Return to Ottawa

Wendy and I left Ottawa, with two teenage boys in 2000. This weekend we are returning along with the Canadian Staff Songsters. Wendy is the Executive Officer but this weekend I get to tag along.

The intention of the group is to sing the Gospel and to model how a good songsters group supports The Army’s ministry. 

Ottawa was a challenging but rewarding appointment.  A building renovation, 2 mission trips, leadership development and more were highlights. And Ottawa is such a gorgeous city. We enjoyed living there.

We look forward to seeing some friends and sharing in the ministry of the weekend.

Hospitals are malls

Since my Dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in the late 1990’s ( I can’t remember the year anymore) I have been having a colonoscopy every five years. Yesterday was the latest. My goodness, that’s an unpleasant pthjb9r2ue3rocess for a 15-minute procedure that I can’t remember.

The timing on this one was such that it seemed my “no eating” time frame got really stretched out. I was starving by the time I got to the hospital. Fortunately, there was a Starbucks inside the hospital doors so as soon as it was over I could go get a good dark and hot coffee.

It struck me, as I walked the hallways, that hospitals these days are as much about business as they are about medicine. From revenue created through outrageous parking rates to renting out space to fast food outlets, hospital leadership is about creating additional sources of revenue. Left to rely on government transfers, they would still be using equipment from the 1960’s. Watch the ads for hospital lotteries or the mailbox for a request to donate and you will come to the same conclusion.

That being said, we do have a great system and when you need care the system stretches to provide what we need. If you have any doubt we have a great system look south of the border to the war over Obamacare. Yes, I will stay on this side of the border. A bit cooler in winter perhaps but still a country of care for those who need medical intervention.

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.