• Leadership skills

    Extraordinary Characters

    “Stop talking and sit,” I spoke firmly. My unruly student chronically arrived late then engaged in a hello tour with his buddies for the past two days, before sitting down. Today, I interrupted the tour.  He stared at me, still…

  • Leadership skills

    Are You a Generous or Grumpy Giver?

    “We can’t afford to give that much,” my new husband emphatically stated. “We have to!!” I argued back. “Why?” Ken simply said. “Because it’s the right thing to do!”  I counteracted forcefully. “Says who?” my husband, a younger believer, said…

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    Crummy Seed, Crummy Harvest

    “I’m so sick of these people criticizing me all the time,” I spouted off to my friend.  My reaction to some harsh words from church members popped the lid off my tea kettle.  “They are such destructive, nasty people…….” and…

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    Be Careful What You Plant

    My cheeks flamed as yet another customer received a discount on a flat of flowers. To their credit, my father and grandmother said not a word. The pale, yellow petunia floating alone in a sea of deep blue pansies said…

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    Surviving Criticism

    This is a reprint of my first post.  Seemed like someone needed to hear this today.   This is a reprint of my very first post.  Seemed like someone needed to hear this today.   The elderly church lady marched…

  • Encouragement

    Fresh Starts

    The man huddled by the campfire rubbing his hands together in the chilly night air.  His nerves felt raw, exposed.  Once, he dreamed of new opportunity for his family and peace for his beloved nation. He used to anticipate the…