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The New Language

January 21, 2014

Midge, my fourteen-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund, went through a long period of depression and sorrow a few years ago after she lost her hearing. She could no longer hear my voice. She didn't know what I wanted. She was missing …( read more )

The Instruction

January 4, 2014

Raising two large puppies at the same time is quite an adventure and a real challenge. At present, I am seeking to instruct them to heel when we are out walking. As the one pup, Sophie, is two months older than Bonnie, I sometimes …( read more )

The Dilemma

December 11, 2013

As the Christmas season approaches and I scan both the list of people I would like to give gifts to and also my bank account balance, it is easy for me to feel discouraged. Perhaps you are experiencing a similar dilemma and wondering, as …( read more )

The Stretch

November 26, 2013

Remember, before cordless phones, how those old, curly phone cords could be stretched and stretched and stretched? In fact, I recall that when my kids were small, the four-foot phone cord in the kitchen eventually stretched to more than …( read more )

The Tent Peg

November 19, 2013

My daughter bought me the Bible on CD for Christmas, and I enjoy listening to it while I do my workout on the treadmill. As I was listening to the end of chapter 4 from Judges, I began to laugh. This passage describes the downfall of …( read more )

The Rainbow

November 13, 2013

As we chatted on the phone, my sister told me about a spectacular rainbow she had seen the other day. It was huge and was in the field right alongside the road where she was driving. She said that she could see both ends of the arc and …( read more )

The Project

November 5, 2013

A Dutch door was exactly what I had always envisioned between the kitchen portion and the back room of our home. I could use the bottom half of the door as a gate to keep the dogs out of the kitchen, but to keep the cats out I could shut …( read more )

The Prescription

October 29, 2013

For many years, I have taken a prescription drug for a minor health problem. As long as I follow the instructions on the label, reading and doing what it says, the medication keeps me active and healthy. Likewise as Christians, in …( read more )

The Key

October 23, 2013

How do you ever get them all to behave so well? This is a question which we are frequently asked when others see us travelling with our dogs. Having nine does make for some interesting moments and conversation, that's for sure. The key to …( read more )

The Offering

October 14, 2013

I had often read and been told that as we get older, we need less sleep. I did not find this to be true. What I did discover is that though I was sleeping less, I was no less tired. And when I am tired, I struggle with feeling cross, …( read more )

The Fruit

October 7, 2013

The summer season always produces the most delicious varieties of fruit. There are so many kinds that I often find it hard to make a choice as I walk up and down the aisles filled with their enticing scents and vibrant colours. I simply …( read more )

The Door

September 29, 2013

On my bedroom wall, I have a framed print of the famous scene painted by W. Holman Hunt of Jesus standing at the door knocking. It belonged to my grandmother, and it always hung beside her bed, which we shared when I would visit. As a …( read more )

The Broom

September 23, 2013

We have a corn broom which I keep in the porch. It is extremely handy for sweeping the walk and floors. Unfortunately, the broom was left standing with its head down and its handle up against the wall on a regular basis, instead of the …( read more )

The Drum

September 13, 2013

Our little foster son loved to play his handmade drum, and he did so quite well. So well, in fact, that he began to join me on the platform as I played my omnichord and my daughter led the singing during Sunday worship services. …( read more )

The New Life

September 5, 2013

A number of years ago, I purchased three young adult dachshunds: Dinah, Molly, and Casey. None of these dogs had ever been house dogs. They had always resided in a kennel. Thus, between housetraining, teaching manners, socialization …( read more )

The Laminator

August 28, 2013

I was busy at my job, laminating No Smoking signs and marvelling at what a wonderful invention the lamination process was, when the following Scripture popped into my mind. Once a document is laminated, nothing can separate the plastic …( read more )

The Cling-On

August 14, 2013

Sienna, one of our Yorkshire terrier pups, is such a little cling-on. When we get home from work, she runs about madly, following us wherever we go, wrapping her front legs around one of our legs, clinging to us like some sort of living …( read more )

The Flowers

August 1, 2013

During my years as a pastor, I did many funerals, and one thing, which always struck me amidst the grief of the situation, was the flowers and the effect that they had upon the mourners. The beauty of the floral arrangements dried the …( read more )

The Glasses

July 21, 2013

I wasn't at all happy when I discovered that I couldn't read the words on a page any more, no matter how long my arm was. I was even less happy when I had to purchase my first pair of reading glasses. And I was even more unhappy when I …( read more )

The Birds

July 11, 2013

I love to watch the birds on a windy day, for the wind both challenges and supports them. When they are flying against the wind, sometimes it appears that they are not moving at all but caught, suspended in the air, beating their little …( read more )

The Problem

June 30, 2013

I had always wanted a horse, and our neighbour seemed to have just the right one for me. He was an old, retired pack horse, reliable, friendly, well-mannered, and very, very large. So large, in fact, that when I was in the saddle and he …( read more )

The Miracle

June 24, 2013

Tundra, Glacier, and Juneau sit atop a white, furry rug tucked into an old-fashioned, red baby sleigh. These beautiful Inuit babies, all snug in their beaded, fur-trimmed parkas, pants, and boots, look and feel just like the real thing, …( read more )

The Footprints

June 18, 2013

With numerous dogs running about the place, I also have numerous water bowls spread about, and these numerous dogs, drinking from their numerous bowls, often leave numerous muddy footprints on the floor with all their slurping and …( read more )

The Cough

June 12, 2013

I got a scare the other night. I was outside throwing scraps into the chicken yard when I heard the strangest sound. I stopped what I was doing. I listened. I heard it again, and then again. It was coming from the main corral. *What is …( read more )

The Keys

June 6, 2013

This just makes me so mad, I muttered to myself as I hunted in the basket, on the table and through my purse for the car keys. *How many times have I told her not to take the keys out to the car ahead of me without telling me? I am …( read more )

The Call

May 31, 2013

As a prison guard in a small town, I am always on call, so I keep a bag in the closet packed and ready to go. My shift may be short, or it could be quite long. It could be mid-day or midnight, so I make sure I have reading and writing …( read more )

Perfect Timing

May 19, 2013

Have you ever been in a situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Perhaps you're there right now. You feel cast adrift, not knowing what is expected of you or just where life is going. You had been on course and then the winds …( read more )

The Wood Fairy

May 10, 2013

Cutting, hauling and stacking wood is a large part of our lifestyle in northern British Columbia, Canada. It is simply a fact of life. If we want to stay warm in the winter, we must work hard in the summer and get the wood in. As much as …( read more )

The Cracks

May 1, 2013

In the last few years, it has happened twice now. I have been busily munching away when — crack — I hear and then feel something go snap in my mouth. Each time that I have experienced this, upon further examination, I have discovered …( read more )

The Bench Warmer

April 22, 2013

A friend sent me a hilarious online video . It featured a retriever-type dog with a stick. The dog was almost wild with anticipation as he kept grabbing the stick and dropping it at the feet of a man sitting on a bench. The bench warmer …( read more )

The Way Of Life

April 13, 2013

Don't you just hate it when it appears that evil has won at the game of life? The guilty party gets off on a technicality; the person always causing problems on the board refuses to step down, which leads to the loss of good leaders; the …( read more )

The Challenge

April 2, 2013

I had wanted a horse ever since I was a child, and now, finally, I had one, but wasn't sure I still wanted one. I had purchased Frank in the fall and had been busy working with him ever since. Throughout the winter, trust was being …( read more )

The Melt

March 25, 2013

As longer days of warming sun return to the north, the melt begins. Drip, drop, splash, crash — the sounds of spring as snow and ice melt and drizzle or slide with a slap from the roofs. How wonderful to envision green sprouts, still …( read more )

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