I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category for Administrative Professionals Day: Top ten differences between ‘secretaries’ and ‘administrative professionals’

10. Secretaries make coffee; administrative professionals procure international resources to motivate and empower staff.

9. Secretaries take memos; administrative professionals expedite inter-office communication. [Continue reading]


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APs are office olympians

Forget gymnasts, swimmers, track stars, and weightlifters (along with all those retired athletes pitching E.D. products)! Administrative professionals are the unsung heroes overcoming Olympic challenges in offices and factories closer to home.

10-mile Commute and 100-Yard Hurdles

Employees (who have just raced through rush hour traffic), must now jump ten parking bumpers, three UPS boxes, and a "Caution: Wet Floor" sign to arrive at their desk on time. [Continue reading



I’m my own AP!

For those of us who are privileged to work from home, there are a few drawbacks, such as being CEO, COO, CFO and AP! (I have to take myself out to lunch today!) But there are some real benefits. [Continue reading



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Money, money, money issue (04.17.17)
20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
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Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Articles, books, scripts . . .

Jim Watkins is an award-winning author of 20 books and over 2,000 articles on how to live, love and laugh. Read free—a bargain at twice the price—excerpts on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parenting, sex, spiritual issues, plus cartoons, comedy/drama scripts, and writing resources.



Motivational talks, seminars

Jim brings hope and humor to his audiences as well as teaching others to do so through conferences and seminars across the U.S. and overseas. Listen to full keynote talks and seminars, as well as consider having him speak to your church, conference, college or convenience store grand opening. (Here are his topics and schedule.)



Latest hope and humor

HopeAndHumor.org Humor features over 350 articles, book excerpts, cartoons and videos on everything from sects to sex. Here are the latest packages of topics. (Use the search box at the top right to explore the archives.}

20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
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In this issue, my creative plan to eliminate income taxes and reduce the national debt, plus a look at freelancing, which offers no financial benefits, but a world of non-taxable blessings. Enjoy!


My plan to eliminate income taxes

If you’re one of the thousands of taxpayers who are frantically trying to complete your Form 1040 before tomorrow night’s midnight deadline, here’s some helpful advice. Quit reading this column! Get to your local post office for the fifteen different forms you’ll need to send your checking account balance to Washington. Simpler yet, just send them your checkbook. [Continue reading]



Top ten ways to reduce national debt

I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, “Top Ten Ways To Reduce the National Debt.”

10. Sponsor a national garage sale (Do we really need two Dakotas?)

9. Make Chuck-E-Cheese tokens legal tender

8. Turn Blair House into an upscale bed and breakfast

[Continue reading]



Freelancing offers freedom ‘real job’ can’t

As a freelance author, editor and speaker, I haven’t had a “real job” since 1982. That also means I haven’t had a regular paycheck, health insurance, pension, or paid vacation. But before you think I’m sending out invitations to a pity party, let me assure you that it’s been worth the white-knuckle trust that bills will get paid and the sleepless nights when there’s no paying work the next day—like right now. So, I’m writing this to assure myself that: [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

20th anniversary issue (04.01.17)
Writing issue VII (03.23.17)
Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
More

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, pastoral resources, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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I love that Jesus was buried in a garden!

      The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so . . . since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there (John 19:41-42).

Cemeteries are places of death and decay, but gardens are filled with life and growth!

Wishing you the new life of the resurrected Christ this Easter . . . and always!

Click for links to Easter posts and cartoons featuring my favorite post: It’s Sunday, but Jesus is Coming.

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Welcome to my 20th-anniversary issue! Since I launched on April 12, 1997—which in Internet years was 20,000 years ago—it’s been a honor to welcome over 7 million guests from 120 countries with articles, book excerpts, cartoons, humor columns and videos. (Above, the original banner.)

Here are the top ten posts over the years:



1. Were U.S. founding fathers Christian?

This post has consistently ranked one or two during the past 10 years—and has sparked passionate comments. Both revisionists and the religious right have tried to make the Founding Fathers fit their ideology, but here they are in their own words. You may be surprised! [Continue reading]



2. Hope and help for suicidal thoughts

I am both sad that so many felt the need to click this excerpt from The Why Files and so glad to be here for those in their darkest hour.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are major mental health crises, so I have tried to be transparent about my own struggles in these areas. [Continue reading]



3. It is well with my soul: the rest of the stories

This popular hymn’s back stories also proved popular. While it may have been well with their souls, it was not with the writer’s and composer’s tragic lives. [Continue reading]



4. A case for women in ministry

I was glad to see this post, which originally appeared in Rev. magazine, rank so high. I’m married to an ordained woman who did a wonderful job pastoring a growing church and is now a chaplain of a hospital. Here’s a biblical case for what she and millions of women are doing. [Continue reading]

A newer post—which has consistently made the top five list in recent years—asks, What was Paul thinking when he wrote 1 Timothy 2:12?



5. Top 10 reasons I’m not divorcing my wife

This popular post provides a whole legal binder of medical and university studies showing why divorce is not healthy mentally, emotionally or even physically. Before you consider divorce, please, consider these 10 important research findings. [Continue reading]


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But wait, there’s more!

And rounding out the top ten . . .

6. Encouraging quips and quotations

7. Does DNA disprove evolution?

8. Dealing with death and grief

9. The hidden habit: masturbation

10. Ancient prophet warns of conspiracy theories


The many faces of jameswatkins.com

I’ve had a few designs and taglines over the past 20 years, but I think “Hope and Humor” sums up what I’ve been doing all my life—and hope to be doing until I move to my final “domain.”




I do hope and pray that I’ve been your cheerleader over the years and that you’ll recommed my site to your family and friends. (And, just to be clear, that is not me with the pom poms.)



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Easter issue (03.01.17)
The Oscars issue with “Evil Jim” (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.01.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (01.1.17)
More

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It’s been a joy to share at the Mid-South Christian Writers’ and the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ conferences. Here are links to my talks.

The ten creative commandments
This has become one of my favorite keynotes showing practical ways to increase your creativity in communications.

Three new “must haves” for today’s writers
Brand, platform and social networking have become absolutely essential in today’s publishing. Here’s some practical information and advice, along with a post on writing for the digital age.

Keeping your dreams alive
Writing can be discouraging, but here is hope from the story of Joseph.

Soaring with eagles, walking with emus
While this was delivered at writers’ conferences, it’s applicable to any career whether pastor, plumber or pyromaniac. Just mentally edit in your particular vocation.

Hope and humor for writers
A whole ream of writers’ resources



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Prepping for Easter (03.01.17)
Evil Jim at the Oscars (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.1.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (01.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Lent, not to be confused with the stuff in the dryer filter, is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter. It includes the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. So, here’s some hope and humor for Christian “preppers.”



Forty days of hope and humor

Top ten things I’m giving up for Lent (4. Golf pants)
Forty days of imitating Christ Devotions from one of my latest books: The Imitation of Christ
Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!



Looking for Jesus

Genuine Jesus or Counterfeit Christ
The Easter story in chronological order
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was
They just don’t make crosses like they used to



He is risen!

“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough



The passion of the pastorate

Lent can be a stressful time for pastors. Not only are they prepping for meaningful services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday, but it’s also the time of with possible pastoral votes and perhaps searching for new positions afterward. Here is some hope and humor I’ve written for clergy magazines.
Top ten list: When you’re voted out
Wounded shepherds: When is it time to leave the flock?
Considering a post-clergy career?
Encouragement from the Book of Joe from my contribution to the book, Pause for Pastors



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Evil Jim at the Oscars (02.26.17)
Sexual identity issue (02.15.17)
Love, marriage, sex issue (02.1.17)
Inaugural issue (01.15.17)
Lives matter issue (01.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (01.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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Evil Jim at the Oscars is brought to you by: I Have a Meme: 200 of my best—and a few of the worst—cartoons. Doesn’t he look stylish in his rented tux?!

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Nearly one-third adolescent boys and many teen girls go through a time of questioning their sexual identity. With today’s discussions of “gender fluidity,” it has become an even larger issue.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, I want you to know I care about you.

If you’re straight, I want you to know that gender identity is a complicated issue. And when an issue is so complicated, compassion should be the first response.

So, I’ve attempted to write these excerpts from my books on sexuality as well as these recent posts with truth and grace, so thank you for your consideration and comments. (This may prove to be my most controversial issue of Hope and Humor, but it is well worth the risk to address these issues.) Here we go . . .



My sexual identity crisis

LGBTQ issues have sparked contentious debate. So, it’s time for me to “come out” and admit my struggle with my own sexual self-identity as a teenager. [Continue reading]



Is sexual identity nature or nurture?

Brain research seems to suggest that a disruption in one’s embryonic development, could produce a male with a “female” brain. This may give credence to transgenders’ argument that they are women in men’s bodies. [Continue reading]

However, two John Hopkin researchers claim there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that sexuality and gender orientation are innate traits. The complete report was published in The New Atlantis.



God and the Gay Christian conversation

The fight for acceptance of sex-same unions has moved from the gay community to the media to the states to the courts to “mainline” churches—and now to evangelical churches with Matthew Vines’ controversial book. [Continue reading]

God and the Gay Christian concepts

If you read just one post this issue, I’d encourage you to read, what I believe, are four biblical concepts. I’ve labeled it a “rough draft,” so I’d welcome your input. [Continue reading]



Why are some people so bent out of shape about homosexuality?

The late Fred Phelps and his followers became infamous for their picketing with signs declaring, “God Hates Fags.” Phelps message and methods have been condemned by both religious and non-religious. (See God hates godhatesfags.com). But, why does God—and many of those who profess to follow Him—seem so bent out of shape about homosexual behavior? Here’s my theory for your consideration. [Continue reading]



A ‘civil’ debate on same-sex marriage

Is it possible for opposing sides of the issue to get what they both want? Here’s my win/win proposal. [Continue reading]



New book releases fall 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that Bold Vision Books will be releasing Three Questions: Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, Unpunished Evil in time for the Christmas book-buying season. And thanks for your prayers as I write with a June 31 deadline. Click for a rough draft of the Preface and Introduction. (Okay, it’s really rough draft, that I’m completely rewriting, but it will at least give you an idea of what I’m writing.)



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Love, marriage, sex issue (2.1.17)
Inaugural issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
More

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Welcome to my annual salute to love, marriage and sex. If you’re single, dating, engaged, married, divorced, widowed or “it’s complicated,” there’s something for you! Enjoy.

Many of the posts below are from my books on love and sexuality, including The Why Files: When Can I Start Dating?. And check out my cartoons on love.



Love

Falling in love—and getting back up
Looking for love in all the right places
Men and women are different!
Men are dirt
No hablo, estrogen! Becoming bilingual in relationships
Breaking up without breaking down



Marriage

Children who marry their parents: the psychology of courtship
Top ten reasons I’m not divorcing my wife
Top ten secrets to staying married



Sex

A case for polygamy?!
Can I become a virgin again?
“Coming Out” My sexual identity crisis
Cure for common cold: sex
Fifty Shades of Beige “Reel” sex is never as good as real sex
Guy’s guide to cars . . . and sex
The hidden habit: masturbation
Three secrets to XXX-ceptional sex
Top ten turn-ons for women
Why are guys such boobs about breasts?



New How to become a million-selling author

This month, I reached 12 million readers. Yep! Twelve with six zeros. You can too! [Continue reading]



Previous issues, legal stuff . . .

Inauguration issue (1.15.17)
Lives matter issue (1.8.17)
New Year, new you issue (1.1.17)
Mental health issue (12.28.16)
Music issue: 2 (09.18.16)
Conspiracy issue (09.12.16)
Remembering 9/11 (09.11.16)

Plus, you can also access over 300 posts—more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at—on death, faith, health, heavy topics, holidays, hope, humor, life hacks, love, parents, sex, spiritual issues and writing resources. But wait, there’s more: free stuff. Enjoy!

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