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Entropy and Housework

This is one of my old columns from the Rowlett Lakeshore Times a couple years ago. I thought I’d resurrect it for a little levity. This is what my kids looked like when I wrote that column!


Somewhere in the back of my tired brain, I remember something I learned in college. I remember learning about entropy. I remember the professor telling us that entropy was about a system or a universe moving from a state of order to disorder. I don’t know why, but the definition stuck, filed neatly behind “don’t mix ammonia and bleach”…

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Speaking Vs. Busy Family

I love to speak. Love to share what Jesus is doing in my heart and life. There was a time when I aggressively pursued speaking engagements, believing them to be my pathway to more book sales. While speaking is probably the best way to sell books, I soon got overwhelmed with travel and preparations. As a result, I’ve let go a bit.

Why? First because God has slowed me down, thankfully. (more…)

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Saying no to say yes

Today I had to write a hard post, detailing why I’m letting go of a great blog. Maybe you’ve been in that place where you’ve had to say no to something good in order to pursue something greater. That’s where I am. And I’m determined, by God’s grace, to walk in obedience. Which means I will disappoint folks. Say no to requests. Walk away from things that seem terrific.

Yet, as I teeter on the brink of burnout, I see some light, thankfully. Life’s coming into clearer focus. Family is beckoning. Sabbath is…

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I’ve been thinking a lot in my little bits of spare time about circles. God places people around us in varying ways. I particularly am fond of this verse: “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (1 Corinthians 12:18). I love that He’s placed me in my church, with my group of friends, within our Life Group (Sunday School…

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Got writing resolutions?

Hop on over to The Master’s Artist for a lengthy (but readable) list on ways to keep up your resolutions for 2009. You can read it here.

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My Crazy, Crowded Brain

I’m in the middle of edits of my first novel. And my poor brain is full.

It’s weird to live in France and have characters from East Texas talk to me. It’s strange to go to the grocery store, tell the clerk, “Bon Apres Midi,” while “y’alls,” and “fixin’ tos” are fighting for head time.

My novel is set in the seventies in a fictitional East Texas town.

My life is set in modern day Southern France, near the Riviera.

It’s all just too weird.

I think this is why writers go insane, why we succumb to straight jackets (that…

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5 Questions to ask yourself about your male/female business friendships

We met in another city over lunch to talk about social media. He spoke of his wife; I talked about my husband and family. Our conversation began a good professional relationship that continues.

Another business acquaintance shared dinner around a table with other professionals. He commented on how I looked, letting his eyes linger. I got that sick feeling in my stomach, making the choice to avoid this man. We’ve not maintained a business relationship.

In the professional world, we encounter people of the opposite sex on…

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