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He Calls Me Madalena.

September 8, 2015

In the Atlantic Ocean, there is an island. It’s not a huge island; it’s not a tiny island. It’s just an island with a name that most don’t know, even some who live on it. The island is Hispaniola. It is the geographical site of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the home of the collective 21 million plus people who live there. That island has seen greatness and growth and miracles. It has also seen crippling poverty, widespread disease, devastating earthquakes, and fierce storms like category 5 hurricanes with 19-foot tidal waves. But the storm I encountered on our family’s first-ever family...

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Fill the Bucket: Nutty Oaks

August 18, 2015

"A mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground. " That quote says quite a bit, and not just to someone like me who has to get a ladder to reach, well, basically everything. It’s inspiring to remember that no matter our size, our strength can outperform our size. But what does it mean to stand our ground in today’s world of high-dollar, fast-paced marketing slogans and ad campaigns, a world where liking others’ posts and pictures is plentiful but investing in others as people is scarce?...

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SPOTLIGHT: O.U.R.

August 10, 2015

As we honor and celebrate the heroism and goodness of Abraham Lincoln today on the occasion of his birthday,, what a fitting joy and privilege to highlight the great work of a group that is still in the trenches working against slavery in the U.S.: Operation Underground Railroad, also known as O.U.R. This group rocks, and it is worth your time to check it out. During his time in office, Lincoln came to understand the horrors of slavery and how a people who celebrate freedom cannot at the same time allow fellow citizens to live in captivity and to wallow in...

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Fill the Bucket: Nutty Oaks

March 2, 2015

"A might oak was once a little nut that stood its ground." That quote says quite a bit, and not just to someone like me who has to get a ladder to reach, well, basically everything.  It's inspiring to remember that no matter our size, our strength can outperform our size. But what does it mean to stand our ground in today's world of high-dollar, fast-paced marketing slogans and ad campaigns, a world where liking others' posts and pictures is plentiful but investing in others as people is scarce? It means recognizing that we are a small part of something greater, and that...

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SPOTLIGHT: O.U.R.

February 12, 2015

As we honor and celebrate the heroism and goodness of Abraham Lincoln today on the occasion of his birthday,, what a fitting joy and privilege to highlight the great work of a group that is still in the trenches working against slavery in the U.S.:  Operation Underground Railroad, also known as O.U.R.  This group rocks, and it is worth your time to check it out. During his time in office, Lincoln came to understand the horrors of slavery and how a people who celebrate freedom cannot at the same time allow fellow citizens to live in captivity and to wallow in spiritual,...

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VIDEO: Come Thou Fount

February 11, 2015

I couldn't have had less idea what I was doing if someone had told me to restructure the engine of a diesel-fueled 18-wheeler while reading the instructions in Mandarin:  I was shooting a music video.  Me.  For one of the tracks from my first CD. The afternoon sun was hot and bright and made for a stunning backdrop over White Rock Lake in southeast Dallas.  It's where my uber-talented friend and videographer Chris Wiegand said we should shoot videos for two or three tracks before the sun went down. I remember having absolutely ZERO idea what I should wear or how I was...

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Fill the Bucket: TRUE love

February 8, 2015

I've looked and looked and looked again.  I've looked in 66 different books from one Source and then in a dozen or so other books, and I can't find it.  I've looked at the patterns and habits and communication in countless different couples I admire, and I can't find it anywhere. I simply can't find any evidence that a relationship that is based on what is glorified and glamorized in 50 Shades of Grey is the kind of relationship that stands the test of time. The kind of relationship where one person puts the other first so that you're both first but neither one...

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A Crumb-y, Salty Lesson

January 26, 2015

  The moment they came out of the oven, I knew.  The way your dog can tell if you are sad, the way a best friend just knows that you need a good laugh because something is just off, I just knew. I had completely botched the cookies.       It's a hard thing to do, actually:  botching something you could do while sleepwalking ...

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