Category: Writing

Daily Journaling Keeps You From Telling Yourself Stupid Stories

I recently got back into daily journaling after a month-long hiatus. It might seem like a small thing to miss a month of journals, but the past 30+ days have been some of the most eventful in recent history. I worked my last days at my job, ran a marathon, and adapted to life on […]

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Questions and Answers on the Habit of Daily Blogging

A new acquaintance recently started to get into the habit of daily blogging, and she sent over some excellent questions to get my thoughts. Here are my answers (in case there are more writers out there considering the habit): 1. What is the greatest challenge you face when producing a blog everyday? The challenge is […]

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Need More Ideas? Sit Still

My most creatively generative hour+ (lately) of the week is the time I’m in church. My pew-mates can attest to this. Every few minutes (or more frequently) I might pick up a pen and scribble something into the vanishing margins of my service bulletin. In the last two Sundays alone I’ve probably emerged with ten or so […]

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My Favorite Collected Wise/Inspirational Sayings (from Other People)

Some words just have a magical quality. “To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder?” (from The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand)  Don’t words like those just hit you […]

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My 10 Favorite Blog Posts from 2018

I wrote a lot this year (nearly 360 blog posts, if I’m not mistaken). I’ve created both mediocre posts and great posts on everything from startups and books to food and music. So in the interest of my own personal review – and your reading pleasure – here are ten of my favorite posts from 2018: 1. PSYCHOLOGY […]

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The Power of (Ancient) Spoken Words

Tonight I had the opportunity to read one of the Scripture texts at my church’s pre-Christmas Eve Christmas Eve service. This service sort of like the dress rehearsal, and I played a bit part. But even though I had a small bit of text to read, that text was no joke. What other time of year, […]

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Inspiration Is Like Manna

Despite writing daily for over a year now (minus one missed day), I still hardly ever plan out posts more than a few days in advance. More often than not, I find my daily writing idea late at night when I lay down in bed to type out a post. You’d think I’d be a […]

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The Warding Power of Language: Words as Protective Spells

  In fairy/fantasy stories and ancient myths the ideas of warding spells abound. In fact and fiction, magical men and women routinely spells cast upon people, places, and things to keep away evil. These spells can even grant new power to their objects. Consider the protective spells cast around Hogwarts or the charms placed on […]

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Dilettante Mojo – Or How To Balance Professionalism and Amateurism

n. Dilettante – a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. People tell me that I’m good at writing. It’s a flattering thing to say about a dilettante like me. They also say or imply that they think I’ll become a writer one day. This is […]

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A Running List of the Wildly Random Things I Have Written About (and Why)

I wrote a blog post about laundromats last night. If I hadn’t written lots of posts about apparently random things, I might be more concerned. This blog has never been a single-topic affair. But it has ranged far afield into some pretty random topics over the past year: Laundromats Wonder Woman  TV talent shows  Yoga […]

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Captivate Audiences One Person at a Time

How can a speaker captivate the attention of an audience? Psychologist Jordan Peterson might suggest that this is the wrong question. He writes in 12 Rules for Life (a recent read of mine) that: “There is also no ‘audience.’ There are individuals, who need to be included in the conversation. A well-practised and competent public speaker addresses a […]

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My Main Motivation for Daily Writing

Today is the 365th consecutive day I have written something for publication on my blog*. As I round out this year of blogging, I have asked some of my good friends to send me questions they’d like to see me answer on my blog. Madison Kanna asks:  “There’s obviously a ton of valuable things you get from […]

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Sample My Weekly Newsletter “Notes from a Perpetual Apprentice”

If you love learning, you understand that it never stops. One of the themes of this blog is “perpetual apprenticeship” – never being done with learning through study and experience. In keeping with that, my weekly email to blog subscribers is themed as “Notes from a Perpetual Apprentice.” In these emails I share my best posts […]

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