Cathy-Hird-blind-but-nowBy Cathy Hird
There's a story about Jesus walking the streets of Jerusalem after an argument with powerful leaders about their unwillingness to see the hand of God reforming their community. When he came upon a man who was born blind, he placed mud on the man's eyes and sent him to wash in a pool called Siloam.

Imagine. When the cool water washed the dirt away, the man could see. His first sight was light sparkling on water. Then, he would have seen his own reflection for the first time. We can imagine the man getting to his feet looking at the stone buildings that his hand had touched. We can see him looking up and seeing blue sky for the first time. He learned to interpret the rainbow of colour around him. As joy and wonder filled him, he could touch the hands of friend and family, and see the colour of their eyes, the shape of their faces.

Jesus gave him an overwhelming gift of grace.

We are given the same world as that blind man, but we take what we see for granted. Imagine what it would be like to see what is around you for the first time?

fullmoon-featureDiscover the darker side of Owen Sound, its local history and legends, on a Bishop House ghost walk.

Get a glimpse into the mischief, mayhem and murders committed on our streets and beyond.

Back by popular demand, the walks begin every Sunday evening in July and August at 9 p.m. at the Bishop House, 948 3rd Avenue West. You will be guided a kilometre or two through the scary streets for 45 minutes to an hour.

This year the Museum itself will be open until 9 p.m. on Sundays for those who would like to tour the building before the Ghost Walk. Tickets are only $5 per person, and must be purchased in advance at Bishop House. Get yours early – sales will be limited. Call 519-371-0031 for more information.

Source: media release, Bishop House Museum, Archives and National Historic Site

Larry-Miller-wife-featureCommunity Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to announce that a new bursary fund for post-secondary studies in agriculture is being built to honour a significant milestone in the life of Member of Parliament Larry Miller.

Knowing that Mr. Miller and his wife Darlene are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this July, the Foundation approached them with the idea to transform a personal celebration into a legacy of support for Grey Bruce. Reflecting the Miller family's long-standing ties to agriculture, the couple is developing the Larry & Darlene Miller Agricultural Endowment Fund to provide an annual bursary in perpetuity to students in Grey and Bruce Counties who pursue post-secondary university, college or apprenticeship studies in Agriculture or Agri-Food.

Cathy-Hird-PLANAHEad-featBy Cathy Hird

When I was a teenager these signs that read "PLAN AHEad" were common. Bumper stickers and fridge magnets spread the message. The need to be organized was drilled into me. Now I am a planner. I work ahead, getting Sunday preparation done on Tuesday and a sermon written Friday morning. I make Christmas cookies the first week of December so they are waiting in the freezer when family come. I keep a stock of equipment parts--rake tines, haybine knife sections and a spring for the baler--so that repairs can happen ASAP.

Then comes a week like the last one, and I realize I have learned this lesson too well. I actually think I can organize my life. I forget that I am not in control. I forget to flow with whatever comes.


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