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What’s the Word? Wheelhouse

11.11.2015 | Writing

I recently heard a speaker encourage the audience members to “specialize or die.” I found this to be a dramatic statement and one to ponder. It made me think of the often-used expression, “in your wheelhouse”, which has come to mean doing something in your particular area of expertise. As an etymology enthusiast, I was… read more

What’s the Word? Lemonade

4.11.2015 | Writing

Several years ago, in a season when I had the delight of spending time weekly with a young college friend of mine, I decided to teach her a life lesson that actually ended up being very educational for me. My young friend had experienced some weeks of frustration and heartache, so I thought it was… read more

What’s the Word? Footprint

28.10.2015 | Writing

We hear a lot these days about the footprint we’re leaving behind, carbon or otherwise. Footprints leave either impressions, indenting the surface of sand or other soft surface, or they leave residue from wherever we’ve walked previously. Either way, we can have similar emotional effects on our relationships and environments. Sometimes we leave a dent… read more

What’s the Word? Salmon

21.10.2015 | Writing

Each year at about this time, salmon swim up the creek in our town toward the hatchery, where they spawn and live out the rest of their few remaining days. It’s such a fascinating phenomenon, in fact, that the first weekend of October is designated as “Salmon Days”, and the streets fill with booths and… read more

What’s the Word? Meditation

19.03.2015 | Writing

I just wrote a book called Word Sparks: Active Meditations from God’s Word. When I think of the word meditation, I usually think of sitting still, staring into space, and repeating a word or phrase over and over again. I suppose that is one legitimate way to meditate. One definition I found said that meditation… read more