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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.


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


Dreaming a little

We’ve been dreaming. Dreaming about a time when we might own our own home. For many of you, this is a dream that you work on in your 20’s or 30’s. For us, it is something to be aimed for as we come into retirement years. We’ve been debating investment costs versus leasing. Should we invest our money towards a revenue stream or take out the mortgage and see this as an investment for later years and hope that they real estate appreciation provides us as good or better a return. We’re leaning towards buying and the market is soft where we are looking!!

Secondly, we’ve been dreaming about owning our own furniture. Now if you are unfamiliar with the model of allowance and provision related to Salvation Army officers you will no doubt think this is rather strange. But it is what it is, and this is our reality. So we’ve been dreaming about having furniture that someone else didn’t buy. I can hardly wait! When we were in Pennsylvania we looked at some gorgeous Amish furniture and I found myself drooling over a couple of pieces. I loved the desk below!

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Yes, one day our dreams may come true.  And I may have my own little garden to putter around in… wouldn’t that be wonderful?


The CSS in Calgary

Wendy took the Canadian Staff Songsters to Glenmore Temple in Calgary, AB for the Stampede weekend.  It was great to be “home” for a few days and to see good friends, be part of a revisit to a place that has such deep personal meaning for us and to share in the music of this great group. The city of Calgary, if you do not know, is alive in a different way for 10 days as it hosts “the greatest outdoor show on earth”.

So here are two videos to show something of that weekend – a couple more will follow – as it allows you to see and sense something of the nature of the weekend and the flavour of the city!


The chuckwagon races are a great event and I love watching them. The very first funeral that I did after we arrived in Calgary, in 2000 was a woman who had raised 5 kids – 4 of whom had been born and raised in a sod house on the Alberta Saskatchewan border! Think about what it means to grow your own food, live through a winter on the Prairies and to do so in a sod house! That’s a pioneer and the chuck wagons point back to that time in history which is not that far in the past!

This second video is from Sunday morning at Glenmore Temple, the final number by the CSS and while it both these videos are done on my Samsung phone – provide I think a reasonable representation of the quality of the music.