Archives for June 2015

Taming of a Shrew

sisters fightingTanya was cleaning her room. Lisa was staying out of her way because Tanya was angry.

“Lisa, you get in here, you little—”

Lisa sidled back into the room.

“What is THIS?!!” Tanya demanded, holding up a rumpled, soiled garment by the very tip of the corner, between her thumb and fingertip. [Read more…]

Prolific Authors

booksIt’s never been easier to have a book published than it is today. I don’t know how statistics compare for the big publishing houses, but a writer does not have to go that route any more. Self-publishing has lost much of the stigma attached to it ten years ago. More and more authors are going that route.

Recently I’ve been thinking of a number of well-known authors who wrote/write prolifically. [Read more…]

Backwards Brain Bicycle

I bet you don’t know how to ride a bike. That was the title on a blog post written not long ago by my friend William OToole. I was curious, because, like most of us, I’ve been riding a bike since I as a small child. [Read more…]

Hanabi Rei

Hanabi ReiOkay, I admit it. I am proud of my daughter, Raewyn. She is preparing to go Japan during November and December, as a short-term missionary. “Hanabi Rei” is her chosen Japanese name.

There is so much I could say, but I’ll let her speak for herself. [Read more…]

Near the Cross

Vagle Brothers 2011 - (l-r) Mark, Royle, Neil, Tim

Vagle Brothers 2011 – (l-r) Mark, Royle, Neil, Tim

A few days ago my Aunt Pat asked me if I could find the hymn, Near the Cross, and post it on my Facebook profile.

On YouTube, I found no shortage of versions, and started listening to find the one I liked best. [Read more…]

First Dream

skunkI woke up crying.

HOW could Mommy have been so mean? Sending me to the store in bare feet when there was snow on the ground! And there was a huge skunk following me! [Read more…]


Slave Lake on a windy dayThey say a change is as good as a rest. It was true for my daughter, my son, and me today. Five hours’ return trip to a family favourite — Spruce Point Park, on the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. [Read more…]


Picture 056When a boy shares a bedroom with two brothers for five years, it could be his creativity is stifled. Watch what happens when Andrew moves into his own room…




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Beginning of the Empty Nest

removal men loading a vanWhen your first six children were fairly close in age, you might expect more than one to leave home at one time. It wasn’t even that simple for us. All three of our daughters decided to leave at the same time [Read more…]

Try Something New

take the subway

take the subway

My friend, Marquita Herald, has written an inspiring blog post, entitled, 10 Simple Ways to Gradually Expand Your Comfort Zone. Among her suggestions are to try a new food, use public transportation, and read a book in a different genre. [Read more…]