cathy-wall-featBy Cathy Hird

I am always careful when talking about current events. I don't want to suggest that I "know" what is right. Sometimes what I can do is offer a perspective to ponder.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Gaza and Israel. A story from this past Sunday resonates with that difficult situation. I'd like to tell you the story, but if you want to look it up, Matthew's version is in chapter 15: 21 - 28. Quotations are from the NRSV.

cathy-burkina-featBy Cathy Hird

In Burkina Faso, French is the common language because of its colonial history, but there are sixty indigenous languages. The culture is deeply West African with expectations and patterns a world away from Grey County. Sometimes the words were clear to those of us with enough French, but the meaning took more time to surface.

Downtown Owen Sound was given over to street performance Saturday, as escape artists, musicians, stilt walkers and circus performers plied their trades. Video by Kenny MacLaughlin

pencil-regThe Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning's 2014 – 2015 season begins Thursday, September 11 and, if you haven't purchased yours already, "early bird" subscriptions are still available – up until August 31.
When you buy your BALL 2014-2015 membership ($10.) and purchase three or more lecture series passes by August 31, 2014, you can deduct $10 from the cost of the third series you purchase. That means you save the cost of your membership! Or, buy a pass to all four 2014-15 lecture series by August 31, 2014 and you will receive an additional Single Admit pass good for free attendance at one regular 2014-15 lecture.

cathy-africaBy Cathy Hird

"Right at the beginning of their time in Africa, EWB (Engineers Without Borders) gets staff and interns to stay in a village for a week," my daughter said. "We are expected to live with the people we work with. We take public transportation just like they do. We believe you have to live the way the people do in order to design programs that will actually help."


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