I Met a Lady

Thursday, September 19, 2019 Written by

I Met a Lady

By Rosa Caswell

I met a lady. She was so beautiful it was soul splitting. I hoped she would tempt you, but tempting is a low art to her. She hides in a land no one ever wants to go. I stumbled into this land a while ago, but only met her yesterday. I never wanted to be here, fought it, avoided it, feared it. But now I might not ever leave. She is that beautiful. That kind.

Remembering

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Written by

I sit down to write this on September 11th. It’s a date that stands out in many people’s memories. Where were you on September the 11th, 2001? I was near Ottawa, taking part in training for NET Canada. Several of my teammates were American, and one of the Canadians had a friend who worked a block from the Twin Towers. They were huddled around the only TV, trying to find out – and make sense of –what was happening. There was tension in the air, some fear, some sadness, and a lot of confusion. It was a memorable day.

Changes

Friday, September 6, 2019 Written by

Changes By Jim Nakoneshny

With the Labour Day weekend now behind us, we are into the start of the unofficial New Year. September has always felt more like a New Year to me than January, likely because of the many changes it brings. Young children are starting school, older students are off to University, summer exploits are behind us as lawn chairs and camping gear are packed away for another year. A new season of meetings and activities is starting, fresh TV episodes are starting to air and, in general, there is a sense of purpose in the air.

 

Courage and Fear

Friday, June 28, 2019 Written by

This week, I spent some time reading over my past blogs, looking over what I had written in the hopes of coming up with some kind of original thought this time around. The process had the added benefit of reminding me of all the lessons I’ve been trying to learn over the last two years. I also noticed nearly every time I blogged I mentioned the busy, almost hectic nature of the Cathedral. And thinking about the last month, it is clear to me that the bustle has not changed or diminished. We spent the last month welcoming literally (yes, literally) thousands of people for three things in particular: End of the School Year Masses; Grade 8 Farewells; and High School Graduations...

When we bought our home, the yard needed a fair amount of work. It was not quite what we envisioned. But with a demanding work schedule for my wife and I, plus a bit of a limited skill set, we embarked on hiring a landscape company to come in and transform our yard into the beautiful yard we desired. However, even after much research and reference checks, and having them come back numerous times, the final product was still lacking. With a change in my work, the time became available for me to tinker in the yard. The goal was to, at least, get the grass green and hopefully turn it into a lawn. Slowly it has begun to take shape. It is green and it does have a bit of a lushness to it. But amongst the green, there pop up those yellow flowers...

Are We There Yet?

Thursday, June 13, 2019 Written by

“Are we there yet?” This question, I am sure, still comes up today but was also so true when I was growing up. When school finished, summer offered a wonderful opportunity to have fun and laze away the day. The added bonus was when Mom and Dad announced we are taking a holiday. This usually meant travelling to Baba and Gido’s house 50 miles (about an hour of travel time) North, but, hey, that offered me (a city kid) a new opportunity to play with the farm animals and enjoy the freedom of the open fields...

That's a Wrap, Folks!

Friday, May 31, 2019 Written by

It’s hard to believe that a full ministry year has come and gone! I am so pleased with the growth I have seen in youth ministry over the past nine months. Our Holy Family Edge Youth Group (for Grades 6-8) wrapped up on May 28th, and I am both relieved and sad about this. Relieved because we made it - there were no big catastrophes throughout the year, and by the last half of the year I did not feel stressed about those events anymore. The team and I hit a groove and it was wonderful to see all the youth and leaders become a family of sorts. And that’s where the sadness comes in. This was my first time organizing a youth group, and I am just so grateful for relationships that emerged and the strong foundation that was built...

Don't Kill Bugs #prolife

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Written by

I’ve always loved Bob & Doug McKenzie, though I wouldn’t typically call them inspirational. I mean, they’re probably best known for their version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and they can’t get past day 8.

But here and there they have nuggets of wisdom. Please help me welcome… Elron McKenzie! <insert applause here>

The Problem with Superheroes

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Written by

I’d make a lousy superhero. Not just for the obvious reasons, such as a lack of super-strength, lightning-fast reflexes or the willingness to run into burning buildings (not to mention the fact that spandex and I shouldn’t be even in the same room). No, my reasons are much more practical. I operate in the world of facilities management, and my first two thoughts when I see a superhero in a movie crash through a glass building facade to stop a bad guy are:

  1. Where are they going to find someone to fix that in the middle of the night?     and
  2. Is that going to be covered by insurance?...
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