Thursday, June 21, 2012
Any Loose Ends?
Imagine getting a message everyday in my INBOX from the resident co-ordinator inviting me to upcoming activities with a promise that I’d get a list at the door of all the things that might hinder my enjoyment. I wonder if that email would jump-start my initiative to begin the day?
It is obvious the author was a bit miffed. He might have liked to be challenged, to explore, to question and to use the mind God gave him to fully assess the given situation. That didn’t happen.
I always find it interesting to read between the lines of authors’ work. In this case I wonder how this might read if the author of a successful play had encouraged his guest to enjoy, see the goodness in the event and take away with him the parts that strengthened him in his life.
In writing blogs there is usually an event that starts the process for me. I recently visited a friend who spends most of her time in a wheelchair. She invited me to walk down to her garden, built on rather a steep hill with several curves. She was unable to work in it anymore, but enjoyed other people’s impressions. As I pushed the sliding door open, she said, “Don’t expect too much from the roses; the heat got them. And by the way, the Ivy has got away on me; don’t let it spoil your view.”
When I returned I told her about the red peonies and white clematis and, oh yes, the spectacular fish pond. “You went that way?” she asked, and then added, “Oh, yes, I’ve always loved that path. I’m so glad you had a pleasant walk.”
One of the characteristics of acreage-living is self-sufficiency. One is responsible for the water supply, septic system, and garbage di...
The belief that there is no free will is a much more dangerous myth, he writes, at Mind Matters Today: There are four reasons to af...
For better or for worse, Facebook connects people. On the better side, it provides valuable insights into others. Understandings we didn’t...
At one of the schools I taught at in Trinidad the VP asked if I’d open the staff meeting in prayer. I was happy to do so. At the end of the...
John Newton in Africa By the Rev. Dr. Ed & Janice Hird A violent storm was the turning point in John Newton's life. His godly...
Here's a piece from a new blog I write for, Mind Matters Today: Sherry Turkle, an MIT social scientist who has spent thirty years stu...
How true it is that we often do not see the forest for the trees. We are so close to the trees that we are unaware that we...
silent auction table Yesterday I arrived at the Guelph Bible Conference Centre for the Refocus writers ’ retreat. What a treat...
These past few months I’ve been teaching yung'ns how to blow Hubba Bubba bubbles. Firstly, how to chew the big wad of gum until it f...