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Honouring Our Mentors


by Susan McCaslin From the moment I heard poet Robin Blaser lecture in my first graduate course at Simon Fraser University in 1969, I was drawn like a moth to the strings of a piano, to borrow a metaphor from his well-loved “The Moth Poem”: The moth in the piano will play on frightened wings […]

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Collaging the Deep Self 2


by Margaret Kyle This is the first card I created using the “Soul Collage” method and it brings me a lot of joy when I look at it. This card reminds me of a time as a child that I sat on a hillside covered with the golden Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers that bloom in the […]

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Collaging the Deep Self


by Margaret Kyle In January 2013, I began a group called “Collaging the Deeper Self,” based on the book Soul Collage Evolving by Seena Frost. http://www.soulcollage.com/ The purpose of the group was to provide a time to create a deck of personal cards, using collage, intuition, and imagination, that would help participants get to know […]

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Arts and Activism


by Susan McCaslin The arts have always been avenues for both contemplation and action. Poetry may be seen as one of the softer art forms, but it can be one of the most powerful. Like the earth itself, poetry arises from the dark ground of being, from unknowing, from mystery. Poets give voice to the […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! SPIRITUALITY My Cold, My Spiritual Teacher It’s that time of year again. The cold and flu season is in full swing. It is amazing that we can put a remote controlled vehicle on Mars and probe the […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! HOLIDAYS 10 DIY Gifts You Can Make in Less Than an Hour The pleasures of giving and receiving handmade gifts are many. The headaches of handmaking handmade gifts are often even more. All too commonly our best-laid […]

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Broooose… The Best Have the Zest


by Bruce Sanguin This posting originally appeared on Bruce Sanguin’s blog IfDarwinPrayed.com. Visit his blog for more postings, webinars, and podcasts on Evolutionary Christianity. Went to my first Bruce Springsteen concert last night. It was closer to a revival service actually. As my friend Sarah put it, “we were baptized by Bruce”.  The Boss strutted […]

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Paint and Politics


by Donna Sinclair Sunday afternoon at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal, my favourite city to visit. I am painting my best approximation of an impressionist landscape. Trees and hills, serious brushwork. My grandson and husband share my table and are ferociously intent on the same task. It is my considered opinion that the […]

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Art and Activism: An Engaged Aesthetics


by Susan McCaslin When I was first invited to write a series of blogs based on my Wood Lake book, Arousing the Spirit, I was reluctant to blog on my own writing. What I had to say is already there in the book, I thought, so what’s the point? Yet reflecting on what I wrote […]

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An open book

Cross-Media Creativity


by Susan McCaslin In Chapter 5 of Arousing the Spirit, “Countering War with Wonder,” I wrote about my favourite mystical poet of all time, William Blake. Blake and I have had a long and fruitful association, and he always keeps me on my toes. Currently I’ve been thinking about how Blake was what you might […]

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