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Noticing Daily Gifts
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  • One Country
    June 25, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    One Country

    I have learned that no matter where we go in the world, Canadians are welcomed.   We have a good reputation of being kind, honest, and peace-loving.   In fact, there is a silly joke about how Canadians are so nice that...

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  • May Long Weekend
    May 21, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    May Long Weekend

    Well, we are in pandemic lockdown again but that doesn’t change the dates on the calendar.   No matter what happens, one of the favourite holidays, May long weekend with soon be here. Many people look forward to this date for...

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  • Mother's Day
    May 12, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Mother's Day

    When I was a child we would wear an artificial carnation to church on Mother’s Day.  Red or pink meant that one’s mother was alive whereas white indicated that the person’s mother had passed. Since then, I have been thinking...

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  • Honouring Mothers
    May 9, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Honouring Mothers

    The first time that Mother’s Day was officially celebrated was on May 10, 1908 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virgina, USA.   The originator who established it was Anna Jarvis who had admired the work of her own...

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  • Finally Spring
    April 16, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Finally Spring

    The past few weeks I have taken great joy in the fact that I can open my bedroom window and patio door!  There’s nothing like the wonderful breeze that floats into my condo bringing with it the change of seasons....

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  • What do you Believe?
    April 2, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    What do you Believe?

    Well, we are entering Easter week – a time when Christians throughout the world celebrate!   But there are many different perspectives and practices for those who claim to be Christian. Here are some of versions that I have heard when...

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  • Spring Fling
    March 26, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Spring Fling

    In 1933 Irving Berlin wrote and published the song “Easter Parade”.   Fifteen years later Judy Garland starred in a movie of the same name.   The themes of these involved dressing up in a fancy frilled bonnet and being part of...

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  • Loving During a Pandemic
    February 12, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Loving During a Pandemic

    It is almost impossible to stage a traditional Valentine’s Day outing when everyone is locked up or wearing masks and distancing at least six feet apart.   The days of fancy dinners in exotic locations are out of reach.   But that...

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  • Putting Things in Order
    January 1, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Putting Things in Order

    December is usually a very busy month for me, but this year was probably the craziest yet!  The fact that I have been working from home for nine months meant a lot of changes.   My dining room table has become...

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  • Mary's Story
    December 17, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Mary's Story

    We have had quite a year!   No one ever could ever have predicted the way that our whole world would change in a matter of just a few months.   Each of us thinks that our circumstances are so unusual and...

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  • Honouring Our Veterans
    November 5, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Honouring Our Veterans

    Over the years I have had the privilege of working with many Veterans and they have taught me so much about the sacrifices they made for our freedom.   I used to be in awe of the courage that our military...

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  • Noticing Daily Gifts
    October 8, 2020 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Noticing Daily Gifts

      Last Saturday I had a long list of things that needed to be done so got an early start.  I headed to my office to drop off and pick up items that would sum up my week’s work with...

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