Being Present in 2019 - A Blog About a Life Gut-And-Rehab

When Authentic Becomes Inauthentic

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When Authentic Becomes Inauthentic

Since the advent of social media, I know so much more about my cousins, friends and colleagues than I used to. I can name their top Starbucks drink, which restaurants they have tried recently and where they went on their last vacation. I’ve admired wedding parties, traveled vicariously through some of their trips and gotten great recommendations for date night venues and eye doctors. And for my part, I have blown up my feed with way too many pictures of my dogs, images from my daughter’s theatre performances, and photos of our lake view in every possible variation of light...

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A Beginner's Guide to Adding Portraits to Faith Journaling Entry

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A Beginner's Guide to Adding Portraits to Faith Journaling Entry

This is REALLY a beginner's guide, because it's a guide written by me, a total beginner. In fact, the project I am outlining is only the second person I have painted. So.. if I can do it, I know you can, too. Here's my reference scripture: John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. (NIV) About six weeks ago I took a class on abstract portraiture with Dana Bloede at The Collage Cafe in Evanston. It was, without overexaggerating at ALL, a gamechanger. I have never even been able to dabble in portraiture...

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The Hagatha in the Mirror

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The Hagatha in the Mirror

I’m sitting in Mobile, Alabama in a Ford service center having the front and rear brake pads and rotors replaced on my Ford Edge during a road trip that has not unfolded according to plan. What I saw in my head: Fred and I would take a leisurely drive to Charlotte to participate in a PlannerCon Party, after which we’d drive across the country on US 10 to California.  Fred would drive  and I’d be typing away in the passenger seat writing curriculum and blog posts.  The weather would be warm and sunny, and I’d get plenty of Vitamin D...

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The Pot and the Mettle

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The Pot and the Mettle

    Right before the holidays I found myself unable to articulate to my twenty-year-old niece why I am opposed to smoking marijuana.  It sounds ridiculous, I know, but honest-to-Pete as she advocated for nation-wide legalizastion of pot and lauded specifically its calming effect on worry and racing thoughts, I couldn’t think of a single argument against it that didn’t sound hollow or hypocritical.  I've never understood the stigma of taking prescription medicine to relieve and manage mental illness or emotional distress.  If it helps someone live functionally. I'm a fan.  Suddenly, the case for pot seemed perfectly logical in...

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Gut and Rehab

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Gut and Rehab

Last year our Pastor introduced the church vision for the year: Mission Possible.  It’s not hard to figure it out.  With God, what we find impossible becomes possible. In Him, barriers come down and amazing things happen. As a motivational exercise to kick off the new year, each family wrote down a list of things for 2018 – things we desperately wanted, but found overwhelming, difficult, or even impossible.  The week between Christmas and New Year’s, we brought our list to a church service and had a ceremony of starts, where families prayed together and then stamped our list with a...

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