Gaily Grat: Maria The Scientist

Tonight, we spent some time at the Garland Special Events Center for a Regional Science Fair display. We were there because Maria, and her friends Britney and Peyton, won the Grand Prize at Prestonwood’s Science Fair, advancing them to this regional event. As you can see from the picture, their project was titled “What Solvent […]

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Daily Grat: Charles D.

My daily grat for today will be Charles D, one of our Northaven members, who had surgery today. The surgery of a church member seems like a bizarre daily gratitude. But I think it will make sense in a moment. See, we had something really crappy happen last night. We were broken into. Somewhere between […]

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Daily Grat: Karen Blessen

Tonight, Northaven hosted graphic artist, Karen Blessen as a part of the Second Monday series. Karen is the only graphic artist to ever be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. But one of the things that distinguishes her art is how it is connected to her sense of spirituality. She talked to the group about “passage meditation,” […]

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Daily Grat: New Member Dessert

Just got back from the New Member Dessert party for Northaven. It’s always such a great event. About ten or so church leaders, and ten or so new members gather for a little dessert, and some conversation about the church. I always love seeing the careful concern our church leaders show in describing the church, […]

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Daily Grat: A Late Night at IHOP

Maria had a gymnastics meet in Corinth last night. Corinth used to be a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere. It was, arguably, the most rural part of the journey between Dallas and Denton. Now, it’s really just a suburb of Denton. It also used to be the turnoff for Lake Sharon, which […]

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Daily Grat: Another Great Show

We played at Frisco tonight. It was another *great* show. Crowd of something over 200, and an offering of more than 2,500. We’ve got a nice rhythm to our set up and tear down. It takes lots of time and effort, but it’s nice to see how everybody pulls together. The next show, in Allen, […]

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Daily Grat: When EF Talks

Yesterday’s blog entry was number 400 for “When EF Talks.” I started this blog mainly because it seemed like the thing to do. I wasn’t working my way through a Julia Child’s cookbook, tracking weight loss, or chronicling each moment of my family’s life. I mainly just figured: “I like to write, blogs are popular, […]

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Daily Grat: An Uncontested Election

I’m not sure how to write this entry without sounding overly proud. I get that perhaps nobody outside a candidate and her family can understand this “Daily Gratitude.” But it’s one that rings true inside our house today. Dennise was uncontested in the Democratic Primary election yesterday. She got 100 percent of the votes cast. […]

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Daily Grat: The Chance to Cast My Vote

Today is election day. If you have yet to vote here in Texas, I certainly hope you will. Yes, it’s “just” a primary election. But *all* elections are important. And the reality of primaries are that, with turnout *far* less than in general elections, your own influence is arguably far greater. I wrote this a […]

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Daily Grat: Songwriter Group

For once, I got to go to the songwriter group at Tom and Cary’s house. They meet each week, either there or in Oak Cliff at Bruce and Lisa’s house. But I almost *never* get to go. Last Fall, I repeatedly wanted to, but had conflicts almost every Monday…band rehearsal…meetings at church. I was literally […]

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