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I recommend writing the stories from your life. Nearly 10 years ago I took a "storytelling" class in graduate school that inspired me to spend an entire week just chronicling all of the little episodes and anecdotes I could remember across my life at that point....

Recently I bought the documentary Hearts of Darkness, about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam film Apocalypse Now. The behind-the-scenes footage and interviews reflect how the adaptation of Joseph Conrad's book Heart of Darkness closely paralleled the production experience of Director Coppola and...

A recent series of articles found in Forbes magazine is one of the best expressions I have read of how faith and business can be fused together, with depth and integrity. They involve the account of an entrepreneur/writer who has spent some quality time with...

My once-faithful chainsaw having become chain-less, I was left with the archaic instruments of shovel and hedge clippers. The shrubbery I intended to remove from the front yard stared at me in defiance, nature taunting man, and I realized I needed to rely on my...

I am at a Panera Bread, gentle classical music raining down on me. I have just finished Chapter 12 of my novel, with nine more to go in this first draft. In the preceding weeks I have come to terms that it will take much...

I can no longer remain silent about how people everywhere in western culture continue to misuse the word "myth," equating it with terms such as "lie," "rumor," "falsehood" or "legend." Who cares? Well, park here with me for a moment. The American Heritage Dictionary defines "myth" as...

"I HOPE HE FAILS." That was all the verbiage offered on the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. I tried to discern other stickers, symbols or hints the vehicle might present, but was unsuccessful. I was left to interpret these four words in...

I have started reading a fascinating book by Daniel Pink called A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.Pink's premise is that the world economy is undergoing a seismic shift--above and beyond the current economic perils, which began shortly after this book was...

Birds are chirping as I sit in my home office, staring at the Blogger template. It is quite early, just past 5:30 a.m. CST. This same family of birds begins to sing, discuss, pontificate, elaborate, etc., about 4:30-ish on most mornings. Often I hear them...

I wrote this while sitting in the massive fortress known as Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, although I did not post until much later because I refuse to pay for Internet service at airports, Starbucks or anywhere else besides hotels and my home. As I sit here...