Today, Prince William married his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, who became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, based on royal titles bestowed by the groom’s granny hours before the wedding. Please check out a (slightly long, at 13 minutes) video of highlights below. Want an even shorter one? CLICK HERE for the ‘Royal Wedding in 60 Seconds’. 🙂

Mazel Tov and a lifetime of happiness to the Royal Couple.

{April 28, 2011}   Legend of Zelda … the Movie?

OK – so not really. This was an April Fool’s Day trick from IGN a couple of years ago. Still – it would be neat to see someday. I’m guessing it’s a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ … I certainly hope so as a Zelda fan. 🙂

{April 26, 2011}   Happy Passover, Happy Easter

So I mentioned last week celebrating Passover with my in-laws, which was lovely. This past weekend was Easter, and we spent it with my mom and step-dad, my dad and step-mom, and my brother (as well as my Uncle Bob). The festivities started Saturday afternoon with an Easter egg hunt for Little Tyke and Little J, as well as a lovely family dinner, and continued into Sunday as we went to church together and had brunch at my house before everyone hit the road. I believe I can speak for everyone to say a good time was had by all. 🙂

Sunday evening Ari and I decided to enjoy the lovely weather of the day and bought some smoked meat sandwiches downtown to eat on Parliament Hill – a lovely place to picnic and soak up the sun, with lots of running around room for Little Tyke. 🙂 Who should we run into there but my cousin Ken from Montreal! I haven’t seen him in about 5 years, since my uncle’s funeral, and I got to meet his second son too, who was a real sweetie LT’s age – the boys played together so nicely. I was sorry to miss his wife and oldest, who were back at their hotel, but it was still a super-nice Easter surprise.

Yesterday we went to the park for the afternoon, and stopped in at the pet store to complete Little Tyke’s easter gift – we bought him a Betta fish, since he’d been so enthralled by the fish at Denny’s where we had Palm Sunday brunc with my in-laws last week. Definitely a hit, he’s enjoyed having “Fishy” in his room ever since. Now? 6:30 am and I’m on my way to a day of work. But I wanted to check in before heading off – hope everyone’s holidays, whichever you celebrated – were fabulous, and I wish you a great last week of April. Much love!

{April 21, 2011}   T Mobile Royal Wedding

Check this video out – lots of fun. 🙂

Can’t embed this without violating copyright – and it’s a couple weeks old – but given the day of the week … thought sharing would be appropriate. Enjoy y’all!

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Stephen Colbert Sings ‘Friday’ with The Roots (4/1/11) – Video –

{April 12, 2011}   A Lovely Time …

So it’s been a busy few days – but worth it.

I usually make a point here of not talking too much about work, other than mentioning that yes I am a teacher, and yes, from time to time it keeps me busy. Occasionally, I might mention sometimes I wish it did moreso. But working both in education, and in youth ministry – in other words, with children – I tend to consider discretion and confidentiality a big part of professionalism, no matter which of my two work hats I’m wearing.

However, I had such a great experience this weekend that I wanted to share. My pastor, Ellie, and I awhile back came up with the idea that, as the Trinity United Church Sunday School has grown beautifully, and the parents spend a good deal of time after church chatting anyway, since our children’s choir practices at that time, we should have a potluck lunch. That went down yesterday. Was it a busy time? Absolutely. Was it a lot of work? For sure. However … seeing the kids play together so nicely, while having the chance to actually sit down and have a meaningful conversation with the parents I work with and get some good feedback on the children and family ministry at church, instead of a few hurried words on our way in and out of church, was fabulous for me. A good time was had by all, and while I went home and napped for an hour or three, it was well worth the effort – especially given it was all hands on deck as a potluck, and for cleanup afteward (Moms are great lol).

I felt very fulfilled in my work yesterday seeing it culminate in almost all of the people I work with gathering in one place … being able to include my boys, and seeing LT and Little J have such a great time, was the icing on a very sweet cake. Anyone from Trinity who might meander over this way … thank you very much for making yesterday such a Spirit-driven event in this Easter season. I enjoyed working, and socializing, together with all of you to make it happen. Much love and many blessings.

Click below for a fun election-season read. 🙂

Mr. Harper, are you on your meds? – Opinion –

{April 4, 2011}   One more down …

Reading List Update

With about 3 weeks to spare until Easter, I managed to complete John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s “The First Christmas”. Now, perhaps in time for next Christmas, I will have completed ‘The Last Week’, hmmm … ? 🙂

1. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris
2. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
3. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
5. A History of God – Karen Armstrong
6. Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
7. Beloved – Toni Morrison
8. ‘Tis – Frank McCourt
9. The Host – Stephenie Meyers
10. The Constant Princess – Phillipa Gregory
11. Wicked – Gregory Maguire
12. The Six Wives of Henry the 8th – Alison Weir
13. Eleanor of Aquitaine – Alison Weir
14. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
15. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
16. The Two Towers – J.R.R. TOlkien
17. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
23. Dracula – Bram Stoker
24. Paradise Lost – John Milton
25. The Inferno – Dante
26. Towelhead – Alicia Erian
27. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks – Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
28. The Way the Crow Flies – Ann-Marie MacDonald
29. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
30. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
31. This United Church of Ours – Ralph Milton
32. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
33. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
34. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
35. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
36. The First Christmas – Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
37. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
38. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
39. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
40. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
41. Deception Point – Dan Brown
42. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
43. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
44. Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov
45. Atonement – Ian McEwan
46. All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
47. Under the Dome – Stephen King
48. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
49. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
50. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
51. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
52. Scarlett – Alexandra Ripley
53. White Noise – Don De Litto
54. Their Eyes were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
55. Primary Colours – Anonymous
56. Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
57. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
59. Misquoting Jesus – Bart Ehrman
60. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlasser
61. My Years as Prime Minister – Jean Chretien
62. Memoirs – Pierre Trudeau
63. Shake Hands with the Devil – Romeo d’Allaire
64. Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
65. The Secret Mulroney Tapes – Peter C. Newman
66. Why I Hate Canadians – Will Ferguson
67. Planet Simpson – Chris Turner
68. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
69. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
70. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams
71. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
72. Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams
73. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
74. The Manticore – Robertson Davies
75. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies
76. The Donnellys – James Reaney
77. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
78. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
79. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
80. Not Wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay
81. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
82. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
83. The Crucible – Arthur Miller
84. Mirror Mirror – Gregory Maguire
85. The Emerging Christian Way – Marcus Borg et al
86. Sorbonne Confidential – Laurel Zuckerman
87. What Happened to Anna K – Irina Reyn
88. The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
89. Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
90. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
91. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
92. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
93. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
94. Interview with the Vampire – Ann Rice
95. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
96. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
97. Guys and Dolls – Damon Runyon
98. Good Book – David Plotz
99. He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik
100. Undisputed – Chris Jericho
101. Jesus for the Non-Religious – John Shelby Spong

This book was really interesting, in that while it was very accessible and readable – you don’t need some divinity degree to read it – it still covered some deep and complex stuff. I love Crossan, Borg, John Shelby Spong, Karen Armstrong and others of their ilk for making very complex theological thought and learning available to the masses; there is so much misinterpretation and misunderstanding of just what Jesus’ message was and has been, that I feel progressive Christians tend to shy away from that term and that identity rather than claim it and defend it. A well-written book articulating just what the wonder and mystery of the Christmas story is supposed to represent was a wonderful thing to read at Christmas (and yes, beyond) and bring myself back in touch with the holiday’s true spirit. An excellent offering. 🙂

(and a promise I will blog more regularly going forward – this week was just more jam-packed than I realized it would be … my apologies, I’ve been too busy living life to write about it this week 🙂

et cetera