Category Archives: The Salvation Army

Sumo Wrestling

I remember the first time I saw a real sumo wrestler – well, not in person, but we watched sumo wrestling in high school in a gym class.  All I could think of was, I hope those diapers stay up!  Big men – extremely heavy – banging around trying to push each other off the mat.

This past week the IT department took two days to do some education and team building.  They had Kevin Metcalf come to do sessions on SA history and mission.  I was only in for one session but it was excellent as you would expect.

After the education session was some fun and team-building.  People seemed to be reluctant to participate so I jumped in (that’s what happens when you are an extrovert).

Then the fun began.  It was a great effort just to put the outfit on and off, but worth every minute!  The group had great fun.

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A first for me

Last year I attended a funeral on behalf of the leadership of TSA and as I entered The Salvation Army building in Carbonear NL I noticed the plaque on the wall indicated that it had been opened and dedicated by my Dad.  There was his name right on the wall. That was great to see.

Well, this past weekend, I had the privilege of dedicating and opening a new facility in Drumheller AB and my name was put on the plaque. No big deal, but it was kind of a neat feeling to think about this small connection to the role and office that my Dad held all those years ago.

It was a great weekend in that I also got to connect with Amanda, Carlyle, Fitz, and Paige. It was a very short visit and Carlyle was perplexed and disappointed that Grandma wasn’t with me. She was excited to cuddle and play and though only a few hours she knew I would have something in the suitcase for her! Of course, she was right.

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Having been away from the prairie landscape for some time it was interesting and captivating to see the wide-open expanse along with the dramatic coulees that mark in unexpected ways the very flat terrain.

sdrsmartcaptureOf course, the town of Drumheller is known for being in the ‘badlands’ and the site of many finds when it comes to dinosaur fossils. Occasionally it would seem, there is still one or two roaming around town…..cof

Chris Rice’s Fly to Jesus

This song came to my attention many years ago now when I bought a Chris Rice CD – a great collection of songs that demonstrated his incredible ability to connect with the listener through his own experience. This song is a moving rendition – fly to Jesus and dance!

The Staff Songsters did it in Woodstock on the weekend and I decided to record them. I might add, with my new phone, which has an incredible set of lenses in it.  Enjoy the music of Chris Rice.