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November 2011

Need a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person? An alpaca!

How do you put Jesus at the center of Christmas? Share your ideas below!
My mom surprised us at Thanksgiving this year by asking how everyone would feel about radically redesigning our Christmas gift giving.  What if, she suggested first, we only give gifts to kids? That’s actually a direction we’d already taken gifts on the [...]

All the “glasses of wine” you shared

Oh, my!  So I posted this blog post about how to build community a couple weeks ago and promised if there were ten or more responses I would send a book to the “best” one.  Not only did you guys post at least ten responses, these are beautiful, thoughtful, heartfelt and helpful responses!  If you [...]

Monday morning quotes

May you never know hunger—
may you love with a full heart.
May the Light burn in your eyes.
May the fires be your friend
and the sea rock you gently,
May the moon light your way
till the wind sets you free.
-Shriekback, Cradle Song
Enjoy and share!  Every Monday there’s a new quote.  Here’s the story of why.

Monday morning quotes

Don’t overexpose success.
Don’t imitate the chicken,
imitate the duck.
Ducks quietly lay big eggs.
Chickens make a lot of noise
and lay little ones.
-Don Jose Elias Sanchez
Enjoy and share!  Every Monday there’s a new quote.  Here’s the story of why.

Sharing a glass of wine

Just for kicks, if I get at least ten responses to this blog post, I’ll send a free book to the best response!
A couple of strangers sit down across from each other at a restaurant in France forty years ago…. or perhaps today.
Each person will receive a small bottle of wine, possibly of lousy quality, [...]

Monday morning quotes

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit.  But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results form your action.  But if you do nothing, [...]

Pig love

For something purely fun today…
If you thought Jim Gaffigan loves bacon (and you need to watch this video for a good laugh if you haven’t yet)… now check this out:
Pig love includes raising pigs to be a member of the family, sleeping next to them, talking to them, stroking and fondling them, calling them by [...]

Monday morning quotes

The man who has never traveled thinks his mother makes the best soup in the world. –African proverb
Enjoy and share!  Every Monday there’s a new quote.  Here’s the story of why.

Take out your log, then help somebody else

My friend Sarah, an economics prof, wrote a beautiful, thoughtful response to a post I shared recently asking what people thought of Occupy Wall Street (or Madison, or wherever).  Her comment was worth copying below, or you can read it with the original blog here.
Full disclosure: I am an economist. And (surprise!) I think [...]

When Revolutionaries Grow Up

Here comes the latest article my husband and I wrote in Relevant Magazine.  This one’s sort of mini-condensed version of the book we just wrote!  We turned in the manuscript yesterday morning.  The book will be called This Ordinary Adventure: Settling down without settling. You have to wait until December 2012 to buy it, but [...]