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

  • Sometimes helping others hurts us

    Ed, my old neighbour, phoned yesterday. I couldn’t come to the phone because I was soaking in the tub. When I got around to calling him back, I explained that my wife had said to me, “You stink.”. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 14, 2019

  • We dismiss the warnings that don’t seem urgent

    “My hair stood on end, a shiver raced down my spine, and a lump came to my throat. It was him!” I asked Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, “Does this seem like a happy or a scary situation to . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 7, 2019

  • Perfect timing neither too soon nor too late

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, always has his timing on track every Halloween. This year he was dressed up in a Deadpool Muscle Chest Costume. He looked impressive, and with the mask, no one. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 31, 2019

  • God is not spiraling out of control

    My old neighbour in Saskatchewan says, “At an election time there are always two points of view. Things have never been so bad, or things have never been so good, depending on which political, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 17, 2019

  • Accept, adapt, learn and let others complain

    “I am trying to have a right attitude for my first curling game this coming week,” I told Ed yesterday. He told me that the only frame of mind needed for curling is that you must win your game. I . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 6, 2019

  • Angel is not a word that I’m often called

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, called yesterday and most times when he calls, I’m searching for information about something, and I was then, too. Ed believes by my age that I should say . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 3, 2019

  • Let the thunder crash, crack, roll and peel

    “Hurricanes bash, batter, battle, beat, wallop, pound, clobber and destroy whatever they pass over and through as perilous storms. Thankfully we do not experience them here at Chilliwack,” I told . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 19, 2019

  • Slaying or taming the dragon of stress

    “The kids are going back to school tomorrow, and their stress usually wears off after a couple of weeks,” I told Ed when he called on Labour Day. It may take a few days to sort out bus pick up . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 12, 2019

  • Who is providing dinner?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is very selective about picking a restaurant if he is paying to eat there. My former neighbor is not particular where he eats if he someone else is paying the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 5, 2019

  • Why do happy weddings turn into miserable marriages?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, wanted to hear about the wedding I officiated at yesterday. He asked, “Did the bride or groom faint? Did the groom act like he was having second thoughts?”. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 29, 2019

  • Peace can replace strife

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, believes that as a retiree, my life should be peaceful, comfortable, and relaxed. I asked him how peaceful can I be when old age means everything either dries . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 22, 2019

  • Keep a cool mind in the hot weather

    “It won’t take much more to get me hot under the collar,” I told Ed, my old neighbour, back in Saskatchewan, when he called yesterday. “The weather has been so hot here that our dog would melt if . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 15, 2019

  • How much can I prepare for tomorrow?

    Ed questions, “How can I best build today, so I’ll have lots for tomorrow?” As my old neighbour in Saskatchewan nears retirement, he has been considering how to make sure that he has ample when he . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 8, 2019

  • Will you live your life as if it belongs to God?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, was not interested when I tried to tell him about a book that I am reading. The book that I’m reading is Life’s Greatest Lessons - 20 Things That Matterby Hal . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 1, 2019

  • Little faults are easier to confess than big ones

    My old neighbour in Saskatchewan has been known to say, “A wise man admits his weaknesses. I’d admit mine if I had any.” His wife Ruby is always ready to suggest a few of his weaknesses, but Ed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 18, 2019

  • Sovereignty used to belong to God

    When Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan called last week, he wanted to know what I was doing. I told him that I was studying the sovereignty of God. He was quick to say that he thought God was. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 11, 2019

  • Anger is like a forest fire; it burns out of control

    “I have had an outburst of anger that I’m not proud of admitting,” I told Ed my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. He wasn’t surprised because he knows I suffer from the occasional thunderstorm of . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 4, 2019

  • Time for fasting and prayers in the summer

    Ed, my old neighbour, was suspicious when I told him that I have declared a weekly day of fasting for myself during the summer. “Does your fasting mean that you are so heavy that you are using . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 27, 2019

  • Travelling to tie family cords together

    “A five-day trip to our grandson’s graduation was good for our car,” I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. He could not figure out how a trip could be useful for our car. I explained the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 20, 2019

  • Don’t correct and criticize others – let them do it themselves

    “Why is it that folks feel they have a right to criticize and correct others?” I asked Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. Ed believes that it may be genetic as everyone seems to have a critical . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 13, 2019

  • No need to strive for impossible perfection.

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, does not want to hear about my stupid gardens. He feels gardens are responsible for things the world could do without. Ed has no interest in flowers. Maybe he . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 6, 2019

  • Words have the power to discredit us falsely

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, likes to label folks. He says everyone is into name-calling. He claims it was one of the useful things that he learned in school. One kid at high school was as. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 23, 2019

  • You find the lost when it is too late

    I had a gym card and lost it. It vanished like a ghost never to be seen again, it seemed. To replace the card, it cost me five dollars. Once I had paid for a replacement, I shuffled some books on . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 16, 2019

  • Going where thousands have gone before

    Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, and I are planning a trip to the various spots gold was discovered here in British Columbia. From 1850 to 1899, gold was found in multiple areas of the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 9, 2019

  • Too hard and cynical to believe and trust

    There is no doubt that Ed, my old friend in Saskatchewan, is a cynic in temperament. My old neighbour called last weekend and was skeptical of my plans to attend Maundy Thursday and Good Friday . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 2, 2019

  • If you are confused, I am totally mixed up!

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that it had been our time to deal with confusion. Things had spiraled out of control, like when you drop a glass that shatters, into many pieces. . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 25, 2019

  • It tastes awful, but it works!

    Most folks dislike the taste of Buckley’s cold medicine. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, swears by it for stopping a cough. Personally, I think that Buckley’s tastes awful, but it works, so . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 18, 2019

  • Trouble may turn deadly even for the innocent

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, believes a lousy day is unavoidable once in a while, but he feels some folks have months and years of bad days. My old neighbour feels going to church is a bad. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 11, 2019

  • Our broken promises can bloody our souls.

    “I forgot,” may be an honest reason for a broken promise. Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, promised Ruby that he would go with her to Regina last Friday. They were to leave at ten in the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 4, 2019

  • A cup of coffee that would last you a week

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has had more than his share of colourful relatives. We got into a discussion of Ed’s uncle John because of my clumsy, arthritic, hands, and my frequent . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 28, 2019

  • A special meal means precise planning and preparation

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, was enlisted by Ruby to set up the rented hall for a family dinner. By set up I mean, set up tables and chairs for two dozen family members. He admitted that . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 21, 2019

  • Paying income tax is treason toward your bank account

    As the deadline for filing income tax looms at the end of next month, Ed my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, calls it paying blood money to the government. My old neighbour clearly states that asking. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 14, 2019

  • Blessed are those who don’t tell you too much or too little

    I talked with Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, yesterday and he was recovering from a huge family birthday celebration. Ed’s great aunt Mable was honored with a 95th birthday party at her . . .

    March 7, 2019

  • Love should not hurt me, but love killed Jesus

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has found a way to take the cost out of Valentine’s Day. He was telling me that he has discovered you can do Valentine’s Day a day late. On Feb. 15, Ed handed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 28, 2019

  • Which way is best for you to follow?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is getting tired of the winter cold and says that the only direction to travel this time of year is south. He is talking about as far south as Arizona or some . . .

    Rev. Ray MaherFebruary 21, 2019

  • Ticklish feet – no laughing matter

    Ed, my old neighbour, in Saskatchewan loves to tickle his grandchildren. His grandchildren keep a cautious eye on him in case he might grab them and tickle them. Some of his grandkids are . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 14, 2019

  • It’s so easy to be proud, and so hard to be humble

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has been having a great year as the skip of his curling team. “We are almost ready to compete at the Olympics,” Ed recently told me. I warned him that pride . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 7, 2019

  • Brooding on self-pity hatches resentment. Resentment hatches bitterness

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has a soft spot for baby chicks. As a child, he saw brood hens sitting on eggs until the eggs hatched. He and his brother would deliver feed and water to the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 31, 2019

  • Hidden talents cannot always be found

    Everyone has a hidden talent that they only display under the right circumstances. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is very talented when he is playing his guitar. It is a good talent that he . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 24, 2019

  • Recognized – God knows your name, face and place

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is still a big fan of the old TV sitcom Cheers. The 1980s show was set in a Boston Bar (Cheers) where customers were known by their first names. Not only did . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 17, 2019

  • 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