I wrote this back in February of 2015 as part of a series on Mennonite literature. I’m way behind on this series and need to catch up on my Menno reading. This is, to date, the only Mennonite poet that I’ve written about/made a cocktail in honour of. For all Di Brandt’s poetry shocked particular … More Wild Mother Drinking
One of my earliest readers and twitter correspondents was Diana Zimmerman who wrote a memoir about her childhood in a rural Swiss Mennonite setting. I read it and wrote up some reflections on it, and made a cocktail in its honour. I posted this first in April of 2015. Back in the good old days, … More What to Drink with a Pyonder
In this post, published back in May or June of 2015, I imagined that I was giving a graduation speech to young people who were graduating out of their Mennonite lives. I know that it is generally better to wait to be asked for advice before giving it but this is the internet and I … More To the Class of 2015
I wrote this back in 2015 in response to the launch of a new hymnal project. Since then, we’ve established a hymn-loving committee to consider all that needs to be considered in the update of a hymnal. I can only hope that they take my input into the process seriously. The powers that be within … More Top 6 Hymns that could be Drinking Songs
I wrote and published this post back in 2015, on my old site. Only getting around to bringing it here now. I thought of doing a series of posts on education. I did two. I might write more some day. Or I might not. You’ll just have to wait and see. I am now old … More Getting Schooled
This post was first published on my old site in September 2015. Which feels like a long time ago. In reposting this, I have added a couple of passing references to Bethel College which readers felt was slighted in the first account. It’s still slighted. Maybe some day I’ll write about my childhood memories of … More The Glittering World of Mennonite Higher Education
It can be difficult to make new friends. Especially if you are an adult. Especially if you are seeking to befriend a Mennonite. Admittedly, many people never face this problem. There are plenty of non-Mennonites out there who are amenable to friend seekers. I can only imagine that friend seekers who need to resort to … More How to Make Friends with a Mennonite
No, really. You shouldn’t have. At first glance, I thought that the new CBC Fifth Estate piece on the “Mennonite Connection” was just a piece shamelessly capitalizing on CBC’s Pure, a low budget filler piece reflective of reduced CBC budgets, or a kinda sad example of a show needing to remind itself and others of … More That’s sweet, but really you shouldn’t have.