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A Great Time in Prison

The last four days in prison ministry at Clallam Bay has been both a challenging and rewarding experience for me and my co-workers. Under the auspices of Kairos Prison Ministries, ┬áthirty-five trained volunteers visited a group of practicing Christian inmates… Continue Reading →

Crazy Week in Review

This past week has been a time of incredible zaniness to say the least: extreme weather, strange e-mails, odd encounters, and unique circumstances to say the least. If it wasn’t driving the Malahat without winter tires, then it was receiving… Continue Reading →

Separation of Church and State?

Talk about a thorny and potentially divisive issue that is now being addressed in the US Congress tax reform package.The framers of this massive omnibus bill, besides proposing a major overhaul of the tax system, have included a clause that… Continue Reading →

Streets without Names

Welcome to the maddening world of trying to get around a North African city like Tangiers. Belle and I took a self-directed tour of the ancient city the other day, and came away both enlightened and flabbergasted as to how… Continue Reading →

Departure of a Boyhood Friend

They often say that the good guys get to leave first when it comes to dying. In that case, don’t overstay your time here if you can help it. Just the other day I received news that Kate, an old… Continue Reading →

Living an Insecure Life

This past week has been yet another time in my life when I learned how really insecure I am meant to be, even with all the safety nets I try to arrange to avoid falling prey to misadventure. I am… Continue Reading →

When Empathy Fails

Over the past few years I have ┬ámade every effort to relate to the needs of others in the hope of becoming a more balanced individual: This big idea amounts to expecting less out life for myself while pouring more… Continue Reading →

Entering a New Era

The past six months have alerted me to a number of critical phenomena that are emerging in society. As our parents’ generation of war-timers seem to be passing away before our very eyes, the culture of yesterday seems to be… Continue Reading →

An Island of Forgetfulness

There are some places one goes to temporarily forget the pressures of the present in order to enjoy the pleasures of the past. Deep sleep might be one of those ‘lotus-eater’ spaces where forgetfulness might be the tonic the doctor… Continue Reading →

End of Life is Never Easy

This past couple of months have been very instructive for me when it comes to dealing with death once again. Like most Canadians, I am not immune from the fact that death or that transitory moment between this life and… Continue Reading →

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