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THIRTY SOMETHING by Ishi Dinim I’M HAVING trouble these days; sure, life is great here in paradise, yet I’m struggling with what to do next. Things are so marvelous just the way they are, but I know they are changing. I need to carefully figure out my next moves. As spring approaches, my activity level needs to intensify to use this new time for...

Big media bad for journalism

Big media bad for journalism

Mar 26, 2009

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson IN THE QUARTER ending November 30, 2008, media giant Canwest reported a $33M loss with an overwhelming $3.7 billion debt. (See links at end of article.) In the past 12 months, Canwest has also cut more than 1,000 jobs and is scaling back local operations. It is also considering shutting down some stations...

Veggies for vitality

Veggies for vitality

Mar 26, 2009

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina AT LAST we can celebrate spring and spend more time in BC’s beautiful outdoors. Here are some simple and/or collaborative meals to make when you return home. These and similar ideas are from Raising Vegetarian Children (J. Stepaniak and V. Melina, McGraw-Hill 2003).  1. Create a spread of make-your-own tacos. Set out taco...

Fate of the world’s seeds

Fate of the world’s seeds

Mar 26, 2009

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot IN THESE uncertain times, with global food security under threat from climate change, do you ever wonder who is in control of the world’s food seeds? While it isn’t reassuring news, it’s not surprising that the world’s largest agrochemical manufacturers are the seed industry giants. With people all...

From suffering to peace

From suffering to peace

Mar 26, 2009

THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle I READ about a stoic philosopher in ancient Greece who, when told that his son had died in an accident, replied, “I knew he was not immortal.” Is that surrender? If it is, I don’t want it. There are some situations in which surrender seems unnatural and inhuman. Being cut off from your feelings is not...

Cultural exchange

Cultural exchange

Mar 25, 2009

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead The Necessities of Life (Ce Qu’il Faut Pour Vivre) is a fish-out-of-water drama about an Inuit hunter forced by illness to move into a Quebec City sanatorium during the tuberculosis epidemic of the 1950s. Separated from his family and culture for the first time, in an alien place where he cannot speak or...

A time of wonders

A time of wonders

Mar 25, 2009

EARTHFUTURE by Guy Dauncey THIS IS a time of wonders. That statement may seem totally counter-intuitive and blind to the enormous troubles ahead, but I can’t ignore the perpetual voice that sings within me of the incredible possibilities at our fingertips. If I look one way, I can see that we are racing towards the greatest ecological meltdown since the...

Google maps the oceans

Google maps the oceans

Mar 25, 2009

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola WE HUMANS are air-breathing landlubbers and that shapes the way we see and treat the world. We don’t think much about what’s underwater or underground. So we’ve been dumping garbage into the oceans and taking what we want from them for years without considering the consequences. We’ve...

How the mind works

by Paramahamsa Nithyananda IN LIFE, we constantly create either shafts of pain or joy. Once you create a shaft of pain, you try to break it. In the same way, if you create a shaft of joy, you try to elongate it. But you don’t understand that you can neither elongate the joy shaft nor break the pain shaft – simply because the shaft itself...

Forgive for good

Forgive for good

Mar 25, 2009

A proven presciption for health and happiness by Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. I AM A SENIOR consultant for the Vaden Health Center at Stanford University where I teach people ways to manage their stress and to live lives of greater satisfaction. I do this to reduce their risk of disease and to help their bodies and minds remain strong and resilient. A funny thing...

Back room drug deals

Back room drug deals

Mar 25, 2009

  DRUG BUST Alan Cassels “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society and we are, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. ” – John F. Kennedy ARE YOU familiar with the line, “If you’ve nothing to hide, you have nothing to...

Bernie, Buddha, and belief systems

Bernie, Buddha, and belief systems

Mar 25, 2009

Everything I need to know about non-attachment, I learned from Wall Street by Geoff Olson I ONCE READ a short story, whose author eludes both my memory and Google’s, in which the narrator discovers his alarmed mother at home, floating up around the ceiling. The poor woman has stopped believing in gravity, with lighter-than-air results. Alexandra...