What Planting a Blue Spruce Taught Me About Life

I call her baby blue, or Blue for short. She is adorable, growing fast, silver-blue, five feet tall. She has quickly taken on the steady and faithful role of watching over our house and neighbourhood street. Behind her people are camping out under a makeshift tarp and hiding away their hurt, across from her a […]

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Hands In The Soil

My Dad was the first to convince me that we don’t call it “dirt,” we call it soil. It’s beautiful and rich and it’s from the earth. It’s valuable, a gift. It’s something we respect. Dirt is dirt. Soil is soil. This is soil. This past week, I felt the impact of the incredible sorrow […]

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Shalom: Love Them From The Rooftops?

There are moments when you feel the needle moving, when you feel the arch of the universe actually bending towards justice and love and shalom. — Sarah Bessey It was a long day at work. I was coming home, and looking for the slightest encouragement of budding pink and white blossoms on the bare branches […]

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Easter Tulips

Easter Monday. A good day for reflection. This has been an up-and-down weekend, as I’ve heard about and witnessed so many stories of struggle and stories of redemption and healing. And I’ve seen so many moments of intense celebration and love and rejoicing this weekend, that I am simply in awe of the God of […]

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My Village, Your Village

My village is not the typical village I dreamt it would be when I was younger … but maybe there’s no such thing as typical? Do you ever wonder, who will be there for you if you are struggling, if you get really sick, have a life crisis, or someday if you are dying? Who […]

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Sorrow + Joy

Sorrow + joy. I have woken up this morning to what feels like a new world. It rained last night. The temps are a little higher, the air feels fresher and wetter, and a bit of the snow has melted. And my heart is stirred up in so many ways. But most of all, I […]

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Tiny Cat: Heart of A Lion

How many of you have a small cat that loves you with a huge fierceness? My Keko-cat started out as a rescue, skin and bones and hungry and dirty-white-street-smudged all over. She quickly became my friend, then delegated me as her best friend, deciding that she would change my hope to foster to a decision […]

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Five Ways to Keep Yourself Running When You Just Want To Stop

Do you ever feel like you have no motivation or desire to go running, and even though it’s been too many days since you last went, you cannot convince yourself today’s the day? Or you come home for the evening, and you’d rather do just about anything, like putting your feet up, reading, blogging, even […]

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Wolf & Pine: A Memoir of Wood

Anytime I can leave something as natural as I found it, those are the pieces I love to make. I want to showcase the natural beauty of the wood. But what I love most is when others love it too, when they see the beauty in it also. –Matt Rowe Professor, geobiologist, and author Hope […]

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