Because it is coming on Halloween and because there exists a novel touted as “The Great Canadian Gay Mennonite Zombie Novel,” I have spent the last few days immersed in the world of Mennonite zombiedom — or is that zombie Mennodom? Yeah. Thanks, a heap, Corey Redekop. You could be forgiven for thinking that Mennonite … More The Zombie Anabaptapocolypse
According to my mostly-Mennonite twitter feed, the best thing about the October 14th Blue Jays/Texas Rangers game was that it did not result in a riot. Mennonite baseball fans all across Canada were wringing their hands earlier in the game when things weren’t looking so good. Though I was working late that night, my Menno … More Remember that time when we didn’t riot?
An earlier slightly different version of this post appeared on the old site in November, 2015. Once a year Mennonites in many parts of North America get together for what is known as an MCC Relief Sale. No relief is sold there. Instead, various Mennonites donate quilts, household items and food, which are then sold … More That’s a Relief
Like just about every other people that populates the planet, the vast majority of Mennonites were rural folk until a generation or two ago. And, like the rest of them, we have speedily been moving to cities and becoming urban over the last century and a bit. Nothing unusual there. We are also, I believe, … More The Earth and All that Is in It
This post first published on the old site on Oct. 1, 2015. I ask you, doesn’t that title just scream TV sitcom? Like the freaky love child of Yes, Minister and Breaking Amish. Maybe someday. Today, let’s talk politics. Here in Canada, the news is all about the upcoming federal election. For my non-Canadian readers (yes, both … More The Mennos of Parliament
If you don’t already know, you ought to hear the story of Tina Friesen. Not her whole story, of course. How could it be? No one can tell another person’s whole story. It’s hard enough to tell one’s own. But it’s a bit of her story, as it was told to me by a number … More Not Quite 40 Days in the Wilderness
Sometimes I think about things that have absolutely nothing to do with Mennonites and drinking, or with novels I am writing/planning. When that happens, I might also want to write about these things.Those are writings that belong in the Enchanted Cottage Notebooks. The enchanted cottage is the work space out in my back yard. It’s … More The Enchanted Cottage Notebooks