A Truer Story

A Truer Story

It’s that time of year when people ask—How was your summer? I find I have multiple ways to describe this past season.  It was the worst of times. Partway through, I remember thinking how hard this summer was. After years of watching God provide incredible work and...
Words: Powerful They Are

Words: Powerful They Are

There’s this thing called confirmation bias. Britannica online defines it as “the tendency to process…by looking for, or interpreting, information consistent with one’s existing beliefs.” I’m sure the phrase was not original to him, but my dad used to say, “A...
Encouragement Beyond the Mug

Encouragement Beyond the Mug

A friend on facebook asked teachers to share what they really want for Teacher Appreciation Week. I was tempted to write—MUGS! Lots and lots of teacher-themed mugs. You’ll be happy to know, I didn’t act on this impulse.  By now, if you’re a teacher in a school...
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...

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