Ultimate Pirate Repellant

Ultimate Pirate Repellant

The door exploded inwards, and two grandbeans busted into the house. All excited. “Nana, we SAVED a dragonfly today!” “Wow! Bravo! Amazing!” Grins. High fives. “So is he going to heaven now?” A bit of eye-rolling ensued. “Nana. You know that dragonflies can’t go to heaven. Jesus didn’t die for THEM.” “Oh. That’s a pity. […]

And this (yes, really) is the Preacher...same place, same time. Oh dear...did I really make him that jumpsuit?

How to mess up a meat loaf – and grow a marriage

I had much to learn as a bride at nineteen. But the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him ,” and the Lord God knows I tried to be that helper to my man. My enthusiasm surpassed my ignorance, in […]

Let’s talk about our messes and our blessings

Let’s talk about our messes and our blessings

10:21 p.m. I sit in the very yellow space that serves as my office. My book collection lines one wall. The books I hope to read, the books someone recommended I read, the ones I bought for their artwork or bindings, those that hulk there for a rare reference, the ones I keep because I […]

What the world needs now is…a sticky note

So many areas of our groaning world need transforming these days. Unspeakable atrocities spew through the media. Not to make light of all that, but I propose that sticky-notes could help. I caught the sticky-note bug from the Post-it Queen. At least, that’s what I came to call my co-worker during the weeks we worked […]

Can you play with West Nile when you catch it?

Ah, fresh air. Standing outside the house with Dinah Jane one pleasant evening recently, I took a deep breath. And inhaled at least three mosquitoes. “Oh, brother,” said I, “let’s get back in the house before we catch West Nile!” “What’s West Nile, Nana? Can we play with that when we catch it?” she asked. […]

We’ll do the baptism where?

Shop talk among seasoned pastors often brings up tales of memorable weddings, funerals and other church traditions. It did that last Sunday over lunch with friends. Only this time, the stories centered on baptism. Some churches dunk baptismal candidates; others sprinkle and some pour. Some do all three. Some baptize at an altar or in […]

Two days travel post-fall were a perfect set-up for elevation!

Sometimes God lets us fall

  The note from my older sister made me chuckle so long I knew I had to share it. Her comments, however, need a bit of backstory. After a pleasant two-day visit to Beverly’s B.C home in mid-June, the Preacher and I gathered our suitcases and bags for an early morning departure. From our upstairs […]

God reigns, even when it rains

For thirty-six hours over the Canada Day weekend relentless downpours pounded Southeast Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Eight and a half inches in my backyard, according to a bucket on the deck. On the morning the water began seeping up through the sodden ground onto farmfields and into homes, I walked past an open songbook on our keyboard and […]

If we never meet again this side of heaven

If we never meet again this side of heaven

I think about farewells as I write this column on summer’s opening day – a grand one. The sky wears a suitable baby blue with white polka dots. I sit in the front passenger seat of our vehicle, tapping my computer keys. The Preacher, in a celebratory red and white striped shirt, sits behind the […]