The Diagnosis

"The diagnosis was a beginning. It was also an ending." - Sheena Koops

By Sheena Koops   It started with squirrels at the end of his bed, and sometimes he would make Mom get up and see what those tall people in the corner were doing. He saw horses in a field and riders wearing tall hats with stovepipe points; he saw all this through the walls of his own home and through the houses along the streets. Not long before he passed he said, “Why is the little girl crying?” referring to the empty chair at the round kitchen table of their new home in Fort Qu’Appelle.   Dad had neuropathy, a…

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You Need Rest, My Child

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By Charlotte Kowalson CRACK!! Oh! Such pain! “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m…” “I know,” I replied softly, “Now let’s do our activity!” Oh man, this really hurts!  Why does this hurt so much? Just keep doing group time with the kids!  This will all go away! Nope, not going away!  Maybe I need an ice pack! Well, the ice pack is helping, but man this headache is spreading fast, all the way around my head. I need to let my boss know. Boss is busy right now. Okay, boss is less busy – let her know.  Why is it so…

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When God Blinks

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By Gayle Garneau   When God blinks… My heart skips a beat. Panic soon follows. Is this the end?   Am I alone? Abandoned? Without hope? Has He closed His eyes to me forever? Will He ever look on me again?   What did I do wrong? Will I ever be good enough? Can I earn back His love? Why won’t He turn my way?   When God blinks…   “Don’t fret my child. I didn’t turn my back on you. I am always right here by your side.   It was only momentarily that I looked away. A tear…

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Q&A Featuring Sheena Koops

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Forward by Victoria Utman Full disclosure: When we set up this interview, I was frustrated. Tonight’s guest is our Talent Scout, my mother, Sheena Koops and it took three phone calls to hammer this out. If you know Sheena, you know that she is a game changer, move maker, and earth shaker. I often describe her to people that don’t know her as a “high power woman” and with that comes her God-given energy for justice, education, and advocacy. Yes, sometimes it’s challenging to get a hold of her, I never know what kind of adventure she’s on, but when…

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Courage

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By Bonnie Baxter   Courage I find courage inspirational, particularly when I see it in others. Sometimes it is found in the big things. We find it wrapped in grace as we fumble through. I think of times I’ve seen courage: my friends helping their young daughter through challenging years with cancer. my brother persevering through his heart transplant, and a family donating a heart to give him new life. three dear mamas all saying goodbye to newborn boys…and many others who have kept on living, really living, when a child they loved was gone. dearly loved older people walking forward…

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Q&A Featuring Deanna Cook

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Forward by Victoria Utman   Our editorial team wouldn’t be the same without our fantastic Copy Editor. You heard her speak about courage at Sister Triangle Retreat, but we just wanted to give you more! She is an educator with a big heart, a quiet leader in our loud world, and the authority here at Sister Triangle Magazine on all things grammatical. Please put your proverbial hands together for the one-and-only, Deanna Cook!   Victoria: This is the most important question, which is why it is first: Coffee or Tea? Tell us why. Deanna: First thing in the morning, I…

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Too Zoomed In

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By Jenn Wallace   Now that I am in my forties, I am experiencing more and more phenomena related to aging; recently, I experienced yet another. I was reading the label on a pill container and had to move it further away from me than I am used to in order to read it: too close and the words were blurry.  I was a little bit perturbed thinking, “Do I need bifocals already?!” I have since seen my optometrist who says for now I can lift my glasses but the time is coming.  I’ve begun to commiserate with friends who…

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Q&A Featuring Katie Stamler

Q&A featuring Katie Stamler

Forward by Victoria Utman This is Victoria Utman, Magazine Director for Sister Triangle Magazine. We’re trying something new this week and we’re excited to have you join us. Back in March, we sat down to do a series of interviews with the magazine staff at Sister Triangle to give you a sense of who is working behind the scenes to bring you messages of encouragement and love. While recording the first few interviews, Sara Pippus said: “What if this was its own thing?” So here we are; trying it out and testing the waters. I’m pleased to introduce my dear…

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Fingerprints

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By Bonnie Baxter   The sun cast long morning beams through my home’s front door window as I sat at my desk trying to get some work done. I glanced at the wall by the door, and noticed a greasy imprint of a hand, illuminated by the sun: all four fingers and even the palm. At first I felt a flash of exasperation at my housekeeping and that I hadn’t noticed the handprint before. I sized up the length and shape of the fingers to see if I could figure out who the culprit was. But then I remembered the…

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A Letter Was in the Works

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By Jennifer Wallace   A letter was in the works.  It was there playing hide and seek in my mind for 5 years.  After seeing women speak out, I wanted to be that brave.  I wanted to own my nieces’ middle names, “Courage,” and “Worth” while still holding onto my daughter’s middle name, “Grace.”  So, I went there:  I went back 5 years and I opened the wound and I wrote the letter. Alone in the office, in front of the computer, a blank screen. I do not hear anything: not the kids downstairs watching YTV, not John breathing, asleep…

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