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Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

Apr 1, 2015

The evolution of a song by Bruce Mason • It’s been 10 years since Buffy Sainte-Marie graced the cover of Common Ground and more than five decades since she wrote Universal Soldier, her international anthem to peace, which is just as vital and timely today. In a 2005 Common Ground interview, publisher Joseph Roberts stated, “Universal Soldier is just as...

Power in the Blood

Power in the Blood

Apr 1, 2015

A conversation with Buffy Sainte-Marie by Bruce Mason • I’m upside down with a mean, 27-hour Australia-Hong Kong-London jet-lag, hoping my band can survive the pace,” reports Buffy Sainte-Marie, who turned 74 in February. She is referring to her whirlwind, globe-trotting tour in advance of the release of her album, Power in the Blood, on May 12. “It’s...

The micro and macro of nutrients

The micro and macro of nutrients

Apr 1, 2015

by Nancy Lin DeGregori   • There are two types of nutrients we need for our survival: micronutrients and macronutrients. This division is based on the quantity of a nutrient the body needs. We need micronutrients in small amounts and macronutrients in large amounts. Claimed by macrobiotic enthusiasts, a careful balance of micronutrients and...

Cathedrals to cartoons

Cathedrals to cartoons

Apr 1, 2015

Art, satire and spirituality in the 21st century • article and photo by Geoff Olson On a six-week trip to Europe back in the eighties, I discovered I was a fiend for cathedrals. Each destination usually involved a trek from train station to cathedral to pub to hostel (not necessarily in that order). It made for a pleasing combination of the sacred and...

Finding your purpose

Finding your purpose

Apr 1, 2015

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion, for your passion will lead you right to your purpose. – Bishop T.D. Jakes My clients sometimes tell me they are struggling to find their purpose in life and wonder what it is they are ‘supposed’ to be doing. It is as though the right answer is hidden...

STAR WISE: April 2015

STAR WISE: April 2015

Apr 1, 2015

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Western tropical astrology is solar based – in whichever of the 12 signs of the zodiac are featured. Eastern Vedic astrology is lunar based and much of it is derived from the Moon’s monthly motion through the 27 lunar mansions,...

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Mar 1, 2015

HeForShe UN campaign to end gender inequality an invitation from UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson • Last fall, British actor Emma Watson launched the United Nations campaign, HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity for the benefit of all. The HeForShe initiative...

Solar Impulse first plane to fly without fuel

Solar Impulse first plane to fly without fuel

Mar 1, 2015

by Bruce Mason • As you read this, one of the greatest adventures in the 21st century, if not in human history, is unfolding: a flight around the world, powered only by the sun. The objective is to attract the world and focus attention on preserving our planet and sustaining and improving our quality of life. It is intended to motivate global society – you...

Spring into year-round food production

Spring into year-round food production

Mar 1, 2015

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • Seed selection: To answer the question, “What shall I grow?” ask yourself what you and your family like to eat most. Plants adapt to cultural conditions so organic seeds grow best for organic gardeners and regional seeds have an edge over seeds grown in other climates because these plants have adapted to local...

Lynne Quarmby

Lynne Quarmby

Mar 1, 2015

One scientist Harper can’t muzzle runs for Parliament by Bruce Mason • “Make It Happen,” the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, is something Lynne Quarmby has long embraced and embodied. To honour her achievements and progress, Common Ground shares some of Lynne’s thoughts following her recent, rapid, high-profile, but highly...