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Other things my Mother taught me…

  Love the ones no one else will (you’ll figure it out) Give… even when it can’t be given to you. You can always use one more comforter (If you don’t need it, find someone who does). Volume doesn’t make you right… and rarely helps. It’s OK to be wrong. When someone calls you stupid […]

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Count the Cost

I enjoy detective/legal mystery shows… though I must confess the formulaic tripe that gets churned out and aired these days has kept me from subscribing to cable/dish/satellite for the past two decades…   Anyhoo…   We’ve all seen the scene where Bob and his wife Sara-Mae are arguing about the renovations they are in the […]

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Concerning Vacations

Allow me to present Concerning Vacations from  The Parables of Safed the Sage by William E. Barton, 1917.   NOW I dwelt in a city and the labor of the weeks was heavy, so it came to pass as summer approached, that every year I went on a Vacation. And ofttimes I rode upon a stage in […]

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Forgiveness

The small rural village of Idlesborough was blessed with the gift of two excellent bakers. The word was they had grown up together but had suffered a falling out in their teen years and become sworn enemies.  Both had developed a passion for baking, gone abroad to develop world class skills and returned home in […]

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I am a sinner…

I am a sinner… That statement typically elicits two types of immediate responses. The first is a guilt response from those who hate being called “sinners”.  They launch into a rancorous barrage of arguments and accusations… …sin is a construct made up by narrow-minded, religious bigots in an attempt to suppress joy and enslave the […]

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Renovations

I enjoy reading and watching legal-/detective- dramas/movies… though I must confess the formulaic tripe that gets churned out and aired these days is enough to make a body guelph. We’ve all seen the scene where Bob and his wife Sara-Mae are arguing about their most recent project.  She’s wearing a tattered, once-colourful scarf wrapped around […]

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Sowing and Reaping

One of my significant financial regrets occurred a number of years ago when as a subscriber to the prairie agricultural newspaper the Western Producer I came across a classified advertisement for 120 acres.  The asking price was $39, 500 ( I’m under no illusions that this was a perfect patch of paradise so don’t get […]

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