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Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw

How do you change the world for the better? In Erin McGraw's latest novel, Better Food for a Better World, three offbeat young couples believe the answer lies in ice cream—at least in part. These ice cream shop co-owners also put great stock in vocational gifts and artful entertainment, from classical concerts to circus contortionist acts.… Continue reading Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw

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Like the allied prisoners

"In a German prison camp in World War II, unbeknownst to the guards, the Americans built a makeshift radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war—a fact that, because of a communications breakdown, the German guards did not yet know. As word spread, a loud celebration broke out.… Continue reading Like the allied prisoners

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Easter Joy and Holy Joking

Lenten worship calls us to carry, ponder and release heavy emotions. We sing sombre hymns of ashes, thorns, tears and blood. We wave palm branches in triumphant welcome. But soon after our hosannas comes the heaviest day of all – that Friday when we dwell on Christ’s pain and what it purchased … when we… Continue reading Easter Joy and Holy Joking

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Poetry review: Lorna Crozier’s Small Mechanics

As kids my sisters and I used ice-cubed apple juice and clothespins to make popsicles we hoped to sell by the road. At first we had no real method of cracking the pins in two. Eventually, though, we learned to gently pull their backs apart and slide the wooden portions free from the grip of… Continue reading Poetry review: Lorna Crozier’s Small Mechanics