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Lawns: they’re not just for grass

This Advent, our congregation celebrated the season leading up to Christmas with a Giving Calendar. Each family in the congregation was given a long banner made of sealed envelopes. Each day in December they opened one and carried out the … Continue reading

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Gardening: therapeutic, defiant, gangster

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do.” –Ron Finley A while ago I stumbled on this TED talk by Ron Finley and loved it. This week a friend reminded me of it again and I love … Continue reading

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Giddy in a Cow Head garden

It might sound a little strange if you’re from Ontario, but  I love Cow Head! It was one of my favourite stops on our Newfoundland adventure. That’s where I was captivated by St. Mary’s Botanical Walk. It was late on a … Continue reading

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Some gardens (like churches) refuse to hurry

This August, it will be sixteen years since I was ordained and began serving in a pretty little church in Strathroy, Ontario. This year they are celebrating the congregation’s 150th anniversary, which means that when I arrived they had already … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes, parent to child.

Ash Wednesday is an ancient holy day in the Christian church calendar. It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which is traditionally a time of spiritual attentiveness and renewal. We are reminded of our mortality as we confess … Continue reading

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I am on the outside looking in

I can’t bear to drive by my old house. My husband tells me they have replaced the front door and painted the garage door white, but that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that they have also pulled out … Continue reading

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Purple haze: an Ontario farming tradition

If you drive past the city limits of many Ontario towns, you will see lilac bushes. Some of them are in lovely gardens of course, but many are standing alone in a field or surrounded by a tangle of weeds. They are often all that’s … Continue reading

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