Small church, big church – worship matters most

Small church, big church – worship matters most

In a televised sermon, an internationally known pastor of a large urban church recently stated that families who raise their children in churches of less than several hundred are “stinkin’ selfish” and “care nothing about the next generation.” His uncharitable comments reflected ignorance. Fully half of Christian churches (Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox) in the US […]

What do you see?

Look beyond the worms

As I write, Saskatchewan’s Echo Lake, only yards from where I sit, shifts restless in the breeze, its surface strewn with whitecaps, sun-diamonds and the occasional boat. A robin rushes to and fro from a nest only a few feet above my head, worm in beak each time. Three trees face me. Jack pine, Manitoba […]

Forever friends...Amanda and John at the May 2016 concert

John McDermott – still sharing a little kindness

Our family is particularly fond of Scottish-Canadian tenor, John McDermott. At the first concert we attended, only a few years into his public singing career, I slipped a note backstage. Our teenage daughter Amanda was with us, I wrote. It’s her birthday. Do you think you could acknowledge her somehow during your concert? John dedicated […]

Nearby grandparenting, beautiful opportunities

Nearby grandparenting, beautiful opportunities

At four or five years of age, Dinah Jane made a proclamation. “Nana,” she said, “ONE day, when you get LITTLE and I get BIG, I’m going to push you around in your wheelchair.” I didn’t mark the proclamation day on the calendar, but it may have been the day I plopped her cantankerous, weary […]

Give – but give wisely

Eva had a huge heart – no one would deny that. Generous throughout her life, her habit of generosity became overblown in her senior years. She seemed resolved to out-give God himself. But her too often unwise giving choices had the opposite effect she’d hoped for. She became the victim of financial predators, causing immense […]

Listen to the one voice that matters most

For most of my adult years, I’ve kept my stick-straight hair fairly short. But before having children, it reached halfway down my back. When our first baby began using it for a pull toy and teether, I paid my hairdresser a visit and a few dollars. Back home, my husband took one look at my […]

Pme pf my favourite pics of Mom in her younger years, two of my siblings on her lap.

Sifting through Mom’s treasures

When I returned from my 95 year old mother’s funeral, two provinces over, I brought an entire suitcase of memories with me; passed on by my older sister who bore the burden of the major sorting of our parent’s possessions. At home, the case sat untouched for weeks. On the day I felt ready to […]

REAL Grandparenting

REAL Grandparenting

Something happens on one’s inside when the season of grandparenting arrives. (Something happens on one’s outside too, but that’s a subject for another column.) In the classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, a stuffed toy rabbit, who had observed real live rabbits playing in the garden, asks a well-beloved and much-used rocking horse in […]

Audience with an artist

I toured the working studio of Nanaimo artist Carole Reid one day. An easel stood in the corner. Unusual tools and creations in process filled the work surfaces. Finished art, sketches and project ideas decorated the walls. Paint is only one of Carole’s mediums. She makes paper. She carves lino. She collects odd things and […]

Untangling jargon

On the right day, at the scheduled time, my co-worker and I adjusted our bifocals. Then we sat down in front of my work computer for an introduction to the office’s newly installed file management program. Over speaker phone, an enthusiastic company rep introduced himself as Tim and requested permission to remotely connect to our […]