by Bethany Plumb

My son is learning to read. It is amazing—not just because I think he’s brilliant, but because he is standing on the brink of a whole new world. I can hardly wait for him to experience the wonder, the escape, the opportunity to learn, that books offer.

I’ve spent a lifetime reading anything I can get my hands on, and this year was no different. There is so much good stuff to read out there, and plenty that’s not, so I always love a good recommendation from a trusted source.

I compiled a list of my read-happy coworkers’ favorite books of the year and will gladly share a few recommendations if you’ll share yours. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

This Thanksgiving, 21 out of my 27 family members who came together to “celebrate” ended up with the stomach flu. My house turned into an infirmary and Thanksgiving weekend looked slightly different than we all anticipated. As I did my best to help out with the grandkids (while trying to avoid catching this nasty bug), I reflected on a few reasons for thankfulness we don’t often think about—perhaps the ultimate reason for thankfulness. [read more]

by Susan Rushing

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

Some of my best work experiences have revolved around collaboration and partnership, when I have been able not only to bring my own talents but also benefit from others bringing theirs. Through partnership, I have experienced greater productivity and more creativity, which in turn has led to greater engagement and satisfaction with my work. [read more]