A different harvest perspective

“Would you like a combine ride?” a friend asked in late September. Would I? Would I? In over two decades of flatland living, no one had ever asked. Later that week I perched in the cab of her family’s air-conditioned combine. Ripe canola, resting in neatly swathed rows, stretched clear …

Laugh a little, improve a lot

Gelotology—the study of laughter’s effects on the body—confirms the Biblical proverb about laughter being good medicine. Regular laughter lowers blood pressure, improves vascular blood flow and blood oxygenation. It exercises the diaphragm and abdominal muscles (among others), reduces stress hormones and increases tumour and disease killing cells. It also protects …

When Life’s Gusts Blow Sour

I adore fall, the golden “putting the place to bed for winter” season. All summer, nature gives fair warning: winter’s coming—prepare. In our yards and fields, that spells work: harvest, haul, dump, store, preserve. Bushels of still-green tomatoes, carrots and potatoes still wait in our garden. The gazebo, lawn furniture, …

The Difference: Caregiving vs. Maintaining

Most young families don’t need to make room for walkers, wheelchairs, leg braces and restraints. My parents did so, and willingly. All during my childhood, they welcomed both mentally and physically disabled foster children into our home. I called them sisters and brothers, though their presence sometimes confused me. “Mom, …

The thing prayer changes most

I made a big mistake recently, one that affected someone who trusts me not to do that. I discovered the error myself as I sat at my computer, reading an email. Horrified. Pondering consequences.     Even worse, I’d sat on that goof-up an entire month, not realizing it waited, a …