- Lonesome Dove (technically a mini-series)
- The Way
- The Big Year
- The Right Stuff
- Hotel California (the acoustic version on Hell Freezes Over)
- I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
- All My Hope is in Jesus (Crowder)
- I Believe in a Hill Called Mt. Calvary (Gaither Vocal Group)
- Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
- Tom Hanks
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Robert Duvall
- Morgan Freeman
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Jessica Lange
- Julianne Moore
- Meryl Streep
- Octavia Spencer
- Jodie Foster
- Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
- Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
- Chesapeake by James Michener
- Somebody Told Me by Rick Bragg
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
PLACES I’VE BEEN
- Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
- Kneeling at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Isle of Palms, South Carolina
- Any sunset in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
- Yellowstone National Park
SPORTS MOMENTS I WITNESSED LIVE
- Mohammed Ali lighting the torch in the 1996 Olympic Games
- 1980 Miracle on Ice
- Reggie Jackson’s 3 home runs in Game 6, 1977 World Series
- Jack Nicklaus Masters Champion 1986
- #6 Auburn beats #1 Alabama in Iron Bowl Fiasco
FAVORITE SUPERBOWL SNACKS
- SONIC cheesesticks w/Route 44 Diet Dr Pepper w/cherry
- Doritos w/Velveeta/Rotel cheese dip
- Hot Chicken Dip
- Giant Gyro
- Little Smokies
THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
- You’d be hard pressed to find more of an expert on professional wrestling during the 1980s.
- I like Michael Bolton’s music.
- I cry pretty frequently.
- If it’s a working day inside involving heavy writing I’ll walk outside for a breath of fresh air and a reset at least twice a hour.
- Ninety percent of my shirt wardrobe is in the guayaberas style.
Favorite Books Read: Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller; My Southern Journey, Rick Bragg; Learning to Speak God from Scratch, Jonathan Merritt
Best Movies Seen: The Greatest Showman, Same Kind of Different as Me
Best Song: What Makes You Country, Luke Bryan; Reckless Love, Cory Asbury
Great Professionals Lost: Aretha Franklin, Anthony Bourdain, sportscaster Keith Jackson
Worst Lie: Impossible to choose.
Best Thing That Was Old That is New Again: I’m bringing the fishing hobby back into my life. Bought a nice boat a few weeks ago.
Favorite New Dream: An around the world plane ticket, and apparently there’s a new 1,700-mile hiking trail in Chile that passes through dozens of national parks.
Most Surprising New Habit: Evaluating how every word written in every social media post might actually make someone angry before the post gets made.
Most Surreal Moment I’d Always Thought About and Actually Did: Sitting at a bar sipping whiskey with locals in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Sounds crazy, but it was a real thrill.
Last Year’s Most Accurate Prediction About This Year: The danger of a national numbness.
Biggest Conversion: Yes, I will watch the occasional Hallmark movie now.
Favorite Personal Moment: Standing on the Cliffs of Moher, eyes closed, North Atlantic sea spray blowing against my face, breathing in the freshest air God ever created, and taking a mental picture of it all that I’ll carry with me always.
Best Sense of Personal Satisfaction: Not quitting after having three different book proposals rejected by some of the best agents in the country. We finally nailed one in November and I’m so fired up about it.
The Resulting Lesson from the Paragraph Above: Have a teachable spirit and never give up on a dream you know God puts in your heart.
Best Grassroots Experience: I got to travel all around the country speaking at REIs and signing books. But even better was the number of people who opened their homes and took me in as a guest. I’ll never forget spending time with such hospitable friends.
Most Disturbing Trends I See: “us vs. them” vocabulary; placing more value in symbols than the actual idea the symbols represent; an absence of shame.
Characterizing This Year in Two Words I’d Use: Sadly predictable.
Best Epiphany Experienced This Year: Faith is not some notion that we come to as a matter of last resort. We don’t default to faith, but rather we come to it through an ongoing exercise of doubt and reason. It’s all God’s design that faith is a reasoned trust. It’s His quest of choice for each of us. We come to faith just as we come to other conclusions in life.
Favorite New Gadget: A portable USB fan that travels with me everywhere.
Favorite New Obscure TV Series: Forever on Amazon.
Biggest Regret: Missing a trip to Morocco during a three-month stay in Spain.
Biggest Issue that I Was Once Set on and Now Taking Time to Carefully Reconsider: Is homosexuality consistent or inconsistent with biblical teaching, and what is the church’s role in all this?
Prediction for Next Year’s National Scene: It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but it’s going to get better.
November news from WordServe Literary. Better to make the very last paragraph than no paragraph at all! Still feeling so incredibly blessed to partner with this agency.
As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!
On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.
Congratulations to author Martha Bolton and BroadStreet Publishing on the new release, Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks: Jokes You Wish You Could Remember about Things You Thought you’d Never Forget.
Laugh all the way to your next birthday … and beyond!
We all age, but why grumble about it? If you’re still here, have some fun and enjoy life. The best way you can do that is through laughter.
From well-known comedy writer Martha Bolton comes a refreshing book of jokes for older folks. Topics for laughter include senior foibles, doctor visits, grandchildren antics, travel, politics, pets, technology troubles, good ol’ days, and love.
Give yourself a laugh…
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