Category: Penn of Denn

At first, it just seemed amusing, a little strange but amusing, but when I actually stopped to think about it, amusing became disturbing. A recent article noted that Switzerland and New Zealand have banned the practice of boiling lobsters alive because there are some who think the crustaceans may feel pain. So, what changed the news about […]

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This year Cornerstone was planning on applying for a summer grant to hire a student to assist with our children and youth ministry. But there is a price to be paid.  Not in dollars and cents, the grants are quite generous.  The price to be paid is compliance. If you’ve missed it, the federal government […]

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I remember when gas first got to the dollar mark. There was speculation about how high the price could and would go.   The experts spoke about the impact rising fuel prices would have on the economy and anti-poverty groups warned of the consequences the increased heating oil costs would have on the poor. There was […]

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Forty minutes of panic!  That was the situation last week after a warning was sent to cell phones across Hawaii telling people, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” And it wasn’t a drill, it was a mistake.  A mistake that took over a half hour to correct…. […]

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I watched a video the other day of one of my favourite sports moments, I actually only have two favourite sports moments and this one didn’t include Paul Henderson The score was 12-10 for the other guys, there was one minute left to play in the first game of the series and people were already […]

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They say it’s fun, and I’ll have to take their word for it. They say it’s not to be missed and once again, I’ll have to take their word for it. It’s something that I’ve periodically thought about, but usually, the urge passes as quickly as it arrives.  And now… now I have an excuse […]

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Well, a new year is upon us.  2017 is now nothing but a memory and 2018 is stretched out ready for us to make our mark.  Got any plans for the new year?   Are you planning on starting some new habits or ditching some old ones?   2018 could be the year to do it. As […]

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I guess I’ve done it enough now that it’s become a tradition. This week I volunteered with the Salvation Army to tend a kettle in the mall. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a bell, so I downloaded an app for my smart phone. What says Christmas like a bearded fat man, […]

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Is it my imagination or are there more Christmas lights up this year then there were last year? Angela and I were commenting on it the other night and it seems like every street is trying to out-do the other, at least in Kingswood. The displays range from the understated and tasteful to the “oh […]

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This year is the hundredth anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, but I’m sure most of you knew that.  And you probably knew that it was the largest man-made explosion until the explosion of the atomic bomb.  The Halifax explosion has defined our city for the past century.  And I knew all those things but what […]

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