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The Woman Who Sold Time

April 27, 2021

I was fascinated when I heard the story of Ruth Belville. She inherited a family business that had been started by her father in 1836 — selling time! In those days in London, anyone who wanted to know the exact time had few options that …( read more )

Do No Harm

February 14, 2021

For many months, I have been strongly advocating the wearing of masks in public places in order to diminish the impact of the present pandemic. By wearing a mask, I am, like millions of others, trying to keep the number of contagions down …( read more )

Frayed Jeans

May 22, 2020

I was folding my husband's jeans and checking the hems for frays. That's how I determine at a glance which are his work jeans versus his dress jeans. The thought came to me that when we live our lives in Christ, we become like a pair of …( read more )

The Armour

May 12, 2014

In the last nine months, two of my dogs have been attacked by a large, vicious, bully of a dog in our neighbourhood. One of the dogs, Sam, our little seven-pound Yorkie, came within a quarter of an inch of losing his life from one of …( read more )

Laser Surgery And Relationships

March 6, 2014

Recently, one of my daughters had to have laser surgery to fix some retinal problems. It so happened that on the same weekend we went to visit her, another one of my daughters and I unfortunately had a "snafu": a euphemism for a …( read more )

Why Wash My Neighbour's Windows?

June 26, 2013

"Why don't you wash those windows too?" I asked a teenage boy who was washing a storefront window. I was pointing to the filthy windows next door. And they were very dirty, indeed! "I don't get paid for that," the teen responded. "But …( read more )

The Day Is Almost Here

December 19, 2012

What does it mean to be truly awake?

Since our children moved from a crib to a bed, we have had a rule that they are not to get up until they see 7:00 on their clocks. They are to stay in their beds and look at a book or play quietly. …( read more )

Respecting Authority

January 29, 2012

"I didn't vote for him, so I don't care." "Democrats spend too much." "Republicans favour the wealthy." "Wrong skin colour, wrong party, wrong faith." "But dad, you don't understand. That teacher hates me." "I just cannot work for her." The … (read more)

Divine Guidance

October 7, 2011

At the end of August, we were visiting family at a lake house they had rented in Connecticut, USA, when Hurricane Irene struck. We "evacuated" to their home in New York State, and watched the television in horror at the … (read more)

The Normalcy Bias

August 5, 2011

According to Wikipedia, the expression "normalcy bias" refers to a mental state in which people underestimate or ignore the obvious signs of a coming crisis simply because it has never happened before. This reasoning can be applied to the attitudes … (read more)

The Wedding

November 22, 2008

Recently, it has been my honour to be "father of the bride" to Sarah. It was a lovely day and well organized, and a good time was had by all. Of course, there came the time for speeches. Every father … (read more)

The Invitation

May 14, 2008

While waiting for the information to come through about posters I design for a Christian organization, I thought I would tell you a little of what I do. Once all the details come to me via e-mail, the first thing … (read more)


February 16, 2008

Recently, my wife went to the games chest, where we store all our family games, to collect a game for us to play. We had decided to give the television a few hours off on a Sunday night; it had … (read more)

You Too Can Wear A Size Four

December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve was fast approaching and the pressure was on. What to wear? The same old tacky (meaning I am so tired of it!) from six years ago? (Be grateful it still fits!) Buy something new for a totally … (read more)

Prepare The Way For The Lord

November 30, 2003

Planning is my favourite pastime. I plan for days, weeks, even months, and such planning brings me the onset of expectations to anticipate results. On a good day, I might do more in a day than all week. I call … (read more)

He Cares

August 13, 2003

I ask myself, "Is it the Lord speaking to me, through my conscience, when I see a law being broken?" Is He speaking to me when I myself commit an offence? As we attempt to achieve the holiness God desires … (read more)

All We Desire Is Not Of God

May 30, 2002

One day when I was very young, I ventured off by myself to the dime store. I looked over all the things that took my eye, and with no money to buy, I looked at an eraser that I wanted … (read more)

Out Of Sleep

February 2, 2002

On February 2 every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA, crowds gather to see if the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow. But in much of Canada, still in the grip of winter, Punxsutawney groundhog cousins, known … (read more)

My First Ticket

July 12, 1999

A number of years ago, when I was only fifteen, I had to go on an errand for my parents in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This was my first experience driving by myself in a big city. I made an illegal … (read more)

Putting On Christ

August 25, 1998

I remember as a child hearing a story about a famous actor who was invited to play the part of Jesus Christ. As was the actor's custom he studied the 'character' in order to be able to 'feel' the part. … (read more)

A New Window

June 13, 1998

To pass through the doors of the old, old church is to enter a place of unprecedented peace. The three stained glass windows which face you from the front (the middle of which is Christ, lantern in hand), beckon your … (read more)

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