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Bob Jones

Life Stories

CHANTYL PETERSON’S CHRISTMAS GIFT OF LIFE

One of my favorite Christmas stories is about Chantyl Peterson. She was your typical five-year old - all smiles and adventure. That is until the nose bleeds and constant bruising started. Donor Needed at Christmas Doctors diagnosed Chantyl with T-cell lymphoma, a terminal disease that stops the function of bone marrow. The only cure was a transplant. Surprisingly, none of her family members were matches. Doctors said there was a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a donor in time. And then the call came that would change Chantyl’s Christmas. Terry Farrell, a married, forty-five year old father of two and a New York firefighter, had placed his name on a donors list. He was the one in 20,000. Terry…
Bob Jones
December 1, 2019
Life Formation

THE TWEETS, TAGS, PINS, AND LIKES OF UNSOCIAL MEDIA

Think of this as a warning label for an addictive drug. Many people I know check and interact on social sites constantly throughout the day. And they have no idea how much actual time they spend on social media. Most of the major social network companies, as well as social content creators, are working hard every day to make their networks so addictive that you can't resist them. I know. I resist. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 19, 2019
Life Stories

DOUGLAS BLADES: A LONG WAY FROM EAST PUBNICO

Douglas Blades never imagined he would travel across Canada, become a regional director for a national corporation or live to age 90. Growing up in East Pubnico with a Grade 8 education, dreams carried folks only as far as West Pubnico, on the other side of Pubnico Harbour. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 10, 2019
Life Stories

WHY WE REMEMBER

There were over 37 million soldiers and civilians casualties during what is known as "The Great War." 17 million deaths and over 20 million wounded give WWI the dubious distinction of being one of the bloodiest wars in history. Approximately 63,000 of the dead were Canadians. My grandfather fought for Canada at Vimy Ridge in 1917. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 10, 2019
Life Stories

GARRATTS RECOUNT DARK ODYSSEY WITHOUT BITTERNESS

Kevin and Julia Garratt are surprising Canadians. The CBC and CTV have listened to their ordeals under Chinese arrest. The Globe and Mail published a feature length interview with the Garratts. What's so surprising is the interviewers' unexpected encounters with grace. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 6, 2019