Amazing Tales from Nova Scotia - My book Amazing Tales from Nova Scotia is a collection of wonderful stories from great Nova Scotians. Many are heroes who have not been recognized for the outstanding work they've done. Some of the stories and poems are humourous and all are truly amazing. My launch is on June 1st from 2 to 4 pm at Shoppers Drug Mart on Robie Street. Please join me.
Would you like fries with that? - I think I should write a book like Dr. Seuss. He was on a roll when he wrote “Green eggs and ham”. My story will say “I do not like eggs, ham, cheese, chicken, bread, fruit or veggies. But let’s talk chocolate and popsicles”. That’s the story of my life these days. My son Aiden was a good eater since the day he started solids, at 4 months. Not overly picky, would eat so much I didn’t know where he was putting it all. Boy, did that change about 2 months ago. Now, I swear days go by and it seems like he doesn’t have a meal. I feel like a horrible parent. He seems to snack all day long. I do everything I can to get him to eat something for breakfast, the most important meal of the day. For the longest while I was keeping Sobeys in business with the fruit I was buying and now it sits in the fridge. I waste so much food, it is ridiculous. One day I made him 3 different lunches in hopes that one of them would be a winner! I ended up leaving them all on a plate in the living room for him to pick at while he was playing. Not a chance. He’d sooner skip lunch and come looking for a cereal bar or mum mum half hour later. Getting him in his chair is sometimes a struggle in itself, other times he gets in no problem. We sit down as a family…4
Cheering for the Refs - It’s that time of year again – basketball season. Every winter, I spend a lot of time in local gyms, watching some good, not-so-good, and truly terrible basketball. I watch all levels – mini ball, junior high, high school (and, of course, the Dal AC Rams). As I sit in the stands, chatting with the parents of the players, I inevitably get asked “which one’s yours?” They are usually a bit surprised when I say “The one with the braids and the whistle.” You see, I go to the games to cheer on my wife, who referees basketball. When Joy took up reffing, I started coming to see her games because she liked having another perspective on how she was doing as she was learning this new skill. I quickly re-discovered my love of watching basketball. I was never a player, but have always been a fan. I like the strategy, the tactics, and how the unexpected can happen at any moment (especially with mini ball!). I quickly realized that I was playing an important role as a fan of the refs in the stands. I was shocked to see how perfectly respectable parents could become vicious critics, turning their frustration with their own children into anger against total strangers. Learning that there was someone sitting next to them who knew the refs often toned down the commentary. Sometimes I even get them yelling “Good call ref!” along with me. I also learned that many spectators really don’t understand the rules of the game, or…
Announcement of ASTE event - In my last column I spoke of the Progressive Christianity Conference at Saint Mary’s in Halifax, Aug 15-17. I must also remind you of our annual Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education, to be held at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, June 9-14. Joanne MacIntosh is the person to contact: (902) 893-3392, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bernard Brandon Scott will be one of the speakers. He is a Jesus Seminar scholar who unearths the meaning of Jesus’ parables for our time. Emily and I have heard him a couple of times. He is a wonderful, humble man who shares his wisdom and the wisdom of Jesus. Alyda Fabber, professor of Theology and Ethics at AST, is the other speaker and will be exploring theology, literature and film.