Holy Cow Batman

Watching the Batman TV series, from the sixties, always amused me. There was something fascinating about the interactions between the various characters in the show. Specifically, the catch phrases used by Robin when interacting with Batman were key. They always started with “holy” and then added a word to complete the thought. In my head [...]

Church Metaphors (Family/Households of Faith)

Metaphors are an interesting element of language. They provide a way for us to say something with a word image. A word picture often expresses meaning better than just words. Some of my favourite English metaphors include: ground zero, fork in the road, jump the gun, fit as a fiddle, put a sock in it, [...]

Whatever’s Inside

An Analogy “You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? “Well because someone bumped into me, of course!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was _coffee_ in your cup. Had [...]

History or Fantasy

As a young boy I can remember the prison (New Westminster Penitentiary) that stood like a castle on the other side of the Fraser River. Often my family and I drove by it on our way to nearby places. To say the least this edifice always intrigued me. When I was in my early twenties [...]

The Word

The English language can be very confusing at times. There are words that have multiple meanings. One of my favourite examples of this type of word is read. Did you read what I wrote correctly? Have you read what I wrote correctly? Not to confuse but rather show how important it is to understand the [...]

Walls or Well

Ever notice how much fun kids have with an empty box? The walls of the box provide a separation from the real world. Inside the box one can imagine anything. The imaginary world that is created exists within the safe confines of the box. Within this space a child’s imagination can grow. Even cats and [...]

Why Question?

Kids are amazing. They question everything. Why is the sky blue? Where does Grandma live? Who is that person? What does that machine do? When are we going to eat? Frequently there questions catch adults off guard. There are also times adults are not quite sure how to answer without risking being bombarded with a [...]

Quester

Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? If not, it involves being given a list of items to find. Sometimes the list is in the form of riddles to be solved. Each person or group is to search for everything on their list and the first to find all their items wins. During my [...]

Advent: The Christ Candle

Light and Darkness How often have you been scared of the dark? I know as a kid being scared of the dark was a given. Just to go outside one’s door at night was an act of bravery. So, what makes the dark so frightening? Imagine yourself as a child, being lost in a strange [...]

Advent: Love Candle

Love = Action Ever notice there is more than one way of understanding love. For example love is used to express how much one enjoyed a certain food or drink. It is also used to say how much a person may have liked a particular movie. It is even used by car enthusiasts to indicate [...]