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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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A simple life. For three weeks, anyway.

I told my kids that this year we wouldn’t be taking a vacation–we would be going on an adventure instead! My family was blessed to have three entire weeks of vacation together and we chose to spend it camping in … Continue reading

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The beauty was right under my nose the whole time

An elderly woman in my congregation is ill just now and on a bright spring day I went to visit her at the local hospital. I parked my car and made my way along the sidewalk toward the main entrance … Continue reading

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Canada Blooms: A breath of fresh air

How blessed am I? So blessed that A. and M. gave me a pair of tickets to Canada Blooms! This year, it is being held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from March 15-24, so last Friday my husband and … Continue reading

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Don’t you hate getting stuck behind slow people?

For as long as I can remember, I have been in a hurry. When I was a kid, my teachers hassled me because my slap-dash writing style was pretty much illegible. I tried the patience of my piano teacher since … Continue reading

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Five tips for a soul-satisfying vacation

My husband’s family decided to take a trip together at an all-inclusive resort in Cuba.  After a year of illness (and recovery) they hoped for a life-affirming week of family time. It meant fourteen people travelling together, including six children. At … Continue reading

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The lost art of walking (in suburbia)

It all started with a new pair of shoes. I had an appointment in the south end of town, which means paying for parking. I realized too late that I had nothing in my wallet but a quarter, a dime … Continue reading

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The family jewels are growing on my patio

As a little girl, one of my favourite people in the whole world was my maternal grandmother. Gramma Nicholls always saved the plastic toys inside the Shreddies box for me and let me help her bake chocolate chip cookies when I went to visit. I … Continue reading

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What kind of legacy will you leave?

Here I am at Crieff again. This time I am attending a Guidance Conference, a retreat to help students discern whether they might be called to become Presbyterian ministers. I am one of six counsellors (four of us are parish … Continue reading

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J-cloths and church ladies

Growing up, there was always a J-cloth in the sink. It was blue and usually faded from washing, since my mother was frugal and used them until they fell apart. Sometimes they were wet and drippy, other times they hung over the fawcett, … Continue reading

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