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Posted 1 year 2 months ago

All aboard!


Train travel has fascinated me for most of my life.  I have friends and colleagues who can give you details about every train from engines, cars and cabooses that are now antiques to those that are still running the rails.  I am not one of those people but I have a great appreciation for those who do.  I am also fascinated with those who collect and display miniature train sets.  There is so much time, talent and creativity that goes into this work.


Posted 2 years 2 months ago

March 2016


When it comes to writing, planning a trip, or building something, I always have trouble getting started.  When it comes to writing, I find that it takes a prolonged period of time to come up with a creative subject and pen words around ideas that inspire people to read on.  Around planning a trip, I am constantly making sure I have all the bases covered so that nothing can go wrong.  As for building, power tools and instruction sheets just don’t seem to mix.

Posted 2 years 2 months ago

February 2016

Posted 3 years 6 months ago

Recently posted on Facebook was an editorial cartoon, drawn by Bruce MacKinnon of the Chronicle Herald, which depicted one of the soldiers from the statues on the Cenotaph assisting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo after he had been shot guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.   The picture was powerful as it conveyed both compassion and hope.


Posted 4 years 6 months ago

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the dead: Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


 Take up our quarrel with the foe

Posted 4 years 7 months ago

As I am writing this article it is the first day of Fall and we are saying goodbye to the summer season. The beauty of creation will be revealed in the turning of the leaves to the many rich colours of reds, green, oranges and yellows. I am looking forward to taking a relaxing drive in the countryside seeing, what I would call, God’s quilt blanketing the area. I will stand in awe and be thankful for all that God provides.

Posted 4 years 7 months ago

By the time you are reading this, I will have returned from Confirmation Camp at Edgewood Camp and Conference Centre. We had many young people attend from our congregation: Confirmands –Sam, Aiden, Lucy, Kyla, Emma, Hunter, Charlotte and Natasha; VETS (young people who have been confirmed and are developing their leadership skills), Brett, Scott and Marisa; and counsellors Madison, Taylor, and Liam.

Posted 4 years 11 months ago

I am not sure what is more nerve-racking: waiting for an idea to come to me for what to write about in the newsletter or waiting by the phone anticipating the news of the birth of our first grandchild.  Either way, each has an element of surprise and eagerness.

Posted 4 years 11 months ago



In May we had our Annual General Meeting, which highlighted the many ministries of our congregation, and we transacted business items that needed to be addressed. One particular agenda piece was the election of Church Council Officers. Five people allowed their name to stand for election and were acknowledged by the affirmative vote of the assembly, of which I am very grateful. At the end of May we installed the elected members of Church Council. Here is a portion of the Installation Service for Elected Parish Officers that we used:

Posted 5 years 14 hours ago

Spring growth is an amazing thing. The trees and shrubs that are beginning to bud inspire and awe me. The daffodils and flowers that are sprouting and soon will be in full bloom give me hope. The robins and other birds returning to their nests with the sound of chirping and tweeting in the air sing for me a song of praise to God. I also love the warmth of the sun beating down on me to unwind and relish the day. There is so much to be thankful for when it comes to God's creation.