Spirit

Anger vs. understanding

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mahatma Gandhi Anger is a biological response designed to help us protect ourselves in…

Red poppy white poppy

12 reasons I prefer the non-traditional variety by Geoff Olson • Like most people, I have worn a red poppy before and on Remembrance Day, almost as a seasonal reflex….

“Our Alice”

the Nobel, explosion and aftermath by Bruce Mason • Despite all you have heard and read, Alice Munro didn’t actually win the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. She earned it….

A casualty of peace

READ IT JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass (Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2010) reviewed by Ralph Maud…

Jake’s Gift

The new ‘urgency’ of Remembrance by Bruce Mason • Hopefully, as you read this, you will pause at some point to remember those who helped make the freedom to read,…

Fan-funded films

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Retiring VIFF artistic director Alan Franey said he was amazed only four 35-mm films screened at this past fest. Two years ago, he…

Being true to life

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…

Turn on to turnips

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • I used to I turn my nose up at turnips before I began growing them myself, after which my opinion of this…