Monthly Archives: May 2012

Watchin’ Downton

I’m pretty sure this is what it would look like if I were to watch Downton Abbey with some of my girlfriends:

I would be the one shouting at Lavinia, and also saying ‘dude.’



On this past May 11th I celebrated 10 years of living in Canada. On the morning of May 11, 2002, I graduated with a Bachelors degree. On the evening of May 11, 2002, I boarded a plane destined for Saskatoon, SK.

Looking at that picture, I don’t recognize that girl. I was in such a different place then (not to mention about 40ish pounds heavier). 10 years ago I didn’t really know who I was — at that time, I only knew who I wasn’t.

Thankfully I think I’ve found myself — and to think it only took moving a couple thousand miles away to another country to fully understand who I am.

What’s great about this long-suffering, often neglected weblog of mine is that it’s always worked as a living artifact of my 10 year journey here in the hinterland.  If you dig deep enough, you’ll find chapters of my life that are definitely cringe worthy, but along with those I hope there are a few memories there that can still inspire.

What a long trip it’s been.

So I’m giving a ‘sermon’ next week …

‘cept I’m not calling it a a sermon.

this is the stepping stone project I made for our VVBM community garden art project

I’ve been asked to lead a talk at the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon next Sunday.  I’m recasting the talk I gave in Regina in February, “Growing up Godless: Strategies for the 21st Century Family.”  This time around I’m hoping to make the service a little less-traditional, working in some music and group activities. Jerry has agreed to sing “The Circle Game” during the service, and I’m hoping to get people talking about ways to *make meaning* in their families through ceremony and ritual.

One part of the service I struggled with was finding hymns to accompany what I wanted to talk about and do. Thankfully there’s quite a range of songs to pick from, and I came across the song “Everything Possible” by Fred Small.  I judged the song primarily by its lyrics, and even now I have a hard time reading them aloud without getting a bit choked up.  Here they are:

Everything Possible

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved,
Washed the dishes and put them away
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea
I will sing you a song no one sang to me
May it keep you good company.

You can be anybody you want to be,
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country where your heart leads
And know I will love you still
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.

There are girls who grow up strong and bold
There are boys quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some go in their own way and time
Some women love women, some men love men
Some raise children, some never do
You can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you.

Don’t be rattled by names, by taunts, by games
But seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They will give the same back to you.



I love it. And I love that my little girl will hear these words from her mama, her whole life.

Here’s what the song sounds like (it’s worth the 99 cents on iTunes!)– on Sunday two of my friends are going to sing it for us.  If you’re around on Sunday, come check it out!

Happy Mother’s day!

This day will always have special meaning to me, because it was a mama’s day 6 years ago that I found out I was expecting a little one.

She’s the best gift I could have on a day like this.


[this perfect Mother’s Day card can be bought here]




Emma gave me a face-paint makeover for Mother's Day, courtesy of the local Children's Museum!