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Christmas

Christmas time is always a busy time for me; the term is ended grades are in, I catch my breath and it’s Christmas Eve. My favorite Christmas time activities include skiing (if there is snow and it’s not too cold!) and baking different types of breads. The smell of baked

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Re-focusing Vision II

A recent conversation with a friend reminded me of the reflections included in this post.  I had written earlier this year [May] on the need to re-focus. Here are some additional comments. From time to time it’s necessary to re-focus your vision, reconsider expectations and renew your commitment to the

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Riding the Jungle Swing

Several weekends ago we held the latest in a number of annual leadership class retreats at Ness Lake Camp and Conference Center.  From students’ reports, the retreat is a high point of their experience in taking leadership classes at the college. I have had the privilege to be involved in

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He is in it for the long haul

Just finished listening to Oh Danny Boy. The line that stands out for me at this time of the year… the summer’s gone and all the roses falling… The leaves are changing colour and falling here in PG; another fall term with it’s rush and bustle is upon us. Hard

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Opportunity in Adversity

Adversity. Much has been said and much can be said about it. Is it bane or blessing?  A few thoughts. Adversity is defined as  “a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy”.  Adversity comes to all, as part of our ongoing experience in a fallen and broken world.  Adversity

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Refocusing

I have been on a bit of a sabbatical; waiting for “inspiration to write”.  Not much gets done while you wait to be zapped. Some times we just have to trudge on until “the light breaks through” always bearing in mind that the journey is not a sprint but a

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Living in Hope

Someone once said that we cannot live without hope.  We are encouraged in 1 Peter 3:15-16 to: “exalt Him as Lord in our heart and always be ready to offer a defense, humbly and respectfully, when someone asks why you live in hope.” In the busyness of the past week,

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Leadership: vision, success and value

One of the many privileges of being a teacher is the opportunity to learn from those being taught.  This has been my experience in recent weeks.  One of my roles is to engage and challenge my students about building self-leadership into their lives… becoming leaders from the inside out. I

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Don’t fail to soon…Hanging in for the full lesson

Two weekends ago, my friend Bruce persuaded me to sign up to be a student for some ski instructors he was training. I agreed. It was a gray afternoon with temperatures hovering around -3 degrees C. Steady light snow was falling.  The snow was very good for skate skiing. We

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Whiteouts and straight paths

Hard to believe that it is the third weekend in January 2016! Belated Happy New Year. Most of us have laid out our goals and made our resolutions. Many of us, (myself included), have already slipped up. Failure is part of the human condition.  Don’t stay down bemoaning the failure.

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