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Last night I spent a pleasant hour with a reporter from our local newspaper.  Mostly we talked about life in the Congo.  In some ways that seems so long ago.  Yet it was only in 2004 that the girls and I made a summer trip back there. 

The Congo will always touch my life.  I guess it is an important part of who I am now and who I am still becoming. 

God was good to give us that part of our lives.  It has enriched both Leo and I. 

So I will be profiled in our local paper on Monday, I guess.  I wonder how I will come across!

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A Man of Excellence

And to think I married him!


It is an honor to be married to a great man.  Well, at least he is great in a local sort of way – to the health region here in Prince Albert Parkland and of course to me and his kids.  Tonight, I and as many of the kids as could, got to attend the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region 2005 Health Excellence Awards.


It is possible they came for the food – it was an excellent banquet put on by the Travelodge.  But I suspect they really like the “Old Man”.


Leo was honored with the Excellence Award for Client Centered Care.  It was awarded for his work in Public Health (working towards the smoke free bylaws) and specifically for his work in the areas of Addictions and Hepatitis C.  One of his sayings that was quoted in his letters of nomination in reference to his treatment of patients with addictions was “We are commanded to love them, God is responsible for judging them.”  I am proud to be the wife of a man who is known for his attitude of non-judgmentalism, for the way he treats all people with dignity and respect and for the way he gets programs like the methadone/addictions and the Hep C treatment program up and running. 


And I guess I even like the way he tells jokes.  His respect for other people is heavily flavored with a good amount of humor.  If he really likes you he will probably tell a joke at your expense or his own.  I ought to know – he really likes me.

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Another Hurricane Coming

Katrina has done her damage.  Now even before the clean up gets significantly underway, another, perhaps worse storm is on its way.  They say that this doesn’t happen often – two big storms in one year.  And Rita promises to be big.

We have been praying for the victims of Katrina.  Perhaps we should spend some time praying that God would soften the blow of Rita, that people would listen and get out of the way to a safe place.  Pre-empt it sort of. 

I don’t know, but I think I will do some praying.

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Persuading their leaders

One Campaign ( sounds like an organization that is working hard to persuade the US leaders to increase aid funds with an additional 2 billion dollars to fight extreme poverty in our world.  Via Covenant Blogs (a collection of blogs from folks in my denomination) I came across this article by Bob Smietana on our denominations site. 

The additional $2 billion would be used for four basic priorities, says Jennifer Coulter Stapleton of Bread for the World. Those priorities are clean water, education, fighting malaria, and building infrastructure. The fund would go toward practical assistance, such as building wells, providing mosquito nets and anti-malarial medication, and funding for schools, said Stapleton.

Bread for the World, and other humanitarian groups like Oxfam, Save the Children, Heifer International, World Vision, and Church World Service are working together on a global initiative to fight poverty called the “One Campaign” ( The goal is to convince the US to spend 1 percent of the annual federal budget on reducing global poverty.

Read more here.

I did not realize, percentage wise, how small the amount of USAid was.  The US leaders would sure improve the image of their country in doing this.  I hope this sort of pressure on governments works.  Meanwhile, I think we all need to start giving on our own till it hurts our consumer heavy lifestyles a bit.  Waiting for our governments is a bit of a cop out.

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A new Pope

As I was filling someone’s tooth this morning the usual assortment of popular music was interrupted to announce the election of a new pope.  A relatively quick election I think.

So it is Ratzinger!  Benedict 16th.   A conservative theologically for sure.  I can remember reading a paper of his on the Holy Spirit.  I think I picked up the reference to the paper via Brad Boydston’s site a long time ago.  It was a good paper if not a bit over my head.

I was commenting to one of my assistants that I didn’t suppose that with Ratzinger we’d have much chance of seeing women ordained to the priesthood anytime soon.  It opens up a whole new area to talk about anyway.  She might find the little booklet Called and Gifted put out by our congregation interesting.  I like it because it is based on scripture and is not sectarian.

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Sad story

Depression is really a horrible illness.  It is sad when it destroys lives.  Darren links to a sad story.

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It's hard

not to have an opinion on what is going on in Iraq.  Makes me intensely disturbed and sad for our human race.  War is such a pathetic way to solve our problems. It brings out the worst in us even if the cause may have seemed virtuous to start with. 

Wonder how Love would have preferred we handled the whole issue of the evil in Iraq?

I thought that Chuck did a good job of commenting on this mess – a balanced American voice.  And only one of many I suspect.

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