TGIM – thank goodness it’s Monday

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,     to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning,     and your faithfulness by night - Psalm 92:-12 MONDAY: I don't understand why Mondays tend to get such a bad rap so much of the time. I understand "TGIF" …

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“Imitators of God” and twisty DNA

I'm happy to say there has been a huge surge of activity on this blog over the past few days, including a fair number of additions to the "follower" list. So if you're new to this space, then "Welcome!" I hope you'll visit on a regular basis - DEREK Here's today's weekly short video-post, "Smile, You're …

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when talk radio cheapens free speech (“you have much to learn, Grasshopper”)

Free speech is much more than a nice thing; it's an amazing privilege. However, rather than being its champion, "Bubba the Love Sponge" is spoiling it for the rest of us. Here in the Tampa area, yesterday saw the conclusion of the courtroom battle between Talk-Show host Todd Schnitt (aka "MJ in the Morning") and …

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To You-Tube and Beyond!

Yesterday I spent the entire day on a project that was supposed to take around one hour. The good news is that I learned a new skill. The bad news is that I'm now a day behind regarding everything else. What I was doing was making a video. GET REAL: The short explanation is this. …

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The Hunger Games – and other good reads

I am passionate about reading. As a writer, I believe it's the first and most important discipline in honing my craft. But more than that I simply love a good story. When I was a kid I'd often stay up late at night - with a flashlight under the covers - nursing a novel well …

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Sunday = a time to listen, to learn… and – always – to search

Note: I understand that a lot of folk are still reading - or looking for - Friday's post on cancer and hope. If you missed it, click on "recent posts" to the right, then go to "February 2012." Once you're there, scroll back a day or two and take a look at "cancer, hospice, and …

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PETRA: Wonders of the Lost City

There is a moment as the visitor walks toward the lost city of Petra for the first time - approaching through the narrow, wind-sculptured gorge that guards the entrance - when you first catch a glimpse of The Treasury. Suddenly it's there; massive, imposing; and it literally takes your breath away. Petra is an ancient, noble …

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Ten Ways to Live the Life-Charged Life

One of my more regular writing gigs is the ongoing work I do for All Pro Dad (allprodad.com). In brief, All Pro Dad provides resources and encouragement for men who are motivated to do their dad job with imagination, creativity, commitment, faithfulness, love and anything else that works. All Pro Dad comes under the Family …

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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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