Recipes For Satisfying Work

August 4, 2011

I first learned of the world’s goodness at a kitchen table. In the South of my childhood, love was tangible. It was served to you on steaming plates and in cold glasses of tea. In this culture of hospitality, grandmothers reigned supreme. Refusing Grandma was a capital offense. Declining her signature dish was the most […]

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Beginning A New Chapter

August 3, 2011

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of the end of a chapter for me. Three years ago my family loaded a moving van and said goodbye to Mississippi. I also said goodbye to what I had once thought was my dream job and the industry in which I expected to spend my entire career. That day […]

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Pity The Imbecile Among You

July 19, 2011

I grew up in the deep South. All my life I’ve been surrounded by “good Christian folk”. Some of this rubs off, so of course I consider myself pretty well acquainted with the basics tenets of Christianity. It’s widely known the Ten Commandments are a foundational element of southern spirituality. It occurs to me upon […]

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Lessons From A Thirty-Day Writing Challenge

July 12, 2011

Last month I participated in a daily writing challenge. In thirty-two days I wrote and published more posts than I had in the previous eighteen months combined. As may be expected, I took away several lessons: Committing to a deadline ensures you’ll ship. (Ok, I didn’t say they were earth-shattering lessons.) There’s a difference between […]

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Electrical Fire Of The Soul

July 2, 2011

Adolescent males are dangerous creatures. Keeping one about the house is risky business. I should know. During the first half of my teenage years, my family lived on the edge of several thousand acres of timber land. The land owners didn’t care if I wandered the forest so long as I didn’t do anything to […]

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