From scarcity to abundance

by Geoff Olson Many of us consider philosophy to be a specialized field of study, with little real-world application. Yet we’re all philosophers of one … Read more

The gift of sight

by Heather Wardle   In a small corner of a district hospital in Tibet, 12-year-old Datso sat crying. She was blind from bilateral cataracts, the … Read more

Believe it or not

WRITING ON THE WALL by Joseph Roberts Welcome to the December issue of Common Ground. In this last month of 2008, we look to 2009 with … Read more


THIRTY SOMETHING by Ishi Dinim Life as I know it will never be the same. My heart has been broken open and filled up with … Read more

Raw revolution

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina The raw foods movement is making headlines. Why? Reasons include awareness about the environmental impacts of our food choices, interest in … Read more

Weed wisdom

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot A weed is a wild herb springing  where it is not wanted.  – Concise Oxford Dictionary Weed seeds … Read more

Positive change

THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle If you find your life situation unsatisfactory or even intolerable, it is only by surrendering €rst that you can … Read more

Dare to be you

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young “This above all: to thine own self be true and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not … Read more

Break out and break ins

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead There was not a preview of the teenage rites-of-passage comedy Growing Op before we went to press, but the film should … Read more