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Con-grad-ulations!

May 20th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Top ten things you won’t hear at commencement

Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident.

So cue Pomp and Happenstance, here are the top ten things I’ve learned since I wore a black bathrobe and silly hat. [Continue reading]

Living in the ‘gap’

May 13th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


As a teen, our daughter would have loved to live in the Gap, the trendy clothing store at the time. Many of us live in the gap, but it’s a gaping hole between jobs or perhaps relationships. There are gaps in our health (I had three surgeries at three hospitals in two months for one stubborn kidney stone). And the most frightening gap of all: when God seems completely silent and absent in our lives. No one wants to live in those gaps, but they are inevitable.

There are two major gaps in the life of Jesus. The gospels provide no details between his infancy and his trip to the Temple as a twelve-year old. Then at least an eighteen-year gap between twelve-years old and the beginning of his ministry at “about thirty years old” (Luke 3:23).

But Luke 2 fills in those gaps with two short—but extremely important—verses. [Continue reading]

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Just for moms

Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for these amazing people called “Mom.” Have a great day!

Faith of Our Mothers A modern twist on an old tune

My daughter is one tough mother
She had to be with me as her dad. Happy Mother’s Day, Faith!

Top ten things my mom taught me


For moms, dads, grands

Cartoons on parenthood

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin coats of moral and ethical lessons

Talking to your kids about s-e-x
Children will learn about sex—from us or the bus!

Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines

Happy Mother’s Day, Lois, Faith and Amy! Thanks for the wonderful kids and grandkiddos!

Top photo from healthyblackwoman.com
Middle pic: “Papaw” with two of his eight adorable grands, Father’s Day 2008
Bottom pic: The Watkins kin at Mom’s funeral

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Humor from far, far away

Cartoons from far, far away
Top ten rejected titles for Star Wars VII
Top ten signs Han Solo has turned 70
Top ten surprises in Star Wars: Episode VII
Note: Five years before VII was released, I predicted Han and Leila’s offspring would turn to the dark side! Sometimes I scare myself.

May the force be with you

The Force Awakens universal questions
How does George Lucas come up with character’s names? A drunken game of Scrabble? How do light sabers work? Where do space royalty go for their hair and makeup? Do we all have a light and dark side?

Star Wars III: modern morality play
Revenge of the Sith is a modern-day morality play where we witness a powerful struggle not only between good and evil, but the temptation to use evil for anticipated good; the end justifying the means.

This Force never sleeps
In Episode VII, “The Force Awakens.” Has it been taking a nap? Has it been frozen in carbonite? Did it pass out at the Mos Eisley Cantina? I’m glad the real Force never sleeps!

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I’m having a great time at PenCon with my fellow word nerds. Yep, a convention for editors! For my partners in punctuation, here are the extended notes from my two seminars:

From stage to page: turning messages into manuscripts

How to hook today’s Internet users

And, if you need help from a word nerd, I offer CPR for your work in progress: Consulting, Publishing Assistance, Rewriting and researching.

Does your manuscript need CPR?

Plus, Hope and humor for writers


I’m having a great time at PenCon with my fellow word nerds. Yep, a convention for editors!

For my partners in punctuation, here’s my top ten list and the extended notes from my two seminars:

Top Ten Signs Your an Editor
10. You caught the error in the title . . .
9. . . . and it’s driving you crazy
8. You have pets named Strunk & White
7. Finding a typo in a best-seller makes your day
6. You actually enjoyed papers in high school and college
5. You have your devotions out of The Chicago Manual of Style
4. You refuse to use “their” as a single pronoun
3. You have strong opinions about the Oxford comma
2. You proofread your friends’ texts and emails
1. You send them back with corrections

From stage to page: turning messages into manuscripts

How to hook today’s Internet users

And, if you need help from a word nerd, I offer CPR for your work in progress: Consulting, Publishing assistance, Rewriting and researching.

Additional resources for writers

Overcoming fear and worry

April 28th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Overcoming Fear and Worry
From the book cover:

War, politics, finances, health concerns, job loss. Is your blood pressure rising yet?

Troubling issues bombard our news outlets, social media feeds, and personal lives constantly. Although it seems natural to embrace fear, the Bible repeatedly commands us, “Fear not.” God speaks to us, “Do not worry.” But how is this even possible?

In Overcoming Fear & Worry, award-winning author, and recovering worrier, James Watkins explores the practical biblical, and behavioral principles for successfully living without worry. With his seasoned experience and signature humor, Watkins shows us that God wants us to draw on His love, peace, and power to break the worry habit.

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If you’re an administrative professional, I have a few posts to celebrate you!

As editorial director at a publishing house, I could be gone for days at a time, and projects would continue moving smoothly along. But if my editorial assistant was gone for a day, the whole office went off the rails. (Thanks, Roxanne, for being the best!)

Top ten difference between “secretaries” and “administrative professionals”

APs win gold in Office Olympics

Are you your own AP? (The joys of working from home)

And a Happy Administrative Professional Day to my student intern, Abbie Kessler! (See pic.) If you’ve noted positive changes on my website and social media, that’s Abbie’s great work. She’s a senior at Taylor University and looking for a job in editing or English as a second language. So, if you have a opening or know someone who knows someone, please get in touch. I would highly recommend her!

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Hope, humor, Holy week

April 14th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


It’s Easter week, so here’s the Easter story in chronological order: divided into seven sections so you can read a portion each day of the week:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Good Friday
Saturday
Easter Sunday
[From Jesus: His Life and Lessons]

And here are my favorite Easter posts:

General
Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!

Palm Sunday
When praises turn to ash

Maundy Thursday
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was

Good Friday
“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
They just don’t make crosses like they used to

Resurrection Sunday
Action-figure Jesus
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough

Have a very meaningful week!