Linda's Lines

Linda Wegner

Linda Wegner, Linda's Lines

Linda Wegner is an experienced researcher, writer, and public speaker living in Powell River, B.C.. She has been writing her weekly column for more than a decade; her feature articles have appeared in several dozen magazines and newspapers. She also prepares research based business reports.

  • Spreading dirt

    Not sure where I picked up the muck, but there was plenty of it on the kitchen and hallway floors. I tried sweeping it up but to no avail. I tentatively picked up a piece of the sludge but . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 25, 2020

  • Dedicate a song

    According to a recent poll conducted in our province, many people cited 2020 as the, if not one of the, . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 17, 2020

  • Peace in the midst of pain

    I spent another few but painful hours in hospital this week. It turned out to be relatively easy to deal with this time and a shot of morphine helped dull the agony. But these episodes, as . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 14, 2020

  • Stones of security

    As hard as it is for me to believe, it’s 17 years ago this fall since we moved to British Columbia. There are so many memories of the joyful reunion with our sons, their wives and our two . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 6, 2020

  • A time to celebrate

    I’m not alone in saying that we’re tired of hearing nothing on the news but COVID-19, riots and protests and scorching heat or pelting rain. In light of all that, I’ve decided we need to celebrate!. . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 27, 2020

  • How to spell unity

    A definite advantage of this pandemic situation is the number of ways in which we are learning more and more about unity; I know there are riots and protests but I’m talking about our town and,. . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 20, 2020

  • Kind, calm and safe

    As the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry is highly respected and appreciated for the way she has handled information about the spread of corona virus and for how . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 14, 2020

  • From fear to faith

    For those of you, my readers, who are not acquainted with the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, we live in a relatively small but isolated community. It’s beautiful almost beyond . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 6, 2020

  • Uplifting zucchini

    Yesterday morning a neighbour brought me a freshly picked zucchini, the first one we’ve had this season. That act of kindness got me thinking about the power of this oft-maligned vegetable. First, . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 29, 2020

  • Ending and beginning

    The majority of our pot-banging neighbourhood population voted to end our nightly ritual. No one’s surprised; after all, these past three months have been anything but easy and although the . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 22, 2020

  • Tearing down and building up

    As challenging as these past months of isolation have been, there’re lots of positive things happening in our neighbourhood. First, there are a lot of new fences and paint jobs. With time on their . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 15, 2020

  • Together let’s kneel

    While I have always tried to avoid commenting on specific news items in these articles, my heart compels me to convey my prayers and condolences to the families of George Floyd. I pray they, and so. . .

    June 8, 2020

  • Surrounded by songs

    Years ago I found a post card that I posted above my computer and it’s perfect for what I’d like to share this week. Here goes: “A bird does not sing because it has an answer but because it has. . .

    Linda WegnerJune 1, 2020

  • My Jesus knows

    During this enforced period of isolation, I’m indulging in two things I absolutely love doing: weeding and reading. I won’t bore you with my stories of weeding, but I want to share the beautiful . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 25, 2020

  • Make me an encourager

    Of all the times I’ve lived through, including both bad times and bad situations, I don’t think I ever remember hearing so many stories of neighbours helping neighbours or of strangers helping . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 11, 2020

  • The power of in

    The ability of a two-letter preposition to change one’s perspective is powerful. As I mused on what I, we and the world have faced over the past and probably coming months, a well-known verse of . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 4, 2020

  • Wait and see

    While living through this current pandemic, for me, and I’m sure for many of you, it’s the waiting and the not knowing that’s the hardest part. Reading the Scriptures this morning I realized . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 20, 2020

  • Come on, ring those pots

    “Come on, ring those bells…” Does anyone else remember these words to a Christmas song? I recall them often, but this week the bouncy melody has acquired new words. Here’s the opening line of my . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 7, 2020

  • Make me a daffodil

    Though in self-imposed isolation, Hubby and I still maintain our morning walk schedules. . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 30, 2020

  • Who I am

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    Linda WegnerFebruary 27, 2020

  • Family Day

    In many parts of Canada, Family Day (Jour de la famillein Quebec) is celebrated on the third Monday of February. Not only does it provide a day off in the middle of winter, its real purpose is to . . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 13, 2020

  • Lift me up

    Although the definition is simple, encouragement has tremendous power. The ability to provide inspiration, spirit, or hope to someone is far more significant than the word itself might imply. Just . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 27, 2020

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem

    For a long time, I’d assumed that Bethlehem was a bustling, prosperous city – the key word being, “assumed.” Then years ago, I discovered that wasn’t always the case, but I didn’t pursue the matter. . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 12, 2019

  • Linda's Lines - Joy to the Earth

    Of all the festivities and traditions of this time of year, I’ve always most enjoyed the sense of joyfulness: Perfect strangers exchanging smiles and Christmas wishes; letters and phone calls from . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 5, 2019

  • Figuring it out

    A gentleman who rides the same bus as I, is an avid history buff. He reads constantly and any conversation usually centers around that topic. One morning he told me his latest focus is on “The Age . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 21, 2019

  • Treating folks … and bears

    We have a lot of uninvited guests go through our yard. First, a word of explanation: the neighbours on either side of us have fenced yards, we don’t and that gives roaming deer and bears free . . .

    Linda WegnerOctober 17, 2019

  • He who knows it all

    Life is so filled with conundrums (just in case you hadn’t noticed. An example, however, was a big part of our lives this week. For the second time this summer we were delighted to welcome visits . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 23, 2019

  • The passing of time

    Who of us hasn’t uttered or heard the following words: What time is it? What time do we have to leave? When? The list goes on but here are a few quotes from folks with more profound thoughts on . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 16, 2019

  • Me real Canadian

    One of the things I most enjoy about my morning bus rides is the interaction with other passengers and, in particular, those students who are studying English in our community. The other day, a wet. . .

    Linda WegnerApril 25, 2019

  • The manger was wooden

    It’s not surprising that I’ve been humming Away in a Mangerthese days (after all, it is the Christmas season) but I’ve found myself thinking more about the wood. Neither humorous nor particularly . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 19, 2018

  • Exactly the right word

    Since I formally semi-retired from my writing career, I’ve developed a genuine enjoyment of doing crossword puzzles. Where I formerly used my pen and pencil to jot down notes for stories, articles . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 19, 2018

  • Here, take these

    Halloween took place several weeks ago and though I freely admit that it’s not one of my favourite nights of the year, I always make sure we have goodies to hand out and I wear a big smile along . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 11, 2018

  • Pausing to remember

    This month our country commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. I wasn’t around for that but around the world, millions of people who hoped and longed for a war-free world, . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 10, 2018

  • Trusting through the fog

    According to the forecast it was supposed to be sunny and warm; not only that those early morning clouds were supposed to break up, letting in the full glory of an autumn day. No problem, I told . . .

    Linda WegnerOctober 28, 2018

  • Show you really care

    A friend told me of a visit to his doctor. “Doc,” he complained, “Sometimes I hurt in my knees, sometimes in my hands and … ah, I just seem to hurt somewhere all the time.” Without blinking an eye,. . .

    Linda WegnerOctober 7, 2018

  • Doing it God’s way

    Have you ever been in a situation where a sense of obligation took precedence over your enjoyment of the event? I sure have and hockey games are just one example. Sincere apologies to my son, my . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 30, 2018

  • Didn’t it rain!

    “I know it rained; I'm tired of this rain (on the east). Been raining too long (in the west). It rained all day (to the north), all night long (in the south). Rain, rain go away (all day)
come . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 23, 2018

  • Back to the usual

    For me, everything changed over the course of the past several weeks: various fall activities have begun; school has started and volunteer organizations are gearing up for autumn and winter . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 15, 2018

  • Butts and wisdom

    This week I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about butts. Cigarette butts, that is. To begin with, I have to clarify a couple of things: my personal experience with cigarettes is limited to one . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 27, 2018

  • When we don’t understand

    Because I am a lover of words, I have three particular quotes attached to the bookcase above my desk. To be more explicit, however, I am a lover of words that are both meaningful and skillfully . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 19, 2018

  • Remembering what’s really important

    While strolling through our local farmers market, I noticed a lapel pin for sale. Here’s how it read: “Hi, I can’t remember your name either.” I immediately tossed a couple of dollars in the . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 5, 2018

  • How do I love thee?

    “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” There are few of us, at least of my generation for sure, who are not familiar with that question. Taken from her book, Sonnets from the Portuguese, and. . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 29, 2018

  • A proverb for every need

    Our house is full of laughter, good food and great joy this week and it’s given me cause to rejoice. Here’s one reason: When I put my first thoughts based on the Book of Proverbs into a weekly . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 22, 2018

  • Stay well rooted

    For the first time in a number of years, I’m truly excited about my vegetable garden. For one thing, I’m finally retired from my work as a business writer and now have time to spend weeding and . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 16, 2018

  • A time to celebrate

    For North American readers, July is a month to celebrate. We Canadians mark July 1 as Canada Day, in tribute to our 151 years as a nation. To the south, our friends and neighbours celebrated their . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 8, 2018

  • Good neighbours

    Looking back over the years I can think of only one neighbour we found impossible to get along with. Any recollections of that person are greatly outnumbered by the wonderful neighbourhood . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 11, 2018

  • The joy of justice

    I’m finding it more and more difficult to listen to or watch most news broadcasts these days because it seems terrorism, brutality and injustice (to name a few) dominate our world. For many around . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 27, 2018

  • The wisdom of mom

    As I pen these words, it’s Mother’s Day, and I’m blessed by the flowers, cards and words of my husband and our two sons. Highly respected within their respective communities, both our boys – oops, . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 20, 2018

  • All that I need

    The wisdom of Agur, the son of Jakeh – a truly modest beginning to a chapter filled with truth. It is believed Agur lived in the same era as Solomon, but the only thing we know about him is found . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 13, 2018

  • Sit! Heel! Enjoy!

    We live on a quiet but busy street in the original neighbourhood of our city. Once home to many of the earliest settlers working for a paper-manufacturing company, it’s now the scene of a . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 6, 2018

  • Ah, those buts

    In returning to my thoughts on the Book of Proverbs, warnings that I’d read about for decades suddenly jumped out at me. Although I’d been reading the chapter corresponding to each day of the month. . .

    Linda WegnerApril 22, 2018

  • Comfort in sorrow

    I had every intention of continuing in my Proverbs series this week but given the tragic circumstances of the deaths and suffering of those associated with the Humboldt Broncos bus accident, I want. . .

    Linda WegnerApril 15, 2018

  • Take heed to wise counsel

    As a published writer and complimented baker of pies, I am aware of the power of ingredients; but even more so, of the manner in which ingredients are put together. In one of my more painful . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 9, 2018

  • Good Neighbours

    Looking back over the years I can think of only one neighbour we found impossible to get along with; any recollections of that person are greatly outnumbered by the wonderful neighbourhood . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 3, 2018

  • Keep on keeping on

    There’s probably no more common saying than “hurry up and wait,” and as simplistic as it sounds, the waiting game seems to mark every part of our lives. As children we can hardly wait to grow . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 27, 2018

  • The rewards of obedience

    This week I found myself humming an old chorus we sang in my Sunday School days; part of it goes like this: “Happiness is …having a change in my behaviour, happiness is the Lord.” That, in turn, . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 20, 2018

  • Getting even?

    If you ever want to read the words of someone who has been hurt to the point where the depths of anger are only appeased by a cry for God’s intervention, read the Psalms; in fact, in more than a . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 14, 2018

  • Getting even?

    If you ever want to read the words of someone who has been hurt to the point where the depths of anger are only appeased by a cry for God’s intervention, read the Psalms; in fact, in more than a . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 13, 2018

  • Watch out for extremes

    The purpose of the entire thirty-one chapters of Proverbs is to give instruction for wise and godly living and although I have no intention of addressing most of the topics, this week I’ll look . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 6, 2018

  • A matter of trust

    Perhaps you’ve experienced someone pouring out their pain over a past or present indiscretion. Some reasons may include someone who does a lot of talking just to hear themselves talk, others who . . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 27, 2018

  • Wisdom and instruction

    There probably are few things more challenging than learning how to give and understanding how to receive instructions. If you question that statement, think back on the last time someone attempted. . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 20, 2018

  • The power of patience

    Early in my Christian walk. I decided not to pray for patience and here’s why: patience is mostly developed through hardship. Even the Apostle Paul agrees with me (or more accurately, I agree with . . .

    February 13, 2018

  • Cultivate compassion

    I’ll the first to admit that it’s not always easy to feel compassion for some folks in some situations but having said that, I’m not proud of that kind of exclusivity when it crops up in my mind . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 30, 2018

  • Seek integrity

    Although there’s so much more to explore about wisdom, in this week’s column I want to move on to the topic of integrity. Several parts of the definition of this virtue include moral uprightness, a. . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 23, 2018

  • Choose wisdom

    Over the past three decades, I’ve made it my habit to read through Psalms and Proverbs once a month; for Psalms, that includes five per day and for Proverbs, one chapter a day. What I find most . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 16, 2018

  • The gift of peace

    In I818, composer, organist Franz Xaver Gruber and lyricist, Joseph Mohr, together produced what is probably one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols. Part of the beautiful refrain we know . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 9, 2018

  • What I don’t deserve for Christmas

    This afternoon, after thinking about the beautiful Christmas carols that have become such an integral part of my life, I began humming a crazy, totally unrelated but seasonal song. “I’m getting . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 11, 2017

  • When he leads

    I admit that in my younger days I secretly wished for a few spectacular displays of God’s leading in my life. You know, something like Balaam being challenged by a donkey (honestly though, there . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 16, 2017

  • Thirsty

    For us Wet Coast dwellers (no, that’s not a spelling error), today was a day to celebrate. It didn’t rain! Not only that, the sun shone and the wind, gentle and warm, coddled the laundry. Today I . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 2, 2017

  • Covered by grace

    I found it, the perfect fit and an end to a more than a year-long search! “It,” an elusive Tupperware lid, sat at our local thrift shop, possibly destined for recycling. I’ve come close to . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 20, 2017

  • Distinguished by a name

    As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, I’ve been reading a series of newspaper articles describing various aspects of our history and culture. They are all interesting but “Where are we from?” . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 5, 2017

  • This we didn’t expect

    It’s snowing hard and that’s not supposed to happen here on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. A truer picture is that we West Coast dwellers delight in regaling our prairie family and friends with . . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 12, 2017

  • The heart of love

    Yesterday I attended the funeral of a woman from our community. Although I did not know her personally, some of her children, daughters-in-law and grandchildren are friends. During the course of . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 29, 2017

  • How firm a foundation

    Ever had a tune or the words to a song go round and round in your head, no matter what you do to drown them out? While some songs may be just what you need to brighten your day, at other times the . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 22, 2017

  • The complexity of puzzles

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    Linda WegnerJanuary 15, 2017

  • Praising with prepositions

    All week I’ve tried to come up with some intriguing, or at least unique, start to this article. It is the first week of a new year, after all. I conducted a bit of online research, I mulled over . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 8, 2017

  • The gift of a song

    Some of the most precious memories I have are of holding our two sons in my arms and singing to them. I would take the classic lullaby melodies and modify them to include their names and even as . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 28, 2016

  • Following the footprints

    Following our unusually heavy dump of snow, I headed out for my regular walk this morning. It was, for us, bitterly cold. While -3 C might seem like spring on the prairies, I was the only one on . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 18, 2016

  • Empty boxes

    Our pastor recently recounted a humorous story of how he and another young boy decided to check out the large wrapped boxes under the Christmas tree in their church auditorium. Finding an opportune. . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 11, 2016

  • Who’s your hero?

    The past six days, Nov. 7-12, have been filled with drama, suspense, shock, mourning, celebration and expressions of gratitude. As individuals, communities and nations we’ve witnessed the rise and . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 20, 2016

  • Minutes, days and hours

    Earlier this week our six-year-old granddaughter that she had counted up to 100 all by herself,” and I’m not sure who was more proud, she, her parents or I. In any case her pronouncement reminded . . .

    Linda WegnerNovember 13, 2016

  • Keep me safe

    There are weekends that call us to the beach, to the garden or as in the case of this past weekend, to hunker down. Even as I write this article, Storm No. Three is rolling in, the third in just a . . .

    Linda WegnerOctober 23, 2016

  • When words fail

    As I sat enjoying a cup of tea at a local shop, I noticed the words on the back of a young man’s T-shirt. I waited until he and his family got up to leave before speaking to him. “I love the . . .

    Linda WegnerOctober 2, 2016

  • Who’s the winner?

    Since I’ve almost, but not completely, retired from my work, I’m treating myself to tea at Tim Hortons a couple of times a week. Enhancing the enjoyment of that new pattern of indulging myself, I . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 25, 2016

  • Call to remembrance

    As I sit at my desk penning these words, I can’t help but think of another morning 15 years ago today when I was doing the same thing, sitting at my desk, working on a writing assignment. Suddenly . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 18, 2016

  • Paul’s letters of reference

    This past week a friend, who also is a writer, asked me to prepare a letter of reference for her and I agreed. In fact, I was both delighted and honoured. Because not only is she an outstanding . . .

    Linda WegnerSeptember 4, 2016

  • Blessed quietness

    Earlier this year we attended church with our son and his wife who live in another province. We enjoyed the entire service, but one part of it stood out for me. Although I can’t remember his exact . . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 20, 2016

  • How can I encourage you?

    Although I rarely turn on the TV before heading out for church on Sunday mornings, today I did. Scrolling through the usual news channels, I realized I’d already heard it all, over and over. . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 15, 2016

  • What would you like?

    Perhaps one of the most asked questions in life is this: “What would you like?” From childhood through our teen years, from the earliest years of marriage and parenting and now, for me at least, in. . .

    Linda WegnerAugust 4, 2016

  • Served with wisdom, please

    This week I had occasion to spend a couple of days with my best friend in the major trauma section of the emergency ward at our local hospital. It was stressful to say the least and because of the . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 24, 2016

  • Give her something to eat

    t was enough to make a dozen or more grown men groan, and groan they did. Not only did they groan, they questioned the very sanity of anyone who would ask the question, “Who touched my clothes?”, . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 17, 2016

  • Of cars, cancer and caring

    Actually, it all began in the raspberry patch. As I was picking from our heavily-laden berry branches the other day I noted how many had already dropped to the ground and how tentatively some clung. . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 10, 2016

  • Come ye apart and rest awhile

    Walking has become a much-loved and valued part of my life resulting in remarkable improvements in my health and appearance. For nearly a year I’ve started each day at the track. Then, tendonitis. . .

    Linda WegnerJune 26, 2016

  • Don’t ever give up

    Over the past 11 months I’ve developed a habit that’s brought me great enjoyment and resulted in significant health benefits. Sadly I have to set it aside, at least for the time being. This week. . .

    Linda WegnerJune 12, 2016

  • The things that matter most

    We’ve recently returned from a wonderful 10 days spent with family and friends in Saskatchewan. While it was our granddaughter’s pinning ceremony and her pending convocation from the University of . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 5, 2016

  • Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes

    Decades ago one of the songs that hit the charts as a best seller contained these lyrics: “Don’t let the stars get in your eyes, don’t let the moon break your heart….” Written by Winston L. Moore . . .

    May 29, 2016

  • What can I do to help?

    Expected, or perhaps even above expectations around the news reports and Facebook posts examining the devastation of the Fort McMurray fires, is the response coming from people across the country . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 22, 2016

  • Great causes to rejoice

    For me, it’s not always the case that two completely unrelated events occupy the same spot and importance at the same time, but that’s what happened this morning. We were gathered for our weekly . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 15, 2016

  • From grain to grind

    Though its 16 years since we left the prairies, spring still holds wonderful memories. No, not just because, hopefully, winter was over but because the time for working the land had come. I’m not a. . .

    Linda WegnerMay 8, 2016

  • Preparing to succeed

    It’s been more than 15 years since I wrote my first business-related article; today, highlighting the accomplishments of businesses, their owners, their employees and their clients comprises the . . .

    April 12, 2016

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