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Confessions Of A Compulsive Self-Improver

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In 1985 I was 32 years old, and decided it was time to change myself. It was, and I did. I read the books, bought the tapes, awoke the giant within, changed my state, envisioned my dreams, made my list, daily repeated affirmations of my determination to achieve those goals, and did whatever it took. It took seven years. By 1992, there was a checkmark beside everything on my list. It was a breathless and pretty amazing time that I…

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“Say Nicklaus” Delivers The Christmas Spirit

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I love Christmas. I love the shopping, and the rush of finishing up handmade gifts and wrapping the last ones on Christmas Eve. I love the food, the noise and pandemonium of kids everywhere, a dozen conversations going at once, the laughter and clatter of clearing the meal off the dining table and gathering around it for games. I love anticipating all of that, and soaking in every ounce of it while it’s happening. I store up those memories up like the…

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In Dependence

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There seems to be a lot of discouragement and outrage about the state of our nation’s economy, civility, morality, spirituality, and the list goes on. I experience my share of that discouragement and the outrage every time I read the news. But do you see what this says about this generation…about we who are living in these times? Because I write plays about biblical times, and primarily about those people who surrounded Jesus, I often find myself wondering how they…

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Jency Extends Her Stay For One More Concert

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Last weekend was pretty wonderful for me, and I believe everyone who attended enjoyed seeing Jency back on the stage with the Ragtown Gospel Band. As you may know, we are on grandbaby watch, and are a week past the due date as of today. Aunt Jency flew down from her new home in Maryland to be here for the big event. And here we are, ten days later and no baby yet. So, Jency is sticking around a few…

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Jency Is Back For A Very Special Homecoming Jubilee!

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This Friday and Saturday my amazingly gifted daughter returns to the stage with the Ragtown Gospel Band for two very special Homecoming Jubilee concerts! The visit will be all too brief, and then she’ll be returning to Maryland where she now makes her home with the one and only son-in-law. It is a doubly special Homecoming for our clan, because Jency is coming home to be here when we welcome home a brand new addition to our family! Robin and…

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Saint John and the Reverend Joey Hallelujah Ride Again!

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Back in the fall of 2011 an idea came to me. I loved it right away, but I’ll admit it scared me a little. The idea started out as a serious “what if”…but it didn’t stay serious for long. On several occasions I had pondered the reaction that the various apostles (John and Paul in particular) might have, were they to be transported into one of our 21st century church services. But this idea was different. This play would bring…

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Calm In The Midst Of The Storm

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People often comment about us “having a break” between shows, and that is always sort of amusing. Between shows at Ragtown is pandemonium. We tear down one set and build a new one during the day, and have rehearsals at night. It is our busiest and most taxing time. Last night the members of the Ragtown Gospel Band gathered with me at the theater for rehearsal. You have to envision the scene. We had cleared off a spot for the…

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Farewell To The Lazarus Tree

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Yesterday I was at the theater by myself. I took a little time to say goodbye to Bethany. We have built some beautiful sets for our plays, but I think none as stunning as that one. I just walked around and soaked it up for a bit. Being sentimental. Monday we tear it down. That is a part that I do not enjoy. People often ask where we store our sets. We don’t. We re-use the materials for the next…

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The Serpentine Path

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My life has been, and promises to continue to be a grand adventure. I would not change any part of it. The failures, perhaps even more than the successes, and the pain perhaps more than the pleasure have prepared me to embrace what would come next, enabling me to live in hopeful anticipation of what that will be. I believe myself to be on a path laid out before I entered the womb. It is my true path, uniquely my…

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I In Christ…Is Not About I

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All week I have been pondering last week’s post that I titled “I in Christ.” I decided it was important to post an addendum, because without first grasping a deeper truth, this could be a very slippery slope. Starting with the idea that I in Christ am able, for some it is a straight shot to I in Christ am invincible. I have seen a lot of Christians get their heads handed to them when they start claiming that such power…

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