Blessed are the geeks

Just back from a week’s holiday in Nova Scotia. Ate lobster daily, unlike the Globe and Mail’s Ian Brown who spent the summer writing about food across Canada, came to Nova Scotia, and declared he would eat no lobster.

We managed to miss not only Hurricane Earl but also the blessing of the BlackBerrys by Rev. Lisa Vaughan of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Hatchet Lake. “I think they traditionally used to call it Plough Monday, where people used to bring their farming equipment and tools to the church to be blessed,” she told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. “Most of us live with our cellphones and laptops and BlackBerrys. I mean, those are just daily tools for us.”

Vaughan says she read about a church in England extending the blessings to modern day devices, so thought she’d try it in her parish. The aforementioned Globe and Mail must have read the story in the Herald; the Upper Canadian paper ran a matcher the following day. Too bad they didn’t have the professional courtesy to say where their idea came from.

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