The Cedar Life


Side Part As a child, I parted my hair on the side.  Each morning before school, I would stand in front of the mirror and make sure it looked the way I wanted it to.  After a while, I got used to the way it looked.  My haircuts were never too adventurous, but I was comfortable with how it looked.  It looked like me. I remember being in primary school and seeing… Read More

Clutch Shooting The 1998 NBA Finals ended with an iconic moment.  With the Jazz up by one point in Game 6 and the game on the line, the Chicago Bulls regained possession and handed the ball to Michael Jordan.  Seconds remained on the clock, as Jordan squared up his defender.  He then drove to the hoop, stepped back, and shook off the defense before clinching the Bulls’ third consecutive NBA title with… Read More

Practical Solutions Two weeks ago, I wrote a post, Light in the Darkness, in which I reflected on some of the unrest that has been unleashed on the globe over the last couple of years.  After I published it, I started to notice the theme of light overcoming darkness emerging in other places.  On the Tuesday I published the post, the daily readings for Catholic masses around the world included St. Paul’s… Read More

This post was originally published on March 1, 2021. I will be publishing a follow up to last week’s blog, Light in the Darkness, next week, but the theme of seeking quiet is one I have been reflecting on in the past week and wanted to re-share this post from earlier in the year. Life is Loud On a typical weeknight, our family will sit down together for dinner sometime between 6… Read More

Time Out It is fair to say that humanity on the whole is not enjoying its best moment. We all experience difficult and dark moments.  But for most us alive in this time, we have never experienced anything with such global reach.  A time when the whole world is struggling and answers seem in short supply.  The light that at the end of the tunnel we keep seeing has turned out to… Read More

Pitch Perfect There is no feeling like the sweet sting of catching a well thrown baseball in the pocket of the glove.  It is accompanied by a distinct ‘pop’ and usually a knowing nod of the head from the receiver to the thrower.  Baseball is a game I loved as a younger child.  I loved playing it, watching it, and learning about its history.  I loved the stats.  More than all of… Read More

An Intimidating Pass There is a scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in which the Fellowship is travelling by boat.  Approaching the border of Gondor, the ancient kingdom of men, they come to The Argonath.  Two huge stone carvings of the ancient kings.  The sentinels serve as a warning to any who would pass that they are entering a great kingdom.  A gate is a simple… Read More

Lofty Aspirations A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of giving a talk on a part of my journey in faith over the past few years.  After the talk was complete, I took a few questions from the members of the group.  I enjoyed all the questions, but one in particular stands out in my memory: “Can you give us 4 or 5 ways that we can act like Jesus in… Read More

Anxious Moments “What happened?” My wife was at home and I was in the car, but she could hear that something wasn’t right.  “Nothing – I just left Home Depot.”  I could sense a sigh of relief from the other end of the phone, but it also came with an understanding.  Home Depot is one of my least favourite places to go.  Not because there is something wrong with the store.  As… Read More

Misplaced Efforts The opening scene in the classic film Happy Gilmore finds the title character desperately trying to make an impression at hockey try-outs for some sort of men’s team.  Happy has desire and aggression and is willing to do anything to impress the coaches.  He only has one problem. Happy can’t skate. It is obvious to everyone except Happy that hockey is not his calling.  He refuses to give up on… Read More