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The Blueberry Pie Caper

Posted on 19 August, 2017 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)





I rarely get in trouble as a child. If something happened when Mom was away, she would say to my sisters and brother when she returned, “You need to be an example to Kevin.” I was such an angelic child:) Whenever I say this with my sister or wife present they start laughing uproariously. Then, Valerie talks about the kind of trouble I start like the blueberry pie caper.


I’m eight. My sister, Valerie, gets me angry about something she asks me to do. She comes out the front door of our home. It is so hot, but there is a cool breeze. I’m sitting on one of the front door steps. I say, “Sis, sit down beside me and take a break.” Without looking she sits down on a freshly baked blueberry pie my Mom leaves outside to cool. Mom is taking it to a pie social. There is pie all over her newest and coolest white denim pedal pushers. It’s such a huge sacrifice to make. Blueberry pie is my favorite pie.

 

The execution of my plan comes off much better than my wildest expectations. Mom comes out of our home when Valerie cries out to Mom saying, “It’s all Kevin’s fault! He made me sit on the blueberry pie!” Mom says, “Valerie, you should have watched what you were doing.”


Being the youngest does have its advantages.


Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. Kevin is going to be a chaplain. He also feels called to be a professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen is the Director of a women’s abuse shelter. She enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppets, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy teddy bear, and Mike the Moose from Matheson. This is a small town in northern Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive south of the city of Timmins. Dr. Teddy and Mike the Moose from Matheson are consultants with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog



I didn't know a Christmas tree could fly

Posted on 23 December, 2016 at 13:40 Comments comments (0)



This fictional story is based upon my experiences as a ministry student over 30 years ago. I hope it gives you a good hearty laugh to ease the stress associated with the Christmas season.

 

One of those really funny times is when the Business Manager at The Brookfield Bible College in Aberdeen, Scotland, decides to put me on the chore of using an industrial floor polisher to clean the nursery room floor.

 

My name is Kevin Macpherson. I am a student at this four year Bible college. I am no more than 120 pounds. Bob, poor fellow, is supervising me. He shows me how to use the floor polisher. He leaves me alone to use it. What is he thinking?

 

I turn on the floor polisher as Bob had instructed me so well. With timidity but a whole-hearted determination to do this chore well, I start going back and forth with the floor polisher. Everything is going quite smoothly for a while. It looks like this is going to be a chore I complete so well, that I might even get a slight smile from the Business Manager on a job well done. Well, a fella can dream, can’t he?

 

Yes, this is a most delightful chore. I am picturing the deep satisfaction and appreciation Bob will express to me upon completing the task extremely well. What fantasy world am I living in? Suddenly, the floor polisher takes on a life of its own. I chase after it, but it keeps going after me. I try to unplug it, but it just keeps attacking me! Then, in spite of my best efforts, it decides to show me it can make the Christmas tree fly. And what a flight it is! I had never seen a Christmas tree fly before. The tree flies through the air with its decorations flying in all directions. I say to myself, “I think I’m in a lot of trouble. A heck of a lot of trouble. What will Bob say? How will I explain to him what happened? What will the Business Manager say?” Meanwhile, the floor polisher travels to another part of the nursery. It keeps turning around and around and around again until it burns a hole in the floor. My heart is racing. I know that this whole experience will not end well. My stomach churns inside, thinking how I could explain to Bob and the Business Manager what had happened.

 

I try desperately to turn off the floor polisher, but it just keeps going after me. Bob returns from having cleaned another part of the nursery. A look of shock crosses his face as he sees the Christmas tree laying on the nursery room floor. The floor polisher is still going after me. Bob walks around it and turns it off. He tries his best to keep from being furious with me. Many people would have yelled at me, but he didn’t. I say to Bob with reluctance, “Is there anything else I can do to help?” Bob responds keeping his anger under control, “No, Kevin. You’ve done quite enough already. Just go back to your dorm room, please!”

 

Well, I did try to do a good job. Really, I did, but I don’t think I’ll ever put on my resume that I can use a floor polisher:)


Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

 

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog


The Case of Broken Links has been solved!

Posted on 29 August, 2016 at 16:30 Comments comments (0)



This is Sherlock Holmes. I have solved the Case of Broken Links for You Can Hope Again Counselling. That devilish and cunning villain, Professor Moriarty, is the culprit, as I had suspected. There was a hidden problem he created that Vista Print had to correct. The problem with their contact form has also been fixed.


When you get a few minutes in your busy schedule, Kevin, Karen and their partner, Dr. Teddy, would be most grateful if you shared their website link with those you feel led to.


Well, I must go on to my next case. There is a perpet.rator on facebook who is masquerading as me. There is only and always shall be one Sherlock Holmes.

http://www.youcanhopeagaincounselling.com/

Dr. Teddy goes wherever he is needed

Posted on 27 August, 2016 at 9:20 Comments comments (0)




Good morning! I'm Dr. Teddy. I'm a partner with Kevin & Karen Osborne in their counselling practice. I'm a bear counsellor. Watch for me appearing anywhere at any time. You'll see me in libraries, businesses, schools, churches and at any place I'm needed. Check out their web site and let others know about us. Well, I have to go now. I have to get ready for my first appearance at the Black River- Matheson Library in northern Ontario, near Timmins, today. I'll be popping in around 1:00 p.m. for a surprise visit.

We offer phone counselling to anyone throughout the world or in our office at 445 Sixth Avenue West, Matheson, Ontario, Canada ( about an hour's drive from Timmins).


If you would like Dr. Teddy and us to appear at your business, organization, church or event, please feel free to call us at (705)316-0725 or send and email to [email protected] or [email protected]


Have a beary great weekend!

 

Kevin, Karen and Dr. Teddy


Dr. Teddy is a hand puppet Kevin and Karen use in telling children's stories, speading the gospel, advocating for others and helping people in their inner healing.