It was a lovely summer. Never before did we take as much time
for ourselves as we did this year. By skipping an issue, but
distributing the printing schedule differently, we bought some
time for everyone to relax. We even managed a 10 day vacation
away from home, something we have not done in ages! Our trip led
us to the east coast. While we have been all the way out west as
far as Vancouver Island we never made it much past Montreal. On
arrival to Canada all these many years ago that part of the
country just did not look too inviting when we traveled there by
boat, or should I say ship, along the St. Lawrence River in
April of 1968.
This summer a 2 day road trip brought us to New Brunswick, and
by sheer coincidence, because of a mistake, we did not travel
all the way there on the Trans-Canada Highway as planned but hit
another smaller highway through NB, which showed us the true
beauty of that province. The long ride was somewhat tedious,
even more so when we made the trip back on one day in 19 hours,
including a few stops for eating and taking on gasoline. I felt
like a pretzel and it took me a couple of days to get back to
Our stay in St. Andrews by the Sea was remarkable in many ways.
The landscape with the phenomenal water views is enough to want
to live there. The only thing missing is of course a sandy
beach. The highest tide in the world changes the views every 6
hours and makes different adventures possible. The local people
are lovely, friendly and warm. They invite you into their life
style. The summers there are obviously glorious. The question
is: What do they do in the winter?
The town does not entirely shut down but downsizes considerably,
mainly because of the lack of tourism, but with some of the
locals going to Mexico for the warmth that will be missing.
Others stay, and I am still asking, doing what?
World affairs do not hold much interest in such a community that
is tight knit, but several churches take care of communal needs.
I guess it is there as it is in other small places: people move
closer together. They need each other and rely on each other and
their company, which only weaves the fabric of community
I shall reflect on this experience some more at another time.
For now I am sharing the front page with you as a memory from
I have lots of other happenings to share with you this issue.
All of them happened as soon as we came back from this memorable
Until next time