Free Self-Care Study Guide

I always intended to put together a study guide for Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and at long last, the Four Gifts Study Guide is DONE!!! One reason that this guide has been so long in coming is that there are plenty of questions already included in Four Gifts. The … Continue reading Free Self-Care Study Guide

Busy, Broken, and Being Beloved

My copy of Linda Hoye's The Presence of Absence is studded with bookmarks so I can return to some of my favourite passages in her wonderful new book. I had to smile when she buys a new Moleskin notebook---then decides she needs a new desk to go with it! (87) I recognize myself both in … Continue reading Busy, Broken, and Being Beloved

You are Here, Moving in Our Midst

Friends, I'm tired today. Are you? Tired of the novel coronavirus that's still causing illness, suffering, and death. Tired of the racism and injustice that continue in spite of massive protests. Tired of those who say black lives matter while acting just the opposite. Tired of words, words, and more words. Today I'm even tired … Continue reading You are Here, Moving in Our Midst

Our Noisy Neighbourhood Tribute: Celebration and Lament

Last night just before 7 o'clock, I grabbed my wooden spoon and pot lid from the table just inside our front door where I had left them the night before. Then I headed up the hill toward our mailroom where a few of our neighbours would soon gather outside for the evening tribute to healthcare … Continue reading Our Noisy Neighbourhood Tribute: Celebration and Lament

BibleGateway’s Free Bible Audio App

I'm a big fan of BibleGateway.com as a free and easy-to-use source for online Bible translations. The site includes over 200 versions and 70 languages! BibleGateway introduced me to The Voice, a translation which included the collaboration of musicians, poets, and other artists alongside scholars and pastors. When a friend recommended the New Century Version, … Continue reading BibleGateway’s Free Bible Audio App

Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Announcement: MennoMedia has been doing a series of author interviews, and it was my turn to be interviewed this week on "Self-care in a time of COVID-19." The video is available on the MennoMedia Facebook page. And now for today's article. . . . When I reach for a snack, I'm much more likely to … Continue reading Love, Generosity, and Potato Chips

Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

One of the few Japanese words I know is tsundoku. While it's new to me, it's actually an old word that dates from at least the Meiji era (1868-1912), and it means letting books pile up to read later. Or as we might think of it today, tsundoku is "the art of buying books and … Continue reading Reading My Way Through Tsundoku

Easter for Everyone

This weekend many churches will celebrate Easter online by livestreaming their worship, including their music, sermon, and even communion. For some congregations, this may be nothing new; livestreaming has already been a regular part of their ministry to connect with people beyond their church's physical location. For others, worship online means acquiring and learning new … Continue reading Easter for Everyone