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My first ebook, A Tickle in the Funny Bone, is a dozen of my humorous columns including all the April Fool’s ones and the hilarious responses. Readers’ comments: I had a good laugh at this one - still wiping away the tears! I like your sense of humour! I laughed all the way through. I...

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Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Bulldozer of Pentecost

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Arriving at the work site, we three teenagers climbed down from the truck. “Grab the shovels and rakes,” the foreman said, and follow me.” He led us to three giant piles of earth dumped near two oil storage tanks. Our job was to shape these huge mounds of earth into a neat, square dike to surround the tanks. I wondered briefly if I had been selected for this project because I was a Dutchman. “This is going to take all …

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Jesus and Gender Equality

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All over North America last Sunday, we celebrated and honoured our mothers, a stark contrast to the way some societies denigrate women. This got me thinking about history. Influence of Cultural Sexism It’s only recently that women have been treated relatively equal with men even in our more “enlightened” western societies. In 1900—only 115 years ago—Canadian provinces began granting women the right to vote. Quebec, in 1941, was the last province to do so. Switzerland, although famously democratic, didn’t give …

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A Thank You Letter To My Mother

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Since Mother’s Day coincides again with the week’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of VE day—Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies—I thought of my mother who died at age ninety-seven, four years ago. Here is a letter I wrote her: Dear Mama, Exactly seventy ago, Canadian soldiers fought their way through Holland to Hilversum, our town, and freed us from fear and oppression. I was seven years old when Papa took me to see the Canadian tanks growl along …

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