Monthly Archives: July 2011

We stopped and I noticed the flowers

Long drives require frequent stops. Especially when you are travelling with children under the age of ten. My husband and I learned this years ago when we took a summer trip to Nova Scotia. With Pat being a stay at home … Continue reading

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New roofs make good neighbours

There has been a rash of roofing in our neighbourhood this summer. I can count at least five houses on our street that have had trucks deliver big skids of shingles and a garbage bin to their driveway. Not long … Continue reading

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My backyard rainbow

 I was putting laundry on the line this morning and Emily came out the back door. She looked at what I was doing and said, “Making a rainbow again, mom?” Yes, I admit it. I arrange my laundry in pretty patterns as … Continue reading

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At least they left one good thing

Moving from Strathroy to Oakville was challenging. Living close to the church was very important to us, because this way we could be engaged in the same community as the congregation and available at a moment’s notice. The problem was that we … Continue reading

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Why I love volunteers

Ministers–especially those in congregations with little other staff–need volunteers to make ministry happen. Lots of them. At Trafalgar where I serve, people work alongside me to make sure that the building is clean and safe, the programs fun and helpful, the worship … Continue reading

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Friendship, with gratitude

Until I was ten years old, I lived in a house on Pelmo Crescent and walked to Pelmo Park Public School every day. I had a robust circle of friends: Andrea, Shelly, Nanette, Guy, Julie, Cynthia, Danny and many others who played … Continue reading

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Going to jail for vegetable gardens

Yesterday a friend shared a story with me. It seems a woman named Julie Bass in Michigan has installed raised vegetable beds on her front lawn. They are just like mine, only I have nine and she has four. The difference? She … Continue reading

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