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Reading Time: 2 minutes “Life is hectic. There is no time to relax. I can’t find a balance between work and play. I rush here and there but seem to be going in circles.” The award-winning movie “To Make a Farm” follows the stories of five young people who decide to farm. They find great pleasure in developing their properties, […] Read more


Reading Time: 2 minutes I am walking through a hospital corridor when a picture on the wall catches my attention. Riders on pinto and paint horses parallel a creek. Their leaders turn into the forest. Snow-covered mountains in the background remind me of southwestern Alberta. I often rode my horse Apache, who had markings resembling the horses in the […] Read more


Reading Time: 2 minutes In the movie The Adventures of Tintin a young crime reporter named Tintin forms an unlikely alliance with a sea captain named Haddock. At one point the captain says “My memory is not as good as it used to be.” Tintin queries “What did it used to be?” The captain replies “I can’t remember.” Memory […] Read more

Reflections, April 2012

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Commissionaire on duty at Depot, the RCMP training academy in Regina, hands me my room keys. “Breakfast is at 6:45 a.m. and your course begins at 8 a.m.” My room, usually occupied by police cadets, is basic but comfortable. I don’t need the lock box for a firearm so I lock up my truck […] Read more

Reflections, January 2012

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bert Gillis loved to fly but never earned his pilot’s licence. For most of his life he farmed north of Wynyard, Sask. in partnership with his two brothers and sister-in-law. During the Second World War he was a mechanic in the Air Force. His job was to repair training planes at the air base in […] Read more

REFLECTIONS – for Nov. 22, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? It s a familiar question. The pessimist says the glass is half empty and the optimist says the glass is half full. The illustration suggests other questions about life. What if someone asks you to share whatever is in the glass? Are you blessed […] Read more

REFLECTIONS – for Oct. 18, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes He ought to smarten up and do the right thing& She should change her ways& You must stop doing that. Words like ought, should and must creep into our conversation. The real questions are: Who knows what is right and what is wrong? Who decides? Are there universal standards of behaviour? Who sets the limits? […] Read more

REFLECTIONS – for Sep. 20, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes The caller begins I have something to tell you& Not expecting bad news, I hesitate to ask. We had a hailstorm and the airport got pounded. Your airplane was damaged. I had flown my airplane to Lloydminster, Alta. for an inspection. The next day hail the size of ping pong balls hit. The caller says […] Read more

REFLECTIONS – for Sep. 1, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare’s words from his play “Romeo and Juliet,” written in 1596, express the dilemma of two young lovers. Romeo and Juliet love one another, but there is a serious barrier to their relationship. Their two families are […] Read more

REFLECTIONS – for May. 31, 2011

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Why is income tax so complicated?” A friend puts my frustration in perspective. “The Chinese invented bureaucracy thousands of years ago. The government of Canada is perfecting it.” My wife Jacqueline and I appreciated Chinese bureaucracy during a recent tour. Her luggage was missing on arrival in Beijing. Pages of information were politely collected in […] Read more