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Almost out of hibernation

Share THIRTY SOMETHING by Ishi Dinim AT THE TIME of writing, I’ve spent the last five days nursing a mean flu. Probably lost about 10 pounds and who knows how many hours of sleep? It’s funny how humbling life can be. I was scared to touch my family for fear of infecting them. Lately, I’ve been having these wonderful staring contests with my...

Social media, social change

Social media, social change

May 25, 2009

ShareINDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson SOCIAL MEDIA tools like Facebook and Twitter are all the rage these days. We often hear about the incredible potential of social media or, conversely, their lack of relevance, compared to traditional media. But what exactly are social media? Social media are the web-based tools, applications, spaces and practices that...

Exploring food and nutrition

Exploring food and nutrition

May 25, 2009

ShareNUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina WHILE WE can certainly find some pretty absurd stuff on the Internet, I marvel at the ease with which we can now find facts that, in past decades, would have taken months of searching. The following websites are rich in information: For accurate information about vitamins and minerals, visit the Linus Pauling Institute’s...

Get a good head start

Get a good head start

May 25, 2009

ShareON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot BY NOW, most gardeners will have acquired their seeds for this year’s garden. You can keep better track of seeds by filing them  Super Duper Compost Build a pile four-feet high and four-feet in diameter, alternating the following in six-inch layers: leaves, weeds (no seeds), herbaceous prunings, manure...

Infinite possibility

Infinite possibility

May 25, 2009

ShareTHE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle What about all those people who, it seems, actually want to suffer? I have a friend whose partner is physically abusive toward her and her previous relationship was of a similar kind. Why does she choose such men and why is she refusing to get out of that situation now? Why do so many people actually choose pain? I...

Fixing the inner hard drive

Fixing the inner hard drive

May 25, 2009

ShareUNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. – G. K. Chesterton AS WE move along our evolutionary path and strive to attain higher levels of consciousness, we can learn a lot. We may read, listen to enlightened speakers, meditate and even enter therapy. We...

Soul force at work

Soul force at work

May 25, 2009

ShareFILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead IN THE 2004 feature documentary Scared Sacred(www.nfb.ca/film/scared_sacred), activist filmmaker Velcrow Ripper went to what he called the “ground zeroes” of the planet – post 9/11 New York, Bhopal, Hiroshima – in search of hope in humanity’s darkest hours. With his latest feature...

Let’s get it together

Let’s get it together

May 25, 2009

ShareSCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki with Faisal Moola THE NORTH Coast of BC is one of my favourite places. If you visit this spectacular and ecologically diverse region, you’ll see mountains, forests, oceans, sea lions, puffins and whales. If you are fortunate enough to dive into the ocean, you’ll see salmon, herring, rockfish, sea anemones, giant...

Your turn to be the change

Shareby Maureen Jack-LaCroix “YOU MUST be the change you want to see in the world.” This profoundly grounded and compelling call to action by Mahatma Gandhi is the founding principle of the social change program developed by Be the Change Earth Alliance, and it reveals more to me every time I consider it. Along with the mandate of taking personal...

Growing Citizens – can gardening change the world?

ShareFertile ground makes good things grow by Joanna Ashworth Free Talk  Gardening as a Catalyst  for Civic Engagement  Wed., May 6, 6:30-8:30pm, Simon Fraser University, Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings. Seating limited. Pre-registration required atwww.sfu.ca/dialogue/ study+practice/workshop.html More info:...

How Rome got it wrong – A failed empire offers lessons for modern times

How Rome got it wrong – A failed empire offers lessons for modern times

May 25, 2009

Shareby Geoff Olson There will never be an end to the power of Rome. – Court poet Claudian, shortly before  the imperial city’s sack by the Visigoths. THE CITY of Rome is known today for its magnificent ruins: the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon – and Marcello Mastroianni. It remains the most iconic example of civilization gone...

Spies, lies & whistleblowers

Spies, lies & whistleblowers

May 25, 2009

Share  by Annie Machon Annie Machon on tour Vancouver: Friday, May 22, 7pm Vancouver Public Library, Alice Mackay Rm.,  350 West Georgia St. Tickets: $15 available through  www.vancouver911truth.org Victoria:  Sunday, May 24, 7pm Alix Goolden Performance...

It’s time to burst the Ponziceutical bubble

Share  DRUG BUST Alan Cassels It is time the nation woke up and realized that it’s not the armed robbers or drug dealers who cause the most economic harm; it’s the white collar criminals living in the most expensive homes who have the most impressive resumés who harm us the most.  – Harry Markopolos AN OLD SAW in investing...