Bad news? God is still God

Bad news? God is still God

Checking texts, opening emails, answering the phone – some days I’d rather ignore those tasks.  The other day they carried to me three bits of negative news.  A beloved relative lay dying. A close friend didn’t get the job we’d hoped and prayed for. The birthday party for a dear friend is over – and […]

Our red cottage out back - a favourite place to knit words.

Abilities don’t last forever. Are you using yours?

Some people knit with yarn. I knit with words. In my decades of writing I’ve spent countless hours at my computer, knitting columns, stories, articles and books. But one day I carelessly left them out for the digital cat to find. My computer needed a rebuild, so I backed up my files on two external […]

On a midsummer morning…

On a midsummer morning…

I married my love on a midsummer morning when the sun was high. My mother cried, my father snapped hundreds of photos without film in his camera and the old folks came. We were healthy and young, we were foolish and wise, and it rained in the afternoon. Before we reached our honeymoon spot on […]

Happy Birthday to me – a project that matters

Happy Birthday to me – a project that matters

On July 20, 1969, as the moon rode high in the sky, a man stepped out of his spaceship and walked on it. Astronaut Neil Armstrong and fellow crew members, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin changed the timeline of history that day, inspiring generations. On the same date, a twelve-year-old girl rode high atop a […]

Some things bloom best in bad soil

Some things bloom best in bad soil

The package of nasturtium seeds sat in my seed collection for several years before I realized they had long expired. But just in case any still held a spark of life, I planted them anyway.  With their attractive heart-shaped leaves, jewel-toned flowers and peppery taste, nasturtiums make a tasty – if surprising – addition to […]

A gift of heart, from gifted hands

A gift of heart, from gifted hands

On a holiday outing that included my boss and co-workers, we visited a shop stuffed with unique handcrafted items. While wandering through, I pointed out a long, narrow table. “I need something like this in our hallway at home.” “I could build one for you,” said my boss, standing nearby. “Just send a picture of […]

Satisfied with my cottage below

Satisfied with my cottage below

Sitting in my cottage – the six-foot-square red one in the backyard, with the pointy roof and two screened flip-up sides, I am as near to vacation as possible on the weekends for a working girl – or working woman. (Some days I don’t know which I am. Some days a girl looks in the […]

Saying good-bye to a dream

It rips you in half, sometimes, the agony and ecstasy of marriage, and it hurts. That’s what happens when God joins two people. You become one. So the big separations, the thorny differences in things like opinion and intent, practice and preference, well…working those out, even after decades, takes prayer, persistence and compromise. I plunked […]

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 […]