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Give the Gift of Rhubarb

Why wait for Spring? This is a great time to give someone special, some special Rhubarb! Do you know a young Menno with whom you’d like to share the literature we’ve anthologized in 2017? Our last 3 issues are like amazing time capsules of the fine writing that has come from good folks of Mennonite […]

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Gender, inclusivity, and god

this is a letter from Elenore Wieler: Last summer at a Mennonite conference, it was decided ( sorry about passive voice, but I don’t know who decided), that The Mennonite Church should be more accepting of LGBTQ community. I believe one of our ministers said that ‘at least’ we needed to begin discussing our position […]

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Dear Rhubarbarians –

Re: Dis/Ability Issue This issue held particular interest for me as I have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It has been an interesting journey, not only how I am coping with the life-altering news, but how those around now relate to me in a completely different manner than only six months ago. I was […]

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Never Trump is Today

It’s hard to string coherent thoughts together as I await what seems inevitable. President Trump. As I watch the electoral votes for Trump climb higher and higher I can’t say I’m shocked. I would be lying if I said I thought it was impossible for him to win. I hoped. I mailed in my overseas […]

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The Evolution of the Mennonite Vote: From Louis Riel to Vic Toews

Outside his home riding, former Conservative MP Vic Toews was considered controversial and divisive. In his constituency of Provencher, however, he was bafflingly popular all the way up until his retirement from politics in 2013. For a time during the Bill C-30 debacle, Toews was seen as such a nemesis to privacy and freedom that […]

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The Borders of Identity: Donald Trump, Nationalism and Mennonites on the U.S-Mexico Border

In the last year leading up to the presidential election in the United States, Donald Trump’s incendiary statements naming Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, rapists and murderers together with his non-stop rants about building a border wall that Mexico will pay for, have created significant backlash in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico.

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I AM A GHOUL

My doctor says that I have HEMOCHROMATOSIS !  I do not quite believe him. Even though I respect him for his credentials, fellowships, reputation and gentle care, I think that he is wrong – at least in my case. And before you play the “armchair” psychologist on me and tell me that I am in […]

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Al Reimer, May 30, 1927 – December 22, 2015

Al Reimer grew up in the Steinbach of the 1930s and 40s, a town of industrious folk, mistrustful of books that were not the Bible or expanded evangelistic tracts . . . but as a young boy he swiftly became lost in words, in fictions. For these he had to go no further than his […]

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Never Too Young

It was a sad shock to hear of Wes Funk’s death. It was a surprise, a few weeks later, to see Di Brandt had chosen a poem he’d submitted for publication in the next issue of Rhubarb Magazine — The Gender Issue. Shocking, too, was the subject of the poem, about the “poet’s” aging and […]

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Walking It Off on the Appalachian Trail

When my husband and I began making preparations to hike two thousand one hundred and eighty-nine miles from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, the most common question we encountered was “Why?” We heard this question every day from the time we announced we would be hiking until the day we left. People’s sentiments […]

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Mennonites – People of the Plains

On a recent visit to Netherlands we rented a car and drove to the province of Friesland, land of my forefathers. Specific Dutch locations linked to family ancestry have long been lost in the mists of time, notwithstanding my father’s considerable research. After five centuries, three intervening countries, and several refugee crises, it is understandable that maintaining […]

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Grandma Says Grace

My pedestal is hitched in history. What I remember is a personal, historical memory.  Words change, images contort and visceral etchings contain them, conform them to a specific, actual, descriptive point. Clouded, here I am alone, wandering at the point.

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