“Oui! Care!” Now and Forever

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Oui! Care! Light a candle in the darkness

written by Lorraine Payette, January 20, 2015

(Gananoque, ON) News reached me today that yet another young person decided the world was too difficult a place, life too trying to continue on, so she stepped off of an overpass and plunged to the concrete below. Amazingly, she landed between two transports on the highway and was not killed, but she has been hospitalized and all that know her (and many who don’t) are shocked and horrified. – to read more>

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The Miracle of the Christmas Basket

by Lorraine Payette, written December 25, 2013

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– from http://www.mysafetysign.com

Most people are familiar with the Christmas basket. Every year in December, different businesses and charitable organizations get together and collect food, small gifts, and other items to give to the “poor” in society. Usually this means those who are not well off financially, those for whom such feasts might seem impossible otherwise.

Many of these baskets are viewed by the recipients as a boost through the holidays, some are seen as an embarrassing necessity, but occasionally, they are truly miracles. – to read more>

Cruising Through an Ice Storm

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Views through the windows

by Lorraine Payette (posted after the power came back on)

December 22, 2013 – Sunday – Home (near Gananoque, Ontario, Canada):

Technically, this is the second day of “ice storm 2013”. Funny how people are affected differently in different areas, with no two seeming to have the same experience.

“Thousands without power…” “Traffic ground to a halt…” “All unnecessary road travel banned throughout the region…”

The news has stories of discomfort and disaster – tree limbs falling, people getting injured, but nothing like it was in 1998. We’ve learned some things since then, improved our technology, and for some, at least, things are better this time around. – to read more>

Freedom, Oh, Freedom

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by Lorraine Payette, written November 28, 2013

“When in danger or in doubt
Run in circles, scream and shout…”
– Leslie Simpson, ca. 1970

Freedom, yes, but probably not in the way you’re thinking. If life were that easy, I would never have thought to try a new column.

I woke up this morning with the hymn, “Enter, Rejoice and Come In!” clanging insistently in my head. We all get ear worms, but not that one, and especially not on first waking up. However, it felt like someone was trying to tell me something, and I’m trying to learn to listen. – to read more>