#85: Really Blind Ambition

#85: Really Blind Ambition

A short while ago I was standing in my boss’s office, conversing about the employee performance reviews we had recently completed. We weren’t discussing specific details – more like exchanging verbal high fives that the process was over and we wouldn’t need to talk in acronyms for another year. His door was open, but clearly we […]

#76: A Different Kind of Class Reunion

#76: A Different Kind of Class Reunion

It surprises new friends of mine to learn that I attended a large state university. And rightly so; I have more of a bookish personality than one suited to a party school where football is king. Those who know me well assume the reality show of my collegiate life would bear a closer resemblance to […]

#74: A Day in the Life

#74: A Day in the Life

I’ve written a little about my surprise career in ministry, and the wonderful environment in which I am fortunate to work. But I’m not sure I’ve told you, Dear Reader, what I actually do for a living. I work for a prominent pastor, answering his mail and e-mail. It sounds simple, but the number of […]

#73: Room at the Table

#73: Room at the Table

While some memories from high school have faded with time (thank goodness), there is one that is for me, regretfully, crystal clear. I’m standing in a doorway, lunch tray clutched in an iron grip, surveying a loud and crowded room. I’m scanning the tables for what seems like hours, though in reality mere seconds have […]

#71: Ya’ Never Know

#71: Ya’ Never Know

This is a big week around here. My youngest turns two, and in less than a week, her sister turns four. So pony rides at nearby stables, Chick-fil-A, Minnie Mouse cupcakes, and lots of extra squeezes for them are on the menu. Yowza, how time flies! As much as I could write a tribute to […]

#50: Red Carpet Treatment

#50: Red Carpet Treatment

It is a common scene in Hollywood, especially during awards season. Bright lights, swarming paparazzi, beautiful people in designer dresses and tuxedos. Moments when a red carpet is no longer a simple floor covering, but a symbol of status and achievement. It is odd to have red carpet on the brain, so you might reasonably […]

#42: How Not to Plan A Career

#42: How Not to Plan A Career

Some people discover early in life what they enjoy doing, start doing it, and never stop. For them, a childhood science set or kitchen experimentation reveals innate talents that they will eventually develop as the years go by. They just know, from a very young age, exactly what they will be when they grow up. […]

#3: How Not to Become a Writer

#3: How Not to Become a Writer

Recognize rather early in life that numbers are your enemies and words are your friends. Read a lot lot lot lot lot. When your mother yells at you to get out of the damn car already and look at the Grand Canyon, sigh, bookmark your page, look out the window and utter the immortal words, […]

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