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What To Do?

July 27, 2008

Many churches (including mine) take a strong stand against any form of gambling, because they understand the personal cost paid by those enthralled by the faint hope of ill-gotten gains. However, that doesn't stop people from visiting casinos or buying … (read more)

Dressed For Success

July 17, 2008

I used to fall for "fashion sense" advice in my younger years. "You must wear this. The new styles this year are two inches above the knee." "No one is wearing blue anymore. The new dress-for-success colour is grey. Your … (read more)

Just One of Those Days

February 11, 2008

Did you ever have one of those days when it would have been better to have stayed in bed? Yes! Me too! In the midst of one of "my" days, I began to think about Mrs. Luke Five. Here she … (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)

The Old Toilet Brush

December 6, 2007

"It's time to haul out the old toilet brush and decorate it for Christmas." "Hey kids, help us stuff this old toilet brush back into the box!" Wouldn't those comments raise an eyelid or two? The truth is that an … (read more)

Trick Or Treat?

October 31, 2007

I only really remember one of my costumes: a long, grey, silk dress, flounced from the waist down, with short, puffy sleeves, swishy — all the things a six-year-old girl loves. My mom wanted to round out my princess outfit, … (read more)

What Is It?

October 21, 2007

As I was reading "The Jigsaw Book" by Linda Hannas, I thought of my jigsaw-loving husband, and decided to test him. "What is it?" I asked, and read the following paragraph to him. When Lord Spencer's son was four years … (read more)

All The Attachments

September 19, 2007

The television commercial blasted forth the excellence of some cooking pans. One line really caught my attention: "If you don't have the tools, you can never do the job!" Whew! I took another look at those things! Maybe I needed … (read more)

Worm Holes

September 9, 2007

We have had a few worm days in our life recently. Hubby has been taking chemotherapy. Fear raised its head in our house for a while, and made us feel quite worm-like. I thought that meant small, insignificant, cowering, and … (read more)

The Pink Elephant Principle

August 21, 2007

The Pink Elephant Principle is very simple. Dear readers, let's all close our eyes and think of pink elephants! See pink elephants playing hopscotch on the plains of Africa! Watch pink elephants as they tread water in the river! Gaze … (read more)

Whose Will?

July 24, 2007

At first, her story shocked me. "Yes", she said. "God did do a miracle in my brother's life. Even as a child, he was a very gifted artist. Realizing that an unexpected illness would kill him, our prayers refused to … (read more)

The A-B-Cs

July 14, 2007

Remember when we learned our A-B-Cs as little children? You know, the traditional: A is for apple; B is for ball; and so on. It has proved quite beneficial, hasn't it? I began to wonder if there could be a … (read more)

Our Heavenly Home

July 1, 2007

Two years ago, our local television morning show asked for the definition of a Canadian. The winner coined this phrase: "A Canadian is an immigrant with authority!" It is true that at one time, most Canadians came from somewhere else. … (read more)

Hummingbird Manners

May 30, 2007

The hummingbirds are back! What a delight to watch those miniature helicopters whiz around the flower garden. To encourage them to come closer, we boil up syrup for the feeders. Hubby diligently hangs the feeders along the back porch. Then … (read more)

Forward! March!

May 18, 2007

Choosing a wall colour throws many of us into a tizzy. Afraid of change, we decorate with coconut, dark chocolate, and deep sand, each some form of the familiar prison of beige. Listen to these comments from "Straight Talk On … (read more)

Another Side

April 2, 2007

I had invited several friends to one of my speaking engagements, and I was touched by their response. "Oh, Brenda," said one lady breathlessly, "I have never heard you speak before!" "Oh, Brenda," said another, "I have only ever heard … (read more)

Sundogs

March 4, 2007

My husband pointed out the two sundogs in the blustery sky. "Keep an eye out," he said. "Watch which one stays." We were delighted to see that the one to the north disappeared. This of course signalled warm weather to … (read more)

Stuffed Wheel Wells

February 26, 2007

Winter is upon us as I write. Fierce winds, heavy snows, pathless streets. Here in Canada, we soldier on, driving where we have to go in spite of what we might encounter on the way. Some will not clean the … (read more)

The Hard Bits

February 23, 2007

My friend gave me an old magazine to read, with the understanding that I should pass it on to someone else. The first thing I do with my own magazines is to rip out all the hard cardboard bits and … (read more)

Leaked Memos

February 10, 2007

In Al Gore's disturbing documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, he quotes two leaked memos. One states, "Reposition global warming as theory rather than fact." The other says, "Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of creating controversy in … (read more)

S. T. R.

January 30, 2007

Because I am not a medical person, I really appreciate simple, easy-to-remember information that will help folks stay healthy. The new stroke guidelines (S. T. R.) really qualify. S. T. R. stands for the words "Smile-Talk-Raise". That is, if a … (read more)

Navigating New Territory

January 22, 2007

It all seemed as clear as mud to me when my husband Ron and I traced our upcoming journey to the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area on the kitchen table. The map's blue lines and red squiggles didn't look much … (read more)

Postponing God

January 18, 2007

When I read verses like this, I knew that God was expecting me to forgive my (now dead) abuser. And I did. But when He told me to go to the cemetery and lay hands and flowers on the tombstone … (read more)

Choosing A Mentor

January 9, 2007

When I needed a mentor, a woman who would help me to be all that God desired for my life, I asked God for help, and then took honest inventory. I asked the Holy Spirit for help in my weaknesses. … (read more)

A Time And A Place

January 3, 2007

The waitresses were practically running. Every staff member was in a flurry of activity. Customers recognized the overload and patiently waited their turn, Suddenly, a supervisor's voice boomed loudly over the clatter of conversation, silverware, and china. "Do you think … (read more)

No Room

December 22, 2006

The students in our little school were invited to visit another school some miles away. It was too far to walk. Our parents thought such a trip to be frivolous. (Every student was blessed to attend class because we were … (read more)

If We Had Only Known

December 14, 2006

Did you know that tinsel was invented in Germany about 1610 and was made from real silver until the 1960s? Me neither! Every year, Mom tossed the old and purchased new because the old strands didn't have the same lustre. … (read more)

One True Light

December 12, 2006

What is the Christmas season like where you live? Here in southern Ontario, every town has a Santa Claus parade, declaring the holiday shopping season to be officially open. One local community even has a "Light Up Night". Storeowners welcome … (read more)

Pass It On

December 9, 2006

All right! I admit it! I am a regifter! I disagree with the few social experts who insist that it is indelicate at the very least and downright rude at its worst. I regift. I learned it from no stranger. … (read more)

The Icks

November 28, 2006

I laughed out loud when I saw the cartoon picturing the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. There they were, the centre of a major miracle, crossing the seabed on perfectly dry ground. Banks of water towered over their heads on … (read more)

Iswastocome

November 2, 2006

The question went something like this: "Which historic character would you most like to invite to dinner?" Most of our choices were easily recognizable. My personal favourite was Winston Churchill. I'd ask him about his World War II strategies over … (read more)

So Far

October 29, 2006

An anonymous prayer circulating on the Internet goes something like this: "Dear Lord, so far today, I'm doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy or nasty, selfish or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, … (read more)

Where?

October 26, 2006

When the Monarch butterfly landed on my knee, I let myself pretend that it was the one that I had met the year before. It was charming to think that it had made the very long journey from Mexico, just … (read more)

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