Category - Life Issues

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Facing the Obvious
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The Fleeting Glory of a Summer Sleep
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The Mystery of Parental Love
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Know When It’s Time
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For Those Thinking About Writing
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Slowing Down to Catch Up With God
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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!
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Some New Light On Depression
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How Do You Ask God?
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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?

Facing the Obvious

Sometimes I finish reading something that makes me jump out of my socks. But not today. I am still processing Arthur Brooks’ article in the latest Atlantic, “Your Professional Decline is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think.” It’s a candid look at degeneration. Why do I read this stuff? Who likes to read about the[…]

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The Fleeting Glory of a Summer Sleep

Writer Michael McGirr speaks of summer as the silent season, where an extravagant slumber on a hot afternoon offers the luxurious expanse of wasted time. Yesterday afternoon, amidst a stunning sky of blue, the occasional wandering clouds, and a southern breeze that conducted the chimes to make their music—I slept. Up here in the wilderness,[…]

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The Mystery of Parental Love

This morning my son dropped me off at the station to catch a train to the airport. He is home for two weeks, having spent his first year on a YWAM base in Australia. “Love you, Nate.” “Love you, dad.” There’s no better send off.  Such moments are a reminder that there’s something special about[…]

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Know When It’s Time

American filmmaker Woody Allen once lamented, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”   Endings are not easy for most of us. Endings come with a sense of apprehension, as well as feelings of loss, anger, fear, depression, and confusion. It’s hard to admit we[…]

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For Those Thinking About Writing

Getting published is hard work. Painfully hard work. In his The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell provides a field manual for all writing wretches. Any hope of success will require reconnaissance, tactics, and strategy. I am now on my third book, Contagions of Craziness. As with the first two, the process of[…]

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Slowing Down to Catch Up With God

Up here on the Pend Oreille River, I am slowing down to catch up with God. It happens every time I drive the eight hours to escape. One rediscovers Godspeed, what a recent video refers to as “the pace of being.” In it, Matt Canlis, a parish priest, narrates his own journey of slowing in[…]

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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!

I thought a provocative title might help. Stein, in his book on writing, notes that titles and first sentences and first paragraphs of any writing are critical to arousing the restless reader. And when you think about it, arousal is important. “Arousal is nature’s stimulus for the propagation of the human race.” Unaroused, humanity will[…]

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Some New Light On Depression

It’s gray outside. It’s been a l-o-n-g gray February, one of the colder ones in years. There has been the occasional tease. The sun comes out, and like bugs exposed by an overturned rock, Oregonians start darting about. But the next cold front quickly shoves everything back into its assigned place. It reminds me of[…]

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How Do You Ask God?

Nearly every morning, I am in the lap pool, doing my thirty minutes of swimming.  It’s become my morning ritual—up at 4:45, in the pool by 5:30. I look at the clock and begin. There is some rigor to it all, but during the course of swimming, I engage in something far more strenuous—prayer. Prayer[…]

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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?

Every year I watch the Super Bowl, I keep my eyes out for the latest Doritos ad. The executives at Frito-Lay make sure their commercials compete with the best. This year’s ad, “Now It’s Hot,” involved Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys, and it received good reviews. It’s not because I love Doritos (I[…]

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