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Vibes: Reflections on light and darkness

Vibes: Reflections on light and darkness

Apr 1, 2014

Part 1: The sword of light by Geoff Olson • Sunset was nearing as my partner and I relaxed against a log on Ambleside Beach on an unseasonably warm afternoon in late winter. The oblique rays from the sun cast the Lions Gate Bridge in sharp relief against the Smurf-blue skies, making the structure look both more substantial and dreamlike at the same time. Our...

The same, but different

The same, but different

Apr 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The truth will out. The surprise in romantic drama The Face of Love (due out on the 18th) is that it takes so long to arrive. Annette Bening plays Nikki, a designer still grieving the loss of her husband Garrett (Ed Harris) five years earlier. One day, she spots a dead ringer for Garrett and tracks the stranger down...

Conflict in relationships

Conflict in relationships

Apr 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Conflict cannot survive without your participation. – Wayne Dyer There is a dynamic that can happen in couples’ relationships that is often unconscious and destructive. I observe it frequently in my practice. It happens when one or both individuals are reacting from a place of unhealed wounds or unfulfilled needs of...

A brief history of your life

A brief history of your life

Apr 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 APRIL 2014 print edition...

STAR WISE: April 2014

STAR WISE: April 2014

Apr 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces Intense times are on-board at home and afar. A cardinal Grand Cross is taking shape and will be in effect throughout the last half of April, all of May and the first half of June. Even then, the planets stay red hot and will not cool...

Goosebumps & memories

Goosebumps & memories

Apr 1, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir MUSIC RISING Bruce Mason • When the Soweto Gospel Choir received its first Grammy in 2007, it took the coveted award home to South Africa and its biggest fan: Nelson Mandela. The highly acclaimed 52-member group performed at many of his family’s functions, including his granddaughter’s wedding and his memorial service late last...

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Mar 1, 2014

“live” and living on by Bruce Mason • a hammer of justice a cry for freedom a song about love I had the great pleasure of experiencing many Pete Seeger concerts: lung-fully singing along with little crowds of folks or thousands of joyful, hand-clapping fans; sitting in plush QE and Orpheum theatre seats; sheltered under trees in Stanley Park; standing...

A post-Fukushima masterpiece

A post-Fukushima masterpiece

Mar 1, 2014

READ IT by Bruce Mason • “On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown drew a line that divided time,” says writer, filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest and Common Ground reader Ruth Ozeki, who divides her time between New York City and Cortes Island. “In BC, we look west across a big ocean in a post-Fukushima world,” she adds....

Peter Seeger the activist

Peter Seeger the activist

Mar 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from Where Have All the Flowers Gone? to Sailing Down My Golden River. From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union...

It’s eerie in Finsterworld

It’s eerie in Finsterworld

Mar 1, 2014

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (www.womeninfilm.ca) takes place at Vancity Theatre from March 6-9. The fest opens with BC director Karen Lam’s supernatural thriller Evangeline, a genre that organisers say is under-represented by women directors. It also includes the intriguing drama...