April 12, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Ginormous

This GINORMOUS anchor in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park is from Canada's last aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure, which was decommissioned in 1970. Known as the Canadian Peacetime Sailors Memorial, it serves to "commemorate the personnel of the Armed Forces of Canada who lost their lives at sea in the performance of their duties and for whom there is no known grave."

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March 28, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Bird

A gorgeous little chickadee is my choice for today's theme "bird."

During a class break last summer, we found a chickadee lying on its back on the rug just inside the door to the building. One of my classmates freaked out for some reason, perhaps she's afraid of birds, or dead things, or both. We did think it was dead at first, but then I realized its chest was ever so slightly moving up and down with breath. I figure it must have flown into the glass door (which had been open at one point to let some fresh air into the building) and stunned itself. So I gently gathered it up and took it outside to a quiet spot. I'm happy to say it recovered after a few minutes and flew away.

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Continue your birdwatching over at Sandi's Saturday Photohunt blog!
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March 22, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Focus

What is Polly's attention focussed on, I wonder?

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March 15, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Deluxe

When I saw the theme Deluxe, I instantly thought of a Cartier display I saw in a store window in Nice, France.

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I don't think wrist watches get more deluxe than the following diamond studded one with the 35,300 euro price tag...

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I find myself wondering...why 35,300 euro? If you're charging that much for a watch...wouldn't you just round off to 35,000?? I mean, does an extra 300 really matter at that point? But then again...what do I know about the price of watches...I wear a hand-me-down from my mother! lol

To see more variations of Deluxe, check out Sandi's Saturday Photohunt blog!
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March 7, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Colours

Here's my take on "Colours"...a collage of my younger daughter's ever-changing hair colour over the years...enjoy!

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March 3, 2014

What Sustains (poem)

What Sustains

The more I am hollowed
by the fire, the more my ribs
spread like the tree of life.

The more I am washed
by the tears of others, the more
my heart rounds like an ocean shell.

The more stories I tell
of how one picks up another,
the more my hands open
like scoops for grain.

To be what others drink,
to be what others stand on
to reach what they love--
we should be so lucky
to be worn to this.

~ Mark Nepo, Reduced to Joy

March 1, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Boogie

Today's theme is "Boogie" and...I got nothing.

I looked and looked for a photo I knew would be perfect, but cannot find it anywhere in my computer photo files or in the boxes in the basement. It was a photo of me, probably 20 yrs ago, dressed for Halloween as a cheesy disco queen. You'll just have to use your imagination!

I'll do better next week, I'm sure!

February 28, 2014

Spiritual practice with markers

Once a month or so in our Formation class, we learn a new spiritual practice. (Formation as in being formed for ministry...a space in which to explore our identity, build community, and grow our spirituality.) This past week we were met with two blank sheets of paper and some markers (many of which turned out to be pretty dried up, but that's besides the point.)

We were directed to just draw lines - free flowing lines - on one of the pages. Not to try to make them straight, just let them curve all over the place to loosen up our creativity. Evidently I was channelling my inner minimalist because this is what my page looked like:

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Pretty pathetic, I thought at first! But as I got looking at it, I started to think hmm, mysterious ways at work? It kind of looks kind of like a river with fishy shapes (God, the Living Water and the Jesus fish, get it? lol)

Our next practice was to turn the page over and draw what freedom looks like. No rules or parameters, whatever freedom looks like to us, draw that.

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February 22, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Amber

I had a hard time figuring out what to post for amber...when I googled it to get a better sense of what colour it is, some images were quite yellow, some had more of an orange hue...just what the heck is the colour of amber?! I don't have any photos of the real stuff, the fossilized tree resin. But these gummy candies in La Bouqueria market in Barcelona have an amber kind of glow, at least to my eyes!

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For more amber images, amble on over to Sandi's Saturday Photohunt blog!
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February 19, 2014

A little snow isn't going to stop us...

We had a snowstorm overnight Saturday into Sunday...it let off a bit early Sunday morning, but was forecasted to swell to blizzard conditions again in the afternoon. I waited and waited for a call from my church to let me know they were cancelling the service, like every other congregation in the area. In my denomination, the decision to cancel isn't made by the minister or worship leader, it's made by the "session" or council of the church...so I don't make the call, I just await the decision. I figured for sure I'd get a call, since the congregation had cancelled two different Sundays in December due to bad weather. It's a small group, mostly older, and I figured they wouldn't want to be out in the storm. I've told them a couple times not to factor me into their decision to cancel. I always had to brave the weather when I worked in government and the private sector, I figure why should it be any different in ministry?!

However, my phone didn't ring by the time I needed to leave...so I headed off to church, roughly a 15-20 minute drive from my friend Valerie's house in normal driving conditions. (It's about an hour's drive from my own house, but I stay at Val's place every Saturday night, just so I don't have a long drive before church Sunday mornings.) The roads were snow covered, what we call "centre line bare", but visibility was good so the drive wasn't bad...

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By the time church was over, it was a whole other story. The blizzard had kicked back into high gear. When we emerged from the church, we couldn't even see the other side of the road! One woman in particular was very concerned about me driving...she tried very hard to persuade me to come to her place for a cup of tea, and wait out the storm. She lives very close to the church. I was deeply appreciative of her concern and her offer, but I didn't know how long the storm would last, and I really just wanted to get some place where I could settle in. So I thanked her, but carried on my way back to Valerie's house, knowing I could just stay another night if things didn't clear up.

It took me twice as long to get back to her place as it took to get to the church from there a couple hours earlier...there was a hint of centre line in places, but it was a pretty nasty drive, between the white out conditions and the snow drifts across the road in places!

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All in a day's work! lol :) And the storm subsided by evening, just in time for a sleigh ride! Perfect conditions actually, clear skies and lots of fresh fallen snow...followed by hot chocolate. Good times!

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