Fall. Again.

I love the fall season. As child it meant a new outfit for school, new pencils and best of all, new books. As adult I find a sense of renewal in the fall. Fall feels like the start of a new year to me. The harvest is in, the wind is cool, and all living…

Waiting

I don’t mind waiting. It doesn’t frustrate me to be in a line at the grocery store, the gas station, or the doctor’s office, for example. That’s time I gain to think undisturbed by phones, computers, devices, or people. I choose not to use express lines at the grocery store because “express” is a code…

1,869 Miles

My Fitbit congratulated me on having walked 1,869 miles or, as we say in Canadian-speak 4,111 kilometres. Evidently that is equivalent to walking the length of Japan. Before you get too excited, please know that I have had this Fitbit for several years and, in fact, have almost worn out the band. Still, it is…

Internship Opportunities

Over the past five months, your Internship Development Committee has been working hard to create unpaid, for-credit internship opportunities for college age students. This is a new program for us, so the learning curve has been steep. There are labour rules, college and university internship standards and requirements, and logistical and budgetary information to absorb.…

The Call

The General Convention 2018 Call went out to all of our members this week. Along with it were the supporting documents – registration form, 2 sets of bylaws and 2 slates of nominees for leadership position. That’s just 5 documents. But, those 5 documents represent at least 500 hours of work by our members. Starting…

Laughter Links

When we lived in Greely, Ontario we belonged to a small church. It didn’t stay small for long as God blessed the work of the pastor and all the leaders, bringing in many seekers. There were many reasons for this growth but one of the strangest was folks who had read our church signs and…

Minister of Loneliness

Last week, Theresa May, Prime Minster of Great Britain, announced a new government position – the Minister of Loneliness. A Minister, not in the religious sense of the word, is the British equivalent of a US Secretary. This was a startling announcement! I assumed she would launch into a description of the elderly population in…

Character-Building Weather

I have often wondered if there is a connection between the climate one grows up in and the character of the people who live in it.  There must be a reason that we often ascribe attributes to groups of people – the hardiness of the north-easterners, the hospitality of southerners, or the grit of the…

Re-gifting

I have no objection to the concept of re-gifting.  I don’t mind receiving a gift that was first given to another.   And, from time to time, I re-gift to others.  I recently found a scarf, unopened and unused, that I thought was perfect for my friend so I gave it to her.    When I think…

My Virtual Reality

My son has a virtual reality system.  To play, you put on an eye mask that looks like overgrown ski goggles.  Then the headphones come next.  Your mind accepts what is not real which is one of the reasons that no one is allowed to play with this system unsupervised.   It is a wondrous thing…

Trust

John and I provide after school care for 2 of our granddaughters.  Their parents do not allow screen time beyond 20 minutes per day.  That’s one episode of a children’s program or 20 minutes playing a math game on my computer etc.  It is a great opportunity to develop the concept of trustworthiness.    When cajoled…

Stress

I like R. S. Lazarus’ way of defining stress “Stress arises when individuals perceive that they cannot adequately cope with the demands being made on them or with threats to their well-being.” I understand this to mean if I perceive that the situation is more demanding of me than my perceived level of energy to…

Fellowship

The asbestos tiles have all been removed and the air quality tests are completed.  John is working on rebuilding part of the wooden subfloor that is completely rotten.  I am using a wire brush to clean and scrape the bottom 4” of the walls and the joint between the walls and the concrete floor around…

Pacifiers?

When I was travelling with my babies I often resorted to using a pacifier (soother) when they started to squawk. It worked to calm them. Fast forward 40-some years. I take the commuter train and subway to meet my sister for a lecture and lunch. To be clear my sister does not lecture me -…

Holy, Wholly His

Last Sunday we joined a fellow KDS member and attended his church. It is a church much different from my own. I have worshipped in churches with plain white-washed walls and no ornamentation – this was not like that. I have attended churches with contemporary music blasting from bands – this was not like that.…