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COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 Update

I think we should start with the encouraging news.  If you look at one of the hardest hit countries (Italy) a few days ago there was 17,660 cases and death toll of 1,266.  The population of Italy is 60.48 million people.  What that means is that in one of the worst hit countries only 0.029% of the population have gotten the disease.  To further ease your concern 0.0058% of the population of China is the amount who were sick with the disease.  Those killed in Canada each year in car crashes is 0.009% and most of us drive without even...

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My Apology to Women

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My Apology to Women

All kids embarrass their parents at one time or another with their unaware comments or actions that are not societally acceptable.  As a kid mine was definitely unacceptable.  If I saw an attractive woman, in public or not, I would say "Woo woo, hers purdy mom".  And no I did not have a southern accent but that's how I talked as a little kid.  I had an infatuation with women and I have no idea the degree of nature verses nurture but the behaviours were definitely nurtured to a large degree.  I didn't learn my cat calling toddler behaviour from my...

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Real Men Wear Pink

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Real Men Wear Pink

Almost anyone you ask from my childhood would tell you I was a pretty good kid that didn't get in a lot of trouble, was polite, respectful and so on.  The truth is, like most of us, I did some things I absolutely regret.  Today on Pink Shirt Day, where we stand against bullying I reflect on both my childhood being bullied and in turn bullying.  I think sometimes we let bullying slide because it's viewed as normal to the situation.  "Kids will be kids", "That's what siblings do", and similar lines justifying a harmful reality.   I say this...

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Happy Fight Day...I Mean Family Day

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Happy Fight Day...I Mean Family Day

Today is Family Day and I was thinking about writing about one of our many stories as a family but we try to be real about our lives and I think it is fitting to share a bit of reality.  The reality is social media tends to be that everyone's life seems perfect or an absolute mess.  We try to simply share the truth and let you see the perfect and the mess.  I used to be a pastor and one of the most common things people believed was that they were the only one dealing with a certain issue....

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Amadeus

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Amadeus

Children make us see how quickly time passes because in the period of a few decades a human being goes from completely helpless to full fledged adults who are still helpless in many ways.  My son turns 18 tomorrow and it got me thinking about that moment he was born.  If you have never witnessed a birth you are missing out but yet also very fortunate.  I often describe it as the most beautiful horrific thing you will ever see.  The truth is births can vary quite drastically as I can attest being present for all five of my children's...

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