>It’s Time to Tell You Our Secret

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It is time. The Cuban & I have discussed this & we feel it is time to come out of the closet with who dresses him. Drumroll please… I do. I buy all his clothes; I lay out his workout clothes; I lay out his office clothes; I decide when he retires his clothes. When he travels, I’ve twisty-tied outfits together; attached notecards to each hanger & taken pix of each pre-assembled outfit & stored them in his iPhone (see pix above). It’s sick, I know. But Raul hates to dress himself & doesn’t care; I like to dress him &do care. So this works for us. From the belt to the socks to how to tuck in his shirt–I take care of it. The ONLY (& I mean ONLY) part I don’t care about is his underwear. I’d like to say one last thing: it’s really cool when you & your mate can mesh what one hates & the other loves, ’cause everybody wins. Just ask the Cuban! We’ve been doing this for 10 years & we both wouldn’t change a thing.

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>Best Pres?

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In our creative meeting, we had a tangent discussion on who’s the best U.S. Pres. One of the names we threw in the pool was Teddy Roosevelt, who once said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Now that’s a sharp quote. Though Teddy wouldn’t be my personal pick for the best U.S. President, I really respect his obvious wisdom here. Who would you pick for the best U.S. Pres?

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>Got Vision?

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This week
we heard the vision for our country
through President Obama.
Which was cool.

But this weekend,
we will hear God’s vision
through Pastor Troy.
Which is even cooler!

See you there!
Oh, hey, if you don’t live near any of our 5 campuses,
see it LIVE here from your computer

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>Masks

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Couldn’t help but think of “Lord Helmet” in the movie, SpaceBalls when DJ did this.

Have you ever wanted to throw on a mask & hide? 
I can think of 2 reasons I’ve wanted to:
1. I did something wrong & I needed some time to hide from someone.
2. Someone did something wrong to me & I needed time to hide from them.

But neither reason is cool. It’s better to drop the mask. It’s easier to get around without one & it’s always better to show my face & let God shine through it.

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>Bury me, please

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Last night I fell asleep with the craziest thought: do I want to be buried or cremated? And before I was out, after some serious thinking, I decided I want to be buried. Burying lets me have a tombstone. A tombstone lets me have an epitaph. An epitaph lets me have a message. A message allows me to keep speaking after I’m not here to say it.People will be able to visit my tombstone and from it, I can SAY something about my God & how THEY can know Him too. I’m not sure how I’ll craft my concise tombstone message, but isn’t it cool that even when I’m 6 feet under there, God can still speak through me here? I just think that’s awesome.

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>Tour de South Beach

>Today was a cool day for its unexpected, peaceful & fun results. We spent it on Miami Beach (yrs ago, I used to work down there). Here’s our “wherever the wind takes us” itinerary:

  1. Miami Children’s Museum
  2. Cardozo’s on Ocean Drive
  3. Lummus Park & Public Beach
  4. Lincoln Rd Mall: Ghirardelli’s for ice-cream; the famous Follie’s, where I got a suh-weet shirt marked down 90%; and Christian Audigier’s, where I drooly but no spendy.

To me, Miami Beach is a trip to an uncharted world without a passport! When I’m there, I fully relish in the combined worlds of Old/Latin/Jewish & New/Diverse/Trendy. Everywhere you go, you catch this vibe in its architecture, cuisine & people. You really outta give it a shot. Lemme know if you do, I’ll SO go along for the ride!

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>Protest in my Hood

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Tonight, en route to our fav ice-cream shop, we passed a protest in our ‘hood. Such an unexpected scene that after we got home, I grabbed our camera to go back & get a pic. It was a group of Palestinian supporters, peacefully protesting with flags, signs & chants. Right away, DJ asked what was going on, (I let Raul take that one). As an American who cherishes freedom of speech & as a bible-reader who understands the deep blood running between theIsraelis & Palestinians, I’m still left undone by this. I wonder what God feels? Wonder what God wants?

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>We All Want New Bodies…

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Hey, hold up…I didn’t say it, God did! Check it out:

“For we know that when this earthly tentwe live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal bodymade for us by God himself & not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, & we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing…” 2 Cor 5 
So ya live your life, take the good with the bad, take GOOD care of the bod He’s given you. But don’t beat yourself up so bad & do NOT be ruled by body-image thoughts. Like God said…it’s just a tent.

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>TrendSpotting: 5 Retailers I’m Lovin!

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Time for another trendspotting post. Love trendspotting & really enjoy sharing my finds with you. Here’s 4 retailers HIGH on my list right now:

  1. Whole Foods – healthy grocery store that fights for the environment. You can’t HELP but feel better about your lifestyle and planet when you’re there.
  2. Anthropolgie – a crock-pot store with little-bits-of-everything. A GREAT place to buy unique gifts that everyone else hasn’t already found and given.
  3. Sephora – a wrinkle, zit, nail, eyebrow, lip, smell-good paradise! My only beef with this store is I can NOT walk out w/ out buying something. There’s something in the air…
  4. Brimstone – Grrrreat food, atmosphere & menu selection. And the BEST dessert as far as the east is from the west: Peanut Butter Pie.

Have you been to any of these? Thoughts? Love to hear ’em!

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>Four Free Books

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I have 4 books to give away. No reason. Just feel like it.
1) “Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands” –about lessons in non-linear leadership
2) “It” – about how leaders get it and keep it
3) “Branding Faith” – about why some nonprofits impact culture and others don’t
4) “God’s Blogs – about what God might say on his blogsite

If you want one, just leave a comment & let me know which one & I’ll get it to you.
If you don’t live here, email me your address HERE & I’ll send it to you.

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