A quick internet search reveals how many people feel about excessive kindness. Kind people make less money. Kind people are more likely to be depressed. Being kind can be "lazy, inefficient, irresponsible and even harmful." The world is a mean place, after all. And, if you're too kind, you're bound to suffer the consequences. In the end, … Continue reading Being too kind?
"Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man." I love people, very much, but it takes tremendous effort for me to interact with folks. I can't remember names or faces. I can't seem to get in the loop of basic popular culture. I struggle with adhering to social rhythms. The … Continue reading The House by the Side of the Road, by Sam Walter Foss
Last night we had a dinner with some amazing people. My pastor and his wife, and our dear friends. We talked about so much. One of the things was the power of prayer and worship in dealing with challenging circumstances. This morning, I'm journaling about a bunch of stuff that puzzles and troubles me, … Continue reading Worship
My kids were arguing this morning, and one of them called the other "thief of turns" - and that got me thinking, not so much about my kids, but why some people never seem to get their turn. Here is a poem I wrote about the Thief of Turns- I'm typing it out in … Continue reading The Thief of Turns
People think I'm pretty laid back, but that's only most of the time. Occasionally, I have high standards, and either the ordinary becomes extraordinary, or I become super irritating and somewhat irrational. The former is when I apply my high standards to myself. The later is when I try to apply my high standards to others (usually … Continue reading Writing Christian Fiction
This is a little video about my thoughts on the setting in Mirror of Sparrows. The land of Correnstrait started out as mere backdrop, but it has taken on its own significance. In fact, the "personalities" of Northern and Southern Correnstrait give cool opportunities for the characters to come alive and develop.
An amateur is not someone who is merely new. An amateur is a mindset. via Maybe It’s Time to Give Up — Kristen Lamb's Blog My family has a motto: never give up! But recently I've been thinking that sometimes it's okay to let go. Tonight, reading Kristen Lamb's post gave me further perspective. Maybe it will … Continue reading When to give up…thoughts from Kristen Lamb
Today is my last day of summer, and tomorrow I go back to teaching. Honestly, I'm slightly anxious, and I wish summer could last forever. But then I found this awesome Tolkien quote: "The greatest adventure is what lies ahead." - J.R.R. Tolkien I love it! Everyday is a new opportunity for adventure, relationship, trying cool … Continue reading The last day of summer…
When I came back from camping this past Sunday, I had a super cool surprise waiting for me. I received my first Faithbox. I had no idea what I would find inside...so fun! When I opened the box, I was stunned to find the book Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. It's not even supposed to be released until … Continue reading Live loved: Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst
This morning I finished A Writer's Guide to Persistence, by Jordan Rosenfeld. I digested it slowly, a chapter a day, over the course of the summer. Not only did the book help motivate me, but it also gave me solid practical wisdom and food for thought. Because of this book, I started exercising again; even … Continue reading Persistence