Archive | November 2012


T1ime is a funny thing…there is never enough of it…we waste it, and sometimes that is good, we spend it, share it, cherish it, hate it, worry about how much we have left, wonder why it goes too slowly or too fast. I know that I spend a lot of time worrying about what other people will think, and that it is a two-edged sword in my life.

Worrying about what others think, keeps people from doing things that might be detrimental to others or themselves. When taken to an extreme though, it can make you immobile, unable to move forward with a project or even your life. It can make you do things that you would not normally do…wear things you definitely would not have worn, like that ode to Madonna prom dress from 1985…and stop you from doing what you know in your heart is the right thing.

My time would be better spent thinking about what God wants for, and from, me. No worries about the gossip, sneers, or even hate of those on the periphery of my life.  When it is the right thing to do, those close to me love and support me.  They may not know if it will work out, but they know that I am doing what it is I am supposed to do, and in the end, all will work out for the best.  Here is to hoping that today you spend some of your time doing or thinking about what is right for you, and not worry about what others will think.

God Bless, Julia



The Bosses

So when I went into work today, for a major craft store chain, I could feel the stress level in the store was particularly high. Now you have to understand that as one of the highest grossing locations in the country, the stress level is usually up about extreme on a good day. It seems the head honcho was coming for a visit a day early.

Seriously, you would think Jesus was coming to scan the place. The management were crazed, even the woman’s bathroom finally got fixed. So this started me thinking about what it must feel like to know that you have this effect on people.

After all I’m pretty sure the Big Boss knows that everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off. It must be heady stuff having that effect on people. It would be very easy to loose sight of what is really important, and to remember that you are just another person doing a job. Good luck to him.

God Bless, Julia


Snow Bound

November here in Edmonton Alberta means that winter has definitely started with snow on the ground that will not leave till spring and the temperatures dropping fast every day. I like winter which is good since i get about six months of it, but you so have to be creative about how to get through it.  By January cabin fever is beginning to set in and there is still at least three months of the white stuff left.  there is only so much time you can spend outside without the risk of freezing a limb off. that may be why crafts are an important part of my family together time.

we have converted our livingroom into a working studio for the three of us, we were not really using it for anything else.  Family and friends that come to visit know us well enough that it was not a big shock. they end up sitting at the kitchen table anyway.  So with the housebound months upon us |I have been trying to come up with some new arts and crafts ideas to keep us all busy and productive. I’m thinking of making things for charity, or maybe I could incorporate my social justice leanings into them.  should be interesting days ahead.  I will share my new creations with you of course and maybe some will even make it into my Etsy shop.

God bless, Julia


Yesterday, November 26, 2012, the Anglican Church of Canada, Edmonton region, performed the first blessing of a same sex marriage. It was my wife Bernice and I who were the lucky ones. I personally have been waiting for this for about thirty years, and I truly believed that it might not happen for me.

When we stood before friends, family, and our parish family, the priest…my best friend…actually blessing us, I was filled with such a sense of joy and peace. I was moved beyond words.

I need to thank everyone who made the blessing a reality. All those who voted yes, the leadership that made the resolution possible, and those that endured…and continue to endure…insult, and bullying. Please know that the choice you made was the right one.

God Bless, Julia



So I freely admit that I have been missing in action. My new job, family, and health concerns have taken over my life.
This Sunday Bernice and I will be having a blessing of our marriage in our home parish by my best friend. He, my best friend…has put his career on the line to make sure the Anglican Church in this area approved the Blessings of same-sex marriage. There is no way that I can express how much this means to me.
To all my American friends…Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless, Julia