Yesterday afternoon, I was blessed to attend a gathering out in Langley hosted by my good friend Kathleen. It was a great day of fellowship under the warm sun, as over 50 people (ranging from the age of 13 months-old to 50-something years-old) ate, drank, laughed, sang songs, and swam.
I knew the majority of attendees through youth and young adult ministry in the archdiocese. We had a wonderful afternoon of connecting and catching up. Topics ranged from my missing family to my concussion to what they had been doing all summer to what kind of jump off the diving board makes the biggest splash.
I’m not sure how many of them knew (or cared) that I was going to be there as many of them seemed pleasantly surprised when I arrived. Or at least they did a great job in faking it.
Continue reading No Phones Required
My Christmas break started off rather inauspiciously – I spent the majority of Christmas Eve in Richmond General Hospital. After a bevy of tests including a blood test, urine test, CT scan, and ultrasound, it was confirmed that I wasn’t pregnant (yay) but that I had an inflamed large intestine (boo). Needless to say, it made for a rather uncomfortable few days.
The remainder of the break was without incident, and we spent much of the time entertaining family and friends at our home or going to gatherings elsewhere. Between Christmas, New Year’s, church functions, birthday parties, family gatherings, meals at restaurants, and more, we always seemed to be around people. Intuitively, it made sense. The holidays are a chance to see people that you might not often see amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, school, etc).
In between gatherings, Gail and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time at home with the kids. These quiet times were few and far between, but sacred nonetheless.
And I realized – now more than ever – that I’m interested in quality over quantity. Continue reading Quality over Quantity
Remember the good old days when we would get to know someone better by spending time with him?
Like in the same physical vicinity as him. And actually talking to him.
Not via text. Or Twitter. Or email. Or Facebook.
One-on-one. Face to face.
I’m not going to go on an anti-social media rant or diatribe here. Obviously, I see its merits and understand the blessings that come with it.
But I also see the challenges. In an effort to be more efficient with our time and more strategic in our approach – whether in youth ministry or in general life – we sometimes get caught up in the quantity of our relationships and not the quality of them.
Continue reading The Original Face Time
During the Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks game, an apparent second-period goal by Henrik Sedin was called off by the referee. The reason was that the ref felt that Henrik’s brother Daniel had interfered with the Stars’ goalie just prior to Henrik shooting the puck, thus not giving the goalie a chance to make the save.
Needless to say, Twitter exploded with conspiracy theories and charges of bias against our Vancouver Canucks. Speaking of exploding, first-year Canucks coach John Tortorella was extremely animated at the bench in voicing his displeasure – likely the most heated we’ve seen him in his 6 months here. Given the reputation that preceded him, I was actually surprised that it took this long for a famous Torts blow-up.
Thus, I snapped a quick picture on my phone from the TV and posted it on Twitter from my @CanuckClay account.
Continue reading Trending in Vancouver (for an hour or so)
This post also appears on Canucks Hockey Blog.
There are many reasons why you should eagerly anticipate the Canucks Hockey Blog tweetup at the Hog Shack in beautiful Steveston in Richmond taking place this Saturday afternoon: a good game (hopefully) between the Canucks and the Sharks, good food, contests, and of course, great company. As I look ahead to Saturday, there are a few tweetup-specific Things That Make Me Go Hmmm:
1. Do you remember your first time? If this is your first-ever tweetup, we welcome you with open arms! It promises to be a lot of fun and as they say, you always remember your first time. My first tweetup was back on May 22, 2011 at Guildford’s Boston Pizza when the Canucks beat the same Sharks 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. At this official Vancouver Canucks tweetup, I met JJ and Chris of CHB for the very first time, and they immediately put me to work making me film this. We had a great time chatting and filming and we even roped the Game Day Guys (Andrew, Chris and Reigan) in for a few thoughts. Thankfully, the first impressions were decent enough both ways as they are still letting me contribute to the site. Other highlights of the day included meeting Nicole Van Zanten (Social Media Coordinator of the Canucks) and devouring my Hawaiian pizza.
Continue reading Things That Make You Go Hmmm: CHB Tweetup Edition