Returning to the Mother City

   In three days, I will fly off to the Mother City in South Africa. Twelve years ago, I stood in the Waterfront in Cape Town and took this picture. That day, Scott and I had just returned from a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent most of his years in prison during […]

That Old Blue Sleeping Bag is Story #FMF

I sent her off to her first sleepover with my old-ish, blue sleeping bag. It’s the sleeping bag we bought at Cape Union Mart in Cape Town aeons ago, preparing for my first trip to Germany. I was 16. She’s 8 and she’s excited. She’s been preparing for two days for this sleepover. And her […]

When the Season of Restoration Feels Long

I’m in my office, but sitting next to my kitchen countertop with the bottom of the two sinks showing me their underbelly. It’s shoved in here, while the guys are putting back the cabinets in our kitchen. One overnight, not-so-big water leak (there wasn’t even a big pool in the morning, for laminate’s sake) and […]

Being the Change: A Story Behind Homelessness

I wrote over on SheLovesmagazine.com yesterday, as part of World Homeless Day. Here’s an excerpt:     “I spent the afternoon at The Front Room, the only homeless shelter in Surrey, BC. Volunteers from Relate Church served a yummy turkey dinner, complete with milk and pumpkin pie, while I shook hands and learned that even the […]

I am from.

I am from. By Idelette McVicker I am from small. I am from a world laid out with thick legal walls that said: You may live here. But another has to live there. Laws divided us and them. What the Fathers didn’t know is when they kept us apart they walled everybody in. My spirit, […]