Write the forgiveness cheque

I like my cat, Grace. A lot. But our previously untested relationship hit the wall a few months ago, starting the evening I brought home an overnight guest. A grey puffball of a kitten with round green eyes. “Now, Smoky,” I told her. “Don’t get comfortable. Tomorrow you’re going to …

Give. That’s what love does best

Small faces bloom under my friend Rhonda’s paintbrush. Her canvasses come to her as children, but a few minutes later they leave as butterflies, tigers, flowers or pets. Even superheroes. Rhonda’s art impresses me, but her character moves me. As her skilled hands paint young cheeks, foreheads and hands, I see a …

Ten Books that Changed my Life

For better or for worse, Facebook connects people. On the better side, it provides valuable insights into others. Understandings we didn’t have before: what people are up to, who they love, things they enjoy, even what (and who) influences them. Facebook “tag” helps with that. One friend tags some friends with a …

Lessons of the nesting cups

Most of the toys my two babies played with over three decades ago have been tossed or passed on to others. But not the twelve green, yellow, red and blue nesting cups. Over thirty-odd years, seven* moves, two children and five grandbeans, we’ve never lost one. Not even the tiniest …

Nana, mind your tongue!

“Oh, be careful little tongue what you say,” goes the old Sunday School song. “For the Father up above is looking down in love….” I should have been singing that the day my daughter and I had a conversation in her van. In the back sat three-year-old Benjamin Bean, half-asleep …

The Best Santa Story of All

I’m not a Santa lover, honestly. But a reader sent me a longer version of the anonymous story below, and I knew I would share it with you. I’ve taken liberties with the prose and adapted it to fit here – for those who do enjoy the old elf: One evening, …