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The Ravings of a Proud Father

2009 has been an extraordinary year at the CiRCE Institute. The low point came around April for me when I ran out of energy and had to take a two month vacation where I only worked 40-45 hours/week. But ever since the summer conference things have been moving on an upward trajectory.

See that’s the problem with prepositions. Why say, “on an upward trajectory” when all you need to say is “up” or “upward”? (Upward would be better as it is an adverb while up is a preposition and you should never use a preposition to end a sentence with)

The 2009 summer conference was almost certainly our best conference ever and I like to think we’ve had some real good ones. It seems that the Holy Spirit had something He wanted to say during that conference and that He said it.

The day before the conference, Andrew Pudewa and I presented a one day writing workshop, and that proved to launch the four days we spent in Texas last week, for which DVD’s will be available sometime pretty soon.

But I think one of the best things about the year was the time I’ve been privileged to work with my son David and his wife Bethany. They were married in June and since then both have proved invaluable to me and to the CiRCE Institute.

Now we are entering November and David has done something very well that we’ve never been able to do before, even though we’ve needed it every year. He’s established an end of the year support campaign that he has dubbed Further up and Further in with the CiRCE Institute.

The whole thing is his idea and his work, so you can imagine how proud I am of what he’s done. If you go to the front page of our website, you’ll see the flag for it.

The idea is simple and elegant. You can download talks from the CiRCE conference and/or an article by Vigen Guroian just for making any size contribution to the work of the CiRCE Institute.

Every year at this time, we need to do something for year end fund-raising. We are a not for profit and we don’t cover our budget through consulting and sales. Much of what we do doesn’t bring in an income. So during November and December we always hold our breath and pray, watching for the Lord’s provision.

Every year He has provided. This year He has provided David.

Our target for this support campaign is $50,000, which would enable us to direct the resources that The Lost Tools of Writing and our annual conference urgently need.

If you’d like to see what David’s been up to (which doesn’t include this blog, which is just the raving of a proud dad), take a look at the website at or go to the support page at

And if you would like to partner financially in this work that we are committed to because we believe our country and the Christian community need it so badly, we welcome and cherish every contribution.

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