Today we talk to Janet Stobie. She is a writer, family counselor, storyteller, and ordained minister, During her nineteen years in parish ministry, Janet was particularly appreciated for her work with young people and children and she has written a number of books for children both ones which are biblically based and some which deal with current social issues. Dipping Your Toes, one of Janet’s recent books, is a valuable worship resource, containing 44 complete devotional worship services as well as a guidebook for creating your own devotional worship services. Please join us as Janet tells us about her writing.
Welcome to our third programme made specially for the season. There are stories: Gwynn’s, a true story set in Africa about the special understanding between two outsiders, her mother and their Malawian gardener, and mine about a socially ambitious and stage-struck donkey You’ll find more music here than usual, as both Chris Cameron and Marie Lynn Hammond sing two very different Christmas songs. And Chris reads a story about the carol, Silent NIght, and a poem, “Dear Santa”, written by the late wife of long time member Derek Paul..
We hope you enjoy the show and wish you happy holidays!
Please join us for the second of our holiday programmes, This time you can hear stories by Diane Taylor, Antony Di Nardo, Kim Grove and Ronald Mackay. And if you want still more variety, Gwynn and Chris read a couple of their own favourites about the season.
This week we are broadcasting the first of three holiday shows for 2019. Shane Joseph starts with a reading of his recollections, some good and some not so good, of past Christmases. Then Linda Hutsell Manning reads an excerpt from her recently published memoir, describing one of the highlights of the educational year, the Christmas concert at her one-room school. Al Seymour has a story about the joys of sledding and how his protagonists overcome a group of bullies.And Les Robling remembers how the holiday was celebrated during his youth in Wales.The stories are interspersed with a little music, commentary and best wishes for the season from your hosts Gwynn Scheltema, our new team member, Chris Cameron and Felicity Sidnell Reid.
Novelist Shelagh Hurley grew up in Ottawa. In truth, she grew up at the cottage on the Rideau Lake system, which her parents bought and built in the early 60s, so it’s very much in her bones. It’s on the same lake as the Queen’s Biology station. Each summer as a child she saw adults spending their time pooting about having a blast– that’s how it appeared to her, but of course they were doing all manner of research. She thought this wonderful, so she went to Queens, did a biology degree and then a Masters in New Brunswick and then back to Queens to do a PhD, which got hijacked by her going to law school which is another story. She’s been a small-town lawyer her entire career, over thirty years, in Picton. She’s always written, both as a lawyer (but only some of that writing is fiction), and as “writer”. Blackwater Bluff is the first novel she’s let out of the gate. Along the way, there were children and the vagaries of life, and always the cottage, to which she and her partner will retire in the very near future. Then she hopes to get back to where she started, chasing birds and insects, and writing.