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    weathering the storm

    Take a look at this picture of Rembrant’s painting- “Christ in the storm on the Lake of Galilee.” I want you to notice all the different ways people are reacting in this painting. … In this biblical painting and in many others Rembrandt created, he painted himself into the scenes. Rembrandt went through terrifying storms in his own life- he lost his beloved wife, three of his four children died and he went bankrupt. When Rembrandt read the passage [about disciples waking Christ up to calm a storm], he saw himself in the picture.  When he read this scripture he could picture this guy gripping the rigging, doing all he…

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    gonna make it…..?

    I have 23 days to go in my self-imposed challenge of writing a book proposal in 60-days.  I can’t help but picture Steve Martin in Three Amigos when he’s shackled to the wall  trying to escape the jail cell telling himself as he takes step by step under the weight of chains…..”gonna make it, gonna make…it” Then the chains pull him back right where he was when he started and he wearily says “not gonna make it” as he slumps to the floor.  Writing this book proposal has felt a bit like this; thinking I’ve made progress and then going back to edit and feeling yanked back to where I…