Monthly Archives: June 2014

On Ninja Warriors and Tough Mudders

 LIVING AS APPRENTICES My friends will probably be surprised to learn that I am a great fan of the American Ninja Warrior competition (Monday nights on NBC) probably because it is an example of discipline, perseverance and quite often triumph … Continue reading

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Looking Inward

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I was describing a recent introspective moment to a friend. I told her that I had analyzed my defensive reaction to an e-mail and found another  example of “vainglory” – the need to impress others to gain … Continue reading

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Silence: Thinking with God

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I had a discussion with a group of people recently about the value of silence.  The group had been asked to observe a day of silence as a soul-training exercise.  None of them had found a way … Continue reading

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My Surrender

MY JOURNEY Co-dependency.  Enabling.  I had no idea what those words meant.  But I lived them out with all my passion for decades. After my life came to a screeching debacle, and I learned what those words meant, I wanted … Continue reading

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Keeping the Wolf From the Door

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I recently watched a short documentary on Vimeo,  Ken Burns: On Story, about the craft of storytelling. In it the filmmaker says, “We  have to keep the wolf from the door. We tell stories to continue ourselves. … Continue reading

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Writing on Writing – Anne Lamott and Looking for Truth

Here are some more quotes from Bird by Bird – a delightful book even if you are not a writer!  Reading Anne Lamott will improve your skill and appreciation as a reader as well as a writer. Breathing under Water … Continue reading

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“Stinking Thinking”

LIVING AS APPRENTICES Here’s a conscience-pricking comment from Wendell Berry. We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we … Continue reading

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Writing on Writing – Anne Lamott

STAYING OPEN:  WRITING AS AN ACT OF FAITH I came across this gem by Anne Lamott in her classic book on writing, Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  This paragraph seems to be about reading, but it is … Continue reading

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