The Silmarillion (Tolkien)

After 30 years, I’ve finally read it, though not without having tried several times with false starts. Once I got past the first couple “books,” AINULINDALĂ‹ and VALAQUENTA, the stories became very compelling. The first couple books don’t have much tension, but the creation of the world through song has always struck me as beautiful. … [Read more…]

Won’t you be my neighbour?

*I couldn’t go through with spelling neighbour incorrectly in the title of this blog post. I believe the most powerful witness to the Christian Faith that I have been exposed to in the past year has been Fred Rogers. Here is a man of faith working quietly and humbly in the public eye for decades … [Read more…]

Backpacking the Elbow Loop

A couple weeks ago, Blaise and I headed out on our second 3-night/4-day backpacking trip. This time we tackled the local Elbow Loop which follows the Big Elbow upstream then at Tombstone pass crosses over and follows the Little Elbow back downstream to where the two meet to form the Elbow River which flows into … [Read more…]


When my friends Matt and Carlyn got a record player and wouldn’t be quiet about the joy they were experiencing with their records and then offered me a used record player that needed a bit of repairing, how could I resist!? I bought my first record of my collection in December when I dropped off … [Read more…]

Book Review: e: The Story of a Number (Maor)

Having just completed my masters degree in math, a not so passive thirst for continuing to review, refresh and explore mathematical ideas persists. I don’t think I will ever pursue further formal training in math, so books like this one will suffice. I don’t remember my first encounter with the number e, but since having taught … [Read more…]