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Faith Is a Work in Progress

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People who claim to have no qualms about their faith make me question how often their lives actually depend upon it. It is when faith is pulled off the shelf and put to use that you notice its quirks. You can’t see the oddities when faith is only for display…

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Three Cheers for Progress on 2015 Goals

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Welcome to the second quarter of 2015! We’re three months into the new year—how are you doing on your 2015 goals? It’s possible your goals have faded to the background by now. That happens. Mine keep slipping into the shadows, and I’ve had to coax them back into the light…

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Finding Rest as I Run

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Now that we’ve hit the back side of March, I think it is safe to speak of winter drawing to a close. Here in central Illinois, this winter was typical—several weeks of brutal cold and wind along with a fair amount of snow and ice. Not the worst, but bad…

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Wallflower Words: Lumpish

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Wallflower Words is a blog post series that coaxes lesser-known, often-ignored, painfully shy words away from the fringes and into the spotlight. I think best through my fingers. Typing or writing gives my brain a kick start and gets my thoughts in order. Give me a few moments and I…

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Happy National Grammar Day!

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It is my duty and privilege to spread the news that today is a national holiday—not one that is commonly observed, but still—March 4 is officially National Grammar Day. It’s a day in which grammar geeks and word nerds can rally around whatever it is they (we!) love most about…

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Creative Work Roundup

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Happy Monday, my friends! It’s a new week and the start of a new month. Two months of 2015 are behind us. It’s day 61 of 365. How is your year going? Are you still focusing on your goals? I think I’m doing well so far. Although I haven’t done…

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Structuring the Creative Life

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Earlier this month, my free-spirited approach to daily life got a bit of a makeover to make space for my creative projects—my manuscript, my blog, the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, and the Persuasion podcast. Change was necessary, because I, for one, was tired to hearing myself complain about my…

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