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It happens every summer at about this time. I start getting grouchy. I begin realizing how close we are to the summer coming to an end and I get a little sad. Knowing I am almost done with all the relaxing and laziness makes me feel a little blue. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my job at the school. I could not imagine working anywhere else. I love ‘my’ kids. I adore my coworkers. My boss is the best! Everything about my job is wonderful. But let’s be real here, I also love my breaks. more
“He ‘takes after’ his dad,” old-timers used to say about young boys in their formative years. I didn’t hear the expression often, because much of whom the late T. J. Newbury was, I wasn’t. more
One of my favorite thought leaders, Sarah Cumming, the Head of Promise Academy, joined me recently to chat about how communities benefit when joy and justice team up. Did it ever cross your mind that justice could be a byproduct of joy? Not me. At least not until Sarah prodded me to think deeper about how God’s Spirit permeates our lives with both joy and justice. Wow! I’d been praying for years about the pernicious self-segregating in our east Texas communities. It never once occurred to me that joy could be the solution to a generationally ingrained issue. more
It seems like school just let out for summer and school supplies are already back on store shelves. With my youngest now in college, we no longer need glue sticks, crayons or pencil boxes though there are a few items my son can still use. I haven’t attended school at any level for quite some time, though I won’t reveal exactly how long. I do, however still use spiral notebooks, pens and highlighters so the back-to-school aisles are convenient. more
I know, I know, even influential people need to slow down a minute and get a conversation right. Some conversations are drawn out and we can’t skip them just because we still have fifteen items on today’s to-do list. We must juggle our priories, stop momentarily and focus. But there are times… more
When I was a child, I had a certain bedtime. As I became a teenager, I was allowed to stay up later. By the time I got my driver’s license, I was told I could stay up as late as I liked so long as … more
Many years ago when my kids were young elementary-aged babies, I’d sit down with them at the beginning of each summer and create a poster where we listed all the things we wanted to do before … more
Wayne West has been “old school” for decades, long before Mary’s lamb thought about following her to school. He’s “old school” for many reasons. The son of a sharecropper who grew up … more
Jon Drury flew transport over Vietnam. He pastored for over 40 years. Married to his beloved wife, Beverly, they raised a family, blessing countless folks along the way. I met him at a writers’ conference where aspiring authors joyfully tapped into his ready wisdom. He’s well-known on the West coast for helping other authors. Yet, this hero of a man dubbed himself the “self-crowned king of failure.” more
Differences of opinion and perspective make life interesting. As my father used to tell me, “If two people completely agree on all things, then one of them is redundant.” If two people are … more
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