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Our Heritage

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Linda Hancock

Even though there are a variety of names in Canada for the first Monday of August, most areas of the country observe it as a public holiday. In Alberta we call it "Heritage Day". There are different ways that people celebrate as well as different ideas about what heritage even means.

It's Hard for Me to Conceal a Giggle

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

Throughout life, I have discovered many challenges. Some I have handled fairly well and others have handled me pretty badly. That is what makes life so interesting. Every day there is a challenge to face and every day there is a victory to win. Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. I would not be truthful if I did not admit that those 48 years have been rather challenging. Not so much in a negative way, but each challenge carried with it a life lesson. At the end of these 48 years, I must confess my wife knows more about me then I know about myself, or her for that matter. How she has come to these conclusions, I do not know. But, to be honest I do not know very much about myself compared to what she knows.

And Then, There It Was

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

It is not that I do not like to travel; I just don't like to leave home. I am quite comfortable at home where I have everything I need within easy reach. Sometimes I have to travel to a conference or something, which is rather inconvenient for me. However, as my friend used to say, "That's life." According to my calculations, I would have to travel 13 hours to get to my destination. I pondered for a long time whether it was worth it or not. Then the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "Go ahead. You need a break." What she meant by "a break," was far from my comprehension at the time. I guess she needed a break from me, which is my personal opinion. However, taking her advice I packed my bags and prepared for my trip on the road. Early the next morning I loaded my vehicle and set out on my trip. I must say that driving by yourself and being alone does have its advantages. After the first hour or so, I lost track of what those advantages really were. Talking to myself is the most boring conversation I could ever have.

Stuck Between a Virus and a Varmint

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

Normally, I'm not a superstitious sort of a person. But then again there is a good case to be made that I am really not normal. If you stop to think about it, (and I have), the average person is a composite of everybody and the description ends up to be that of nobody. That is exactly what I think about being normal. I must confess, I do have a sliver of superstition running through me somewhere. Often I have the feeling that someone is looking over my shoulder and smiling rather sarcastically. I cannot prove it, of course, but I know it is there. Several things happened this past week emphasizing this feeling of mine, and I am not at all convinced that it is simply coincidental. After all, is anything coincidental? It all started when the computer at the church was viciously attacked by a computer virus. Who do you call when your computer has a virus? And, what in the world is a virus doing inside my computer? Doesn't it have something better to do?

Having Dyslexia Means You Are Always Doing Home Work

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Tawni Ambrosius

When you have dyslexia you are always doing home work. You never seem to get a day off, because you have to do your regular school work plus practice everything you are behind on in reading, math, etc.. This is a typical week in our son's life.

I Sure Do Miss St. Sanity

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me recently celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. It sure does not seem we have been married that long. I guess, as you get older, according to my grandmother, time goes faster. If that is true, I must be getting older. We met in September, became engaged in February of the following year and in August of that year we had our "I Do" ceremony. As a naïve young man, I did not know that that "I Do" meant that for the rest of my life I would "Do." I must say I have tried to keep up to that sacred covenant for all these years. Confession is in order here, and I must say that on the wife's side of this relationship, the "I Do" covenant has been faithfully upheld.

My Mirror Doesn't Lie, But Sometimes It Giggles

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

I have never been fascinated by my looks, and I don't think anybody else has either. Sometimes, however, I have to spend a little more time before the mirror to get prepared for where I am going. I must say, I am not fond of mirrors and I make it as quick as possible. I do not trust mirrors. When I was a youngster, my family lived very close to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. One of the major attractions there was the "House of Mirrors." You would walk in and the mirrors would distort what you really looked like. Walking through, we would always laugh and point to the person in the mirror not acknowledging that it was us. I could not trust those mirrors at Hershey Park, which has stayed with me all my life. I had forgotten about those mirrors until recently. I was getting ready to go somewhere and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "Have you looked in the mirror today?" Not knowing what she was talking about I muttered, "Yes, I glanced at it this morning."

Moving House? Here's What You Need To Know

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Ruma Sen

One of the most dreaded word for a house holder: Relocation. The mere thought puts one on a limb. Yet, it's unavoidable. The best part is, that after going through this ordeal, one generally looks back with a sense of accomplishment. Relocation can bring about a host of possibilities, and even add to the feel-good factor. Unless you're totally fixated on the past dwelling you inhabited. For your own good, it is advisable to look ahead with positivity.

Finding A Gal

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Melvin Polatnick

Most men are not attractive to women, only 20% are who a women wants to go to bed with. Unfortunately there are guys that are left out of the love game, but there are ways to get a date or a long time relationship. Providing security is an important asset for a guy searching to attract a gal.

Parenting Tip - Spending Quality and Quantity Time With Child

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Rupal Jain

I know as a parent we all want to give best to our kids but it's imperative to maintain a work-life balance which fosters a child's morale, self-esteem, performance, and overall mental and physical development. Spend a lot of alone time with your child which helps to reduce his/her attention seeking behavior.

Parenting Tip - Teach Child to Accept Responsibility Without Being a Helicopter Parent

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Rupal Jain

Parenting tip - Educate your child to accept responsibility: - "Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow"- Anonymous. Once, 3 students didn't deliberately study for their examination which was to be held the next day. Next morning to avoid assessment they made themselves dirty and requested the principle to postpone their exams as they went to attend a family function yesterday where on the way back the tire of their car busted and they had to push the car till morning.

After All, It Is Monday

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

I do not consider myself lazy. I think of myself as an Energy Conservative. I am saving my energy for sometime down the road when I may need it, and who knows when. This, however, is not the opinion of the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. If there is a lazy bone in her, it has sprouted wings and flown away a long time ago. She works hard, which I do not mind, except she expects me to keep up with her. I enjoy slouching around, busily engaged in doing nothing. I have become an expert in this, which has become more than a hobby with me. Occasionally my wife will say, "What are you doing right now?" To which I answer, "Nothing." Her response is, "I thought so. Could you come and help me now?"

Itsy Bitsy Venomous Spiders

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Patricia H Kuhnen-Beaver

A bluish-white ring surrounded a tiny pin-prick mark on the back of my neighbours leg. The visual evidence of an insect bite. She claims it wasn't painful at the time but when the itch became intolerable she sought out professional care.

What Other Mums Don't Tell You When You Are Pregnant

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Anne O'Dwyer

At last you are pregnant; those little blue lines confirm it. You are overjoyed. Do you share your news with all around you; your relatives, friends and work mates. Or will you and your partner try and keep it your secret for a few months. You can't stop smiling you are so excited..

Did I Tell You The Story?

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

I was having a rather down day recently. You know how it is; you are going along 100 miles an hour and finally you crash. I was experiencing one of those reality crashes. Reclining in my chair, drinking coffee, I thought of one of my old friends. Oh my, he has been gone for almost 5 years now. How time flies by so quickly! You know you have friends and then you have those who are really friends. He was without a doubt one of the latter. In fact, I do not have any friend that quite equals him as a friend. Thinking about him, I began chuckling. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came in about that time and said, "What are you laughing at?" She knew I was going through a rather busy schedule and to find me sitting in a chair chuckling was a little strange. "I was just thinking," I said while still chuckling, "of my good friend Brother Lloyd."

Parents You Came First!

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by Daniel Blanchard

Remember the old days? Remember when parents were the boss of the home? Remember when parents were respected and revered?

The Power of One Challenge

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by George David Williams

The unemployment rate for autistic adults currently hovers around 80%. Sadly, the numbers are not any better for college educated professionals on the autism spectrum. In order to yield better results, a different approach is needed to attract and retain autistic workers. Communications is key to the hiring process and long term job evaluation. Meaningful change requires one employer willing to move beyond the status quo and engage to really get to know one autistic employee.

And Then the Thunder Roared

Published:Thursday 12th of September | by James Snyder

In our house, thunder has a variety of meanings. Some not as good as others, but that is another story. Either way, I am not a fan of thunder. Recently, some heavy thunder visited our area along with rain and lightning. I was beginning to understand how Noah felt during his first night in that Ark. Some of the thunder was so loud it seemed like it was inside our house. Thankfully, I lost my heebie-jeebies a long time ago. All week long the rain came and with the rain was lightning and of course, thunder. What in the world would a rainstorm be without thunder? One night the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I decided to stay inside and enjoy listening to the thunder on the outside. Nothing is more cozy than listening to it rain and thunder while drinking a nice hot cup of coffee. It is even better when an Apple fritter comes with that coffee, but that would create a different kind of thunder on the inside.