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Got Self? Got Future? (Got Duck Food?)

What Uncritically Assimilated Worldviews Are You Dismantling?

What Century Are You In?

What Flag Are You Flying?

What Planet Are You From?

What Game Are You Playing?

Just Open a Vein

When’s Your Train?

When’s Your Time?

When’s Your Tide?

When’s Your Turn?

When’s Your Truck?

Say It Again, Sam

Say the Change

If Memory Serves

Without a Whisper

Breakfast Prayer with Daddy

Outbroken

Bone on Bone

If on a Summer’s Eve a Writer

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Long Division

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And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. CeneSis Chapter 1 Verse 7

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What Flag Are You Flying?

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If the proper aim of life were handwritten on a secret card before we drew our first breath, what would it say? 

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What Game Are You Playing?

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The games we play can end in a minute or go on forever. What happens when we lose track of which game is which?

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Just Open a Vein

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[For Sotir] Douglas Thayer, a beloved mentor of whom I have written more than once, held that no one, including his own spouse, ever wants to read what writers have to say about writing. “Writers should be read and not heard,” was how he put it. Doug, if heaven has eyes for this sort of thing, please forgive what you are about to read.

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When’s Your Train?

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Remember that proverbial squirrel spinning its heart out inside the black box of anything that is mysteriously mobile? If Erwin Schrödinger was right, before looking under the lid, there’s an equal chance the mysterious power source is something else entirely.

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When’s Your Time?

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Beginning seven hundred years ago, young people were apprenticed to a master until they could come into their own as skilled workers and contributors. Today, we use terms like ‘intern’ and ‘trainee’ to describe an apprentice system that prepares its graduates for positions of choice and accountability.

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When’s Your Tide?

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If, as my mother taught me, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, from what fictional materials must the journey not taken be made?

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When’s Your Turn?

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When leading a meeting or presentation, it’s never a bad idea to consider that your busy audience might have been tempted to skip it. To recapture their attention, prepare your remarks as if listeners were in the middle of the biggest crisis of their week and only you possess the information they need to get through it.

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When’s Your Truck?

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When pondering the future, it might sometimes seem easier just to let the present take us there, no questions asked. Fortunately, if awkward, even painful, the world has a way of begging certain questions. And when it does, maybe we should think twice before choosing not to answer them.

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Say It Again, Sam

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In which I follow up last month’s post by asking the question: Where’s Yours?

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Say the Change

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In which I begin a weekly newsletter by asking the question: What’s Yours?

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If Memory Serves

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Or How the Brain Makes Room for the Mind Like a Seurat painting, incremental change appears on the scene point by point. Trusting the big picture to take care of itself once our entire canvas has been thoughtfully dotted, we free our minds to focus on adding new colors.

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Breakfast Prayer with Daddy

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Or the Problem of Ethics in the Dark I learned the story of Cain and Abel around the time my younger brother and I were expected to share our first bin of Legos. After my five-year-old brain worked out how I could possess his half of my inheritance without getting caught, I conceived a plan to eliminate both “Abel” and the all-seeing God who would surely question “Cain” after the deed was done.