Here's a nice feature on the Manitoulin Cougar, in the Manitoulin Expositor.

cathy-farmBy Cathy Hird

I go find my son. "Change of plan," I say to him. He looks quizzical. "The tractor overheated out in the lane. We need to go with Dad and figure out what went wrong." Five minutes later, the three of us jump in the truck and head back.

We were supposed to take the same vehicle to town and look at water bowls for the barn. One of them needs to be replaced right away. But haying takes priority in this season, so getting the tractor fixed comes first.

cathy-africaBy Cathy Hird

Tomorrow we fly to Burkina Faso in West Africa. This is a country we have not been to before, but we will meet up with our daughter for the wedding of a family friend. The visit will provide an enriching experience of a deep and complex African culture.

It is intriguing throughout Africa to see the way modern and tribal identities interact. On this trip, we will be part of a village wedding and a church one. The traditions of western family and friends will join with Burkinabe to make this a complex and joyous celebration.

cathy-thinplaceBy Cathy Hird

The lake where we often kayak can be still as a mirror. The water reflects the trees that lean over it, the clouds of the sky. As we move through yellow and white water lilies, we can see fish and turtles swimming beneath us. The sparkling peace-filled beauty moves us. It is a place where we sense the wonder of creation and the Creator.

In Celtic tradition, a place like this is called a "thin place." There is a Celtic saying that the divine is never more than three steps away, but there are places where the veil is so thin we can almost touch what is transcendent, the divine energy that suffuses all creation.


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