Category: Sunday Sneak Peak

Party Pumper/Pooper

Flood Family, In my hometown, there was nothing that established your social status faster than which party you got invited to after the Friday night football game. When I was first invited to the popular kids’ parties (mostly because I had popular friends), I thought I’d finally made it! Until I actually started going… suddenly,...

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Difficult People

Flood Family, Nearly everyone I know has a “roommate horror story.” You probably have one – you might even be living through one right now (although I hope not!). I once had a roommate who would wake up at 5am every day to work out. In our tiny shared room. Did I mention it was...

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Endings and Beginnings

Flood Family, For every ending, there is a new beginning. While this maxim might be so well known that it borders on clichéd, it remains valid – and comforting – to me. Summer break is ending, a new school year is beginning. Baseball season is ending (at least for the Padres), football season is beginning....

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Where You Lead

Flood Family, Gilmore Girls is one of those early 2000s shows that stands the test of time. It’s intelligent, creative, poignant, and funny. The heart of the show, of course, is the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, whose relationship is so close-knit that they often feel more like lifelong best friends than...

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When I grow up, I want to be a…

Flood Family, When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? For me, there was a phase when I wanted to be a dancer, then the president, then a brief stint where I wanted to be an FBI agent – thanks to one of my favorite childhood shows, The...

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(Mis)Communication is Key

Flood Family, When the Israelites finally arrived at Mount Sinai, I imagine a lot of them were very relieved. They probably thought that after such a long and difficult journey, things were finally going to settle down and they could learn a new normal. However as we know, this is not to be. Instead, they...

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Fly Like An Eagle

Flood Family, Like any good (and nerdy) pastor, I love Lord of the Rings. One of the most epic scenes in the entire trilogy of films has to be in the aftermath of Frodo completing his quest and throwing the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom, as he and Sam lie on the...

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Level Up

Flood Family, In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins develops a theory of a hierarchy of leadership levels. The highest level of leadership is L5, the Executive. Collins contrasts L5 leaders and L4 leaders this way: while L4 leaders focus on making their company or organization a success during their reign, they’re more concerned about...

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Desert Island

Flood Family, If you were marooned on a desert island and could only have one object with you, what would it be? This classic ice breaker question is touted by organizations as a great way to get to know a little about coworkers on a team. The idea is that the object each person chooses...

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Take Backsies

Flood Family, There are few critical simple and finite rules to the social structure of elementary school, but perhaps none is as sacred as “no take backsies.” When this inviolable phrase is invoked, it must be respected. Whatever promise has been made (like trading treats at lunchtime or swapping markers for an art project) “no...

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