The Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market Adventure

We’ve begun to real feel at home in Edmonton in the past year…now we know some of the local shortcuts, discovered a few of the best places to eat, drink coffee (tea for Wendy) and we have been to the Farmer’s Market.  The market is fast becoming a favourite though we’ve only been a very few times.

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Castlegar BC

Driving in the mountains is so beautiful.  I confess I would like to stop about every 10 minutes to take another photo.  Here’s Wendy and I high above the town of Castlegar BC.  It is where the Kootenay River and Columbia River meet and was an important place on the route of traders when the waterways were the highways!

We were sorry to leave warm, dry BC…but it is nice to get home and good to report on day two of our journey that the bad drivers seemed to have stayed home!

What keeps us from being kinder

We saw a black bear at the side of the road today – it was, unfortunately, dead. Obviously hit by a vehicle! It seemed all the bad drivers were on the road – and today they were driving pick-up trucks.

The first fellow decided to pass us, double solid line, uphill! Just as we (he and us) reached the crest a car appeared from the other direction. I was certain he would hit the brakes and fall in behind us – oh no – he kept his foot to the floor. I hit our brakes went to the shoulder (paved fortunately) and the oncoming car went to his shoulder!

The guy in a hurray cut in front of us and zoomed off down the road.

A similar incident later with an oncoming pick up who caused the motorhome he was passing and us to go to the shoulder again.

Selfishness shows up in all forms.

What would happen if our “me first” culture was replaced with an “others” first culture? Imagine a world where your neighbours, workmates, even strangers sought to see you, consider your actions, needs…even worked towards making a world of kindness?

What if anger was replaced with forgiveness, selfishness by empathy, greed by generosity?

Would it be a better world? Then why don’t you and I start now?

What would keep you from starting? What would help you start?

Jesus said; “I did not come to condemn the world but that the world through me would be saved”.

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