|A flower from Anne's Garden... and Kristin's favourite flower|
I am saddened to leave a good life, a good wife, a beautiful and peaceful place, and a golf game that will always be better the "next" day; AND, I am excited to be returning to my second home for over 7 years.
I want/need to do something with my living in addition to the pleasures of retirement and the fulfillment of grandchildren [Oh yes, the "kids" too.]. Funny how I have long given up ideas of the kingdom - or a kin-dom [gender neutral paradise] - where the criteria for entrance are known in advance.
Yet, I seem restless to give of myself and my talents. I am just not content to be... Never did buy into that "it is not what you do, just be" stuff; of course, you are what "you do"... at least, I am. Everyone knows that you are only as good as your last game.
|An early morning fire in May 2010 destroyed a big part of Mercy Hospital.|
The CEO, Helen, graciously gave Tony and me a very nice flat - together. This is when I discovered how much of an old fart I am...I really like being alone [Only when I am in Guyana, Dear.] and I will be working with Tony every day in the same courses. As I told Tony, it is not him... It is me; I need quiet.
I guess that I was grumping out loud because a friend and colleague - and a real missionary - Richard Young came through with a win-win situation. He suggested that I might stay in the empty parsonage at Calvary Lutheran Church in exchange for a security presence [?] there. Canadian Pastoral Team of Jack and Val Fredericks finished a term pastorate there in the Spring... And Calgary's resident caretaker just died... I didn't ask how. As Dick mentioned in his email, there were many benefits including, You get to be Lutheran and be called "pastor". Whata deal!
I thought I'd get some of the other benefits, so I wrote Jack and Val... and they wrote back in part: "The kitchen has a stove (gas), an electric fridge and a wash machine. The stove will scare the crap out of you when the oven heats up and expands with a bang... The front entrance has a framed glass door that I could only lock from the outside." [I can see Val climbing through a second story window after she locked the door from the outside!] However, these inconveniences seemed quite manageable as they continued, "The bakery, Yhips, which is next door to you sells beer also."
I'll have more expenses than if I had shared at Mercy [Hint: and I'll try not to drink them all.], but I do need to preserve what little I have of my sanity and Tony's as well.
|Tony and John working to understand cultural nuances.|
Tony and I have decided to really have an adventure this year. We are going to combine our courses -Psychology. Sociology, Ethics, Mental Health and Neurology into one Problem-Based Learning Programme. We have spent most of 2010 writing our cases and trying to integrate the major areas in our curriculum into our paper problems. I am sure we both thought it was a good idea at the time; as it gets closer... I am sure you will hear more about our attempts throughout our time there.