Crossing a Threshold, Book Excerpt

There was nothing in the air, nothing on my mind or in my heart that morning, that gave me even the slightest impression my life was about to change forever. It was a mid-spring day, May 14th, 1987, and, not having to work until the afternoon, I went for a walk to Main Street, Canmore,  Read more

December 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Go to the Edge!”

“Go to the edge,” I pushed them,  “that’s where the growth is.  It’s at the edge where we meet ourselves and our brothers.” Steve, in his late 60′s and still possessing a full head of hair, opened up first talking about his struggles at work with a manager with whom he was completely at odds.  Read more

November 24, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Falling in Love is Easy

On a hot summer evening in Banff, Alberta, a man can fall in love twice walking Banff Avenue between Wolf and Buffalo Streets – three times on a Sunday. A woman’s beauty, her curves, sparkling eyes, the flash of a sudden smile, can be for a man like a shooting star streaking across the night  Read more

September 30, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor


“Who Are You?”

In my Zen days in Canmore, Alberta, my teacher Sifu Dr. Kim would look at me sternly, crunching his eyebrows, and say, “Do Chun (my Zen name), you have a big ox.  You must find your ox!”   And I would look back at him earnestly and with all seriousness, nodding my head in the  Read more

August 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Offer It Up”

It was one particularly cold and dreary March day in 1971, (as only a March day can be in London, Ontario), complete with dirty melting snow banks, dead grass, and puddles.   Large matted snow flakes fell slowly to the ground, dissolving on contact, betraying a lack of enthusiasm for the winter that was passing.  Read more

April 5, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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My Father’s Son

Behind the wheel of my green Ford 500, I closed my eyes, and took a deep breath.   It is a warm mid-spring evening, the setting sun has painted the clouds in soothing orange and mauve against a soft blue sky. Excitement, like sparks of static electricity, lingers in my heart, but more deeply, rising  Read more

January 28, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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The Pruning

Author’s note: this piece of writing is not intended as some mystical revelation of God speaking to me.  It is merely an expression of my imagination.  What I ascribe to God below is what I imagine he is saying to my heart in my heart, but I do not pretend that God is saying this  Read more

January 12, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Alberta Floods: We Are Not In Control

Normally, the soft, baby-like, pitter patter of rain eases me into sleep, this night, however, it’s tippity-tapping through the dark hours spells a growing gloom in my heart; the already swollen Bow River rises silently outside my apartment building. By morning, yellow police tape has been strung across the water logged parking lot.  Beyond it,  Read more

June 26, 2013 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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A Boy’s Happiest Memory

It was Saturday afternoon, October 17, 1971.  I was 10 years old, just a skinny, freckle-faced Irish looking kid (red hair and all), sitting at the kitchen table of our London, Ontario home.  Mom was there, preparing something for dinner when my father came in carrying my jacket.  ”Come on Pat, we’re going for a  Read more

May 27, 2013 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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When a Man and Woman Say Yes

It is a warm late-summer afternoon in London, Ontario.  60 people gather in a small chapel at Brescia College on the campus of the University of Western Ontario to celebrate a Mass in honour of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Dennis and Margaret O’Connor, my parents. My Uncle Gerald, a Basilian Roman Catholic Priest, presides  Read more

May 10, 2013 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor


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