Relax. Laugh. Enjoy the dance.

Relax. Laugh. Enjoy the dance.

A few weeks back, I tried swing dancing for the first time. Instead of taking lessons, I went for a one-time crash course and then joined a friend at a community dance night. The organizers invited newbies to come early for some instruction. I felt like I was getting...
Boulder on My Path Up the Mountain

Boulder on My Path Up the Mountain

When I was a camp counselor, I used to draw a simple picture of a hill with a path with switchbacks going back and forth up the side.  As I drew my little hill, I would explain that life is a lot like a path going up a mountain. In the illustration, Jesus is both...
Joseph: Dreamer + Doer

Joseph: Dreamer + Doer

Often at Christmas I marvel at Mary’s response to what the angel told her, but this year I keep pondering Joseph. I like that Joseph was honorable and didn’t want to publicly shame Mary when he found out she was pregnant. But what blows me away is Joseph’s instant...
How to Change Your Handwriting

How to Change Your Handwriting

Poor handwriting actually had some benefits for me, at first. In elementary school, my sloppy writing kept teachers from finding all my misspelled words. My poor spelling was hidden by my lousy writing. I left elementary school assuming (as many do) that I was stuck...
Handwriting Transformation

Handwriting Transformation

One year when I taught third grade, I had a student who struggled with handwriting. He did not have good control in holding or using a pencil. As I watched I became convinced that he was left-handed. He ate with his left hand. He caught with his left hand. When I...
Snow Grace

Snow Grace

About a week ago, I asked a room full of parents how they would describe what it feels like to be overwhelmed. One parent mentioned that it feels like your wheels are spinning. I nodded and assured her I understood. With all my years living in the desert—I’ve gotten...

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