Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Big Give

I’m not really a garage sale sort of person. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate a bargain, but driving from place to place looking for one doesn’t appeal to me. It seems too much like work. I know there are people for whom garage sales are a major hobby. They are up at the […]

Mamertine Prison

It was the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. That was just a coincidence. Even though I am a skeptic I paid the small admission fee to see the cell where Paul (and supposedly Peter too) was held during his time as a prisoner in Rome. I am a skeptic. If you want me […]

The Church

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” That line is a paraphrase of a statement popularized by philosopher George Santayana. It was running through my mind a lot this week, with the news that Ottawa’s Northwestern United Church building is being sold to the mosque next door. I assume the reason […]

The Mosque

The first mosque I ever visited was in a Toronto building that started its life as a Presbyterian church. I don’t think that usage was predestined. It was the Summer of 1989 and the mosque visit was part of an orientation session being given before we moved to Africa. I think the idea was that, […]


I don’t know where this picture came from or what it is doing on my computer. What I do know is that I couldn’t decide what to post today. After cat pictures I think food pictures are the most common thing shared on the internet. But I don’t understand why anyone would care about any […]

Tulipfest 2016 III

I took about 100 pictures of tulips Sunday night, and reaction has been positive to the ones I posted here, so I am going to the well one last time. I’m not a flower person, but you might be. And some of these look more like a Van Gogh painting than a photograph. Enjoy the […]

Tulipfest 2016 II

As I mentioned yesterday, going to see the tulips at sundown made them look somehow different than last year’s midday visit. I’m not a person known for my colour sense (there’s a medical reason for that) so I’m not sure if describing what I saw as being mostly pastels makes much sense. To me many […]