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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. 

​The power of encouragement
These past several weeks I've been cleaning out filing cabinet drawers; with few exceptions, they contain material about activities I've been involved in, stories I've written for various publications and, of course, twenty years worth of weekly articles that have appeared in many of these newspapers. This afternoon I picked up two tiny pieces written to two people who stood with me during one of the more difficult times of my life. Read more...

Butts and wisdom
This week I've been doing a lot of thinking about butts. Cigarette butts, that is. To begin with, I have to clarify a couple of things: my personal experience with cigarettes is limited to one occasion and I am neither qualified not desirous of condemning anyone else for their habits. Read more...

A place of refuge
While chatting with family this week, my husband's family history came up in conversation: refugees from what was then West Prussia, they lost their father, mother and youngest brother during World War 2. The thing that has always impressed me most, however, is the depth of the gratitude they exhibit towards those who took them in, helped them get out to safety and then sponsored them to come to Canada. Laughter is part of nearly every conversation we have; nearly seven decades later they have not forgotten the relief and security strangers provided for them. Read more...

When we don't understand
Because I am a lover of words, I've got three particular quotes attached to the bookcase above my desk. To be more explicit, however, I am a lover of words that are both meaningful and skillfully executed into expressions of value. Read more...

Songs in the night
According to articles published by two Canadian news agencies I found the following information: Canada is the third most sleep-deprived country, tied with the U.S. (Global News 2012) Read more...

Remembering what's really important
While strolling through our local farmers' market, I noticed a lapel pin for sale. Here's how it read: "Hi, I can't remember your name either." I immediately tossed a couple of dollars in the bucket and brought it home, intending to wear it every day. I haven't done that but I look at it regularly and console myself that I'm not the only one who forgets. Read more...

How do I love thee?
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" I doubt that there are few of us, at least of my generation for sure, who are not familiar with that question. Taken from her book, Sonnets from the Portuguese, and first published in 1850, it was Elizabeth Barret Browning's written expression of love to eventually-to-be husband, Robert. To put it very mildly, Elizabeth had a challenging life what with a domineering father who refused to give her permission to marry Robert and with health issues that contributed to a lonely and reclusive life. At nearly 40 years of age she finally was able to marry and later gave birth to their son. In 1861 she died, after just 16 happy years of marriage. Read more...