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February 22, 2021
While I’d like to say it was nice to see everybody yesterday, I can only say it was nice to see those who I saw (it was nice to be able to meet together in the sanctuary) . . . and even then I can only say it was nice to see those who I partially saw. Can we be finished with these masks . . . please? I miss seeing smiles! Although since they work I’ll keep wearing mine. I realize that some people will disagree with that last statement and think that wearing a face covering is an affront to whatever they think it is an a...


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February 16, 2021
You’ve probably heard it . . . it’s a popular nursery rhyme dating from the early 19th century: What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs' tails. That's what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of. Can we stretch it to say hearts and roses and chocolates and candlelight dinners . . . that’s what Valentine’s Day is made of. For some. And yes, we do tend to focus on these things February 1...


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February 08, 2021
As is every year, there was a lot of hype about the Super Bowl (played last evening, in case you missed the continuous advertizing). My favourite part of the “game” is the commercials created specifically to run during the broadcast  (although in Canada we have to wait until the day after, where we can watch them on YouTube). I usually skip the half-time show (this year Canada’s “The Weeknd” was the featured star, and yup . . . I skipped). For those who didn’t watch the game, the “hate...


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February 01, 2021
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, and we all know what that means: Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie will emerge from their burrows early in the morning and if they see their shadows it will mean that we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us. Unfortunately, whether or not they see their shadows it seems that we still have six more months of burrowing and hiding ahead of us! While the “resistance” against the restrictions placed on us because of COVID is growing it seems the best way to stop the spread of the disease is to ...


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January 25, 2021
When something catches on, it really catches on, doesn’t it? Who knew that a picture of Bernie Sanders “and his mittens and scowl behind his facemask” (how can you tell there’s a scowl other than that is his "trademark"?) would become the sensation that it has? Not only is the meme everywhere, Mr. Sanders has taken the opportunity to use the picture for something good: his campaign store is selling sweatshirts featuring the photo, and all of the proceeds are going to Meals on Wheels programs in Sander...


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January 19, 2021
Welcome to Monday . . . and, it seems, welcome to winter. It is a bright sunshiny but somewhat cold day – it’s almost what my kind of ideal January day. There is snow on the ground – and what is winter without snow in Ottawa? I was happy for what happened over the weekend. It is a little cooler than what I like – -2° or -4° is about perfect. I can deal with what we have; I’m not looking forward to the inevitable minus too much which we’ve avoided so far but won’t forever! But it’...


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November 03, 2020
Ouch! November! I thought that I might title today’s Musings the Post Halloween Edition. Then because of that extra hour of sleep on the weekend (for those who didn’t say hey, I can stay up an hour later tonight) I thought that I  might title it the Time Change Edition. Then I woke up this morning to a howling wind and blowing snow (blowing snow!!!) and wondered if I should call it the Winter’s Coming Edition. As you can see, I went with the old standard: it’s t...


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October 19, 2020
The thought with great power comes great responsibility (from the old Spiderman TV series and comics) has always resonated with me. Not that I have great power – or any power at all, really – but responsibility seems to be a forgotten and ignored quality in our current environment. And I can hear you now . . . “where are you going with this, Pastor? What do you mean?” There is a lot of information – and misinformation – regarding living in this COVID era. The misinformation se...


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