Spirit


A shot of Tao

The unheralded virtues of absence by Geoff Olson • It was a warm summer night on Salt Spring Island. The wine flowed freely as wasps flew reconnaissance missions over dessert…

Get uke-in’

The ukulele’s back MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • I first encountered it as a tricky word in a childhood spelling bee and was recently embarrassed when told I wasn’t…

Dreams of fame and glory

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Few sporting heroes have had as precipitous a fall from grace as Lance Armstrong. He’d beaten cancer and gone on to win seven…

The meaning of success

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…

Gluten-free celebration

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • With 1% of the population having celiac disease, 0.1% having a true wheat allergy and an estimated 0.5 to 30% – depending on…