Neighbourly Advice According to Ed

Rev. Raymond Maher

Rev. Raymond Maher, Neighbourly Advice According to Ed

Raymond is a retired clergyman and teacher from Melville. As the spiritual column's author, he seeks to offer readers some humorous and serious thoughts about daily life and the Christian faith. He describes his column as, "Fast food for thought with biblical dressing." His column appears in three weekly newspapers in Saskatchewan. Further information about Raymond can be easily found at www.accordingtoed.com

  • Damned if you do and damned if you don’t

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, makes some good points about criticism. “A person can be criticized for saying something or for saying nothing. You can be blamed for doing too much or too . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 10, 2019

  • Never give up on what is good in 2019

    In discussing the past holiday season with Ed, my old neighboor from Saskatchewan, I confessed that I never gave up eating all the treats that were available. It is incredible that I can be so . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 3, 2019

  • What meaning will your life have in 2019?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has trimmed his New Year’s predictions down to the bare bones. “It used to be that I could sense what the next year would bring, but now the weather, politics,. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 27, 2018

  • A big fuss over a baby born in a barn

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, says that Christmas is a big fuss over a baby born in a barn. The baby of the barn who was laid in the manager is worth a great bother. A little more than . . .

    December 20, 2018

  • Admitting that we are self-centered can be healthy

    The Christmas season is intended to bring out the best in us, but a recent Christmas shopping excursion proved the opposite for me. I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan about my failure in . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 13, 2018

  • Start the season a month earlier, so the Grey Cup Game isn’t on the ice

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, was disgusted with the slippery surface of the turf for this year’s Grey Cup Game at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. He had a twenty-dollar bet that the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 29, 2018

  • Gifts that last too long are worse than no gift at all

    I love to suggest gifts to other people for their Christmas gift giving. When you are not paying for the presents, it is easy to offer all sorts of possibilities for suitable gifts. Ed, my old . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 19, 2018

  • When your reality changes, stay positive

    “You have always had a habit of squawking about things that don’t matter,” Ed said yesterday. Everybody replaces a dead battery, doctors a sick pet if they have one, and has found an income source . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 13, 2018

  • Don’t spoil your child, wait for a grandchild

    “It takes a lot of candy to make trick and treaters happy on a Halloween night in Edmonton,” Ed said yesterday. This year Ed was in Edmonton at his family's home for his favourite evening of the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 7, 2018

  • Heavens to Mergatroyd, I didn’t remember that!

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that my memory is not hunky dory anymore. I gave a wrong answer when leading Bible study last Sunday and was hung out to dry with a quick correction. It. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 30, 2018

  • Put your snow tires on before it snows steadily

    "You fix your roof when it is not raining, and you put your snow tires on before the snow flies,” I told Ed last week. I’m getting my snow tires put on next week, so I'm ready for the winter . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 25, 2018

  • Singing the golden oldies today as a tribute to the past

    “There is no accounting for taste when it comes to music. What is a golden oldie for me, may be a song that should have died years ago for you,” I told Ed last week. I had been listening to the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 10, 2018

  • Eat your food with joy and be glad you are alive

    Eat your food with joy and be glad you are alive “Some days you just need to be in a bad mood at harvest time,” Ed told me yesterday. My old neighbour in Saskatchewan was feeling more negative . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 3, 2018

  • Sharp tongues go dull when folks cannot remember your name

    I asked Ed yesterday if he could remember the last name of a fellow we both knew in Melville. The fellow had a wife named Ruth and his first name was Gene, but their last name was not anywhere near. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 27, 2018

  • Feeling as fit as a fiddle with three strings missing.

    “I have been as restless as a dog chasing its tail,” I told Ed yesterday. My old neighbour from Saskatchewan has always been 10 times more relaxed than myself on any given day. He commented that . . .

    Rev Raymond MaherSeptember 19, 2018

  • Why look at real estate for sale, with no money to buy?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, knows I waste too much time browsing the listings of houses for sale. Most sensible people are only interested in homes for sale if they are in the market to . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 12, 2018

  • Life and death in the touch of a hand

    “The baby did not like the touch of my cold hand on his head,” I told Ed yesterday. In our Sunday service, I administered the sacrament of Holy Baptism to a month-old baby boy. In the sacrament, I . . .

    Rev Raymond MaherSeptember 4, 2018

  • Who picks the music at your church?

    “Nothing divides and unites people like music,” I told Ed my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. Summer always finds various music festivals in Saskatchewan. They make it easy for people to take in . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 15, 2018

  • It is better to be feared than to be loved

    I told Ed I was researching the relationship between fear and love. I have the challenge to teach about fearing and loving God. We used to say fear and love are meant to go together in our . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 15, 2018

  • Too hot to work, so go to the swimming pool

    In our good old summertime here, it has been too hot to work or exercise or sleep. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, feels they have been having warmer weather in his province than we are here.. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 25, 2018

  • It is easier to power wash than paint walls and ceilings?

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, got an ear full when he asked about my progress in painting rooms in our condo. I was wound up because, “In the bathroom, the edge of the white ceiling got . . .

    Rev Raymond MaherJuly 18, 2018

  • For retirees, every weekend is a long weekend.

    “You retired people have a long weekend every week,” Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan told me yesterday. He was all geared up for celebrating the July 1 long weekend with his family in . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 11, 2018

  • When life rips apart, number your days

    I said to Ed that the way to people's hearts is through their stomachs at their favourite restaurants. For once Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan agreed with me. My old neighbour called . . .

    Rev Raymond MaherJuly 4, 2018

  • Family ties may seek to choke, not bless

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, says if the shoe fits don’t wear it. He is telling everyone Meghan Markle should not have put her foot into Cinderella’s slipper. As the Duchess of Sussex, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 20, 2018

  • Long-lost cousins remind us of family roots

    “Did they look you up because they wanted to borrow money?" Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, asked me. I had told him of a sudden phone call and the subsequent visit from my long-lost . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 12, 2018

  • Germination is expected but not guaranteed

    “Who do you blame when the seeds you planted do not break through the ground?” I asked Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. “You are at blame when the seeds you planted don’t come up,” he . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 6, 2018

  • Wasting away in the concerns of life instead of golfing

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, was frustrated to hear I have not been golfing in our good weather here in British Columbia. When he heard I have been spending extra time gardening and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 29, 2018

  • Sunday a sacred day for some, but not for others

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, considers every day alike. He rejects going to church on Sunday as he sees Sunday as no more sacred than any other day. My old neighbour has lots of people who. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 25, 2018

  • Mothers pray to be able to have children to love and keep

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, is getting busier on his farm and complaining that company always comes when you don’t have time to visit. Ed learned family from Edmonton was coming for the. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 16, 2018

  • Seniors should ride off on a bus trip to a casino

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, makes light of bus trips for seniors. I told him we had just returned from a seniors’ bus excursion to Victoria. When Ed heard it was not a trip to a casino . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 10, 2018

  • Contacting folks by phone is no easy task

    “I might want to talk with you, but you may not want to talk with me,” I told Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. We were discussing my present endeavour to contact members of our church . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 6, 2018

  • Our security can be shattered in seconds

    “Security is an illusion,” I complained to Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. I had received a letter concerning my pension plan from my church’s denomination. It seems it is no longer as . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 25, 2018

  • There is no cure for the itch to be in the garden

    “Some of you get the itch as early as February,” Ed my old neighbour from Saskatchewan said with contempt. The garden itch is something Ed will never scratch. “Gardens are for fanatics and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 19, 2018

  • Chocolate Easter Bunnies are for grandparents!

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, now has a stockpile of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies for his treat drawer at his Quonset. On their recent trip to Edmonton for Easter, Ed learned that . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 12, 2018

  • Unexpected and unwelcome guest at the door?

    “Better not go unless you check base with your family in Edmonton,” I warned Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. Ed had already told Ruby, his wife, that they were going to Edmonton for Easter.. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 5, 2018

  • Overwhelmed by uninvited interest and advice

    It isn't always a good idea to share what I am doing here with Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. He can be full of helpful ideas even when they are not requested. Yesterday, I shared with Ed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 29, 2018

  • Now is the hour to change your present direction

    “Wrong way Sam, that is what we called the hired hand,” Ed told me yesterday. My old neighbour from Saskatchewan was complaining that things are going the wrong way in the province and the country.. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 22, 2018

  • Sometimes the hardest person to love is me

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, wanted to know when he called last if I would like to contribute five hundred dollars towards his purchase of a new boat and motor. He assured me that I could . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 14, 2018

  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    “Those in life who complain, and blame, are always ready to take a bite out of us,” I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. “With some folks, no matter what you have done or failed to do, they. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 8, 2018

  • Good curlers can still face better curlers in a bonspiel

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, called Saturday to find out how my team did in our local bonspiel. I was at the banquet to end the event when he called, so I did not talk to Ed. I would not . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 27, 2018

  • Are destructive habits and devouring addictions sprouted from harmless desires?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, says that it looks like the big cash crop of the future will be growing marijuana. He thinks the fields of canola, grains, beans, hay, etc. in his breadbasket . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 22, 2018

  • Some mistakes are so impressive that everyone hears about them

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has always said, “Sin boldly and let everyone talk about it for a week or two.” I am sure the Hawaiian employee who pressed the wrong button and activated . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 13, 2018

  • Do they still make glue out of old horses?

    According to Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, if I get another tooth pulled out I’ll be a toothless, old horse ready for the glue factory. Why did I mention to Ed about having my tooth pulled . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 8, 2018

  • Little words say what you mean; big words are too often gobbledygook

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has a great dislike for the game of Scrabble. “It is a game that gives too few points to ordinary words, and gives too many points for obscure, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 31, 2018

  • Folks have remarkable memories for what interests them

    When Ed called yesterday, I wanted to tell him about the power of a good memory. “I used to have a good memory,” I told Ed. I also said that my remembering has dulled over time. I warned Ed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 25, 2018

  • Surprised by a mean dance partner for New Year’s Eve

    I explained to Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that as the past year slipped away and the new year arrived, I was in an unexpected wrestling match with red, itchy, patches of rash invading . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 11, 2018

  • In 2018, the best will come or maybe the worst!

    As 2017 slips away into over and gone, Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan has his predictions for 2018 ready for anyone who will listen. My old neighbour’s predictions were prepared early . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 28, 2017

  • Joy comes in sips, not gulps

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, wanted to tell me that there was no joy when it came to his bank account. He withdrew money for his children and grandchildren because they like to have cash. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 14, 2017

  • Choosing peace, when folks are spoiling for a fight!

    “We tend to take peace and goodwill for granted until a squabble blows up in our faces,” Ed said. He was talking about his curling team. Last week his curling team had a meltdown among . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 12, 2017

  • Watch out, or you’ll be on the naughty list

    Being ten years younger than myself, Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, cannot believe there was life before television. I grew up when the world was changing from listening to the radio to . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 30, 2017

  • Growling, grizzly bear outbursts towards everybody

    “It is just a phase that happens to senior citizens,” I told Ed, my old neighbour, who called from Melville yesterday. The wife had answered the phone and had told Ed that I was crankier than usual. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 16, 2017

  • An all-you-can-eat buffet of candy you take home to eat

    “A smorgasbord of candy of endless variety,” is what Ed said that his grandchildren received in Edmonton on Halloween. They were excited about being able to serve themselves to various candies, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 9, 2017

  • Related for better and worse keeps families interesting

    “Granddaughters have a way of amazing you with their maturity and independence,” I told Ed. Hannah, our oldest granddaughter, came last week for a short, whirlwind visit. “Being nineteen she . . .

    October 31, 2017

  • Having many tickets is no guarantee, only one ticket wins the lottery

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, was not interested in hearing about my watercolour lessons. “No one cares about light and shadow, mixing colours and changing colour intensity, except you . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 26, 2017

  • One out 10 say, ‘Thank you!’

    “It seems we should be counting our blessings that we are still alive, and not the victim of someone out to commit mass murder,” Ed said. My old neighbour from Saskatchewan was barely home from . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 19, 2017

  • When your good choice turns bad, don’t blame me

    “You have no one to blame but yourself, so suck it up,” is a favourite saying of Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan. Behind his, “serves you right attitude,” is a big heart ready to help when . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 12, 2017

  • Invalid email and password combination, you don’t exist!

    My old neighbour from Saskatchewan called last week because rain had put a stop to his harvesting. Ruby, Ed’s wife, uses the computer at their house. She graciously finds grain prices and other . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 5, 2017

  • Forgiving is a lifetime challenge few want to meet

    “How many times do you expect me to forgive you?” Ed asked me. I had said to him, “Forgive me for saying this, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders need a good deal more fine tuning this season.” I had. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 28, 2017

  • Neighbourly Advice According to Ed

    “One thing for sure, sometimes we all get along and sometimes we cannot agree on much,” I told my old neighbour, Ed, about our family reunion. He said that families are full of competition, and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 21, 2017

  • Don’t think, don’t feel, don’t tell, just get on with life

    “Don’t tell me that you are still enjoying the drudgery of gardening? By this time of the year, you should be glad that frost may strike and start shutting your garden down,” Ed said when he called. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 7, 2017

  • An unwanted blanket of smoke has us tucked in tight

    “It is both day and night, that we keep smoking more and enjoying it less,” I told Ed when he called yesterday. Smoke from forest fires has spread to our area of our province, and it doesn't want . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 22, 2017

  • When you are stranded, help is accepted gladly

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, claims that being stranded in the field is like having your eyes full of sand and both arms twisted behind your back. You can’t see straight or get untangled. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 13, 2017

  • Start searching for long lost treasure today

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has been searching for a part for his vintage grain truck, and he says that it is like trying to find a hidden treasure. Every year as harvest begins to appear. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 10, 2017

  • Hearing words is one thing, understanding them another

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, is seldom at a loss for words. He would rather give you a gallon of words than a spoonful. Ed says that we have free speech in this country, and that means . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 5, 2017

  • Is it helping or paying for physical torture?

    “It is the dog days of summer here,” I told Ed, my old neighbour, when he called yesterday. The hottest most uncomfortable part of summer has hit us here in B.C. which I call the dog days of summer. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 1, 2017

  • I don’t like the sound of that truth

    “The truth hurts when it needs to do so,” I told Ed. I was explaining that my x-rays showed mild osteoarthritis in both my knees. I wanted to hear that there was an easy fix but the doctor said . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 13, 2017

  • ‘I told you so,’ is no help when you’re stranded

    “One home phone only, in this day, and age, is pretty barbaric,” Ed my old neighbour from Saskatchewan informed me yesterday. According to Ed, I should have known better than to travel in my car . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 5, 2017

  • Saskatchewan people are the best in Canada for being altruistic!

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, asked me, “So what are you talking about?” I had told Ed that according to a national survey from the Angus Reid Institute, that the highest per cent of . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 29, 2017

  • Nothing stays bright and beautiful very long

    Technology cuts distance down to as close as your computer screen. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has become a great fan of pictures by way of his wife’s computer from here in Chilliwack to . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 16, 2017

  • You can live without love, but not without water

    “Who can keep their head above water, once they have seen their tax bill?” my old neighbour said. He phoned yesterday, and I had told him that there was nothing new our way except our tax bill had. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 13, 2017

  • A bridge over troubled waters

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, was thrilled to view Vancouver’s Lions Gate Suspension Bridge, by way of a file of pictures we sent to his wife’s computer. My old neighbour has a keen . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 12, 2017

  • It is my way, my truth, and my life, so back off!

    “I’m looking for an opening for an appointment at my doctor’s office, to get my knees checked out,” I told Ed, my old neighbour, last week. “I have one knee that buckles on me, all too regularly. . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 8, 2017

  • Dumb as a rock, dumber than a speck of dust, downright brain dead

    Ed, my old neighbour, has an instinct for exaggeration. He doesn’t stop at describing someone in only one way. He keeps magnifying his first description. He recently told me that a cousin of his . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 11, 2017

  • It is more than enough to do some things only once

    It was not my best day ever when I phoned Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. Ruby, Ed's wife, answered the phone because Ed was out at the farm. Talking to Ruby, I realized she had been married . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 20, 2017

  • Overcoming situations that stink

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, is not one to shy away from talking about politics. I mentioned to Ed that we would be having a provincial election soon in B.C. My old neighbour reminded me. . .

    April 13, 2017

  • Lacking enough motivation to act

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, was surprised we are planning a whistle stop in Melville the last part of April. I told him he had enough notice to get himself motivated to welcome us since. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 10, 2017

  • A split verdict about drinking

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, and I had another of our differences of opinion. It sure doesn’t take much to get us on opposite sides of the fence. People are good at disagreeing with each. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 29, 2017

  • Getting caught is when things go from bad to worse

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, called yesterday to complain that his luck had deserted him last week. His foot was a little heavy on the gas pedal, and he got a ticket for speeding. His . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 21, 2017

  • Getting stuck in the snow is not voluntary confinement

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, had a laugh at my expense when he heard we were snowbound again. It’s the hird time this winter our city has been shut down by massive amounts of snow. Even . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 22, 2017

  • Some folks are not satisfied with insulting you

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, found himself on the wrong end of some petty insults and lies last week. A friend shared the insults and the falsehoods he had heard about Ed. Ed thought his. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 15, 2017

  • Sometimes, it’s too dark to see what you want

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, saw my face by way of Skype yesterday. He said, “If I knew you were looking that bad, I would have phoned instead." My face does look red, raw and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 30, 2017

  • Some stains just won't come out

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has started the new year off on the wrong foot. “It’s not hard to get in trouble without trying,” Ed claimed over Skype. “My intentions were innocent, but I . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 3, 2017

  • Christmas: The drain on bank accounts

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, is not a big fan of Christmas. Being very reluctant to part with any of his money, the Christmas season cramps Ed’s determination to be tightfisted. Buying . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 8, 2016

  • No division of household labour for the good of all husbands

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, was still cranky from a bout of the flu and cold yesterday. Thankfully, his cold and flu had gone away, but not all of his grumpiness had disappeared. Being . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 17, 2016

  • Timing is everything if you don’t have a watch

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, almost stopped talking to me on Skype when I told him I was reading a book about circadian rhythm or our biological clock. My old neighbour was more than . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 19, 2016

  • You should pray persistently, don't be lax!

    When Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, called yesterday I told him that we had suffered a power outage at our end of the Fraser Valley. It sure was quiet at our house, no television, no . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 12, 2016

  • Don’t get paralyzed by the good, the bad and the ugly

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has a saying that no one gets any farther in life than the good, the bad and the ugly. For farmers, if the harvest is good, the price of grain may be bad, or. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 5, 2016

  • It could take a long time to get better!

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has been curling since he was 12 years old. Curling is now like second nature to him. His actions in the sport are automatic in their execution. He does not . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 28, 2016

  • Curling is more of a luxury than a necessity, but worth doing

    Sometimes we lose track of friends. Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has been focused on his harvest and I have been involved with some extra activities myself. When we did talk yesterday, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 22, 2016

  • If it’s free, it isn’t worth much

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, phoned last week with the sudden news he was going to be visiting us in two days. We were pretty excited and straightened up the condo for his visit. Ed was . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 15, 2016

  • I’ve never had that problem!

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, called last week when I was researching a question that sometimes plagues folks. I was looking for suitable answers for a discussion about dealing with . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 8, 2016

  • Every family has a proud Mary or Larry.

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, told me his cousin Larry arrived for a visit from Edmonton last weekend. He said his cousin kept his nose so high in the air his small brain lacked oxygen. . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 31, 2016

  • Time disappears when you are talking

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, called yesterday when I wasn’t in the apartment. The wife said that I would probably be back after about an hour or two as I was gardening. My old neighbour . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 9, 2016

  • Don’t criticize me and expect me to like you

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, told me when he called the other day that last week he felt uncomfortable. He had not been in ill health, but he received some criticism that he wasn’t . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 27, 2016

  • A neighbour could be a friend or an enemy

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, had a question for me in our last chat on the phone. The question was, “In your city of more than 90,000 people, don’t you have countless strangers around . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 20, 2016

  • People coming for dinner can be too big of a deal

    People coming for dinner can be too big of a deal Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, told me he hates it when people are coming for a meal. The last time he called he was ready to give up on. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 14, 2016

  • Disappointments call for flexibility, not discouragement

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, has always said, "Don't invite me to your pity party." Ed's motto is; “I don’t want to hear about your problems, I don’t even like my own.” My old . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 5, 2016

  • Get as healthy as a horse, but not as heavy as one.

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, usually has no connection to Facebook. Sadly, his wife Ruby has become addicted to that social media site. Last week, a friend put some pictures of the wife . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 28, 2016

  • Moving forward, out of the fire and into the frying pan.

    “Where are you now?” Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, asked on the answering machine? He admits it was much easier keeping track of our whereabouts when we lived next door. When I called . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 21, 2016

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