I started a list today. A list of acquaintances whose face and voice I know, and who know mine as well.  The list includes, in bold letters, the names of my husband and family. But John’s there too – he stops regularly by my office. So are Gladys and Shirley and a few others from […]

Thanks a heap!

Payday’s comin’!

“Payday’s comin,’” people often say, when crossed. But what goes around doesn’t always come around quickly. Not even when what went around was a kindness, great or small. Too often, we (myself included) accept those without bothering to pay even a little gratitude back. As though we deserve them. A few weeks ago someone passed […]

Happy Birthday, Mom… from this side of Heaven

Happy Birthday, Mom… from this side of Heaven

My mother would have been 96 on the day I’m writing this column. She died four months ago, at 95. In our frequent conversations, mostly over the phone from two provinces over, and in her last four days as I sat at her bedside, never once did she forget her age. She forgot everyone else’s. […]

Do it all for God’s glory

Do it all for God’s glory

I ‘m sewing again, for the first time in eons. It started with a trip to the store to buy six kitchen chair cushions – and a trip from the store without any kitchen chair cushions. “I refuse to pay $15.99 apiece for cushions I like, let alone ones I don’t,” I told the Preacher later. […]

Planning a good death

Karen’s last sentence caught me: “Will you help me prepare for a good death?” The question came at the end of a newsletter from a Christian author I’ve followed for years. For a teeny, alarmed second I wondered if Karen spoke of assisted suicide. I should have known better. Karen didn’t request assistance to die […]

Homeless no longer...Dan and Jaime McLeod

Faith and hope kept this family together

What do you do when your landlord increases your rent from $750 to$1600? Especially when you often already have more month left at the end of the money than money at the end of the month. Imagine you’ve lived in that rented home for eight years. You have one family income and three children still […]