I wrote this post last year for Canada Day. I’ve tinkered with the cocktail a bit but have otherwise mostly left it as it was. I am a Mennonite who lives in Canada. Or perhaps I’m a Canadian who is Mennonite. Sometimes our cultural stereotypes get blurred and it’s hard to tell whether I’m being … More Happy Canada Day, Mennonites!
One of the reason that we Mennonites love our annual MCC Relief Sale so much has to be that it is the one time in the year when spending with abandon is not only allowed but encouraged. You could think of it as a day of relief from frugality. To a point. It is true … More A Bargain Hunter’s Guide to the Mennonite Relief Sale
The Mennonite world was not overwhelmingly delighted when Rhoda Janzen’s Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was published in 2009 and began climbing the NYT bestseller list. Mind, I can’t think of anything for which the Mennonite world has ever been overwhelmingly delighted. We tend not to do “overwhelming.” I mean, we were all pretty … More Black Dresses and Blue Jeans
I have never been a member of a Mennonite Credit Union.* When I lived close enough for it to make sense, I wasn’t eligible. Once I was eligible, it was no longer convenient. I was once a member of a community credit union but that was years ago and far away. Never having been a … More Don’t Bank On It.
At this time of year, Holiday Gift Guides start cropping up in newspapers and commercial websites. Having perused a number of those, I discovered that they are sadly insufficient for shoppers out there seeking gifts for the Mennonites on their lists. As always, I am here to help. Some of you might have wondered whether … More A Drunken Menno Holiday Gift Guide
This was the first blog post I wrote to get any attention beyond my close friends and immediate family. It was re-posted onto Mennonite World News and was one of its most seen posts for awhile, outstripping those earnest theological ponderings it usually posts by a fair measure. Its popularity surprised me until it occurred … More Top Ten Ways Mennonites are like Hipsters