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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! NATURE 10 beautiful ice skating trails in Canada In recent years there has been a shift toward outdoor skating and getting out of the arenas that feature prominently in every Canadian town and city. Many communities have […]

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Attention Puppet Enthusiasts and Readers of Dragon Talks!


Let your children develop important learning skills and use their imagination! Rev. Dr. James Lepard, an ordained minister for over 20 years, has written two Dragon Talks books – one for Year A and one for Year C – based on the Revised Common Lectionary. These puppet scripts are designed for use during “children’s time” […]

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Brush with the Spirit


by Carolyn Pogue Feeding creativity and spirituality may help to solve our problems. This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ .    Danah Cox is a Renaissance man. Gifted artist, minister, storyteller, chef and computer wizard. And he’s in the throes of starting a new thing at St. Andrews Centre […]

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An Interview with Laura Alary


 by Laura Alary This posting originally appeared on the January 11, 2016 garynealhansen.com. This week I interviewed Laura Alary: a very dear friend, and a children’s author who has written a growing shelf of books. She takes both children and theology very seriously. My kids and I totally dig her books. Since her new kids’ book Make Room: […]

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Laura Alary on What Inspires Her to Write Picture Books That “Make Us Bigger on the Inside”


 by Laura Alary This posting originally appeared on the Picture Book Theology Blog. Picture books helped me recover from eight years as a doctoral student. After writing and defending my thesis, I felt like the little lime tree my mom tried to grow in our home. The poor plant struggled along in the unfamiliar climate, […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! TECHNOLOGY Could this glow-in-the-dark road coating replace streetlights? Good news for the three of you cities enthusiasts who are also ravers! A British company has created a spray-on street coating that soaks up UV rays during the […]

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The Greatest Miracle – Minus the Hocus Pocus


by Robert V. Thompson It’s no overstatement to say that children love magic. Kids love to see rabbits pulled out of hats, people being sawed in half, and birds flying out of the magician’s sleeves. When I was a kid I loved magic too. My parents gave me a magic kit one Christmas. In it was a […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! HOLIDAYS 10 DIY Gifts You Can Make in Less Than an Hour The pleasures of giving and receiving handmade gifts are many. The headaches of handmaking handmade gifts are often even more. All too commonly our best-laid […]

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Paint and Politics


by Donna Sinclair Sunday afternoon at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal, my favourite city to visit. I am painting my best approximation of an impressionist landscape. Trees and hills, serious brushwork. My grandson and husband share my table and are ferociously intent on the same task. It is my considered opinion that the […]

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Art and Activism: An Engaged Aesthetics


by Susan McCaslin When I was first invited to write a series of blogs based on my Wood Lake book, Arousing the Spirit, I was reluctant to blog on my own writing. What I had to say is already there in the book, I thought, so what’s the point? Yet reflecting on what I wrote […]

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