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

  • Do we ignore our everyday miracles from God?

    Albert Einstein said there are only two ways to live your life. One way is to believe everything is a miracle and the other way is to believe nothing is a miracle. Ed, my old neighbour in . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 20, 2021

  • You can have any colour, as long as it’s black

    Neighbourly Advice According to Ed Maher You can have any colour, as long as it’s black Ed, my old neighbour, in Saskatchewan favours black for the colour of his truck. He likes to . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 17, 2021

  • Where have all the shrinking violets gone?

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, called yesterday to wish me a happy birthday. “At your age, you should celebrate with fireworks and with the musical tribute of a socially distanced Scottish . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 13, 2021

  • Stop at full: don’t overflow the cup

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, likes to say that filling something too full doesn’t matter, as long as it isn’t an overflow of whiskey in the glass or gasoline in the gas tank. Spilling . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 3, 2021

  • You can have any colour, as long as it’s black

    Ed, my old neighbour, in Saskatchewan favours black for the colour of his truck. He likes to quote Henry Ford and his Model T cars coming off the assembly line in 1908. Ford said, “You can have. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 1, 2021

  • People wither and die like grass

    My old neighbour Ed, who lives in Melville, Sask., is blunt about death. I shared with him that someone I treasured as my good friend died recently. I quoted Ed, the German Proverb, “That the death. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 18, 2021

  • Helpless – can’t buy, beg or borrow a cup of coffee!

    I forgot that Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has no stomach for bellyachers and whiners. When I phoned him yesterday, I launched into my story of a disastrous start to my day. Upon rising, I. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 11, 2021

  • Don’t bite the dog because he bit you!

    I told Ed that it’s a new term for me, and I wondered if he had heard of “Cancel Culture” or “Call Out Culture?” He said, “No, I haven’t heard of either term, which is fine with me. Don’t feel . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 4, 2021

  • Telling a nosy person, ‘It’s none of your business’

    Ed and I spoke yesterday about the need for both secrecy or privacy and transparency and accountability before others. There is often a thin line between how much others need to know about us and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 28, 2021

  • Find new truth beyond your traditions and beliefs

    It can be a challenge to become motivated about a new year. An old year like 2020 can continue to cause us indigestion. January always wobbles around on shaky legs trying to get a solid footing . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 21, 2021

  • I am putting getting better to the test in 2021.

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, scoffed at my plans for improved health in this new year. I am planning to become 44 per cent improved in my memory, concentration and focus. Ed, in obvious . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 14, 2021

  • Stretching our good will for peace in 2021

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that I did not want to hear any of his predictions for 2021. I will need quite awhile in the new year to get over the last year. Especially since I . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 7, 2021

  • Just what I don’t want for Christmas this year!

    As the days to Christmas wind down, an unwanted gift came our way. I told Ed yesterday that one of the secretaries at our church phoned to say she has tested positive for COVID-19. She and her . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 23, 2020

  • Waiting is the last thing I want to do

    “The grandkids are waiting for Christmas in Edmonton like raging bulls,” Ed told me yesterday. His family there is not able to come to Melville for Christmas. Ed and Ruby can’t go to be with them. . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 17, 2020

  • Who falls asleep at the wheel?

    “Things that happen just once can have deadly results,” I shared with Ed, my old friend in Saskatchewan. I think that most of us will admit to a little lapse of attention now and again when driving. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 3, 2020

  • Keep away from me, but it’s not personal

    When I phoned Ed yesterday, his wife Ruby answered the phone and said that I couldn’t talk to Ed because she had put him outside for curbside pickup. I knew she was kidding me, and Ed came to the . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 26, 2020

  • Be as patient as Job

    Ed asked me a questionethat has no definite answer. We were talking about the increase in COVID-19 cases across Canada yesterday. I said, “With this second wave of COVID, we will need the patience . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 12, 2020

  • Three powerful words, ‘I love you’

    “I ‘m not sure my dad ever said those three little words to me,” Ed said yesterday. We were talking about saying things today that our grandchildren don’t understand. In the past, people might say . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 5, 2020

  • Are you thankful for your health? Wealth? Wisdom?

    I asked Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, “What makes folks most thankful?” Ed answered, “It isn't wealth because everyone could use more money. Health is a big cause for thankfulness, but . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 29, 2020

  • Are you thankful for your health? Wealth? Wisdom?

    I asked Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, “What makes folks most thankful?” Ed answered, “It isn’t wealth because everyone could use more money. Health is a big cause for thankfulness, but . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 22, 2020

  • Some emotions can quickly turn us mean

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that our pastor had a great sermon on anger. Anger and I are too often friends. Ed commented that it would have been better if our pastor had spoken on . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 15, 2020

  • Our critics question us to discredit us before others

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that an election has been called for those of us who live in British Columbia. It will be 23 days of political leaders and candidates tooting their own . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherOctober 1, 2020

  • Hearing that leads to understanding and action

    I tend to see things as either good news or bad news. Life is a lot simpler if I stop at good or bad labels and don’t let anything get more complicated than black and white thinking. Despite my . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 24, 2020

  • Harvesting is a labour of stress

    Yesterday, Labour Day, Ed called from Saskatchewan. He was ready to harvest, but his crops were not fully ripe. He said the weather would determine how quickly he would be in his fields. My old . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 17, 2020

  • News of sickness and death is terrible

    Yesterday, Ed asked me, “Why do nice people die early and scumbags last way too long?” I could not give him an answer. It does seem the death of the nice folks we know seems way too soon for our . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 10, 2020

  • Smart enough to not think I know everything

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, said yesterday that continuing to be a farmer shows he is not too smart. I asked him if the pressure of his harvest was getting to him. Ed admitted his . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherSeptember 3, 2020

  • We find forgiveness easier to accept than to give

    “Not again,” Ed my old neighbour grumbled. My former neighbour from Saskatchewan had no patience when I reminded him that forgiving someone is a gift you give yourself. Ed sees forgiveness as a . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 28, 2020

  • You love fishing – not the fish

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that it was a perfect afternoon for fishing along the Vedder River yesterday. As I walked the trail beside the river, I spotted a good number of . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 21, 2020

  • Perception – that is how I see and understand it

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that last week we had our internet and cable service upgraded to the latest and greatest technology. The technician had an excellent command of a world . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherAugust 13, 2020

  • It’s never as simple as a matter of common sense

    I can understand that the present high heat of the summer wilts my tomato plants. They need more water as the daily temperature soars. I cannot understand Ed saying that I should just let my plants. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 30, 2020

  • Do we deserve better from God?

    “It was hard to be content with our weather this week,” I told Ed yesterday. Every day that I wanted to get at trimming the shrubs around our condo building, the rain was determined to stop me and . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 23, 2020

  • Let me open new doors for you

    Yesterday, I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that I am going to explore having personal branding. I got the idea from a realtor who sent me an email with his brand. He signed his . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 23, 2020

  • Getting away still means meeting the treat of COVID-19

    I told Ed yesterday, “We now have the green light to travel within our province of British Columbia if we practice social distancing as we roam about.” It is good news as many want to get away . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 9, 2020

  • Some stories help us see hidden meanings

    Yesterday, I told Ed that I was thinking of “Aesop’s Fables” for children. These stories by Aesop, a Greek slave of around 620 BC, convey messages hidden in the story. After each fable, Aesop . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJuly 2, 2020

  • Almost time to pay a visit to the recycling center

    In Melville, a few years back, the time would come for a showdown with my accumulated recyclables. Off I would go to Rail City to redeem cans, bottles, etc. for some pocket change. I told Ed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 25, 2020

  • Better to slip with your foot than with your tongue

    I shared with Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that social distancing is hard on a talker like me. At our church, we have both live streaming and a limited number of people each week who can . . .

    June 18, 2020

  • Somebody needs to look after me!

    Every day accidents happen, but don’t blame the guardian angels present for not preventing them. Any accident might have been much worse without the quick action of guardian angels. You can . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJune 8, 2020

  • Being denounced for telling the truth.

    Some of us are good at getting in trouble for saying what others do not want to hear. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has the misconception that it is all about agreement and harmony in a. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 28, 2020

  • Too much abuse! We’re not going to take it anymore!

    COVID-19 has altered Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to the honouring of one’s father or mother from a distance of six feet or two meters. The virus is a killer of heartfelt hugs and kisses between . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 21, 2020

  • The only pie not worth eating is a mud pie

    I told Ed it was to be the great taste of our first strawberry-rhubarb pie of the season. Instead, it was the taste of an experiment gone wrong. My new crumble pie topping was a complete failure. I. . .

    May 14, 2020

  • The cemetery confirms that I’m not indispensable or infallible!

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is annoyed with people who feel they know it all. He says, “In this pandemic that confronts us, we have more than our share of authority figures telling us . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMay 7, 2020

  • Often it is a case of both good news and bad news

    I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that I filled my car up yesterday with gas at 87 cents per liter here in Chilliwack, B.C. I assured Ed that for us, that is a meagre price per litre. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 30, 2020

  • Fear not, I have seen you before

    I told Ed, my old neighbour, yesterday that it is hard to see your face without a mirror, but I limit looking in a mirror to the times I shave. Since we are encouraged to stay home in this . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 23, 2020

  • Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face

    There are a lot of excuses at my age for not washing my hands. First of all, I haven’t done anything to get my hands dirty. That is because I am old and retired. Twiddling my thumbs isn’t dirty . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 16, 2020

  • The crowd had the attention of Pilate

    Even powerful governors know the taste of fear. If Pilate did not allow Jesus to be crucified, there could be a riot. “Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherApril 9, 2020

  • A call in the night could be important and urgent

    I was telling Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, that I heard the phone . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 26, 2020

  • There is a time for self-isolation – keeping away from others.

    “I hear you’re having lots of cases of COVID-19 confirmed in British Columbia,” Ed, my old neighbour from Saskatchewan, said yesterday when we Skyped. “More than we want,” I answered. “Even our . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 22, 2020

  • A willingness to serve is more than doing an occasional favour

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, could always be counted on to do me a favour when we lived next door to each other. It easy to like a neighbour or friend who will always help you if possible.. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 16, 2020

  • Lent is a unique time for private soul searching

    “What is wrong with me?” is a question I hesitate to ask others to answer. Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, is quick to offer his opinion on what is wrong with me. He says that my family can’t. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherMarch 5, 2020

  • Happy personal associations with the past, or not

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, claims he doesn’t have even one sentimental bone in his body. He said this when he heard that we went to see the off-Broadway musical called “Forever Plaid.” . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 27, 2020

  • A new virus can be alarming

    Being and staying healthy is on everyone’s mind these days as the Coronavirus keeps spreading around the world. When I phoned Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan yesterday, Ruby answered the phone. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 20, 2020

  • Saying ‘thank you’ takes about a second of time

    “It has been called the daily prayer for everyone,” I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan. It was a clue in a trivia challenge. Ed felt that he knew the answer to the trivia question, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherFebruary 18, 2020

  • Uncovering more than we expect

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, warned me, “Researching your ancestry is asking for trouble. It is like uncovering hidden wiring and plumbing in a house, knowing you could find unwelcome . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 30, 2020

  • Always rejoice, sow joy in everything

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, noticed that I was showing too much of a positive attitude for him to stomach this January. “I like you better when you can be counted on to be negative, . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 23, 2020

  • Black coffee is the key to weight loss

    Yesterday, when Ed called, I was making myself a coffee. My old neighbour shared they were back (Jan. 4) from visiting family in Edmonton for the holidays. He said his daughter is beginning Weight . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 16, 2020

  • Stupid means someone else – not me

    Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, has a few words that he uses frequently. He uses the word stupid to describe people, places and things. I have told him that telling people they are stupid can. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 9, 2020

  • Yearly predictions do not change anything

    Ed and Ruby are ending 2019 and beginning 2020 in Edmonton with their family this holiday season. My old neighbour in Saskatchewan has limited himself to three predictions for 2020. He has decided . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherJanuary 1, 2020

  • The presents that consume your life

    I told Ed, “We have had a week of visiting family, and their early Christmas presents to us. They gave each of us a Samson Galaxy Tab A, or tablets. I had no idea what I was getting!” Ed . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 26, 2019

  • Knowing what I want is not always clear

    “Going to the craft store is not a good idea for me,” I told Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, yesterday. “Right now, I’m cleaning up from my project of making Christmas tree decorations. It . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 26, 2019

  • Freeing people from the custody of sin

    “We went to four different stores looking for a pair of children’s plastic handcuffs for an object lesson for a children’s sermon,” I told Ed. He is my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, who does not . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 26, 2019

  • Bad timing as Christmas draws near

    I complained to my old neighbour in Saskatchewan yesterday: “I should be dancing around the Christmas tree and boiling over with the joy of the season, but I’ve been at the dentist instead.” Ed,. . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherDecember 24, 2019

  • Is offense taken or given?

    I told my old neighbour, Ed, that I came across a quote I like; “The world is a magical place full of people waiting to be offended by someone else.” Ed agreed that there is plenty of offense . . .

    Rev. Raymond MaherNovember 26, 2019

  • 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

  • It is more blessed to give than receive

    “Do you believe everyone needs a hug and to be told they are loved?” I asked Ed. As my old neighbour for years in Saskatchewan, Ed is used to me asking for his opinion. He is not shy about giving. . .

    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

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