Continuous Partial Attention

I recently ran across Linda Stone’s blog site ( and was amazed and impressed to read so many things with which I agree. As a teacher and conference leader, the thing that made me want to stand up and shout a hearty YES was this concept of continuous partial attention. The term is used to describe the way we try to text, message, work, eat, and search for meaning in our lives–all at the same time. And we can’t give full attention to anything.

We have so many things to attend to in our busy lives that we have become unable to focus on any one thing for very long. One only has to observe spectators at a ball game, or even a committee meeting, and the emotional chaos that ensues to realize that we are truly sometimes incapable  of controlling our selves.

We have also lost the art of prayer and meditation. Our instructions were to go into our closet, and when we have closed the door, pray. “The one who hears in secret will answer openly.”

Make an effort to reclaim your quiet time in your quiet place.

For a useful prayer guide, go to:


Our Alien Ambassador

It’s official: I have now heard everything. I read today that the UN has appointed an ambassador to make first contact with aliens if that ever happens. I’m not sure what to say next.

We seem to be certain that there is something out there beyond us that requires contact on our part. Somehow we have developed this idea, or maybe even a desire , that life exists off planet and maybe, just maybe, they hold answers to our problems.

They have to be smarter, right? I mean, they got to us when we couldn’t get to them. They have answers we don’t. They have a whole other view of the universe and it’s reality.

It seems logical, then, that the most valuable person we could know would be a go between, a liaison, between ourselves and the superior powers above us.

Somebody like Jesus.

Pray his prayer. Learn more at:

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