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Polo in Iran

Polo in Iran

Aug 1, 2014

Breaking barriers, building diplomacy by Gery and Suzanne Warner • When the doorbell rang at our California winter home, it was George Dill, telling me in his trademark, gruff voice, “Gery, I’ve got some Iranian visitors here. I want ‘em to meet you.” I was delighted at this unexpected visit. It would allow me to practise my long neglected Parsee on...

The art & world of tap

The art & world of tap

Aug 1, 2014

Vancouver is front and centre by Bruce Mason • For seven decades, hundreds of thousands of people have danced on a thousand square feet of sprung maple at 2775 East Hastings Street. In a city that has gutted its cultural heritage, small venues and rehearsal spaces, the ongoing story of the local tap dance community is world-class classy. The bottom line and...

Blisters and bonhomie

Blisters and bonhomie

Aug 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Next month it will be 20 years since I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the medieval pilgrim trail that traverses the North of Spain. So it was something of a nostalgia trip watching Lydia B. Smith’s Walking the Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (Vancity 1-7, 16th and 23rd), a documentary that captures the...

Take your body back!

Take your body back!

Aug 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Health is a relationship between you and your body. – Terri Guillemets In earlier times, before hospitals and doctors, people figured out how to heal themselves. From aboriginal healing practices to Chinese medicine, there was always something in nature to treat an ailment that presented itself. People had confidence...

STAR WISE: August 2014

STAR WISE: August 2014

Aug 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces August starts off with a bang as the fiery brothers Mars and Jupiter square off. This planetary influence is in effect for the first 10 days of the month and we won’t be in the mood to take any guff so things could get rough. Mars...

Joan Baez

Joan Baez

Jul 1, 2014

Artist, activist, catalyst by Bruce Mason • To hear the gentle, but energetic, “Hi, this is Joan Baez” over the phone is to be jarred into the moment. “Sorry I’m late. I’m at home in California working on a painting,” she laughs, pausing, beginning our allotted 15 minutes, which stretches joyfully and generously until the conversation is...

The off-key song of creation

The off-key song of creation

Jul 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • In a scene from the 1999 film, The Matrix, a mysterious figure in shades confronts the main character, Neo. “You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad,” Morpheus quietly says to Neo. Anyone who’s gone...

After infidelity

After infidelity

Jul 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Only those who trust can find love and happiness.  And only those who love, can be betrayed. – Unknown When you find out a partner has cheated, it can be devastating. So many emotions immediately arise: shock, disbelief, anger, hurt, sadness and anxiety about the future. Perhaps you have been cheating and your...

The new consciousness

The new consciousness

Jul 1, 2014

A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the JULY 2014 print edition...

STAR WISE: July 2014

STAR WISE: July 2014

Jul 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces If you notice you’re growing a little extra hair on the back of your hands and that you’re walking on the balls of your feet, don’t worry; it’s just the full Moon effect on July 12. We’re under the Moon’s spell at all...