Finding a Voice

Friday, June 22, 2007

Ruth Bell Graham

"JUNE 14—Mrs. Ruth Bell Graham, beloved wife of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, died at 5:05 p.m. today, at her home at Little Piney Cove in Montreat, N.C., surrounded by her husband and all five children. She was 87."

"I believe that our heavenly Father, our Savior, saved my mother from loneliness because of her daily walk with the Lord Jesus. He was the love of her life. ... It was her love for the Lord Jesus, with whom she walks every day, that made me want to love Him and walk with Him like that."
--Anne Graham Lotz

For more memories, photos, videos, and for some of Ruth's poetry, visit her memorial website.

posted by Colleen McCubbin at 11:23 PM 1 comments

Thursday, June 21, 2007

concert, Saskatoon, Wed, June 27th

Nope -- it's not my concert, it's Martin Blumrich.
Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30pm, Saskatoon
Cornerstone Church, Saskatoon
315 Lenore Drive
Saskatoon, SK
CD Review: “Rural Urbanitis” by Martin Blumrich
reviewed by Colleen Taylor in *Partner*, Canadian Association of Christians in Student Development vol. 11, no. 2

Student Development professionals are typically multi-talented. Martin Blumrich fits this description. Dean of Students and Instructor at Nipawin Bible Institute in Northern Saskatchewan, Martin, is also a talented songwriter and musician. At the CACSD conference in May, Martin treated his colleagues to a concert, featuring songs from his forthcoming CD. It was a delightful and cozy setting—a “house concert” in the Heritage College & Seminary student lounge. While it is illuminating to hear stories behind the songs from Martin himself, the CD is fairly self-explanatory, with short paragraphs telling something about each song’s origins.

This rich and refreshing CD is fast becoming one of my favourites. Martin’s
lyrics are intelligent, poetic, and skillfully crafted, speaking of community and
faith, life and love. The rhythms and tunes are folksy, with even the upbeat
songs having a gentle quality. Several songs are prayers, one is a wedding
blessing for friends, and the title track, “Rural Urbanitis,” is a tongue-in-cheek
lament about life in small-town Saskatchewan (a feeling I can appreciate!). “Thirsty, Digging, Dry” touches deep longing and surrender, as
do other songs such as “Trial by Fire” and “When I’m Home.” “As Christ Loved the Church” is the single instrumental. This lilting wedding processional, reminiscent of Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” was written for Martin’s wife to walk the aisle on their wedding day. The final song, “Day is Done,” is a like a lullaby for vespers.

Martin’s arrangements are simple yet fascinating, involving a wide variety of
instruments, all of which he played himself (except the flute and drum kits). Martin is also listed as the crayon artist himself. Invite Martin to sing for you – on his CD or, even better, live and in person.

Give me water, I’m thirsty
From digging my own well
I’m tired and so weak
Thinking of quitting, might as well
What a love,
that picks me up when I’m down
and under almost drowned
What a love,
that sees me for what I am
Don’t understand
It’s too profound
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Thursday, June 07, 2007

herb garden

Planted herbs yesterday with Dad.
Bought several bedding plants last Sunday:
  • lavendar
  • stevia
  • spearmint (put it in pots to control its growth)
  • basil (for pesto and tomato dishes; planted it among the porchalaca)
  • catnip (for my cats & for tea)
Especially excited about combining stevia & spearmint leaves for healthy chewing pleasure.
Every time I get someone to try it
they look really, really skeptical
then the look turns to delight.

posted by Colleen McCubbin at 10:22 AM 2 comments

Saturday, June 02, 2007

updated sites

I've updated my website (
and the family blog on my Mom's side (

Feedback welcome on my website.

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posted by Colleen McCubbin at 4:06 PM 0 comments

my celebrity look-alikes

And Janina thought this picture of me looked like Cruella Deville!

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