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I will arise and go now

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin built there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And … Continue reading

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Chosen ones: Greening Sacred Spaces

What fun! The congregation where I serve was awarded a 2015 Greening Sacred Spaces Award (South Halton Peel Chapter). The best part wasn’t winning, though. It was enjoying an incredible summer evening at Joshua Creek Heritage Heritage Art Centre. The event was … Continue reading

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Oh no! I killed the children’s plants.

It hurts to  admit it but it’s true. Even after everything had started out so well… I was super excited a few weeks ago when one of our Sunday School teachers announced that she was going to help her class … Continue reading

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Do you want to help someone who is depressed?

I am not an expert. I offer spiritual care, but not medical care. Although I have visited, supported and prayed for people struggling with mental illness, I do not have any fancy certificates to hang on my office wall saying … Continue reading

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Trouble sleeping? The answer is in the garden.

My husband jokes that I haven’t had a good night sleep since my oldest child was born over eighteen years ago, but the truth is I’ve always been a light sleeper. Now, however, with a busy church, schoolwork and a … Continue reading

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Isn’t “winter garden” an oxymoron?

This year for the first time ever I managed to stretch my growing season into October and I had bok choi and lettuce to harvest along with a few onions and some very persistent kale. Now, of course, I am not in the … Continue reading

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Good news for bad apples (or, Why making applesauce was good for my soul)

At our weekly fresh food bank, we receive a variety of produce, meat and dairy products. Sometimes they are near their expiry date, other times they are just not quite nice enough to sell. Last week there were cases and … Continue reading

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California is for preachers. And gardeners.

For the last couple of years I have been a participant in a Toronto Micah Group, which is a program of Fuller Theological Seminary in California that aims to form “empowered, wise preachers who seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, … Continue reading

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My global garden feast featuring Taiwan and Nicaragua

It was an odd summer at my house, with my husband working in another city and kids away for weeks at a time. It may have been a little lonely, but it also meant that I had the perfect opportunity … Continue reading

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If you go down in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise

Last week when I took Minnie for our early morning walk on the wooded walking trails I got more than I bargained for: we came nose to nose with grey coyotes. Well, maybe it wasn’t quite nose to nose, but … Continue reading

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