Let's start with a little quiz about basic facts. In the police lineup photo above, how tall is Bart Simpson? What is 2+2? At what Fahrenheit temperature does water boil? Who was the first president of the United States of America? What is the largest...

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