Better with Butter: Making It Fresh

I love making new things because they give me hope. It’s inspiring and even freeing to think that new and fresh things can be made in a world where so many things seem to be going wrong. Whether it’s knitting a new scarf or blanket or baby hat, photographing a toddler or the birth of…

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Catnaps for Cats and Humans

My cat is a snuggling therapy cat and hunter in one.  Her name Keko means ‘blessed and lucky one’ in Japanese. She was blessed and I was blessed. And we were both lucky to find each other. She was a stray from Animal Rescue Foundation, and they had found her on a rural road on…

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Mary Oliver, a well-loved poet, talks about paying attention and noticing what’s in front of you, of being fully aware, of staying in the present moment and writing poems about where you feel awe and wonder at the world. Her poem “The Swan” helped me see a swan with more wonder and curiosity and gratitude…

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Spring Came Early Tonight

Sometimes you cannot guess how your evening will go, especially when you live in a community house. For our Monday family meal, we made pizzas together for dinner, then afterwards planted parsley, chives, and sweet basil into small pots to grow from seed on our kitchen windowsill. The feeling of earth on my fingers while…

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At the Table

I live near the city’s downtown, where many of our socially vulnerable and street-involved friends live. Some I know through community involvement and work, others through community house living, and others through my church which focuses primarily on loving the poor and excluded. Some are homeless, some are struggling with isolation, others with depression, addiction,…

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On My Way…

Day 1 of Iceland, and a close friend from back home asked me if I would post a blog. So here you go, friend. Yesterday I was officially on my way, with a 9:00 pm flight to Iceland and enough time at the airport to watch the Blue Jays hold a winning score for the first 6 wonderful…

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