The Church should get out of the marriage business

During my ministry career I have presided at dozens and dozens of weddings.  And I’ve done my fair share of marriage preparation too.  However, apart from service entries in the vestry book, I’ve never registered a marriage; I’ve never “married” anyone. When I moved to Canada in 2011 and took up my first posting in … More The Church should get out of the marriage business

O Canada

When it comes to long-distance driving, men of a certain age can choose between being dehydrated or being uncomfortable.  I tend to go with dehydrated.  I’d rather have a headache than be constantly preoccupied with the next rest stop.  So no coffee for me before heading off for the 4-hour trip from Cedar to Tofino … More O Canada


This past week the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in British Columbia released a “Ten Most-Wanted Criminals” list; two hand-counts of bad guys on the lam.  Mug-shots and criminal histories included. My plans to move to British Columbia are moving ahead at a good clip, so it was not without some interest that I read … More Most-wanted

Paris, 2x

The account of my first trip to Paris, with Renata back in 1987, is best left undescribed.  It would be much better if I could just say “Renata and I made our first trip to Paris in 1987”, and leave it at that.  It sounds so romantic, so well-traveled.  “Our first trip to Paris…”. What … More Paris, 2x


My writing has taken a hiatus in the last few weeks.  A busy schedule and a creative drought have conspired together to keep me from the blogosphere. One excuse is that I’ve been in Canada for a visit, largely away from significant computer access. Protocol prevents me from telling you exactly where, but I’ve been … More Canadians