Open?

My daughter was counting down the days until April 1st. On that day, she had a little role in a play called “Open?”. The play was written, directed and performed by a group of Conrad Grebel students. The focus was on telling stories to highlight refugee issues in Canada. They sold out the venue and

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slow down

As part of this project to simplify my life, I know that I need to slow down. To do less, consume less, and be more selective. To say no. And to say yes. To be more intentional about defining my goals, and to “be good at what I’m good at” (thanks to a wise cousin

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a prayer spot

As part of Lent this year, I want to be reminded to pray more often. I don’t instinctively pray unless I’m feeling stressed. I’ve found that some people have an aversion to the word “prayer,” but they use language like “meditate” or “send out a message to the universe.” Whatever words used, it means the

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saving vs. savouring

I’m a saver. And I fear I’m passing it on. My daughter received a Lindt Easter bunny last Easter, and she just decided to nibble on its ears last evening. My younger daughter ate hers the day she received it. Luckily, it’s good Swiss chocolate and it hasn’t gone bad. She certainly savoured it as

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midwife of new life

On this first day of spring, I’m thinking about new life. My husband’s grandma just died today. But amidst the sadness, we talked to our daughters about this being Grandma’s wish – to join other loved ones who had gone before her. And we talked of hopes – of what we hope the afterlife will

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cross cultural connections

This week, we’ve had several cross-cultural connections that have lifted me out of my usual way of thinking and doing things. #1: sugaring time at the farm We always look forward to sugaring time – when the maple sap starts climbing, and then running, up the sugar maple trees. It is truly a magical time.

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one word

In December, as part of Reverb 10 writing prompts, I attempted to choose a word to hold as my word for 2011. A word to inspire, motivate, push me on, act as my guide on the side, encourage me to expand who I am. And it was hard to choose just one. So I chose two: SIMPLIFY

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