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A Path to Connection

At the heart of every longing is a quest for deeper connection. How can I help you make those connections?  This is my work and the work of Heather Plett.  Gathering in circle, allows us to connect again with each otherourselves, the sacred, and the earth.

Heather has included my submission about connecting to our earth in her new ebook, A Path to Connection.

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From Heather’s website….

Four-paths-graphic-300x290The journey to connection has four paths – self, sacred, others, and the earth. We can’t make connections with any of these four without impacting the others. When we seek connection with the sacred, we must also honour the earth. When we seek connection with others, our connection with ourselves also grows. At the intersection of all four of these paths is a sweet spot, and that’s the place of deepest connection that we all long for.


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Heather Lair Retrospective

The beautiful art quilts of Heather Lair are on display at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada until Sept 1st.

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I felt like I was in the midst of greatness being surrounded by Heather’s work.


Here are some of my favourites.


Modulation in Harmonics, 2009


Landscape on Red Field, 2013

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IMG_3286Being able to view all this work all in one place allowed us to see the progression of her talent over thirty years.

The pieces dated 2013 show some experimenting in painting fabric and random stitching.


Where was she going with her ideas?  We will never know but I wish she were here now to show us.IMG_3285

I’m glad that we own one of Heather’s small pieces called “Celestial Bodies”.

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Saskatoon Berries

We went berry picking with my grandson. It was the perfect morning. Cool and breezy enough to keep the mosquitoes away. Overcast too.

Image 7Saskatoon berries are sort of like blueberries, but a whole lot easier to pick, I think. They are a prairie delicacy and loaded with antioxidants (things that are good for you).

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photoMike Michaluk met us on his golf cart and told us which row to start picking in. He told us he planted this field of saskatoon bushes for his wife, Shirley, about 20 years ago. A pretty expensive gift of about $17,000!




The picking method is sort of a tugging gently the cluster hanging together.

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The ripe ones will easily come away and the unripe ones should get left behind.

Of course your hands get pretty stained.

Of course your hands get pretty stained.

Three ice-cream pails took two of us about two hours to pick. IMG_2426

Eating them fresh with plain yogurt or ice cream is awesome.

And we made freezer jam from this recipe:

First crushing the berries with a potato masher.IMG_2429

Then adding the sugar.IMG_2431

Then adding the liquid pectin and lemon juice.IMG_2433

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Wonders of Light – The Stained Glass of Christ Church, Anglican, Petrolia

My husband and I hang out with a unique fellowship of believers; Christ Church, Anglican.

This rural church, in the town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada has a unique claim to fame. It is intimately connected with the development of the oil industry. It was the place of worship of many of the original Canadian oil barons.

Totally devastated by fire in the late 1950’s the wooden church was replaced by a cinder block construction design. The building is simple but the windows are anything but.


IMG_7361In the early 1960’s Christopher Wallis, one of Canada’s foremost glass artisans, was commissioned by the church to begin work on the outstanding stained glass which now graces the sanctuary.


IMG_4902 IMG_0646Central to the collection is the Memorial or Oil Heritage Window. It encapsulates the story of the history of the oil industry in the area, which is actually the history of the petrochemical industry worldwide. IMG_7299For from Petrolia poured forth men all over the world as “foreign drillers” teaching the rest of the world how to pull this rich resource out of the ground.

Measuring nine by 16 feet, this huge window is an expression of thanks to God for the gift of Creation, celebrates the gift of oil and chronicles the development of the oil industry locally and abroad.


This one window in particular is, quite simply, a stunning piece of art, especially when the sun is shining.


It is priceless piece of area history which was rightly given Heritage Ontario designation in 2004.

IMG_7289IMG_7293The entire story of all of Christ Church’s stained glass windows, along with colour photographs, is documented in a book, Wonders of Light: The Stained Glass Art of Christopher Wallis. Heritage in Oil – Heritage in Faith  (2010) by Patricia McGee. Read the synopsis of the book here.

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These beautiful windows are now very much in need of repair. The church has raised over half of the $4000 needed to start the work on the oldest one, the Sanctuary Window above the altar. The work must begin this year.


Since the windows were installed between 1961 and 1989, a new type of storm window is being manufactured with venting to allow heat reduction in the cavity between the stained glass and the storm glazing.

Our windows are unique works of religious art and play a significant role in the heritage of our parish and the community; it is important that we preserve and care for them. But we cannot do it on our own. The value of the art far outweighs our aging congregation’s means.

If you are interested in donating to this historical cause please send a cheque to Christ Church, Anglican, P.O. Box 565, Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0 or call the church office 519-882-1430 to ask how to give.

Take a tour of the church windows here:

Copies of the book are available for purchase for $15 (plus shipping).  Contact the office at 519 882-1430 to order.

IMG_7312For more on Christopher Wallis, click here.


Educate More Girls

educategirlsMy friend is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday Heather! Instead of presents she is asking you to gift your support an educational initiative in Uganda.

Interview with Nestar Lakot Okella – Uganda Kitgum Education Foundation from Heather Plett on Vimeo.

Read about it here and consider donating. I did.