Jay Payleitner Blog

Don't try to figure out a pattern to my blogging. There isn't one. 

Books. Talks. Lightbulb Moments.

August 25, 2021

Hey Friends: No surprise. Over the last 18 months, every one of my paid speaking gigs was cancelled. To jumpstart that part of my ministry, I put together a one-page […]

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Show Me The Father

August 4, 2021

Hey Friends, Let’s say we all sat in a big circle and started identifying the wide range of nasty stuff that has invaded our world in the last couple generations. […]

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Anticipatory Parenting

July 27, 2021

Hey Moms and Dads: I know it ain’t easy, but the goal is to stay one step ahead of what your kids need. I call it “anticipatory parenting.” Maybe this list […]

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The Unforgettable Needlepoint Metaphor

July 15, 2021

Right now, you and I really can’t have an eternal, omniscient perspective. That’s probably a good thing because seeing our entire future ahead of us would blow our minds. That’s also why, […]

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One Lucky Dude

June 15, 2021

Hey Friends: This pic made me laugh and I wanted to share it. That’s right. Rita and I have two granddaughters and six grandsons. And we were all together last weekend. My […]

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How to End Conversations

May 26, 2021

Most fathers expend much effort to launch conversations with their kids — especially teenagers. But perhaps even more important than launching conversations is finishing them wisely and well. You probably shouldn’t expect your son or daughter to punctuate every conversation […]

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Give Away Your Books

March 16, 2021

With the recent passing of Norton Juster, I’m reflecting on the importance of The Phantom Tollbooth in my life.  It’s a must-read classic. Tollbooth was the first chapter book I read back in grade […]

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Note to Self . . .

January 18, 2021

You know Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. That passage begins “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven  . . .” and follows up with a long list. Including a […]

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Eat the frog.

January 3, 2021

Consider this healthy strategy for achieving greatness in 2021: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”  This quotation […]

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Rita serving squirrel for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2020

Friends: The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is not a bird. Yet, this one happily dines daily from Rita’s bird feeder attached to our kitchen window with suction cups. And by daily I mean constantly. […]

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