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The Wrestler

This painting by Jack Baumgartner portrays Jacob Wrestling the Angel from the book of Genesis. It’s a central metaphor for this blog – wrestling with life, health, urban issues, and even with God.

july 4. 11 days post liberation

well this will be my last post from my fave spot at my fave time of day here in costa rica. i’m sitting by the pool with the cool evening costa rican breeze and trying to reflect on the past few weeks. virtually impossible. yesterday we had a full day adventure to the pacific coast …

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july 2. canada day boxing day. 9 days post liberation

well our time here is winding down. tonight we said farewell to a couple from our group by all getting together for cake. it’s that phase of our journey now when the people we’ve befriended are starting to leave to go home. we’re three sleeps away from our own departure ourselves and are ready to …

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july 1. canada day. 8 days post liberation

a funny thing happened on the way home after my time of blogging last night. a mariachi band showed up and they picked the party up a major notch. so i ran and got erinn and we sat and listened to their last couple of tunes. then a funnier thing happened when they were done. …

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june 30. one week post liberation

well tomorrow is canada day. we feel so far removed from all of that these days. i’m not sure but i don’t think i’ve ever been out of canada on canada day. oh well, we’re surrounded by canadians here so that’s something i guess. and today a newfoundland couple and their little boy showed up …

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june 29. 6 days post liberation

well i’m kinda fried right now from 2 very long days so i’ll write more tomorrow. but as for how i’m feeling, i’m very certain that my balance and endurance is definitely improving. and erinn reminded me that my fatigue issues seem to have really diminished but that’s hard to tell in light of how …

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june 27. 4 days post liberation

i’m here at my nightly spot by the pool enjoying the cool evening tropical breeze. life is a gift. i don’t have much more to report than my status update (facebook) from this morning. i could not walk in a straight line yesterday, one foot in front of the other, without my therapist having to …

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june 26. 3 days post liberation

well it’s been a bit of a drab and dreary day here in costa rica. it didn’t do the normal sunny, hot morning here and it’s basically been cloudy and raining all day long. and i myself have been feeling a little like the weather today; drab and dreary. we did decide to head out …

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june 25. 2 days post liberation

well i’m back in my usual evening spot by the pool. the weather here is so beautiful. it’s the rainy season so every day it gets real hot and sunny in the morning, then like clockwork at about 1pm it pours down rain for the afternoon, then we get this moment in the evenings of …

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june 24. one day post liberation

so, cate, erinn and i are sitting at our dinner table by the pool with the most beautiful breeze and listening to what may be the worst ever spanish band of all time. it’s so bad it’s absolutely hilarious. they’ve been setting up for the past half hour or so and we decided to stay …

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Dirty Laundry Helps Clean Up Lives

Gateway Linens, a ministry of the Salvation Army, is a job training centre in Toronto that helps homeless men find meaningful work by teaching them the tools of the laundry and linen industry. After the men graduate, they are guaranteed full time work at K-Bro Linen Systems, a local linen company that's teamed up with the Salvation Army to help fight homelessness. Watch Video

thoughts on experimental health care, drug companies, MS, hope, diet soda, and God (part 4 of who knows how many)

so i’ve been a little worried, due to some of the stuff that i’ve been writing lately, that our friends think that our entire lives are doom and gloom, nothing but heartache and pain and struggle. while it’s obviously true that we are in a difficult season in our lives with lots of anxiety around …

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June 10 Update

so one of the main issues that come along with living with MS is that i don’t actually look sick. in the past year or so since MS has become more front and centre in my life and i have had to tell people that i have the disease, people who have known me for …

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thoughts on experimental health care, drug companies, MS, hope, diet soda, and God (part 2 of who knows how many)

So it’s exacty three weeks today, 21 days, from the time I will be in a hospital in Costa Rica, lying on a bed, and having the ‘liberation procedure’ done on me. And the days are going very slowly by. I’m so unable to process all of the thoughts running through my head on a …

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May 28 Update

so i thought i’d take a little time every few days over the coming weeks to try and journal my thoughts on my (and erinn’s) life for the past 13 years with MS, my joys and pains along the way, my struggles with discipline especially around diet and exercise, my hope for ‘liberation’, and my …

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Start Praying

Created for the Street Level 2009 conference. Dion’s commentary on the book of Joel. Please contact me if you wish to use this video. Watch Video

Why Bother

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The Shape of Church

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Look At Me

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