Monthly Archives: December 2010

Petty Magic, by Camille DeAngelis

If you’re in the mood for a little enchantment, I encourage you to read Petty Magic by Camille DeAngelis. This book has it all: romance, espionage, travel, intrigue and a dash of magic. Eve, the 149 year old protagonist, has … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words

“I don’t think I can do this.” “Put on your game face. You’ll be fine.” “John, I know tenure is important to you, but I don’t think I can spend all evening with the faculty and their spouses, pretending there’s … Continue reading

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For the Love of Strays

She watched the man swing a denim-clad leg behind him, dismounting his Harley. “Steer clear of him, Sandy. He’s a wild one. He’ll break your heart.” The voice took her back to the day her mother came home and found … Continue reading

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Don’t judge me, please

If you follow me on Twitter you might have caught the unusual tactic I applied to keep myself focused during the final days of NaNoWriMo: I applied tattoos. I started with the NaNoWriMo shield on my left forearm. This proved … Continue reading

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Are you a Coach, a Mentor, a Leader or a Manager?

In the world today, everyone is someone – at a minimum, you are your own boss. I don’t mean in the sense of owning your business; I mean in the sense of how you manage yourself. Whether you like it … Continue reading

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Still working on finding balance

This weekend has been incredible. I can’t remember the last time I managed to get so much done in the space of 2 days. I’m quite sure that managing myself through a to-do list is a large part of what … Continue reading

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Jake’s Feast

“I’d like a pizza with everything,” said the gruff voice. “Including anchovies?” More gruffly, “I said everything didn’t I? Of course, with anchovies.” Later, the gruff voice came in to pick up his pizza. The voice matched the man; tall, … Continue reading

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November 2009 and November 2010 sit like bookends on opposite ends of a year, bounding another transitional period of my life. Most of the world lives a cycle that starts in January and ends in December but I, perhaps because … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Balance and escape from the 10 pound yoyo

In the 6 weeks since my last post (the post where I mentioned my need for balance in my life), I’ve absolutely failed at finding balance. But I’ve succeeded in my efforts to swing the pendulum. The trick now will … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way to December

One morning, late in October, on the first morning following the Women of Faith Conference in San Antonio, I awoke early and went to my favorite spot (in the sun room) for morning prayer. And I took a petition to … Continue reading

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