Observation - April 13, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

It was impossible for me to watch the news on television and not get teary-eyed. Young lives and some family man’s lives were just snuffed out. Many are still in hospital and their lives might be changed forever. Such a tragedy. I also think of the driver of the truck. How will he manage? The rest of his life he will carry the memory of this accident. 

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Faithfully Yours - Embracing the inevitable

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

I have written on this topic several times before, but I feel the need to address it again; so that those who can most identify with these comments will find words of hope and comfort in them. Let’s begin by facing an important fact. The last 30-40 years have not been kind to communities in rural Canada. Towns and villages that, at one time, were bustling centers of economic activity have been reduced to little more than bedroom communities.

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Observation - April 6, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

What do you think tomorrow will bring? This week my mind wandered around the expression of time. About a year ago I started a trip down medical land that took time and energy to endure. A month ago a doctor’s visit had a very positive result. Time moves on. A week ago another doctor’s visit was like a release. His care for me was finished.

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Faithfully yours - Words etched in stone

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press 

There is a considerable gap in age between the oldest member of our family (me) and the youngest—a fact of which I am often reminded. A few years ago, when he was asked if he knew how old I was, he said: “I’m not sure of Neil’s exact age; but I do know that his birth certificate is etched in stone.” We still laugh whenever we think of how good that comeback really was.

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Homebodies - Amazed and astounded

Rita Friesen 
Neepawa Banner & Press

By now, most of you are aware that it doesn’t take much to amaze and astound me. It could be a sunset, or rise, the sweet smell of a newborn babe, the smile exchanged between two caring individuals. It was none of the above that amazed and astounded me this week. I was in Niverville with friends and the restaurant of choice was Hespeler’s Cookhouse and Tavern.

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