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Advent Wonder

A sense of wonder goes a long way in enjoying winter, or any season. Each presents its wonders, whether in the natural world, or in those simple kindnesses and benefits of everyday. For example, consider the simple wonder stirred when … Continue reading

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Looking Down for a Raised Gaze

Looking downward isn’t always bad. As a kid, I often found items of interest on the sidewalk or in the gutter. Sometimes it would be a nut, a bolt or screw, a tire valve cap, and sometimes the prized thing … Continue reading

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Viral Napkin Note – Quiet Grief and Anonymous Generosity Part TWO

The UK’s Daily Mail, among other news outlets, filled in other details of Lee Ballantyne’s pay-it-forward meal story. Here’s a couple: Lee explained that his kind deed was in fact “a ‘selfish’ act to try and feel better after his … Continue reading

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Viral Napkin Note Story – Quiet Grief and Anonymous Generosity

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A Life of Value

The post below is a modified edition of my column article for publication May 8, 2014  in The Watford Guide Advocate. ~~~ Do you recall the case of the birth in British Columbia of twin baby girls, Tatiana and Krista Hogan, … Continue reading

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Sterling Qualities at Canada Reads

In his warm, easy style CBC’s Q host Jian Gomeshi again hosted and moderated Canada Reads. He’s done this for several years now and does a great job. Canada Reads is an annual contest in which five shortlisted books by … Continue reading

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Margaret — Lifter of Spirits

Thank you for visiting Raise Your Gaze. Today we’re continuing the theme of sharing our gifts and talents, and so I’m sharing about Margaret—a woman who shared her humble gifts despite considerable difficulty. ~~~ Bold, active and confident—that was Margaret. Supported … Continue reading

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