Couple in Flatbed Truck

Developing the Discipline of Doing Nothing

As the country slowly reopens, we are all tired of working from home, business closures, and being cooped up with nothing to do. So, it might seem strange that I’m challenging you to develop the ...

Piano Keys

Good Writing is Music for Your Soul

As a reflective writer, I’m a bit of an open book. (Pun intended.) I want you to see my life, my hopes, fears, victories and defeats. I want you to understand how I think as an author. I just sat down ...

Tunnel of Trees

How Revisiting the Past Enriches the Present

In these troubling times, it’s challenging to feel optimistic. I bought a greeting card the other day that helped restore my optimism. The short verse on the front cover is a quote by Carmel McConnell ...

Hands and coffee cups

The Invisible Nature of Enduring Friendship

As a young boy, I used to wonder about what I now call “the invisible nature of enduring friendship.” How do we pick our friends, and how do they pick us? What is it exactly that “makes us friends?” ...

Lady Drinking Coffee in Bed, writing

Write a Resume of Your Life

As a former executive speechwriter, I have a deep appreciation for a well-crafted speech—one that connects with the audience and accentuates the skills of the orator. Several years ago, my wife, Karen ...

The Glimpse with my Laptop and Coffee Mug

My Commitment to You as Readers

Inspiration. As a writer, I’ll take it anywhere I can find it. Where do I find it? Well, I can find inspiration just about anywhere but the most reliable place is in another writer’s words. When I ...

Lawn Chair on the Beach

Reintroducing the "Original" Mobile Device ...

I’d like to introduce you, or more accurately, reintroduce you, to one of the first mobile devices specifically designed to relax you. A cell phone? No. Laptop? Nope. Tablet? Not a chance. A lawn ...

Girl Jumping for Joy

Release the Power of Your Words

You don’t have to be a writer to release the power of words. This week during my devotional reading I was gripped by this simple, yet powerful sentence: “You have the ability, with your words, to make ...

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The Art of Living in the Moment

Ever feel like the coronavirus has put you in an alternate reality? Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. It’s natural to want to get back to our “original reality” and trade-in the ...

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Think About What You Think About--Part II

In last week’s issue, I talked about how we can choose what we think about—things that make us anxious—or things that restore peace and perspective. We choose to worry—or to trust—based on what we ...

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Think About What You Think About--Part I

I find the title of this issue of Pause More. Rush Less. provocative. Read it again. Clever? Confusing? Both? All I’m sure of is it’s profound. I didn’t write it. I borrowed it. This headline is ...

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Will You Help Me Write My Next Novel?

My next novel will be about something I’ve been thinking about for many years. And I need your help. I would like to write a novel about a young man in his early thirties that loses his wife, the love ...