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Linda Wegner writes a faith-based column for several Saskatchewan newspapers, including the Carlyle ObserverEstevan LifestyleBattlefords Publishing and Weyburn This Week. Below are links to recent columns. If you'd like to be added to her mailing list, you may send a request at Contact Us. 

Uplifting zucchini
Yesterday morning a neighbour brought me a freshly picked zucchini, the first one we’ve had this season. That act of kindness got me thinking about the power of this oft-maligned vegetable. First, if ever there was a prolific garden vegetable, it’s got to be zucchini. Even one or two plants can become nearly overwhelming, so much so that I stopped growing them a few years back. Boasting their beautiful yellow blossoms, they seem to pop out of the green growth, ten at a time. Read more...

Ending and beginning
The majority of our pot-banging neighbourhood population voted to end our nightly ritual. No one’s surprised; after all, these past three months have been anything but easy and although the pleasure of greeting friends and neighbours can’t be overlooked, neither can the freedom that comes with the gradual opening of businesses and holiday venues. I look upon the decision as a wise one, one that incorporates the end of one good thing and the beginning of another new, and hopefully, better phase. Read more...

Tearing down and building up
As challenging as these past months of isolation have been, there’re lots of positive things happening in our neighbourhood. First, there are a lot of new fences and paint jobs. With time on their hands, neighbours are installing, repairing and upgrading their yards. Fruit, vegetable and flower gardens are spectacular and down the street, in the next block, an “elderly” house has been raised and a new basement is being installed. Several blocks the opposite direction but still on our street, another neighbour has built the most imaginative and beautiful garden boxes. The dirt level is at my friend’s waistline; with four opening doors on either side, reaching plants is a whiz. In these trying times, folks are taking time to make significant improvements. Read more...

Together let's kneel
While I have always tried to avoid commenting on specific news items in these articles, my heart compels me to convey my prayers and condolences to the families of George Floyd; I pray that they, and so many others, will find some measure of comfort and strength through all this pain. Read more...

Surrounded by songs
Years ago I found a post card that I posted above my computer and it’s perfect for what I’d like to share this week. Here goes: “A bird does not sing because it has an answer but because it has a song.” (Chinese proverb) Read more...

A matter of perspective
Last week I posted the following on my Facebook page:
“Do you remember when the thought of just staying home was so attractive? Having said that, it seems like years ago or that none of us had such a number of weeks and months in mind. Like you, I'm sure, some days are fine and others, well not so fine. I'm just thankful that I truly enjoy weeding. Oh yes, thankful that the drive-through at Tim Horton's remains open. Take care, stay safe and one of these days we'll just look back on it.” Read more...

Make me an encourager
Of all the times I’ve lived through, including both bad times and bad situations, I don’t think I ever remember hearing so many stories of neighbours helping neighbours or of strangers helping strangers. Although, admittedly, kindness doesn’t erase a virus called corona, but it sure makes its consequences easier to bear. Read more...