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Why Everyone Needs a Standing Ovation at Least Once.

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Why Everyone Needs a Standing Ovation at Least Once.

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life.” Auggie Pullman in Wonder This is a quote from one of my favorite children’s books of all time and my favorite movie of 2017. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a well-crafted overcomer story, especially when it stars a kid with an obvious challenge, who not only survives his first year of middle school (which is also his first year of public school), but comes out of it more confident then ever. He gets to end the year knowing what a difference he made just by...

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The Power of Someone Else’s Prayer

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 6 comments

The Power of Someone Else’s Prayer

Raise your hand if you love newsletters. Let me rephrase that: raise your hand if you love newsletters that you actually signed up for. It has already been established that I’m a nerd, so it shouldn’t shock you that I subscribe to several that I look forward to as much as Barnes & Noble coupons. One of my favorites is Mary DeMuth’s—a dear of author friend who ends every issue with “Mind if I pray for you?” I have no idea what program she uses to make this happen, but my name appears in each prayer: “Father, I lift up Jeanette today…” Even...

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A Home for the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance | 5 comments

A Home for the Holidays

It was our second Thanksgiving in Reno. I had to work the day after and my husband got scheduled for the weekend, so we couldn’t go home to celebrate with my family or his in the Bay Area. Before we had a chance to feel like we were starring in an emotionally-manipulative movie about a family that would learn to be thankful just to have each other, a sweet couple from church invited us to their Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure I brought the pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins. Never before had I celebrated a holiday with friends instead of family. I...

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What I’ve Learned in Five Years

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

What I’ve Learned in Five Years

I’m getting ready to make my traditional pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins and mashed sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. After years of offering to make something else for a change, I have finally decided to consider it a compliment that I’m not allowed through the door without The Muffins. Maybe without the sweet potatoes, but not the pumpkin chocolate-chip mini muffins. I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve been making them, but I do know these things: My family will never get sick of them no matter how many batches I bake. I will be making...

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How to Bring Out Someone’s Super Powers

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 2 comments

How to Bring Out Someone’s Super Powers

In my opinion, this is even better than the diploma I earned twenty-five years ago. In 1992, I graduated from Cal State Hayward (now called Cal State East Bay) with a degree that is so far removed from what I do now that it isn’t even worth mentioning. All it did was qualify me to mark “college graduate” on forms and find out what I wasn’t wired for—teaching preschoolers or a classroom full of children that includes more than one discipline problem. The number of years that it took me to finish college—between community college and Cal...

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