Prep Time

Prep Time

When I teach writing, I’m amazed at how often students think the writing process is a big waste of time. If I assign a story, they want to sit down and write a story. Many treat brainstorming and planning like obstacles keeping them from finishing their...
Changing Tracks

Changing Tracks

I love those times when I hear a message or find a passages in Scripture that strengthen my faith. The message of hope and courage takes hold. I start dreaming of all God could do in the situations that are close to my heart. I get crazy excited. I feel the...
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...
Nonstandard? Yes. Defective? No. 

Nonstandard? Yes. Defective? No. 

As kids, ideas get planted deep inside us. As grown-ups, we hopefully get better at evaluating and rejecting ideas that are wrong or don’t apply. Ideas that get stuck in our head when we are children become like furniture in our minds. We don’t often evaluate...
Gardening Wisdom for a Nonstandard Learner

Gardening Wisdom for a Nonstandard Learner

I want to be like my neighbor. She is a masterful gardener. This week we plan to make our annual trek to our favorite nursery. Every year I pick out a few new plants. Besides providing inspiration, she tells me when to add plant food and reminds me when I forget to...

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