Bookmark Monday – Thanksgiving (Oct 13)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, so here are some bookmarks to fit in with that theme:


Bookmark Monday – Thanksgiving (October 14)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. We spent the day raking leaves, cooking/eating dinner, and watching the Argos lose to the Ticats. I haven’t got any Thanksgiving bookmarks of my own, but I found the following humorous ones online. Happy Thanksgiving!


Booking Through Thursday – Thankful (November 22)

This week Booking Through Thursday says the following:

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so … what are you thankful for this year, reading-wise? New, favorite books? New gadget for reading? New comfy chair? Bonus time to read? Just the mere fact of BEING a reader? Having the internet to share ideas/recommendations/conversations about books?

Although we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada in October, I think it’s important to be thankful for something every day. Reading-wise, I’m thankful for the freedom that I have to read almost anything that I choose, compared to many countries where that choice is dictated to the citizens. I’m also thankful for a family who enjoy the gift of reading, and the fact that we have so many books in our house that we’ll never run out of anything to read. Finally, I’m thankful for the many bookish friends I’ve met online, most of whom I’ll probably never meet in person, but with whom I can also share my love of reading.

Giving Thanks – A Tribute

Five Stanger siblings: Andrew, Marnie, Jim, Ishbel, and Morag – a special family.

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. I always try to be thankful, but there are times when it can be hard. This is one of these times. We got word last night that one of my cousins in Orkney had lost his long, hard battle with illness and passed away last evening. Without wanting to be harsh on all my other cousins, whom I also care for deeply, Jim was one of my favourite cousins, for a variety of reasons. We worked together at the Post Office for almost 11 years before I moved to Canada and I have many happy memories of these years. He taught me a lot about life, and he showed me what it meant to have care and compassion for others.

Because of this, I can give thanks this weekend for a life well-lived, even though it was cut short and ended too soon. Jim loved life and he loved his family. The last few years have been hard on him and those close to him, but by all accounts he faced his final battle with dignity and little complaint. His main thoughts were for those closest to him and their well-being. He had a large extended family, but please especially keep his wife Lorraine, daughter Kayleigh, and two young grandsons, Jack and Harry, in your thoughts and prayers. The last time I saw him was under sad circumstances three years ago, when I was back in Orkney for our grandmother’s funeral. At that time, even under the circumstances, it was good for me to be together with the rest of the family there and to catch up with them all.

Being so far away, it can be hard keeping up with people back home. Added to that is the fact that I’m not the best of communicators. When someone is taken from us suddenly, there’s always a time of regret at things left undone or unsaid. If I’d known that I wouldn’t have had the chance to talk to him again face to face, I may have told Jim how much he meant to me and how I appreciated the things he taught me in life, or exactly how special he was to me in life. Then again, perhaps I wouldn’t have, because I think he may have already realised, as we had developed a kind of understanding over the years of working together. That’s one of the reasons I already mentioned that he was one of my favourite cousins. Even having said that, I still regret not telling him how much he meant to me.

It’s hard to exactly put into words how I feel just now. I’m sure that’s how most of Jim’s family and friends feel just now as well. I am left with lots of good memories, and perhaps the time will come in the future when I can share some of them. So, this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the life of a special cousin and, although his life was cut short, I also give thanks for the fact that he is now free from all the pain and suffering of the past few years. Rest in peace, Jim, and I know we will meet again on the other side.

(Special thanks to Ishbel for letting me use the picture in this post)


We watched this video in church today as a conversation starter and tied it in with Luke 17:11-19 and Deuteronomy 8:7-18. The conversation went well and it seems that more and more people are open to sharing. For our time of prayer/reflection I invited people to write things they are thankful for on a large whiteboard I placed at the front of the church.

Whilst we were sharing in a prayer time after church, the real estate guy showed another prospective buyer around the building. Things are moving slowly and we got the plans for our new place from the architect last week which are now 99% completed. We have a meeting soon to finalise these. The contractor anticipates getting the work started late November/early December. It seems to be taking a long time, but that’s life sometimes.