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Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

IMG_3548-001This morning’s post is a series of news-briefs. I need to dive into a couple of fairly deep projects, so this is – essentially – an update roundup.

GROWTH! Let’s start with this: 6,000 followers! Thanks for the support. I pray that these daily posts continue to reach people with the good news.

 HIGH-TECH: Then – and this has me simultaneously annoyed at Time Warner and pleased with myself – the Internet has been “out” since Tuesday afternoon, but this morning I figured out how to set up a “personal hot-spot” from my iPhone. Believe me, friends, that’s a huge achievement for this non-techie writer!

I probably rely on the www far too much; but, for a writer, being connected is the most important tool when it comes to work.

NEW BOOK: My primary focus today, however, is still the new book. I’m confident my first new volume since 2012 will be available in time for Christmas, so please keep that in mind as you think about what gifts you’d like to share with family and friends.

Meanwhile, In My Heart I Carry A Star is most definitely available now, and I’d encourage all of you to get a copy for yourselves (remember, get the revised 2nd edition, not the old purple one), plus a couple to give away.

12249977_10104655427926962_867407167042224144_nTRAVEL: Over at the other side of the Earth – literally – our travelling Citizens of the World son and daughter-in-love just touched down in South Korea, where Alicia will be attending a professional conference and Andrew will be taking it all in. Thinking of them I am reminded that this multi-faceted planet we share with so many billions of souls, is not only complex and tragically broken, but it is remarkably accessible. I pray from the deepest places that we will learn to listen, and to open our hearts to one-another.

IDYLLIC: Here in Wake Forest it’s a partly-cloudy, breezy, 60-degree fall morning, perfect for dog-walking.  I have a hot mug of coffee in hand, and a labradoodle at my feet. For today I have moved my study to the living room, where the wide-open windows connect me to the fresh November day – and I am beyond grateful for the good life that I lead.

IMG_3850Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:14-15

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