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In church ministry, I am acquainted with the power of grief. Not only do I spend my time with those who experience deep loss. I have been metaphorically ambushed by the strong emotions of grief and left struggling to stand up again.

It’s hard to keep up with the rate of change. The other day, a news report announced that Army and Navy stores were closing.

It’s disappointing when the Governor of Michigan — whether Democrat or Republican, male or female — has received multiple death threats, the president says almost nothing about this to his supporters. If anything should trigger a tweet storm it should be threats of violence against elected o…

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Today is Clinical Trials Day, an observance commemorating the first controlled clinical trial conducted by James Lind on May 20, 1747. Much has changed since Lind studied scurvy in sailors, but the need for clinical trials has not.


The BC government and its Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, are starting to reopen the economy on a carefully-thought-out and gradual basis.


I dug out from my travel files a battered yellow booklet called “International Certificates of Vaccinations.” It tells me that I have been vaccinated against smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, typhoid, paratyphoid (A and B), polio, pneumonia, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhus, mumps, and both kinds…


Certainly, for Mother’s Day, the woman who gave birth to you will appreciate a card, phone call, socially distant visit, chocolates and/or flowers.

The next 18 months will be instrumental in revealing who will thrive and who will dive in the highly competitive cannabis sector.

The kiss of death could be just a breath away. You could be gone with the wind, but do you really give a damn, my dear?

A new word crept into my language while I wasn’t watching – “liminal.” None of my dictionaries include it. And they were only published 20 years ago.

Many of us are shaking our heads at images of Americans protesting in the streets to open up the country in the middle of a pandemic.

A series on the best Okanagan trails continues today with the Skaha Lake Loop located between Penticton and Okanagan Falls.


The world changed this last week — did you notice? The world’s most valuable commodity was momentarily worthless. No, I don’t mean gold.


This week I was reminded of the words of Blaise Pascal, “the greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost thinking about it.”

I am soooooooo sick of COVID-19. Let me correct any misimpression – I am not sick with COVID-19. I don’t have chills, fever, or cough. I don’t have difficulty breathing. And I’m not in intensive care.

Massive financial aid programs by the federal and provincial governments have been implemented; they aim to provide support to the workers and industries that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have a close family member who lives in a retirement residence in Ontario which, thank goodness, doesn’t have a case of COVID-19. He’s locked in, which is driving him nuts because he can’t go about his daily routine which includes buying a newspaper at the convenience store (even though he…

My father is an atheist, or perhaps these days an agnostic. We have debated for years. His son is a minister, so it makes for some interesting debates.

People say to me, ““When all this is over,”” as if everything will return to normal — whatever they think normal is — as soon as the COVID-19 furore ends.

An old man walks into the dining room, he looks left, then right, and looks at his old wife and says: “You read my damned mind all the time; what the hell did I come in here for?”

Tomorrow, Christian churches all over the western world will celebrate Palm Sunday. (Eastern-rite churches will celebrate a week later. )

This week, after some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which will require the recall of Parliament before it can be implemented.

Across the border, U.S. President Donald Trump has been criticizing reporters for asking dumb questions and berating the “lamestream media.”

The requirement to stay at home — and given my age and the fact that I am diabetic, staying at home is not only advisable but also mandatory — has several unintended consequences.

A detailed plan was explained last week about how the entire hospital system is being reorganized on the fly to cope if a surge of pandemic cases arrives.