Last week, Kevin Lee’s Wish won the vote. But which video is your favorite this week? [...]
I walked to work last week and passed a spider web. It was stunning as it shimmered in the dewy morning light. I noticed it hung between two trees by only four slender threads. I studied this Charlotte-like web as if it might have a message for me. But as I noticed the sleeping spider, I remembered this was just an ordinary web and nothing more than a day’s work for a spider. [...]
Here are three “What if” questions I’ve been kicking around lately. And they’re changing the way I do relationships. Thought I’d share them with you: [...]
If I were to tell you I measure success in my life by the quality and amount of stuff I own, I’m guessing one of two things would happen. Either you would stop reading and write me off as sad and shallow. Or, you would keep reading, but feel a great deal of sympathy for me (or maybe anger toward me) for being so sad and shallow.
You might even take the time to write an angry or corrective comment below, so I could see the error of my ways.
But here’s what’s funny: I actually do believe this. (Keep reading).
In the movie What About Bob, Bill Murray plays a neurotic patient named Bob who goes to see a psychiatrist played by Richard Dreyfuss. Halfway through their session, Bob clutches his chest, gasps for air, falls to the floor, flops around for a while making guttural noises, and then lies there silently.
Unfazed, the psychiatrists leans over and asks him if he’s finished. Bob climbs back into his chair and the psychiatrist asks him why he’s just faked a heart attack.
“Because if I fake it, I don’t have it,” Bob replies.
I’d rather be hated than loved with conditions. I think most people would agree. At least when people hate you, they are being intellectually honest. I mean you know where they stand. But we’ve all shared a political view or a struggle and had people take a half step back, or worse, reveal they no longer want the best for us.
Tim Schurrer sent me this link today and I was moved by the new, wise, forgiven and forgiving Mike Tyson. “If I can forgive them hopefully people can forgive me” rings Biblical and true and I think in this brief interview we see how this simple teaching of Jesus heals and strengthens us. I hope and pray for the best for Mike Tyson. We could all learn a thing or two from his recent discoveries.
Colum McCann wrote his latest novel in a closet. Literally in a closet. And Annie Dillard, who won the Pulitzer at the young age of 26 for her wonderful book called A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek recommends writing in a dark room walled with cinder block.
This is a far cry from the usual writer’s fantasy of sitting down to a typewriter in a farmhouse sitting before a windowed view of mountains.
The reality about writing is the more romantic you are about the process, the less [...]