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Blue decided to draw a picture for his little brother. I asked a couple of questions, and he told me a little bit about it, but it only left me wondering more.

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Future Questions and Birthday Presents

I came across a lovely old-fashioned term this week. Hallowtide. Isn't that a nice one? It comes from theOld English word halig, meaning saint, and the word tide,


After a Hard Wednesday in Ottawa

I'd show you my wedding photo if I could, but I'm afraid they are in storage. The Spouse and I were married in Knox Church, Ottawa. Right at


A Difficult Love Story

Sometimes it takes a difficult love story. Sometimes the penny drops when things get a little difficult. Yesterday, we took the kids to a deer park. 55 acres of


The Lion’s Share and Our Daily Bread

“Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God...” Daniel 6:10 I set up a lovely joke for the Sunday School kids


Looking into the Darkness

We're celebrating Michaelmas today. Not just for my own Michael, but of course he is the grand excuse. This year, Michaelmas is ringing true, so we're claiming it.


Chasing geese and toddlers

I went on a merry dance this morning. A rabbit trail or, if you like, a wild goose chase. I thought that we were in Lectionary Year B,


Working it out for ourselves together

A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School, I mentioned the speck vs. log in the eye passage as an example of Jesus' wit. I think, in retrospect,


Back to the Burning Bush

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then



Last week, I wondered here about transitions. Those wobbly times when everything is changing and new. This morning's lectionary reading from Matthew 16 offers us another moment of


In the Big Woods

I wonder why transitions are so difficult. School starts here this week, and there's a lot of worrying around our table. Mostly from Beangirl, but a little from Blue,


Venn’s Poetry

Thanks to Google, the kids discovered that it is John Venn's 180th birthday today. And they were pretty excited about it. Beangirl worked with Venn diagrams in math


Letter to a Unknown Solider

I read today about a new kind of memorial for the First World War. It will be a large scale public artwork, made of words. Neil Bartlett, an English


Plum is One

I was in the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and I was spent. The night before was probably one of those teething nights. I can't remember


Scrubbing the table

On Thursday night at Dinner Church, we were anticipating Pentecost. We shared the passage from John 14 when Jesus promises the Advocate who will remain with his disciples


An All-Ages Easter

When Beangirl was small, we decided to sidestep the Easter bunny and instead offer her an Easter morning treasure hunt around our little apartment. We wrote out clues

Friday, March 28, 2014. AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano

We All Stink

Some days, the gospel seems clear, but it's hard to talk about. Usually when reading the story of Lazarus, I find myself thinking about the sisters in this story.



I've been waking early in these Lenten days. Not by choice, I might add. There is a small boy who sleeps in my room and wakes with the


Dazzled, blinking and born again

It was dark when Nicodemus visited Jesus. That is where the story starts – with a small detail of timing – and yet for John, Nicodemus' arrival in


Cake Day and Moses

Our biggest pie fan (and one of our oldest friends) was visiting this weekend, so I had a second go at the passion fruit tart idea.  This time,