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Knowing No (Soul Space Thursdays)

There’s a great short story by Herman Melville about a notary with a rotten boss who suddenly decides he’s had enough. After years of drudgery, serving as a legal scribe without adequate compensation or respect, one day when Bartleby’s boss asks him to examine a paper, he hesitates. “Bartleby,” writes Melville, “in a singularly mild,…… Continue reading Knowing No (Soul Space Thursdays)

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A Laser Yes (Soul Space Thursday)

When I was eleven months pregnant with our second child (okay, okay, it was only eight-and-a-half, but it felt like eleven), I picked up our three-year-old at preschool only to have his teacher stop me at the door. “You know,” she said, reaching behind her for a clipboard, “Lincoln hasn’t taken the bird home this…… Continue reading A Laser Yes (Soul Space Thursday)

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Read the Fine Print (Soul Space Thursday)

Daryl and I did a crazy thing a couple of months ago. In a digitally-defined world, we subscribed to a newspaper. A real, honest-to-goodness, newsprint newspaper. You guys, it gets delivered to our house. I read it while I drink my coffee. If I run my fingers across its pages, they get smudged with ink. I know, right? We’re such…… Continue reading Read the Fine Print (Soul Space Thursday)

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Waiting in Line (Soul Space Thursdays)

When is the last time you waited in a line? Yesterday? The day before? When is the last time you waited in a line and weren’t on your phone? Can you remember a time? Yeah, me neither. Even with my newly unloaded phone, I still pull it from my pocket in lines to read some Scripture…… Continue reading Waiting in Line (Soul Space Thursdays)

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Unloading the Phone (Soul Space Thursdays)

How many minutes a day does your smartphone steal? If you’re anything like me, too many. Waaaay too many. We don’t give those moments away on purpose, of course. Our time is valuable; it’s precious; it matters. Yet most days you realize that, by the time your head hits the pillow, you’ve missed out on…… Continue reading Unloading the Phone (Soul Space Thursdays)

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The Freedom of the Recycling Bin (Soul Space Thursdays)

A couple of years ago Kelly Gash spoke to my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group about organization and decluttering. “One of the biggest issues for me is paper,” she said. “Papers just collect and we don’t know what to do with them, and they get everywhere.”  My ears perked up. THIS is my life. I keep…… Continue reading The Freedom of the Recycling Bin (Soul Space Thursdays)