Good Books for the Common Good – Blue Ocotillo Publishing Austin, Texas

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) My colleague, Pastor T. Carlos Anderson, started Blue Ocotillo Publishing in 2014 to produce books that uplift the common good. Blue Ocotillo seeks to publish authors who, by their storytelling, desire to do the same. I […]

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A Memory Like an Elephant

[bs_well size=”md”]“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)[/bs_well] Apparently it is true that elephants never forget. This means when they are separated from their elephant families to entertain us in the circus or zoo they never forget the ones left behind. Apparently elephants […]

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From Generation to Generation

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9) Back in 1996 I stood in my kitchen in Ohio telling the Executive Director of the camping organization in Texas that I wanted to apply for the position of Program Director for one of their camps – Lutherhill in LaGrange, TX. I’d taken youth […]

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The Power of Soft

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1) I do get discouraged these days. Locally the usually heavy Houston traffic in my part of the city is now even more challenging since several major roads are closed due to flooding. Then there are those pesky mosquitoes in the yard that manage to find the one small area I didn’t cover with the bug spray. I worry if they […]

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Blue Willow Bookshop

“Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be, I had a Mother who read to me.” Strickland Gillilan What could be better for a bookstore-discount-card carrying book lover than to discover she lives about a mile away from a delightful small, independent bookstore? I first learned about Blue Willow Bookshop when a friend invited me to attend a book signing by one of her favorite authors. The event was […]

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