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    Alone With Sickness

    My mother miscarried me a few months into her pregnancy.  The amount of blood loss confirmed her Doctor’s suspicions, no more baby.  Except, I wasn’t gone.  My delighted parents discovered that wonderful news a few weeks later. Unfortunately, developing systems,…

  • Encouragement

    The Loneliness of Failure

    I wanted to clamber onto the stage and get up in the grill of some choir students, who were behaving like Philistines during a concert. 60 out of the 65 students sang their hearts out.  The other five flicked people’s…

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    The Buck Stops Here

    The look of consternation on my husband’s face caught my eye as I glided past his office, located next to mine.  I doubled back and sat down in one of his office chairs.  His eye roll told me volumes about…

  • Leadership skills

    Jack Of All Trades

    The smell of cedar returns me to my childhood church, working with my father in his custodial duties.  I sprinkled the cedar shavings on floors and together we swept many a dusty room in our century old building.  Although these…

  • Leadership skills

    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

    I spent the summer of my fifteenth year enduring the worst job I’ve ever experienced.  I didn’t muck out horse stalls or wash toilets.  I sat alone in a room, eight hours a day, cutting up books of quotes and…

  • Leadership skills

    Making the Tough Calls

    Firing a friend stinks no matter how you phrase it.  My husband let several people go during our years as business owners.  We hired many brothers and sisters in Christ, many in transition between ministries.  Some we knew quite well. …

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    The Loneliness of Leadership

    “It’s friendship, friendship, just the perfect blendship. When other friendships have been forgot, Ours will still be hot!” One of my favorite episodes of “I Love Lucy,” is one in which Lucy and her best friend, Ethel, independently buy the…