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A new neighbour shows up
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A new neighbour shows up
Pope Francis arrives in his FiatHe's just a few blocks from here. His cortege arrived yesterday at about 1p.m., a long line of about two dozen vehicles -- suburbans, Prestige sprinter vans, and two ambulances -- surrounding his little white fiat with the papal flag. For three days before he ...
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Thoughts for a Thursday
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Thoughts for a Thursday
Most mornings I read the daily meditation that comes from the Centre for Action and Contemplation. This morning's carried a beautiful reflection from the thoughts of activist and mystic, Rosemarie Freeney Harding:There is no scarcity. There is noAn abundance of roses on a single stemshortage. No ...
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It seems I'm being followed
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It seems I'm being followed
 Look who found me when I turned over my compost pile this afternoon. Now, how would he end up in there?It's been almost a year since my last interesting compost experience...The Knave of Hearts also found me on a trip to the Taize Community 8 years ago.For reasons explained here, he ha...
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The Tuesday morning crowd
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The Tuesday morning crowd
Folks waiting for lunch at Bissell CentreIt's a warm one. This morning Quinn (the pastor from Inner City Pastoral Ministry) and I took a quick trip to Walmart for water, juice, snacks, underwear and toiletries, and went to offer what we bought to the folks living in tents and makeshift shelters a...
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Sunday Reflection: Another prayer from the Inner City
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Sunday Reflection: Another prayer from the Inner City
(I wish I knew whose words these are so I could give credit where it is due. But perhaps it's enough for its writer that we are still praying these words, entitled Celebration of Life, in the inner city Community of Emmanuel (God with us)...Gratitude to the author...In the midst of hunger and war...
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Growing like the garden on Canada Day
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Growing like the garden on Canada Day
I do love living in Canada... but I am only too aware of the way our country is divided right now between those who want to fight for the freedoms they feel have been trampled because of past health mandates and the collapsing economy, and those who wish the freedom convoy folks would go to Ukrai...
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Sunday morning beauty
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Sunday morning beauty
 It's a beautiful day. Thank you, God.
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Tulip time!
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Tulip time!
I just love them. No other words necessary! 
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August 2021 Seven-minute garden tour
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August 2021 Seven-minute garden tour
Things have definitely progressed since my July 2021 Seven-minute garden tour. We've been away for the past two weeks, and I'm always amazed by how much things grow in such short periods of time. Especially those squash plants!The weather has been pretty warm since we got back from the mountains ...
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Sunday Reflection: Kaffeeklatsch with God and Lidia
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Sunday Reflection: Kaffeeklatsch with God and Lidia
Good morning, God.As you can see, Lidia's espressois still a part of my Sunday ritual,so I'm sure you don't mind if I invite her to join usunder the pear treefor this morning's quiet reflection.Good morning,Lidia.I'm so glad you are a member of my personal communion of saintsw...
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Waiting for as long as it takes
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Waiting for as long as it takes
I don't know who put this on the fence that surrounds the grounds of St. Joseph Seminary/Newman Theological College/Offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, but I thank them for their efforts. When I stopped to take this picture, another woman pulled up in her car, and we stood there...
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Sharing with the birds
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Sharing with the birds
I had a gorgeous crop of Saskatoon berries that were coming along nicely. Looking them over last week, my imagination gave me enough to bake a pie, or at least to make a few dozen smoothies. I should have known better than to count my berries before the birds!This year our garden has been a playg...
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A little goose parade
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A little goose parade
My eldest and I went on a couple of lovely walks on recent evenings near Chickacoo Lake in the Glory Hills west of Edmonton, during a dog/house-sitting stint for Christina's friends. We were looking at a map of the walking trails in the area when Christina suddenly said, "Don't move."I slowly tur...
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Patience for something beauty-full
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Patience for something beauty-full
My six-year-old blooming Lionheart amaryllisSome years ago, I asked a florist to send an amaryllis to my dear friend in Belgium as a Christmas gift. Gaby was delighted and wrote to me, saying, "she is very beauty-full!" So the next fall, I ordered a bulb for myself, and planted it so it would blo...
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