Launching a life-charged summer

Back when I was a school teacher I loved June-August for many reasons. I never taught summer school because those few weeks were  an amazing opportunity to spend time with my own children. Lots of family “field-trips”, state parks, bike rides, beaches, the neighbor’s pool, museums, board games, books, picnics… and very little in the…

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When sick is a full-time job

Yesterday I got up uber-early to head up to Gainesville with my brother, Geoff. He had an 8:30 appointment with the transplant specialists at the Shands Medical Center. His clinical day, Monday, was Shands in the morning then Moffitt in the afternoon and lots of time on the phone with the Miami transplant center in…

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Fine Tuning Easter

This week, my #1 concentration has been editing the completed manuscript for my new book, “Reaching Toward Easter”, which will be published later this fall as The Upper Room’s Lenten selection for 2012. I’ve shared before how some of the complex “conception to publication” flow-chart works. Well, this is one of the more interesting stages…

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Washed in the Water

Last night it rained in Valrico. First the breeze, then the lightning – a spectacular show – and finally a life-refreshing hour or so of sweet rain. This morning, when Scout and I set out at 6:30, the air was still clear, clean, and probably ten degrees cooler than yesterday. The stuffiness had been washed…

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A Teachable Spirit

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart… (Psalm 86:11) The other day, interviewing a professional musician for a newspaper article, I posed the following question: “If you had the opportunity to take a sabbatical (at full pay), and to spend one year back in school,…

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Walk in the light

MONDAY MORNINGS, as I’ve said before, are always positive for me because of the impetus carried forward from Sunday. A great Sunday always seems to set up a good Monday  – and it’s always a great Sunday with my faith community at First Presbyterian of Brandon. Then, Sunday evening, I was privileged to spend a…

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