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I’ve been a travellin’…

Chicago, New York, Canmore and a weekend at Jackson’s Point have been part of the past few weeks and I have not recorded here any of the stories that made up that trip.

That includes the most expensive taxi ride I have ever taken, a revealing look at some of our work at our THQ in USE and USC, plus their wonderful hospitality. And then to top it all off, a trip to Alberta and specifically Canmore to meet our latest granddaughter, Paige.

Below are a couple of photos from these days…


Our weekend at Jackson’s Point was a wonderful mix of work, music and renewing friendships. There were a number of folks that have crossed our paths over the years and we got to lead the Bible teaching portion of the weekend. I focused us on the heart and how determining what is our treasure is, will determine where our heart lies!

20180519_144651While we were there Wendy was able to take her quilt that she’s been making for Paige in and top stitch it as the Quilting Gnome.  This lovely little shop run by Edith – yes I know her name – has just relocated and it was nice to see the new “digs”.


The trip to Chicago and then New York was tremendously helpful and I enjoyed every bit of it.  My hosts were enormously helpful and gracious and I walked away with some great information.


The airports were busy but all went well and the travel was without incident.  Sometimes that in itself is remarkable. Airports and airplanes, for that matter, are where you meet the most interesting of people and for whatever reason people seem very open to discussion when travelling.  THQ in Chicago is relatively new and it was fascinating to see how they had determined to use their new space. The building interior is bright and open and inviting.

But best of all was our time with the Waters west family, as we call them… Phil, Amanda, Carlyle, Fitz and now Paige are such a joy to be around and we had a relaxing if not exhausting visit! Those kids have energy and I was amazed to watch, hear and be with them.

No pictures of them (not because I don’t want to) but be assured they are healthy, happy and filled with a great vigour for life. We love being grandparents and any time we can be with our family is the best of time.

One last video from the adult music camp….



You never know who you’ll meet on a plane

So my educational journey begins. Okay, I’ll admit it I’m apprehensive. Maybe even terrified. You know the last time I sat in a classroom?!

I’ll be okay…I suppose.

Yesterday on my flight here I had an interesting experience. I was sitting, quite comfortably near the front of the plane, in one of my favourite (there’s that word again) seats when the flight attendant asked if someone would sit at the back to balance the load.  I offered and they thanked me and took me to the very last row of the plane.  I am apparently heavier than I look.

I was seated next to a lady dressed entirely in black and who turned out to be quite inquisitive about The Salvation Army and a skilled conversationalist.  I discovered she is a creative designer for television, film and stage. She is described by the Toronto Star as “renowned”. Her name is Debra Hanson. She was raised by her father, who served in WW2 to respect and admire TSA and she had a number of questions about charity, donations, life in the service to others and she was very interested to learn we had churches.

She is obviously well into her career and has a long list of achievements on imbd.com. I found this short You Tube video about some of her work at Stratford !

You never know who’ll you will meet on a plane.