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Dog gone

by Phil Callaway   My mother sang me nursery rhymes—to prepare me for the perils of life, I suppose. Nursery rhymes in which Little Bo Peep lost her sheep, blind mice lost their tails, and Humpty Dumpty lost his balance and was never quite able to pull himself together again. I listened as weasels went […]

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Goal setting: “aim at nothing, you’ll hit it for sure”

by Arnold Machel, CFP®   “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong Do you remember where you were on July 20th, 1969 when Neil Armstrong spoke the sentence (above) from the moon’s surface? Neil was the first person ever to take that step.  His historic trip was the […]

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Sexual misconduct: making church a safe place

by Marion Van Driel   Allegations of Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct unleashed a spate of long-held, shameful secrets in the world of entertainment and politics. Given the prevalent guilt and embarrassment victims typically experience, one can only guess how many other women have hidden their pain away. Sadly, the Church has been far from immune […]

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The Tyranny of Time

by Johnny Markin   As we sat with friends counting down the last few seconds until the New Year, it struck me that the celebrations taking place throughout the world seemed a little hollow. Now, I’m not trying to throw water on peoples’ desire to gather and celebrate occasions together – quite the opposite. However, […]

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The power of reunions

by Sharon Simpson   What makes a reunion so meaningful? As we age, we work in different environments, meet more people, have more family and live in a variety of places. This all brings more opportunities for reunions. School reunions, work reunions, family reunions, church reunions. If we’ve moved from place to place, we have […]

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JOY, a holy longing

by Sharon Simpson Have you tried to describe JOY? It’s difficult. If you’ve grown up in the church, you have heard that JOY and happiness are not the same. JOY is long-lasting and happiness is fleeting.  JOY is based on principles and values. Happiness is based on circumstances and “things going right”. Our culture defines […]

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Christmas loneliness: ways to encourage others

by Jenny Schweyer No matter what the underlying circumstances, Christmas can evoke a deeper loneliness in people who are already feeling lonely. It can also produce a feeling of emptiness in people who might not be lonely at other times of year, but don’t really fit into the “typical” family that is the focal point […]

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The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Seniors are living longer. Most seniors will say that it’s important to them to live out their golden years in their own home. If they can, they want to age in place. To accomplish this, aged seniors (85+) must make or consider lifestyle changes. Bill and Margaret are 87 years old and […]

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The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Life expectancy in Canada is on the increase. According to Statistics Canada, 20 years ago Canadians had an average life span of 78 years. Today it’s 83. More and more seniors are reaching age 90 and beyond. This has led to society having three categories of seniors;  youthful, middle aged and the […]

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True dough for Trudeau

By Arnold Michel, CFP “Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, ‘what are you doing?’”  Ecclesiastes 8:4 Tax changes are afoot. Maybe you’ve heard about some of the proposed changes on the news or read about them on social networks or in newspapers such as this one. The proposals […]