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.

  • 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

  • Now what? Cast your care upon Him

    Last evening we celebrated, with great hilarity, the birthday of our six-year-old granddaughter. It was a fun-filled time with great food, a gift from grandma and grandpa and an occasion to display. . .

    Linda WegnerApril 8, 2016

  • On a firm foundation

    We and our two sons and their families all have had the privilege of living in homes constructed in the 1920s. Designated a National Historic District in 1995, Powell River's Townsite is one of . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 24, 2016

  • According to Whom?

    The older I get the more I miss Mom. Recalling her keen sense of humour even in the direst of circumstances has often reminded me to look for the best, even when things are seemingly at their worst. . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 29, 2016

  • Through it all, prayer heals

    There are times when laughter slips easily from between the lips, other times, not so much. Some days, in fact, could be called downright staggering. This week there have been several of those . . .

    Linda WegnerJanuary 24, 2016

  • Sounds of the season

    Heralding the Christmas season are sounds. There's the chatter, verbal and scripted, of approaching craft sales. Schools, service organizations, local business groups as well individual . . .

    Linda WegnerDecember 6, 2015

  • Looking back to move ahead

    Stories I've heard of people who were lost, then rescued, contain a variation of this sentence: "I got confused and lost my sense of direction.” Whether or not it's about wandering in some . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 20, 2015

  • Fires and bottomless wells

    Vast tracts of Western Canada are engulfed in flames this morning. Thousands of folks have been evacuated, houses have been destroyed and across three provinces the skies are filled with smoke and . . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 13, 2015

  • Happy birthday North America

    This past week marks a special time in the lives of North American. July 1. We Canucks celebrate our 148th birthday. Canada Day will be considerably less sparkly in our part of the country, though,. . .

    Linda WegnerJuly 5, 2015

  • I sing … simply because

    Some time ago a friend sent me a lovely card. Sketched in pencil there's an image of a bird perched securely on a twig, beak open and lifted to the skies. A Chinese proverb reads: “A bird does not . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 28, 2015

  • Moving on

    Our town buzzed with excitement this weekend, and rightly so. Next door, tears of joy mingled with the keen sense that things would never be the same and nothing could be closer to the truth. Over . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 22, 2015

  • What possible good?

    Hubby's been on a murderous rampage this past week and I totally support him. In fact, I have congratulated him for bagging approximately three dozen targets in just one hunting expedition. Lest . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 16, 2015

  • Do you qualify for the list?

    As part of the responsibilities connected with representing our member of parliament, I was asked to plan an event. Invitations are to be issued based upon specific criterion. As the scope of the . . .

    Linda WegnerJune 9, 2015

  • Just keep running (or walking)

    Hubby walks eight to 10 kilometres per day, six days a week. Like employees of the United States postal service,"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the. . .

    Linda WegnerJune 2, 2015

  • Teaspoons and babies

    Though I'm not a betting person, I do maintain that the cutlery in my kitchen drawer regularly gives birth to offspring. Honestly! If not, please explain that I now am the proud owner of twice as . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 26, 2015

  • What was I saying?

    While misery may like company, a group of my closest friends and I share another common malady, the ability to forget what we were saying in a split second (or less). Perhaps you know what I'm . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 18, 2015

  • The view from Timmie’s

    I admit it. I'm a tea-addict who far prefers to drink with others. Be they friend, constituent, business client or colleague, there are few things I enjoy more than chatting over a cup of brewed . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 10, 2015

  • Teeming hordes and missing hair

    Last week I had at least one of those days when it seemed that more went wrong than went right. Now nothing constituted an Earth-shattering event, there was just an accumulation of little things . . .

    Linda WegnerMay 5, 2015

  • It's a matter of choice

    Some weeks, there's nothing. Others, like this week, seem to abound with events that scream "write about me!" The next challenge is to decide what's really worthy of publication space and. . .

    Linda WegnerApril 28, 2015

  • So many stories to tell

    This has been a week of storytelling. I've heard tales of adventure as well as a unique account of investment, first sparked by discarded bottles and pop cans. Then there was the opportunity to . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 20, 2015

  • Paying the handling charge

    There's a lot happening around our house this week and emotions are mixed. Our son recently accepted a new out-of-province position that's definitely a step up in his career. While we're rejoicing . . .

    Linda WegnerApril 6, 2015

  • Do not fear counsel

    "Linda, surround yourself with people who know more than you do." Though I first heard these words more than a decade ago, their power has not diminished over the years. Though an old . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 31, 2015

  • Keeping sharp

    When it comes to hobbies, crossword puzzles have got to be my first choice. Even after a day filled with writing articles or editing the work of other writers, I head to my recliner chair, put up . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 27, 2015

  • Setting a goal

    So now that you've determined where you want to go in your career, what's the next step? An excerpt from my book 3D Success: Changing Careers in Mid Life puts it this way. "Simply parking by . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 16, 2015

  • Remind me, why did I choose that?

    Discovering one's passion is a major step in changing careers. It is, however, just one step. As obvious as it may seem, it's not only important to know what you want to do, it's also vital to . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 9, 2015

  • Discover your passion

    Two years ago I published a book detailing some of the challenges I faced in my journey from pastor's wife to business owner. Never meant to be a heart-rendering chronicle of the emotional ups and . . .

    Linda WegnerMarch 3, 2015

  • And the earth moved

    According to news reports, it hit shortly after 8 p.m. last evening, Pacific Daylight Time, and was centred just 47 kilometres east southeast of where I live. It, being an earthquake, clocked in at. . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 24, 2015

  • Walking in the dark

    It's one thing to speak of walking with love, light and wisdom in mind but it's quite another to navigate one's way through a shopping mall in total darkness. That happened to me this week and . . .

    Linda WegnerFebruary 17, 2015