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April 18 When I was in my teens, I used to go swimming in the big pool at the newly minted Etobicoke Olympium. It featured an Olympic sized swimming pool and two 10 metre diving towers. Every once in a while I would actually jump off from the top of one of the towers, pointing my toes and straightening out my body in order to make a clean entry. I didn’t have quite the courage to do a proper dive, but I was good enough to enter the water safely just jumping in. When I grew older and finished high-school…


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April 11 2021 The recent Pandemic related “zoning” change in our region caused our church Session, (the congregation’s leadership team) to reconsider worshipping in person. At a quick meeting after worship, it was decided to return to virtual services for the next four weeks. It’s a good decision that helps protect everyone and serves as an excellent example of taking responsibility with our little village. The only problem with this decision is that it was made on Good Friday, leaving me only a day and a half to get everything ready and record the service. Thankfully, all of the paperwork…


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April 4th In Graphic Design, what isn’t there matters as much as what is there. The white space around a bit of text helps the message stand out; the voids between images declutter the page; emptiness is built into a design to provide visual and emotional balance or to direct the eye to where it should go. In a sense, empty places help to fill a design and bring it to life; they are not there by accident; they are deliberate and considered as carefully as the text, images and overall content of a page. The Cross is the central…


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March 28 The internal combustion engine found in cars, lawnmowers and many other devices is a marvellous device. Ranging from tiny, single-cylinder units that can fit in the palm of your hand to mighty multi cylinder units bigger than the average garage, they have helped revolutionize the way we live. As incredible as they are, they all share a rather embarrassing secret. Internal combustion engines cannot start themselves. For all the incredible and complex technology that allows them to run for as long as they have fuel, without a little external help, they are nothing more than a fascinatingly intricate…


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“Wonderful!”

March 21 As a maker, one of my goals is to make functional objects pleasing to the eye. I love tools and products that function well and look good. That doesn’t mean they have to be fancy in their appearance. All I ask for is that they be neatly finished with no ugly seams or rough surfaces. You don’t even have to hide the screws if they’re arranged neatly and consistently. Making something the pleases the eye and does its job isn’t that hard. Why does appearance matter? For me how something looks is…


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March 14 For the past few weeks, the residents of Coldwater, the village in which I live, have been sharing old photos of the place on Facebook. The photos offer new insights into the history and shape of Coldwater for newer arrivals like myself. For long-time Coldwater citizens, they’re a blast from the past evoking memories of their younger selves and what life was like in the past. Sharing photos is a relatively modern thing, but visual records of the past are not. Ancient sculptures and cave paintings reveal what life was like eons ago and even give us a…


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March 7 Cadillac luxury vehicles are known, if not throughout the world, certainly across North America. They represent the finest automobiles the US has to offer, and for may people, they represent the epitome of refinement and quality. Of course, being luxury vehicles, they have been created specifically for those who can afford to pay for them. The cars are not simply utilitarian appliances designed for ordinary folk like you and me. If you’re in the market for a brand new Cadillac, you are one of a select few people in North America; you are definitely in the “have more…


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February 28 One of the great American comic strips named after its main character, Pogo, a kind gentle Opossum, is now largely forgotten. For me, one of its best lines will always be remembered: “We have met the enemy and he is us”. That line sticks out in my mind because it is so true for people like myself who profess to follow Jesus. As the season of Lent calls us to remember how it was our own sins that sent Jesus to the Cross, I am reminded of the fact that no matter how good we claim to be…


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February 21 One particularly cold and blustery morning I needed to use the family Minivan to transport some rather bulky goods. The vehicle is strictly used as a hauler of big items or large quantities of things, as it’s too big and rather battered and bruised looking. It runs well, but it looks more like a vehicular version of Frankenstein’s monster than something one would be proud to introduce to one’s friends. Since it’s not a daily driver, it sits unused for lengthy intervals. You can well imagine that it was covered in a generous layer of ice, upon which…


February 14 It should have been an easy project. I was trying to fit a hollow tube into a slightly larger one at a forty-five degree angle. Simple. Drill a correctly angled hole in the big pipe, cut the other pipe at the correct angle, and that’s a it, yes? No. When I looked through the big pipe to see how the little one fit, there was a huge gap rather than a nice, tight connection. Ok, no problem. Just form the little tube according to what I thought to the shape should be and I would be done in…

John A. Giurin

100% Italian, Born and raised in Canada, Presbyterian Pastor, Maker, Singer, Writer, Musician, Theatre, Married, Father, Learner, choosing Love, he/him

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