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June 26, 2017
Boredom as a Lifestyle

Please indulge me while I tell you the story of the first and last time Bee ever claimed she was bored. Bernadette and I were driving Bee and a friend, both preschoolers, to a birthday party. There was traffic. Grace said, "I'm bored." "Yeah," Bee mimicked, "I'm bored." Bernadette pulled the car over, took off […]

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May 23, 2017
Happy for How Long?

Want to be happy for an hour? Have a steak dinner. Want to be happy for a day? Play a round of golf. Want to be happy for a week? Go on a cruise. Want to be happy for a month? Buy a new car. Want to be happy for a year? Win the lottery. […]

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May 16, 2017
"Your book changed my life."

When you write a book, you sign up to spend a lot of hours alone with the idea, never really knowing if anybody else will sing the melody with you.  You dance with it on the pages, and it shows up in your dreams. The story begins to grow in length and color, like a bracelet strung together one bead […]

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April 26, 2017
Do Something with Your Good Ideas

Nolan Bushnell* is the creator of Atari video games. He has been quoted as saying, "Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference." I think I identify with this so closely because most […]

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April 20, 2017
A Word to Tired Moms of Little People

I happened onto this gold nugget my brother gave me several years ago, back when I was in the trenches of potty-training and naptime schedules and dispensing Cheerios. He said - "The thing is, Tricia, when they're grown, when these stay-at-home years are over, you can look back and say, 'I did that.' Don't let […]

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April 12, 2017
In The Right Hands

"I have a handful of prayers that I pray all the time. One is that God will put my books into the right hands at the right time. I've prayed this prayer thousands of times, and God has answered it in dramatic fashion countless times. The right book in the right hands at the right […]

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March 30, 2017
You'll Love How It Feels to Lose Yourself

The world is so hungry. Surely someone needs what it is in your nature to offer. What do you do that causes you to lose all track of time? Where do you most often experience delight, and when do you sense God's pleasure? Make an altar there, and climb on. You'll love how it feels […]

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March 29, 2017
She said, "Oh, honey, I'm not going to tell you."

This conversation happened on a Sunday morning nearly a decade ago. This couple sat near us, and I met them during the 'meet-n-greet.' Back then, little conversations like this one were a highlight of my morning, back in the days before I became an introvert. They struck up a conversation. "So, do you have any […]

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March 28, 2017
Grit and Swagger

Thats all there is, girls. I'll raise my glass to that.

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March 7, 2017
Three Things Every Day

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number One is Laugh. You should laugh every day. Number Two is Think. You should spend some time in thought. And Number Three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be […]

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January 30, 2017
Carry a Pen.

Anne Lamott says you should always carry a pen with you. She says it's the secret to life for a writer. She says, "If you don't carry a pen, then God is going to give me the good ideas that would have gone to you. He may say, 'I was going to give her that […]

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January 9, 2017
The Butterfly Effect

"An intriguing entomological experiment shows that a male butterfly will ignore a living female butterfly of his own species in favor of a painted cardboard one, if the cardboard one is big. Nearby, the real, living female butterfly opens and closes her wings in vain." ~ Annie Dillard, The Writing Life Today, keep an eye on […]

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November 9, 2016
Secrets of Adulthood

People don't notice your mistakes as much as you think. It's okay to ask for help. Most decisions don't require extensive research. Do good, feel good. Bring a sweater. By doing a little bit each day, you'll get a lot accomplished. Soap and water remove most stains. Turning the computer on and off a few […]

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September 27, 2016
The Belong Tour: I'm a Conference Junkie

You have to know that I’m a conference junkie. I’m a 100% auditory learner, which is maybe an exaggeration since I do most of my learning through books, but still. I’m a lecture-lover at my core. Talk to me with your stories and your bullet points and your sound bytes of glorious quotability, and I […]

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September 22, 2016
When Strong Women Do Great Things

“When strong women do great things, they have to do what it takes for everyone to be taken care of.” ~ my friend, Diana I serve on a team with Diana as we host a monthly event for women. (It’s something I’d love for you to come to if you are: a) anywhere near the […]

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September 15, 2016
Football, Concussions, and Parenting

It would have been great if we could have made it just a few more weeks (or longer… longer would have been great, too) into football season without a concussion. But here we are, sitting in a room with no light, no stimuli, and no fun, while Tucker recovers from a fall and blow to […]

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August 15, 2016
On Dropping Plates

“The art of managing a lot of things is to never drop the same thing twice in a row.” Bishop T. D Jakes said this at the Global Leadership Summit last week. I love thinkers and thinking, I crave the presence of thought leaders, and I am something of a conference junkie, so I signed […]

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July 29, 2016
Truth with a Green Pen

Never underestimate the cleansing power of true words on a clean page.

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June 27, 2016
Questions, Macchiatos, and the Future of Punctuation

Sometimes people write to me because they're in an English or Writing Class that requires them to interview an author.  I always feel like I should pass it off to someone else, until then I remember: oh, wait.  I am an author.  And then I settle in and answer their questions, and I simply delight […]

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February 18, 2016
In The End: The Freedom of Parenting

When our kids were little, we were so uptight. It was so important to us that our kids do the right things, say the right things, belong to the right things. That’s all well and good, and I encourage you to do those things. Learn all you can. Pray for your kids. Get them involved […]

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