Archives for May 2015

Have Thine Own Way

Adelaide A. PollardLately we’ve been singing many of my old favourite hymns in both our morning and evening service at church. This one is especially meaningful for me.

Wikipedia says, “In 1902, Adelaide A. Pollard, a hymn writer, was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary but found herself unable to raise the needed funds to make the journey. Greatly discouraged, she attended a prayer service one evening and as she sat there, she overheard an elderly woman say [Read more…]

Japanese Drama Society Presents…

1535011_10153945813172942_5098288538732357465_nI don’t know when the first manga came into our home. Who brought it home? Vicki? James? Raewyn? Where did it come from? The library? The store? [Read more…]

Do Mice Climb Trees?

Red Robin on Lawn(Written April 30, 2004)

1. Do mice climb trees?
2. Do robins dance?
3. Do robins harass bluejays?
4. Does ice rot?

If you answered “Yes” to all of the above, then you are absolutely correct! [Read more…]

Eat Move Sleep

Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath

Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath

A few days ago, I finished reading an amazing book. I’d been hearing of Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath, for some time and thought I might like to read it. You know… someday. There are so many great sounding books out there. How does one choose? I can’t even remember now, who said what about the book, but this time it caught my attention and I got it from the library. [Read more…]

Lost and Found

black glossy women's handbagLost and Found

For decades I carried my birth certificate, social insurance number, and Alberta health care card in my wallet. I never had a problem with that, and I never misplaced them. [Read more…]

Character Development

boy readingWhat makes the characters in one book seem so real, and in another, flat and uninteresting? There are many possible answers, but I’d like to focus on one aspect of character development… [Read more…]

It Is Well With My Soul

Horatio_SpaffordIt isn’t often we sing the same hymn twice in one Sunday, but we did today. One of my favourites, and one of the most beautiful hymns I know, it also has one of the saddest stories behind the writing of it.

Horatio Spofford lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and in an economic downturn in 1873. He and his family were to travel to Europe, but at the last minute he was delayed on business, and sent his wife and four little girls on ahead. [Read more…]

Smoky Sunset

sunset over St. Louis' (May 23 2015) The land lay under an heavy pall of smoke today, from dozens of forest fires burning around the province. Smoke came in through the open windows of our home, making me wonder who had a wood fire going. We weren’t burning anything, and our nearest neighbour is half a mile away. [Read more…]

What Will You Be Remembered For?

walking caneLast month our son Timothy graduated from Mount Carmel Bible College. It’s a small school with a family atmosphere. It wasn’t surprising, then, when a staff member who addressed the graduates gave a two-word description for each one. Some were obvious, like “Kim’s melody”, for everyone knew how she loved to sing, and would do so in meetings and ministry. But most of them were inside jokes that only the graduates and their own families knew. I waited, breathless, for what she’d say about our son. [Read more…]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Typewriter.Some of my favourite, most highly respected writer friends don’t believe in writer’s block. “Just sit down and write!” they say.

I don’t believe that, because I’ve been battling writer’s block for six years. [Read more…]