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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 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
Life FormationLife Stories

GOLIATH MUST FALL

David and Goliath are seen as the classic underdog story. The message take away from the account is that if we try hard enough we can overcome. Anything. Of any size. But that’s the wrong message. (more…)
Bob Jones
November 1, 2019
Life FormationLife Stories

4 IRONIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURAGEOUS

Courageous people share one common quality - they don't describe themselves as courageous. They talk about being afraid and scared. Some explain that they were "just doing their duty." Soldiers awarded the highest honors of bravery tell of simply trying to "protect their buddies." Courage has an irony about it. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 29, 2019
Life FormationLife Stories

THE GIRL BEHIND THE RED ROPE

If you are familiar with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village you will feel right at home reading The Girl Behind The Red Rope. Two Dekkers –Ted and Rachelle, father and daughter – teamed up to craft a modern parable of The Girl Behind the Red Rope. (more…)
Bob Jones
October 27, 2019