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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 2: Beauty and a beast of a day

I took my very first steps along St. Cuthbert’s Way in beautiful sunshine. Everything sparkled in the morning light (Alright, I slept in and didn’t get on the path until 10:00. I would come regret that later. Also that I … Continue reading

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New boots, new journey!

I am taking a course on Celtic spirituality as a part of my Doctor of Ministry studies, and am leaving Sunday afternoon to spend two weeks in Scotland and England. That meant I needed new boots! The second week I … Continue reading

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Jackson and the school trip-turned-spiritual-exercise

I don’t do school trips. At least, not since S. was in grade one. Parents were given explicit instructions not to buy any treats for the children in their group, but when we met back at the bus at the … Continue reading

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Minnie is a great dog, even though she ate my favourite sandals.

Our family got a dog. This winter we registered with a pet rescue organization and then about six weeks ago  we welcomed Minnie into our family. She’s a two year old Airedale terrier. She is very sweet, very energetic, and … Continue reading

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Sometimes even in the springtime hope is hard to find

A woman from our neighbourhood died. For ten years our families have shared an unremarkable friendship, really. We chatted in the doorway at birthday parties, arranged play dates, and exchanged stories about our kids. There was no drama, no intensity, … Continue reading

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Banging my chair on the ceiling: take that, squirrel!

I may not have bats in the belfry, but I do have a squirrel in the attic. At least, I hope it’s only one. Good grief. We first noticed it ages ago, but it took us a few weeks to … Continue reading

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My New Year’s confession: Flowerama

I have a confession to make: I have been playing a game on the computer over the Christmas break. Not just a little, either. It has become obsessive to the point that I am neglecting my children. They ate cookies … 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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Every hospital needs a garden

Most pastors have reason to visit the hospital with fair regularity, but last week my visit was different. Wearing street clothes instead of a collar, I went to Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and found my way to Palliative Care. … 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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