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Trouble with the Curve

Yeah, that’s the name of baseball movie, but I like baseball movies.  And baseball too, in fact.  Although, watching baseball on TV doesn’t come close to watching it in person. Anyway, as you may or may not have noticed, I’ve changed a few things on […]

monday mondays 3.20.17

It’s been a fun couple of weeks around here with a new puppy, although, my hands look like they’ve been mutilated by a miniature vampire, all those puppy bites! The puppy, who might have a name soon, after almost 20 days without a name (other […]

Monday Mondays

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I really don’t think there’s anything else in the world that can make a bad day better – or even a good day better – than letting puppies crawl all over you!  Tails wagging, licking your face with that oddly skunky but wonderful puppy breath, tugging at shoe laces or pants legs, snuggling up under your neck… oh my gosh, it hands-down has to be the best therapy ever.

Have a great week, y’all…

Help My Unbelief

Help My Unbelief

  Any long-distance plane trip seems to have free seat-back entertainment anymore, but I prefer to spend long flights taking advantage of unadulterated reading time.  Case in point, last week I finished two books, a rarity for me these days. One of the books, Coming Clean: […]

Monday Mondays 2.13.17

Monday Mondays 2.13.17

  Last week my husband took me to San Diego so I could be with him while he was on a business trip.  I love doing that, except I always feel bad that I get to “play” while he has to work! This trip turned […]

Take a Breath

Take a Breath

inhaleexhale I watch a show called Off Camera with Sam Jones. Sam Jones is a prominent photographer who has taken portraits of many notable people, including President Obama, George Clooney, and more. He’s also directed commercials and through his conversations on photo shoots with his subjects, came up with the idea for the show and companion magazine.

It’s shot in black and white, on a very simple set with two chairs, one table and Sam and his weekly guest.  I like it because the interview is driven by the artist’s process: how he or she chooses a role, what experiences they’ve had that they’ve brought to their characters, how certain directors, etc… help them in that role, and similar topics. Although Sam Jones sometimes asks his guests about things in their past, it’s not a smarmy line of questioning. More along the lines of “You grew up in a large family; how did that impact your drive to succeed?” or “You recently became a parent for the first time; has it changed how you bring your own emotions to a role?”

Not National Inquirer intrusive.  Instead, thoughtful.  Art oriented.

The guests aren’t always actors.  He has also has directors, musicians and sometimes sports or other celebrity figures as well.  One of my favorite episodes was with guest Dave Grohl, formerly of Nirvana, and now the Foo Fighters.  One of the more interesting aspects to me is the – for lack of a better word – realness of the guests. Show up on Live with Kelly or the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, and it seems like the guests are just “on.”  While they’re still themselves (obviously) on those shows they seem to be the star version of themselves.  On Off Camera they’re just themselves.  With all their insecurities and imperfections.

You know… real.

I often find that despite preconceived notions of a guest, I’ll change my opinion of them after watching. For either good, or bad.  John Krasinski?  Like.  Jack Black?  Like. Connie Britton? Dislike.  And I like Connie Britton in most things.  But that’s beside the point.

Recently, I was watching the latest episode, where the guest was Elijah Wood.  Or “Frodo” from the Lord of the Rings movies.  Or, child actor.  Or, any number of quirky projects that aren’t exactly mainstream.  He was talking about filming one of those non-mainstream roles about a stand-up comedian, and how he tried out some comedic material on stage before filming began.  And how it terrified him.

So when he finally walked out on stage, instead of launching full-bore into the routine, he paused.  He took a breath.

And that breath, that pause, that moment to still the nerves, that moment to remember all that came before….  that moment saved him.

Not literally, but he didn’t fail.  He was wise enough to know, and later reflect, that not barreling through the discomfort, fear and unknown wouldn’t necessarily make them go away.

Instead, he embraced it.

Novel concept, that.  Leaning in to the very things that bring so much anxiety and doubt.

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Taking time to let the uneasiness, in all its perfection, settle in.

When you you go downhill skiing, you lean forward, even though every instinct you have tells you to lean backwards.  You have to shift your center of gravity in order to keep your balance.  Likewise, if you ever fall into river rapids, you’re supposed to try to get your body onto your back, feet first rather than head first, and let your body float down river with the current.  In other words, you literally go with the flow, no matter how awkward it is.  But to get to that point you have to shift your thinking – a pause – while you figure out how to get into the feet-first position. Or lean forward on the ski slope.

It’s that way with our thinking too.  We want to struggle against that river current head first, trying to see what’s ahead. We want to scoot down that mountain leaning backward into the snow because letting gravity carry us to our destination is frightening.  We want to find solutions, fix things, defeat the problems instead of just… breathing.

Instead of letting the problems work themselves out.  Instead of letting God defeat the problems….

Doing the Hard Things

Doing the Hard Things

I’ve run a couple marathons.  Done some triathlons. Sat silently next to friends whose spouses passed away way too early.  I’ve been up all night night-after-night with sick kids, put beloved animals to sleep, stayed behind to sell houses when my husband’s job transferred him to other […]

When Hope is Hidden

  We’ve all been there.  You might still be there.  Today.  This minute. I am. You’re hoping for something, but you can’t even begin to comprehend how it will ever come to fruition. You want to have hope.  You need to have hope. Hope itself is something […]

Monday Mondays 1.23.17

Monday Mondays 1.23.17

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My gosh. Not a democracy, but a republic (that’s a pet peeve of mine) can be a very very messy thing, even if the passing of power is peaceful. Regardless of who you voted for, my wish is that we would start focusing more on what we agree on instead of what we don’t!

We can all agree that we want what’s best for our families, for our children.  We want a safer America and a safer world.  We want to be able to live our lives without preventing someone from living theirs.  And from them calling the shots on ours.  We want to be able to spend our money in the way we see fit, and we want to be able to speak our minds without being shamed for it.

Whether we’re Left or Right, I think – I hope! – we can agree on these things!   That’s my prayer for our nation anyway.  So click through these links – or not! – because it’s your choice.  That’s what we do in America! 😉

monday mondays 1.9.17

monday mondays 1.9.17

Happy New Year!!! Well, with a new year, I aim once again to blog more.  I probably could’ve  posted a whole bunch of these Monday posts if only I’d actually taken the time to post them; I have tons of links I’ve sent to myself […]