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Crumbs on a Rock


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Crumbs on a Rock

This past summer I did a lot of landscaping in my yard. Part of it involved setting stepping stones into place. More than once I found myself trying to move a rock that just would not budge. Then I would…

Break a Rule


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Break a Rule

The theme for OTC faculty this year is “Break a Rule”. When this was first introduced, there were a good amount of uncertainties surrounding it. People don’t really need to be encouraged to break the rules. Or do they? We…

Sometimes Love Loses

A few years ago I read a book called Love Works by Joel Manby. It’s a pretty good book, but I think my favorite part is the title. Love Works. I like that. I’ve never been one to take words…

The One Who Is Greater


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The One Who Is Greater

I can go to two extremes when it comes to names (and most things, really). I sometimes think that names are insignificant, just a label, a mental handle. They don’t define us; they reference us. On the other extreme, I…

Boxes

I’ve helped a lot of people move lately, and I’ve noticed that no matter the person or how much stuff they have, moving is challenging. There is the physical task of hauling all that stuff to a new location, but…

Lines in the Sands of Time


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Lines in the Sands of Time

I’m going to let the teacher in me show with this post by employing some active learning. What I want you to do is find five rocks and put them in order left to right from your least favorite to…

Letting Go

I tend to be inclined towards self-improvement. I suppose we probably all are, but I can get myself tangled up in it. I all too often throw a friend for a loop by asking, “What do you think I need…

We have a Path to Forge

Today I finished my path to nowhere (sort of). It dead ends at the fence to my back yard. I imagine having conversations with my neighbors about why I made a trail that leads into a fence. What’s actually going on is…

A Blessing for the New Year

I’ve always felt that there is so much in life we have control over. I often times feel we miss out on the life we wish we had because of a lack of proactivity. Then something happens that reminds us…

6 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Like a Pilgrim

Back in elementary school I was taught that Thanksgiving has its origin in the Pilgrims. After settling in the New World, they came together to celebrate a good harvest in thanksgiving. Historians like to argue about whether or not this…