I was a sickly child. When I was 18 months old, I had spinal meningitis. It damn near killed me. I was in a coma for weeks, and my heart stopped beating for a while and when it was all said and done, I was alive but had seizures and some brain damage and a neurologist that … [Read more...] about Survival
As a child, we had some neighbors – Montaree (we called her Montie) and Mr. Doc. They were retired farmers who had bought a few acres from us and built a small house to live out their retirement. They were surrogate grandparents to me, and I loved them intensely. They were … [Read more...] about The best self-care advice anyone ever gave me
I have a long to-do list. I bet you do too. As a creative person with a large imagination and a raging case of ADHD, who is mostly introverted and moderately depressed, I often don’t get everything done I want to get done. And at the end of the day, when I am looking at that … [Read more...] about Winning
Those of us who are in the helping professions seldom end up having 40 hour, structured workweeks. Instead, we are often responsible for creating our own schedule, which always involves other people’s schedules, which can lead to long, unstructured days. For instance, I have an … [Read more...] about Using units to structure your time
One of the best things I have done for myself over the last six months is gone on an information diet. Just like a food diet, that means I have deliberately put limits on my consumption of information, and only allow myself to consume it at determined times. Here is what that … [Read more...] about My News Diet
One of my favorite stories: A salesman was driving through the country on his way to his next appointment. He took a curve too fast and ended up in the ditch. He had no cell service to call AAA, and was cursing his luck when he looked over the field next to the road and saw an … [Read more...] about Don’t do it by yourself.
I have written about this story several times, but my blog post about it got lost in the website redesign. Because it is so important to me, I am republishing it here. - HH It was January of 2008. I had been doing this work for about five months or so, and I was already burnt … [Read more...] about Plod on, brother. Plod on.
In one of her Lord Peter Whimsy books, Dorothy Sayers has Whimsy talk about books in a person’s library. He says that they mark a person’s history and are markers of their journey – that we move from book to book like a hermit crab outgrowing its shell, leaving the old husk … [Read more...] about The Twitter Cleanup
I recently changed the way I use Facebook. I deleted my personal account that had several thousand “friends”- most of whom I never knew in real life - and started over, this time only friending people I knew, liked and had spent time with. I also made the decision to not friend … [Read more...] about Nobody has a right to all of you.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us, and to love our enemies. Yeah. I'm not always good at that part, either. But I want to be. And I know it isn't impossible to do it, because others have done it. For example, Bishop Nikolai … [Read more...] about Praying for our enemies