Short Is Sweet

When I was in college, my friend, Nate, would always ask me when I was going to write a book. "I"m not going to write a book," I'd reply every time. "I'm going to write a brochure." Perhaps it's ironic. For someone as talkative as me, I've never been a fan of the wordiness of … Continue reading Short Is Sweet

Why Rest Is Harder Than Work

I regularly fall asleep reading or writing. Most nights, Josh discovers me semi-propped up with too many pillows, the table lamp still on, an iSomething on my chest. He tucks me in, plugs in my electronics in to recharge and turns out my light. Sounds like a teenager, doesn't it? I use my daily commute … Continue reading Why Rest Is Harder Than Work

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

When in doubt

I've mentioned before I was quite neurotic as a child, nervous and over-analyzing. Afraid to be wrong. That's still me, but the stakes are higher. I'm not just deciding which clothes will make me popular. Now I'm choosing financial investments and career moves. Big stuff. My mind swirls with great ideas and good intentions, things … Continue reading When in doubt

Unblock your writer

"I write in terror. I have to talk myself into bravery with every sentence, sometimes every syllable." –Cynthia Ozick "Don’t simply tell me that faith saves you, tell me how it almost failed you, too. Don’t tell me about love, speak of your passion. Don’t tell me you’re hurt, let me see your heart breaking. … Continue reading Unblock your writer

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both … Continue reading How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

Redefining the News

There's a moment when we learn the news and disappointment sets in. Fear digs a hole and takes root. We wonder alone or aloud how we will make it work. But this is also moment of great opportunity, a chance to give time to the things I've been neglecting: writing, family, God, new developments. There … Continue reading Redefining the News