Taking An Oath of Office

The 2017 United States inauguration ceremony was attended by an estimated 900,000 people, the United States of America now officially has their 45th President. Each country in the democratic world pretty much has their own oath for elected leaders taking office.  In Canada our elected prime Ministers would say “I, (name) do solemnly and sincerely…

Triskaidekaphobia

It was one of those weeks.  So much to do.  So little time to do it.  Friday comes around and finish my workday and at last I start my weekend.  I grab my gym bag and my lunch bag out of my car and start briskly walking on the path towards my house.  As I…

Driving Blindly Ahead

Many of us probably are familiar with the story of American author, political and women’s suffrage activist and lecturer Helen Keller.  Helen was born in 1880. When she was 18 months old she contracted what the doctor called “brain fever”. As a result of this she was struck blind, deaf and mute. Growing up she became…

Keeping Track of Time

It has baffled, challenged and perplexed the most brilliant of minds for hundreds and even thousands of years.  How to keep track of the years, the seasons and the days in a way that is easy to follow and accurate. In what is believed to be the oldest “calendar” to track time in the history…

Two Countries, Two New Leaders.

In just over a year our two neighbouring countries Canada and the United States have elected two new political leaders representing in each case a change in political parties.  Canada’s election brought forth a lot of emotion, and the United States even to a greater extent. In Canada and the United States we live in…

The Prodigal

The story of The Prodigal Son is probably is one of the most well known parables that came from Jesus, who was an amazing teacher.  So what is a parable anyways.  The simplest way to describe it would be “An earthly story with a spiritual truth” From Luke 15 starting in verse 11 it starts off with a…

Happy Thanksgiving Day Canada

A Harvard Health Publication coming out of psychology research from Harvard Medical School has concluded that “giving thanks and showing gratitude can make you happier”. The word “gratitude” is derived from the Latin word “gratia” meaning grace, graciousness or gratefulness depending on the context.  Not only is gratitude strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness,…

Sheep Worrying

Sheep Worrying is a term not used much in Canada, but in places like the UK or New Zealand where there are a lot of sheep it is a well known term.  It is when dogs are not leashed while hiking through sheep country and they end up chasing sheep causing the sheep to panic. …

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today (September 10th) is the day set aside by the World Health Organization as World Suicide Prevention Day.  It serves as a reminder of the lives lost to suicide each year and acts as a motivating force to encourage wide-spread prevention efforts. Every 40 seconds on average someone on our planet will take their own…

Brain Power

Next week for most students in the Northern Hemisphere it is the return to school after summer break.  For some people it means sadness, and well, others cannot wait for school to begin again. One of the things we really take for granted is education.  There are many millions of children in the world that…