Don’t Let Your Need for Approval Get In the Way

A lot of things can hold us back in our work – something they were exploring at The High Calling last week. But this one seemed especially interesting: “how your need for approval can hold you back in your work.” You’re 25. And when you’re applying for a promotion as a columnist in the metro [Read More...]

The Geography of Memory

I had the privilege of hearing Jeanne Murray Walker read several times from her memoir-in-progress, The Geography of Memory, while I was a graduate student in the M.F.A. program at Seattle Pacific University (in which Walker is one of the poetry mentors). The book examines both family history and personal memory alongside the story of Walker’s [Read More...]

Transitions, In Life – and Writing

Over at The High Calling, Karen Swallow Prior writes about transitions - in life, and in writing: The lack of proper connections is, I’ve been noticing lately, the root of all kinds of trouble. Weak or missing transitions account for the greatest problem in the writing of my advanced students. One paper in particular comes to mind. [Read More...]

Primary Callings

Over at The High Calling last week, Bob Robinson offered some simple, foundational thoughts on finding your calling. This one stuck out to me: The primary calling does not change, but it manifests itself in different ways in different times and places in which God places us. God knew you’d be employed where you are [Read More...]


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