Year: 2017

Be Indomitable

Master Jeong taught that the Tae Kwon Do spirit (probably not to be confused with the spirit that moves us) is an indomitable spirit. Sometimes when your world has crashed, it’s wise to tell yourself, “I have an indomitable spirit.”

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Quit Making Excuses

At least until you get six-figure advances, when you meet people and they ask what you do, beware of telling them you’re a writer. Too often they’ll think you make lots of money. If you’re honest, you’ll admit you don’t.

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A Time for Everything

I was considering writing about a feeling that has come over me, as though I think differently from everyone I know and consequently can hardly open my mouth without risking an argument. While contemplating this predicament, and wondering if this

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Job or Life, Take Your Pick

College should be more than vocational training. It should also be the introduction to a rich and satisfying life. Here’s a passage from a recent New York Times article: “’The largest problem of skills in the U.S. today isn’t a

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Get Courageous

When I was in graduate school at the University of Iowa, I read in the college newspaper an interview with the director of the Playwrights’ Workshop. The reporter asked for his advice to would-be playwrights. His response was so outrageous,

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The Jefferson Attitude

The New York Times ran an article by historian David Williams about Thomas Jefferson’s more or less Christian attitude and how taking a similar stance might allow the Democratic Party to win over those who find Democrats essentially secular and

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The Answer to Everything

Some folks are no doubt dying to know the story of my writing career, so I’m going to attempt a capsule version. Of course I once set out to write a short story and ended up with 1400 pages. I’ll try my best

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Obeying the President

The president has instructed the IRS not to mess with churches who get political. He wants us churches to speak our minds, right? Here goes. The other day I was talking to my cousin Patti and feeling impassioned by some

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Trump and Assad

“For the son of God became like us so that we could become like him.” Athanasius On Palm Sunday, Dr. Cherith Nording, a seminary professor, gave a powerful sermon in which she proposed that Christ could live in connection with

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Democrat? Republican?

As some of you are aware, I am considering a run for office in the California legislature. My original intention was to run as an independent. But my daughter Darcy, who has volunteered to manage my campaign, and who is

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