A Book List for Giving?

Whenever I am contemplating getting gifts for my family at Christmas, or their birthdays, I usually arrange their gifts according to this list which I found a few years ago. According to this list, people should receive 4 types of gifts: Something they want. Something they need. Something to eat. Something to read. I find…

The Shepherd

This year I participated in a Blue Christmas service, which is a service for people who find the holiday season difficult. I was a contributor and, because I write, I was asked to tell the Christmas story from a different perspective. I decided to tell to take the voice of a shepherd and this was…

What Do You Say?

What do you say when you would really like to convince someone to look after themselves? Many of us who are caregivers know that the holidays can be difficult for those we care for or care about. We truly do want to remind them to look after themselves, to avoid becoming worn out. Can you…

The Language of Siblings

I am on a train travelling home from Quebec City. I have been to visit my younger sister. As I get further away from her, I am watching the landscape of my youth  –  the flat plain of the St. Lawrence River lowlands – pass by. An important element of my relationship with my sister…