The Pain of Divorce

Morning radio typically does not make me weep. However, I found myself wiping my eyes as I was driving to work the other day. The show was previewing and discussing the documentary, “How to divorce and not wreck the kids”. The show is looking at effective ways couples can work to separate in a way …

New Year Lows…and Highs

I was out running the other day when I met a friend who is a minister in a local church. I asked him how his Christmas was, and he said that while he had enjoyed it, it had been stressful as well because of the number of parishioners had been struggling over the holidays. Others …

Whew–family gatherings are over

While many people enjoy the relaxed pace over Christmas, with the chance to go sledding, watch movies, play games, sleep, and generally take a break from the race of the weekly grind, others did not find it as pleasant. Why? Well, for the same reasons why some long distance truck drivers choose to do long …

Forgiveness

Is Michael McCain married? His wife is a lucky woman. This is the Michael McCain who is responsible for Maple Leaf foods, the company that recently was the focus of media attention for people eating bad meat with huge consequences. I was listening to yet another one of the endless round of year end programs …

Making Life Good

They came!! Just before Christmas, the flashlights arrived. They are cute, but powerfully bright–with the logo and the website printed on the side. I’m not really into gimmicks–I have no business pens and don’t hand out calendars, but when I saw this flashlight, it was something I thought would be good for our practice to …

The beauty in little things

Yesterday evening I spent with an old friend…sushi by the fire, with the music of the season in the background, and candles and little sparkly lights around the window providing muted light. We caught up on each other’s lives. We just enjoyed simply just “being”. And after she left, I found myself wondering why I …

The courage to try, to do what you can

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke I was at a Christmas concert tonight…a junior high concert–early adolescence when awkwardness reigns, and voices are changing, feet outsize the rest of their body, and generally grace and poise are in short supply. But the …

Anne Rice–A Christmas Catholic

It was COLD yesterday…and so off I went to run indoors in a warm humid environment giving me a chance to catch up on a podcast I had been looking forward to listening to. I try to capture “summer” in whatever way I can. Anne Rice is an author that wrote about the dark world …

Winter-in lots of ways

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus, a philosopher, came up with this line. I am quite certain he was never in Winnipeg–and on the surface, the above line is proof of that! 😉 Seriously, I love that line. I came across it as …

Look for the hidden

I was driving along yesterday listening to CBC when I heard an interview with Don Cherry…the outspoken commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. The guy says what he thinks, and isn’t always very tactful about it. I suppose that’s his shtick…he is so brazen in his comments that he really gets a reaction out of …