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I sat outside on the hammock tonight, ignoring the incessant clatter of my to-do list. Since launching our new company (have you seen our Visual Creatives website yet? We're really pleased with it!) these moments have been few and far between. Travel, connecting, doing, creating: these are the new words of my days. But not tonight. Tonight I sat and…

Just a moment in time… Q LA

Walking home from a film viewing tonight David and I saw a homeless (?) man going through a garbage can on the street corner. He looked pleased as he pulled a book from the trash. It was a Q group study booklet. The title was "Engaging Culture in a Post-Modern World." He put the book in his backpack and wandered off. There was something surreal about the moment. I'm still wondering what he thought about the message of the book.

Q LA Day One

If only you could see me now. I am sitting, staring, watching my computer screen do nothing. My mind looks like it has turned to mush, but it hasn't. Perhaps a better metaphor would be this: my mind is whirling the multi-colored wheel of overload that you see on your Mac sometimes. In my past experience that wheel of "death" as we call it in our house comes just before a major system shut down. Yes, that's an accurate metaphor.…

Why I go to the Q conference

  [caption id="attachment_1926" align="alignnone" width="930"] Stay tuned for my updates from the Q conference![/caption] Every year or two David and I drop everything to attend the Q conference. Q stands for Question. And it is, indeed, the questions raised while we are there that keep us coming back year after year. The conference itself is set up something like a Ted talk, with rapid-fire presentations lasting 18 or 9 minutes. Each presentation relates to one channel of cultural connection (science,…

The Group: a short story in a big world

Prologue This little short story started out as a dream I had not long ago. In my dream, I was frustrated and then challenged by my Pastor as he seemingly refused to take charge of a group of people waiting for some meetings to begin. As the day went on, various groups of us just decided what we wanted to do and did it...all with the blessing of my Pastor. Our church has a motto: EveryOne EveryDay EveryWhere. Apparently my…

Book Review: Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson

Last year I probably read over a hundred books. But I stopped doing something important. I stopped blogging and reviewing them. In the process, I lost the opportunity to share the "voices" God used to shape me last year. So in the spirit of New Year's Resolutions, I'm promising more frequent book reviews! This Book, Dreaming with God by Bill Johnson, inspired me to get creating. Why? Here's the theme that hit me. Satan can't create anything. Only God and…

Seasons

[caption id="attachment_1832" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="From a walk to Lexington Center last week"][/caption] It's that time of year again...the time when everyone ELSE in the country begins to talk about seasons! I love fall, and this New England girl always feels a twinge in her soul when the leaves up north start turning and I'm not there to see it. Obviously these days I've been pretty mobile, and David and I did get to see the first signs of the coming…

Epiphany: New York City and Q and a Pakistani

[caption id="attachment_1747" align="alignnone" width="224" caption="The Freedom Tower...still only about 2/3 of its eventual height!"][/caption] It was classic New York City: crossing the bridge into the city and watching the magnificent skyline against the perfect fall sky. I couldn't have scripted the ride any better. I pointed out a few of the landmark buildings to Kylie and Jillian, even though both of them had been here before and were pretty much ready to roll their eyes in my direction at any…

Wheaton College 25th Homecoming: going back to the beginning?

[caption id="attachment_1742" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Blanchard Hall, the "heartbeat" of the Wheaton campus."][/caption] David and I are in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton for my...ahem...25th College Reunion. Today was the warm-up day, the day for us to sneak onto campus, register, wander around looking enviously at the new and improved bookstore, the new and improved dining room, the new and improved student center, the new and improved....well you get the idea. It seems that all is new and improved except, perhaps,…

Link Love: click and be happy!

I need a little lightheartedness today. It's been a very long time since I've shared some of my favorite links, so let's do a little link love today! Plywood People I love this website, spearheaded by Jeff Shinabarger one of my favorite kingdom entrepreneurs. I quick browse through his site will tell you why. Anyway, the other day he posted this online book for us to read. The gist of the book is very John Maxwellian: don't just sit there,…

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