One Ornament at a Time

One Ornament at a Time

A Christmas tradition at our house is decorating the Christmas tree—very . . . slowly. For you, this may seem painful, but we literally take out one ornament at a time and tell its story. As you can see, our first Christmas tree as a married couple had about 10 ornaments. Why? Not just because we were broke but because we were dead set on our ornaments having meaning. Fast-forward 18 years later, and as you can see, we have so many ornaments we have to practically hang ornaments from... Read More

How to Write a Letter to Santa

Last fall, we were introduced to Kid President—the self-appointed voice of a generation. Not only is he funny, AND adorable, he’s got some good advice on how adults can be more awesome and help kids (and everyone) live a better story. In this video, he speaks with best-selling author Nick Hornby and receives advice on how to write a letter to Santa. There’s still three more days to get those letters in to “Santa”! Read More
YouLead Featured Issue: Power of Story

YouLead Featured Issue: Power of Story

It’s no secret that people love books. Books have the power to move you, teach you, inspire you, grip you, and make you laugh and cry. So, what is it that is so powerful about books? With the popularity of ebooks, we know it isn’t just the feel of the pages turning in your hands. No, what is so powerful about books is what they contain: story. Story is a powerful tool that connects people to each other in a marvelous and mysterious way. Whether they are big, small, funny, sad, instructive, or... Read More
Mad Church Disease Book Blog, Week 3

Mad Church Disease Book Blog, Week 3

Change is almost always good, but rarely, does it come easy. Case in point for myself: learning to make purchases without using credit. Now, I’m not saying that credit cards don’t have their place; they can be a great asset for such things as traveling. But I grew up with parents who lived by the motto of Wilma Flintstone when she and Betty shouted, “Charge it!” as they headed out on a shopping spree. This type of spending for me, as an adult, only led to stress on myself, my bank account, my... Read More

Mobile Photography Explosion

Many of us at Orange really enjoy photography—with the DSLR camera bodies and the lenses and the flash units. And some of us (Reggie Joiner) are quite good at it! A lot of the time, most of us use the camera we have most handy—our phone camera. We snap pictures with our phone, maybe run them through some sort of filter, then post them to one or 12 social media outlets. Mobile photography and sharing has exploded in the last few years. Especially at Christmas, many of us will be loading our... Read More