Monday, October 9, 2017

Family Fun.

My wife Rose summed it up nicely.

She said "I love my family."

She ought to know.  She grew up in a family of 10 kids!

She says meal times at her house were like a fight for survival!  If you didn't grab food, it was gone!

She says they at food grown from their garden during the week, and weekends were family outings to KFC and a picnic.

It was loud, chaotic and there were often arguments!  She loved it!

Was it a perfect family?  No, there were issues, but our wonderful brains help us remember the good things and filter out the bad ones.

Family is all important to her.  I came from a smaller family, three boys.  We all had our own stuff and there were not that many fights.  Things were quiet! (Usually)

I am blessed to have the best of both worlds now!  We have three kids.  The number three is something from MY background, and they love being loud and fun, something from HER background!

Now that we are an empty nest couple, we enjoy when we can get the whole brood together in one place for Thanksgiving and play games and eat food!

This year, Barrie was the venue!

We planned to take some family pictures, carve pumpkins and consume some turkey!

The weather was not great, but we did manage to get in some picture taking time and they turned out great!

My daughter, Jasmine was the photographer and she did a fantastic job!

We ate a bunch of food and played some of our favorite games, Yahtzee and Aggravation!

We also had a lot of fun with our Nerf guns.  Don't ask me why, but we have quite an arsenal of these things!

The boy also bought new ones that fire little sponge ping pong like balls that actually hurt a bit!

Good times!

They all went home on the Sunday, and the house got really quiet again!  It was filled with wonderful memories that we can take with us forever!

A Wonderful Influence.

I became a Christian in the 80's while watching TV.

I had been to a number of Christian events but had not really bought into the whole thing.

I felt pressured and uncomfortable to make a commitment in front of people. 

When I was given an opportunity to pray with someone on TV in the privacy of my living room, I did it.

The man on the screen was Pat Robertson, and the program was the 700 Club. It's a daily spiritual talk show. 

The guests spoke about the miracles that God did for them. 

The commentary was always relevant and the hosts were well spoken. 

In Canada we have a similar program.

 It's 100 Huntley Street.

Why the similarities with using numbers in the names of the show, I am not really sure.

The founder of 100 Huntley Street was a man named, David Mainse. 

To me he seemed a bit too "smiley".  How can anyone keep a grin for so long? 

He was a man in stark contrast to Pat Robertson, the outspoken American.

David was soft spoken, kind and earnest. 

Being a kid from a border town, I was used to the brashness of our southern neighbors, so I cut my teeth on watching 700 Club and left the Canadian Shows to find their own audience elsewhere.  (Seniors, I thought.  That's their guy!)

Fast forward to 2010.

I am employed in Christian media in Sudbury.  It's been a dream of mine since I became a believer. 

I had thought I would end up in TV, but I was in Christian Radio at KFM, hosting the morning show and doing production.  Our station manager told us one day that 100 Huntley Street founder, David Mainse will be coming through Sudbury on a "Thank You Canada" tour!  He was to speak at Glad Tidings Church, which he was instrumental in building!  He also had some free time and we were invited to cruise Lake Ramsey along with him and his grand daughter and her husband!  I was intrigued to meet this man I had heard about.  The 80's were a tumultuous time for preachers on TV.  They were not trusted and being mocked.  David weathered those storms with integrity and Huntley Street kept true to it's mission to reach the lost!

It was a wonderful day and I was very impressed with David.  As the trip went on, he was easy going and loved to chat about the Lord!  At one point he lifted up his voice and said something like "Thank you Jesus for this wonderful day!"

There was no pretension, no hint that he was anything else than a genuine believer, doing his best to win people to the savior!

I was saddened to hear about his passing, September 25. 

He had been sick for some years.

My wife and I were blessed to be at his celebration of life service at Church on the Queensway in Toronto.

I was moved by the stories of David's faithfulness and authenticity.  My admiration deepened even more.  I determined  to model my life along his example!  He was a great father and husband to.

I would urge you to watch the service and allow his influence to guide you to!


Monday, October 2, 2017


Rose crossed the finish line first!
Is it a smile or grimace?

Over the course of a bout a year, my wife and I have been on "a weight loss journey".

We are in our 50's and the nest is empty, so we have been taking steps to make sure our years as a couple again are healthy and happy!

It's been a cool thing to watch the scale tell me the results of taking positive steps to improve my health.

I have lost about 60lbs so far, and, Rose about 30!

Motivation is key when you do these things, so we decided to add some challenges.

You need a goal to focus on, so I signed us up for, what I thought was the easiest thing we could do.

A 5K run!  It was at the Toronto Zoo!

I got a little crazier and we did the Tough Mudder Half last month!

That was a breeze compared to running for 5 kilometers!

I dreaded doing this because I HATE running!

I get winded quickly and wasn't sure I could keep up!

Rose has stronger legs than me so I thought I would be holding her back!

Turns out, we picked a pace and did it!

It was about 30 degrees out and we were dripping with sweat, but we got our finisher medal and went home happy!

I was really encouraged to see people from all levels of fitness out doing the run!

Here's the lesson I learned...

You can do more than you think you can, you just have to commit to something a little scary and then do it!  Even if you fail, you will have done something that forces you to grow and see yourself and the world differently!

Make awesome happen!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Attention Please!

I have never given a dime to Facebook and it's likely you haven't either.

So how are they so stinking rich?

Facebook is huge! Their stock is about $160 a share. How is this possible?

They are so rich because of competition for YOUR attention.

They want to make a living off your attention, and it's happening!

Facebook sells advertising. It's about 82% of it's income.

Advertising only works when you have the attention of your target customer. (That's you!)

The advertisers pay for it, but you give it away for free!

Your attention has value!

Your attention directs your life!

Proverbs 4:20-27New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them
And health to all [a]their body.

Your attention has helped Facebook build a $42 million headquarters building in San Francisco!

Are they evil?

I don't think so.

I think Facebook is building on a desire we all have to connect with others and share our lives.

Let's not forget though, that where we put our attention will ultimately be where we end up.

Don't give your attention cheaply!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Live Like A Billionaire!

I read an article recently about the lifestyles of young billionaires. That's right I said BILLIONAIRES.

They are all in their 20's. In my 20's I was managing a salary under $300 a week I think.

Never in a million years would I have ever thought you could be a billionaire that young.

It seems like a recipe for disaster. Unlimited money with the foolishness of youth!

I was interested to see what these fresh-faced kids were doing with their time.

Well it turns out, stuff not much different than you or me!

21 year old Alexandra Andreson has a net worth of $1.3 billion thanks to her fathers investment banking.

She's the youngest one. What does she do?

She rides horses. I can do that. You can do that.

You can take a lesson for not to much money! When you do, you will have lived like a billionaire!

She likes to go hiking, camping and fishing. You can to! I've done it!

She enjoys skiing. She has a dog. She lives at home with her father.

I have done those things! I'm feeling richer! How about you?

A girl has gotta shop, right? What good is all that loot if you can't spend it?

If she's in the mood, she'll buy a new purse or handbag. Right, ladies?

Her handbags have different brand names, but in the end you have to like the style right?

She also buys some shoes or a watch. Who hasn't done that?

If she's feeling adventurous, she'll get a different haircut. Done it!

Another one is 23-year-old Gustav Magnar Witz√łe from Norway.

He is worth a staggering $1.8 billion and owns 47% of Norwegian salmon producer Salmar, which was gifted to him in 2013 by his dad.

What does he do?

He golfs.

I can do that! Not well, but I can chase a white ball around all day! Billionaire living!

Then there's 27 year old, John Collison. He's an Irish entrepreneur who founded payment company Stripe with his brother in 2010, which went on to make the pair both billionaires in their own right after a deal in 2016. John is now worth an estimated $1.1 billion.

He does fun-runs. That means he participates in runs for charity!

The last guy, invented an internet app you may have heard of, "Snapchat".

Evan Spiegel is the 27-year-old founder and CEO. With a net worth of $3.5 billion, he's the wealthiest billionaire on this list.

Evan pretty much stays off social media!

You can do that to if you want to live like a billionaire!

Here's an interesting scripture...

1 Timothy 6:6-11 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
You and I may not be billionaires, but, in the end if we live a life on simple contentment, doing things that make us happy and having good relationships, we are truly rich indeed!

Monday, September 11, 2017

You Are Loved. (You jerk!)

I do not have any grandchildren, but I am looking forward to it. 

Kids without all the responsibility, great fun! 

But if we are talking kids or grand kids, we can all agree that we love our children just because they exist

It's a pure love of sorts. These little ones did not do anything for us. 

They can't pay us back, they have no job, no language...they just are! 

We love them, intensely, we would even give our lives for them. 

If you have ever had thoughts like, "No one loves me", that's a lie.

Have you ever wanted to invite someone to a party or wedding or function, just cause you wanted them there? 

They're not singing or doing juggling to entertain everyone, they're just awesome to have around. 

That's you! 

I believe there is a God, I believe, He is love. I believe everyone, including me, is loved, just because we're here. 

It means that even the most notorious person is someone!

How can that be? I'm not sure but it happens! Many a true crime story has a person who believes in and stands by the person who committed the law breaking activity. It's amazing! Men on death row have fans. 

It's hard to understand love. 

It's not a feeling, it's an action to. 

God loves you. 

The biggest failure. The biggest public failure! The most hated criminal. Wow.

It's comforting and amazing all at once.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer post season interview.

The media has questions for Summer...
We all have a favorite season. 

We're big fans of it. 

I wish we could cheer on our favorite season, just like a sports team, and see it come back and win, but it doesn't happen.

Summer has a lot of fans and I think they are disappointed with the overall performance this year. 

There was one day this week that just felt so cold!  It was still August!

I think, summer has given up! It's given up too early!

I imagine that summer has bowed out of the season, and now it's time for the post season interview, like in the NHL.

Summer has a towel around it's neck, it's marching down the hallway going back to the dressing room, and we the media, have a few questions for it.

MEDIA:  "Summer, summer, can we get a quick word...?"

SUMMER: (Heavy breathing, exhausted, limping...) Sure...

MEDIA:  "This season started off rough for you, you didn't really gain any momentum, and from what we're seeing and feeling, it's all over. What happened out there?"
SUMMER:  "Well, I know it's a let down for all the fans, but you gotta know when enough is enough, you know? Clouds were really strong this year, they came out hard and never let up, rain was in there to making things difficult. The moon blocked us out that one day. That was bizarre. It was a struggle to get temperatures up anywhere near 30, and just, by the end of August, I just knew I had nothing left in the tank. It's time to call it a game, regroup and start thinking about next season. You know, I have the best fans on the planet, I want to thank you guys for your support, for getting out there and making an effort, even though you had your doubts. I saw that, it means a lot. We'll see everyone next year."
MEDIA:  "All right, that was Summer, stepping aside a little early, gracefully and gratefully, I think it deserves a hearty applause for the effort this year..."