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Captive vs Captivating

I tell stories every day. I have a captive audience of about 150 on a regular basis. They keep coming back year after year. I have always loved telling stories. 445 more words

If These Walls Could Talk 7-3-16

In this sermon, based on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20, I explore the story of Jesus sending out the 70 to proclaim the good news in the places where he intended to go. 1,986 more words

Pastor Scott Dalen


Jen stubbed her cigarette out on the window ledge. The room behind her was quiet, her stepsisters still sleeping, lay twisted in the cotton sheet that barely covered them: Lucy faced north and Mary south, positions they had negotiated when they were six. 2,016 more words


The Best Gift to Give a Parent

Many years ago,  as a full-time undergraduate psychology student in the last semester before earning my college degree,  I  was an expectant mother of a daughter born one month after commencement. 881 more words

Education Management

I Desperately Need to Get Better at Telling Stories

“Good” here is relative to the rest of my skill set. I’m pretty good at doing research and presenting information. I’m rather decent at taking an idea and elaborating for 400 words. 368 more words

My Story

Examine Yourself In The Mirror

I’m almost positive I meant that whole getting used to being naked in public thing as a metaphor, but. . . Oh, well. Guess I’ll know better next time. 1,020 more words

Examined Life

The Color of These Walls

“I love the color of these walls.” She leaned into her husband and he immediately put his arms around her to support her weight. “It’s the perfect color. 3,405 more words

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