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The Question

January 24, 2015

Not long ago Mocha, our 17-year-old dog, died, and one of the questions people often have for us when something like this happens is, "Does having so many others help you to miss less the one that has died?" The answer to the question …( read more )

The Lip Balm

January 12, 2015

My daughter keeps a small vial of lip balm on the bathroom counter. She leaves it there so that she will remember to use it frequently. Otherwise, especially during the winter months, her lips become dry, sore, and cracked, creating a …( read more )

No Room At The Inn

December 20, 2014

The four goats were at it again, driving the fifth goat, Rosie, away from the feed and not allowing her into the warmth of the barn. Goats have a pecking order, and unfortunately for Rosie, she was bottom gal on the list, which meant that …( read more )

The Happy Ending

December 10, 2014

Ah, it's Christmas movie time once again, and how I love the collection we have compiled over the years: comedies, dramas, and musicals — so many, in fact, that we can watch a different one almost every evening during the Advent season. …( read more )

The Hedge

November 17, 2014

When I am out walking with the pack, I find it both interesting and comforting to see how the dogs naturally split up. Some always walk ahead of me, some always walk behind me, and some always walk beside me. Behind, beside, ahead, they …( read more )

The Biohazard

November 7, 2014

At work, there is a white pail with a large red and black label which reads, BIOHAZARD. Sharps, gloves, clothes, and other items which have come into contact with contaminated or infectious people or things must be placed in this pail …( read more )

The Task

October 29, 2014

It was one of those games. Three-letter words, one after another. My Scrabble tiles were invariably either all vowels or all consonants. What a task trying to discover words that could link with other words already on the board! I was …( read more )

The Mosaic

October 21, 2014

I have taken up a new hobby: stained glass mosaics. Mosaics are pictures or patterns made up from small bits of stone or glass. The nice thing about this hobby is that it requires only leftover pieces of glass, which makes it quite …( read more )

The Underlook

October 14, 2014

As a person of diminutive stature, I have found that I don't tend to overlook things, I underlook them, for I am not looking high enough. At home, I have to remind myself to fetch the stool and check the tops of things like the fridge and …( read more )

The Loopholes

October 7, 2014

We just bought two baby goats, but before we did so, we inspected the corral very carefully for any loops or holes which a curious little escape artist like a baby goat could take advantage of, as goats are famous for finding a way — any …( read more )

The Job

September 29, 2014

I have been delivering the news for a long time now. For the last five and a half years, I have compiled, edited, and published The Whisper, our local town paper. But it all began with my first job at the age of twelve. My brother and …( read more )

The Ordinary

September 23, 2014

Every day possible, I walk in the woods with my dogs, and on sunny days, I am always amazed how the ordinary and even unsightly things are transformed into the beautiful by those warm and vibrant rays. An ordinary piece of moss glows with …( read more )

The Baby And The Bathwater

September 18, 2014

I am simply amazed at the number of people whom I know, including family members, who have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in regards to God and church. Sometimes, I feel like a magnet that draws people to myself who have been so …( read more )

The Everyday Miracle

September 12, 2014

I have suffered on and off from depression since I was about ten years of age. My depression is caused from a hereditary dietary problem; the two things go hand in hand. I can be fine for days or weeks or months and then the darkness …( read more )

Spooky Things

September 5, 2014

One thing that I have learned since having a horse is that I must be alert at all times when I am out riding in the cart pulled by my gelding, Frank. Why? Because horses are easily spooked. We can be out enjoying the stillness of a crisp …( read more )

The Relationship

August 29, 2014

The two dogs were regular visitors, right from the start. The moving truck had scarcely pulled out of the driveway when they appeared. Mocha was large and sported a shaggy black and tan coat, while Skye, being totally black and furry, was …( read more )

The Command

August 19, 2014

At the age of 65, I am simply amazed at the number of adults who still blame their parents for so many of their own issues. They harbour both real and imagined mistreatment they received at parental hands many years ago. Even though they …( read more )

The Laugh

August 9, 2014

The rain continued its onslaught, so I decided to make use of this inside day by setting up our tent in the back room. We bought this tent many years ago and had lent it out to others but had never used it ourselves. Unfortunately, the …( read more )

The Walk

July 30, 2014

My mare, Mama, came to us with a crippled leg. How long she had been this way, I do not know. She needed a home, however, so we welcomed her, along with her son, Frank, who became my cart pony. Whenever I would take Frank out for a buggy …( read more )

The Ramp

July 24, 2014

My three miniature long-haired dachshunds love to be with me. They follow me wherever they can, which includes going up to bed with me at night. Unfortunately for them, however, they cannot get onto my bed. Their little legs are simply …( read more )

The Radio

July 17, 2014

I share my office at work with the ambulance crew. One day, the crew's chief misplaced a radio. She searched and searched but it was nowhere to be found. Yet still, she couldn't rest, even though there were other radios available. Why? …( read more )

Stress Or Refresh?

July 9, 2014

Working with words has always been a lot of fun and a challenge for me. I enjoy their different sounds and meanings. I love to hunt them out in word puzzles and use them to paint captivating pictures. Words are also both spoken and …( read more )

The Parade

July 1, 2014

I had worked very hard seeking to prepare my cart pony, Frank, for the July first Canada Day town parade. We had traversed many miles together along roadways and through forest trails where he was exposed to new sights, sounds, and …( read more )

The Hidden Components

June 29, 2014

Computers and I get along to a point. The trouble begins, however, when I don't know how or where to find something within a specific program. As most of my readers probably know, computers have lots of hidden features, but unless I know …( read more )

The Why

June 21, 2014

We took in this middle-aged dog, which, for the purposes of this devotional, shall be called Mr. X, about four years ago, when nobody else wanted him. He was an incessant barker, a fervent car-chaser and a malicious cat-attacker, but …( read more )

The Expert

June 13, 2014

We had been trying to get satellite television for five years. Several knowledgeable people had spent much time seeking to locate the signal for our dish, but failure always ensued. We even decided to move the dish and purchased a large …( read more )

The Bear

June 5, 2014

We spotted them along the side of the roadway. They were year-old cubs. Their mother was nowhere in sight. There were two of them, and as they saw the van, they both began to run. One of them headed deep into the scrub. The other ran and …( read more )

The Medication

May 29, 2014

Lucy, our old goat, and Mama, our old horse, have one thing in common: they suffer from arthritis. What they don't have in common is their attitude about their medication. Lucy accepts the apples dipped in the powdered medication with …( read more )

The Lines

May 23, 2014

A huge pine tree, shaped like a sling shot, stood in our front yard. Its shape was both a curiosity and a marvel. One afternoon, however, after we had experienced a heavy, late spring snowfall, I noticed that one side of the sling shot …( read more )

The Choice

May 17, 2014

As a guard at the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, I see many types of people in cells. Some are quiet and reserved and sleep their time away. Others are loud, rude, and obnoxious, while still others display anxiety, …( read more )

The Armour

May 12, 2014

In the last nine months, two of my dogs have been attacked by a large, vicious, bully of a dog in our neighbourhood. One of the dogs, Sam, our little seven-pound Yorkie, came within a quarter of an inch of losing his life from one of …( read more )

No Regrets

May 7, 2014

Caring for God's creatures is, for me, a privilege and a wondrous and enlightening experience. As I mentioned recently, however, it is not always fun or easy, as it requires much diligence and hard work in regard to cleaning up after the …( read more )

The Yuck

April 30, 2014

Every day, I have a job to do that I really don't enjoy. Every day, the horse corral needs cleaning. Every day—winter, spring, summer, and fall—there are always piles and piles of horse yuck to be shovelled up and shovelled out. Yuck, …( read more )

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