Oct 11, 2010

Reading Between the Lines

A good obituary is about life, not death; but there isn’t enough ink to tell the whole story. We send these half-written stories to print anyway, though, because they’re all we’ve got. And as we send them—and read them—we come face to face with our own mortality.
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Oct 7, 2010

Front Porch, Back Porch, Either Way You’re Welcome Here

In August, my wife and I and two kids moved into an old house. Bob and Pat to the left (if you’re looking at the house) said we are the eighth residents since they settled here 44 years ago. They hoped we wouldn’t be another set of the Clampetts. We...Read more +
Oct 5, 2010

Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Friends tell me I am too hard on the place where I grew up. Not until now did I realize, nor would I admit, that I am critical because I want it back, on my own terms. My neighborhood is a pod of houses, once on the edge, now in...
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Sep 30, 2010

Stay-at-Home Daddy

In 1989 my wife and I arrived in San Antonio, fresh out of seminary, where we graduated together with identical degrees. We came because Jeanene had been hired as a chaplain in the Baptist Health Care System. I was making plans to pursue further education and had some time to...
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Sep 29, 2010

Better Than the Ballroom

My grandfather took my hand, and we escaped from the glow of the TV screen into the hum of the night, leaving Lawrence Welk behind. My grandfather held my hand in his, and I breathed deep in the dusk of a summer night in Virginia. We walked the sidewalk together...
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Sep 22, 2010

(Im)perfect Fit

A pan of brownies causes a flare-up of insecurity in a former journalist left wondering if she really fits.
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Sep 21, 2010

Keeping Your Life in Balance

In his book The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work , Pat Gelsinger , Senior Vice President and General Manager for Intel Corporation, explores how he tries to balance the demands of career, family, and God. As a result of his experiences that he shares throughout...Read more +
Sep 15, 2010

Love and Punch Buggy

My stepdaughter and I have struggled with stress and standoffs. Then we started playing Punch Buggy.
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Sep 14, 2010

Lessons from Work to Succeed in Life: An Interview with Louis Upkins, Jr.

Louis Upkins, Jr., likes to catch people off guard by saying, "I sleep with my most important client." He means his wife, of course. In his recent book, Treat Me Like a Customer , he wants to teach people in business how to have a better relationship with their spouses...Read more +
Sep 8, 2010

Home Again

Growing up, I couldn't wait to leave the ranch and our small town. But after years of “doing life” on our own, eight to ten hours from family, my husband and I realized something was missing.
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