How to Handle Quiet-to-Chaos Social Gigs Like A Winner

Rebounding When Your Quiet Evening With Friends Is Highjacked

It’s not my proudest moment. I confess that to you right now. Even in the midst of reading all the inspiring research in”Quiet”, (affiliate) I ignored all I’ve learned and fell back into bad habits. All it took was one person to zero in on me like a Kamikaze pilot pelting me–and my sons, with questions and comments so quickly we couldn’t get out of the line of fire.…

Introverts Ultimate Guide to Surviving Small Talk

6 Steps to Mastering Small Talk for Any Situation

This is another post in a series about communication skills for introverts. The first post in here. (Affiliate links for things I buy and recommend are included.)

What is small talk?

Small talk is “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in social occasions.” Wikipedia describes it this way: ”Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed.[1]
Small talk is a conversation for its own sake.…


What The World Needs Now

Colors of Hope, Sally Olson, Love John 13:34
How do we love people who are not like us?

Maybe it’s because I was raised in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. But, the truth is, I don’t understand “racism”. I forget it exists, until it’s thrown in my face via media, including social media.…

Keep Walking

Today I am linking up with Holley Gerth to encourage you to trust Jesus with all your hearth, mind, soul, and strength.

This post is inspired by the many people I’ve met along the trail this year–literally on the hiking trail. There are many courageous people out there–including you.

hope, linkup, Holley Gerth

“Do not be afraid to be different from other people.…

Find the Door to Your Write Place

Find the Door

The funny thing about writers: We want that special place where we can weave all those hidden thoughts into sentences that stretch out to reach you. We’re sure the magic can only happen in that room with that door. But, then we feel guilty for hoarding our time, then push aside our papers and pens so that something of real importance can take center stage.…