Stop the blame game

I seldom get the opportunity to play our church’s lovely new piano – a hybrid acoustic/electric. And after the last time I played for worship, I may never be asked again. I butchered a hymn. A most beloved one, at that. Things went well for the first two or three …

When Christmas isn’t merry

Merry Christmas. For most of us, those words trip off the tongue at this time of year. But every year, some people have no Christmas jolly. They’re not decking their halls or preparing gifts. Since last Christmas they’ve lost a loved one or several. Their Ho Ho-s and Joy to …

Christmas without crazy

“Where are you spending Christmas this year?” I asked a widowed friend. Since her husband died, she has lavished attention on her children and expanding circle of grandchildren. She’s the poster child for involved grandparenting. Adored. Available. Undemanding. And tired. A far-away look came into her eyes. “Somewhere warm. The …

Be bold. Commit.

Before the Preacher and I boarded Knott’s Berry Farm’s towering yellow roller coaster, the senior ahead of us in line tucked in his shirt and buttoned it to his chin. “They told me,” he said, “that if I don’t do this, I’ll lose it.” His middle-aged son rolled his eyeballs. …

Remember

I remember some young soldiers. Keen, full of bravado. Cowlicks barely tamed, acne still embarrassing. One young friend, a reservist I’ll call Hal, came back from overseas outwardly unscathed; full of curiosity about the cultures and people he’d encountered. He came over for a visit. Sat beside an oak cabinet …

Negotiating Uncertainty

By the time you read this, Canada’s general election will be over. But I’m writing this a few days before, live from the state of Uncertainty.* As it often does in other circumstances – health, relationships, transitions, for instance, it has opened its gate and summoned our country in. Me, too. …