Okay, here are a few "get to know you better" questions:
Please share with us a favorite memory.
My favorite memory gets a mention in my From Mason To Minister: Through the Lattice book. It’s sitting on our front doorstep in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the warm sun on our faces in spring after a long and hard winter. Our three daughters when they were little are playing there on the front lawn. There’s laughter and joy! My wife, my children, my family!
Please describe a perfect meal - including menu and those present.
Och, this is a hard question, there’s so much good food! At home it has to be Dorothy’s spaghetti bolognaise. The spaghetti is al dente (i.e., it would stick to the wall if you threw it at it!), and the bolognaise has sliced up red and green peppers in it, along with mushroom, onion (not to mention the secret herbs and spices!). The red sauce is thick with tomatoes but not too much so. There’s parmesan cheese awaiting liberal sprinkling. This is accompanied by a nice fresh salad comprising of spinach leaves, iceberg lettuce, sliced Spanish onion, almonds, sundried tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. There’s a glass wine goblet with the ambient glow of a red merlot helping to set the mood. Even though red not white, in our warm climate we prefer our wine chilled. Michael Buble is crooning softly in the background…
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
For me it’s all about books. I have been known to lie on a sunny beach with a copy of Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology! I once remarked to a friend that someone needed to invent a waterproof laptop so that I could use it in my outdoor hot tub spa. He replied that I need to learn how to relax! Relaxing for me is reading a novel instead of theology or philosophy! Is watching a movie counted as relaxing? Watching the Inception movie is definitely not relaxing. That movie makes my brain hurt! I love just sitting talking to Dorothy. Now that’s relaxing!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
There’re three places I’d love to be in the world: Scotland, Canada, and Australia. Scotland for family (my big brothers and wee sisters all live there); Canada for lifestyle (glorious summers that you appreciate after a long winter and make the best of); Australia for climate, culture, and my children. Over the years I’ve grown to love the Aussie way of life, sense of humor and stoic resolve in the face of adversity. So, if I was as rich as say Donald Trump I would flit among these three places at different times of the year. Mind you, one of my life’s ambitions is to sip a pint of Guinness in a pub somewhere in rural Ireland with the sound of Gaelic chatter in the background and a fiddle band warming up.