Advice for young men!

Jordan B Peterson – say his name and you will get a reaction.  Some love him, some despise him.  I have my own opinion and I certainly don’t agree with everything he says but I really like this video and sense both from my experience in the leadership of a congregation, my work with people in general and in some of the reading I’ve done over time that there is real truth here.  Young men need purpose and it is not found in chasing personal privilege and rights – it is found in carrying responsibilities in a sensible and serious manner.

So here it is….tell what you think.

 

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The Canadian Open

 

Last week I was privileged to be able to attend a day of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey. This is the last time the Open will be held at Glen Abbey so I was thrilled to attend. In some ways, the Open is boring in that these guys hit great ball after great ball.  It’s amazing to see them burn down the fairway and onto the green after which it’s a 2 put and onto the next hole.  The pace is incredible, really quick – it seems like only minutes before the next threesome is on the tee.

However,  the fun part is watching when they do miss a shot and have to get themselves out of trouble.  We saw a couple of those shots and it was amazing!

What does it take to be a favourite quilt shop? (from 2011)

from Wendy (2011)

I’ve mentioned before that I like to seek out quilt shops as we travel. Last year when we were in Spokane, for example, I had a list of quilt shops I wanted to visit and one day we put them into our TomTom and set out to find them. We did find them all – except one that turned out to be an internet only store that was out of some one’s home…but that’s a blog entry for another day. If I am traveling for work I often try to allow an extra 15 – 20 minutes on the journey to make a quick stop if I know of, or come across, a quilt store en route.

Once I’ve found the shop, I soon know whether I am going to want to come back. How so? Here are a few of my thoughts…

I consider the fabric – does the store have a good variety?
  • do they carry fabric collections?
  • does the colour selection connect with the what I like to use?
  • how are the fabrics displayed and organized

Does the store inspire me? – I must admit, I like to see samples of inspiration hanging on the walls, from the ceiling and other shelves or tables around the store.

  • I do find that a good selection of patterns along with fabric pre-packaged in kits very enticing.
How am I treated? – is the staff friendly, helpful, available? If I am looking around or ask for something, do they tell me they are closing in 10 minutes?

 When I am in my ‘quilting mode’ I am looking to enter a quilting community, one where I feel like I fit. This is my hobby, where I get to spend some time doing something I can get lost in and be creative, even if only for a short period of time.

You’ll be able to follow a few more of my favourite quilt shops along the way.

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