‘God Keep our Land Glorious and Free’

Written by: Linda Maendel on Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Canada, with its many immigrants is like a beautiful patchwork quilt. People from various countries have settled on our rich farmlands or in thriving towns and cities, proudly calling this home. This kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes and customs gives our country a rich folkloric vista. Each ethnic group is like a quilt piece, adding its own unique colour or texture, and is stitched together with common respect, creating a spectacular whole.

I got a glimpse of this recently, when we celebrated ‘Sharing Our World’ in Portage La Prair....

Warmth, Comfort, Smiles = Lap Quilts

Written by: Linda Maendel on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

After sewing for more than two months last winter, it was extremely gratifying to see a stack of 250 simple, yet beautifully pieced lap quilts, which the Alzheimer Society distributed to local senior’s homes. Just recently we received thank you notes from Lion’s Prairie Manor and The Douglas Campbell Lodge, both in Portage and Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone, expressing their heartfelt gratitude: “Thank you for participating in this project. You have enhanced the quality of life and brought sm....

Historical Reflection

Written by: Linda Maendel on Friday, April 6th, 2012

While reading the tragic, blood-curdling accounts of Canada’s Residential Schools, I was struck once again by how torturous it must have been for parents during that period -- where a dreadful decision by powerful government and church leaders forcibly separated children from families, effectively destroying a people’s future, in the name of assimilating them into an enemy culture.

My mind wandered to Europe and some dismal chapters of my own Hutterite history involving a similar decision, but with a drastically different outcome. What i....

Welcome

Written by: Linda Maendel on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Welcome to our brand new website! I’m excited that I was asked to blog here from time to time and even more excited that this website is finally up and running. No doubt, you will find this site informative and interesting, and hopefully it will give you insightful glimpses of the Hutterite way of life. I’m Linda Maendel and work as a full time Educational Assistant in my colony school. In my free time I love to read and write; that’s why blogging is a good fit for me. I also have my own blog, which is about a year old now. Feel free t....

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