The Place of Places in our Lives

Do you believe in “thin places”? My friend Suzette used this term as she told me about her retreat on the Isle of Iona, off the coast of Scotland….

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Do you need an in-car espresso maker?

I think I do. I love this idea. Granted it’s dangerous, but of course I would never use it while driving—only while stopped at a gas station or parking…

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Put a Ring Around Your Prayer Requests

I’m doing something new in my prayer life.  The idea came from my daughter Betsy. The last time I visited her apartment, she showed me one of her New…

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Long Live the Table

 At 6:00 this morning, 5 friends gathered around my kitchen table. We shared…

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The Iron Lady’s angle of repose

Margaret Thatcher is alive and well and had tea with the Queen a few weeks ago,…

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Managing Complexity with Checklists

If you like reading about innovative and practical ideas, here’s a book I…

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2012 will be A Wonderful Year

 Last night our family watched It’s a Wonderful Life, as our we do every…

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I think they’re on to something

Everyone wants to change the world, but how many people are actually doing something about it? Quite a few people, it turns out. Certainly more than I’ll…

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Fear No Log

The only log significant enough to get mentioned in the Bible is the one in my eye. I’ve had a fear of this log—of having a blind spot that I couldn’t…

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What Happened to my House while I was Shopping

The day after Thanksgiving, I went shopping with my sister, my sister-in-law, and my oldest daughter. When we came home there was a skull-and-crossbones…

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N-Never (The Mouse Who Was Not Overcome)

“Jesus did not say you will never have a rough passage, you will never be over-strained, you will never feel uncomfortable; but He did say you will never…

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