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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! HEALTH Kraft is making its SpongeBob SquarePants mac & cheese slightly more natural The neon sheen of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese is kind of iconic, but it’s also just as artificial as it looks — the sauce […]

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What Does Compassion Change?


by Robert V. Thompson Several months ago, the school clerk at the McNair School in Decatur, Georgia, was unexpectedly greeted by a gunman who approached her desk.  The first words out of his mouth were, “I don’t have any reason to live and I know I am going to die today.” Antoinette Tuff admits feeling […]

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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! WEATHER Pakistan quake killed hundreds, created island off coast As more becomes known about the strong, , we’re hearing that: — “A small island created in the Arabian Sea by the huge earthquake that hit southwest […]

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Bitumen Summer


by Donna Sinclair When the National Energy Board informed me last May that I was not allowed to write them a letter about Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, I was shocked.  I shouldn’t have been. According to author Andrew Nikiforuk, “Oil hinders democracy.” And the Board’s refusal to allow me to comment on Enbridge’s plan to […]

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Reconfiguring the Enemy


by Susan McCaslin Lately I’ve been learning how to see the “enemy” as a potential friend who might not be so “other” as first assumed. I became involved recently in a local grassroots effort to save an endangered mature rainforest near my home in British Columbia – a 25-acre parcel of land filled with western […]

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Change the World? Change the Conversation!


by Robert V. Thompson Approximately 7,000 people attended the 1993 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago.  In one workshop, the presenter was a Sikh separatist. He argued vehemently against the Hindus, saying that Sikhs should have their own state in India. He became strident, and (not surprisingly) a Hindu fundamentalist in the room reacted angrily. […]

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What We Read This Week


Here’s what caught our eye this week! SPIRITUALITY Becoming More Empathetic We certainly can use more empathy in a world where national polls have shown an increase in narcissism (self-interest) and a decline in concern about the well-being of others…Read Full Article From Spirituality & Practice NEWS ‘Sandy’ Retired from Storm Names; ‘Sara’ Takes Its […]

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Choosing Your Battle


by Donna Sinclair When my friend lowered her teacup and said, off handedly, “Are you coming to the public meeting about a casino?” I sputtered into my own tea. I had heard about the provincial government’s offer of a casino for our city, and I had already made up my mind. I disapproved. But I […]

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The Six Assets of an Activist


by Donna Sinclair A week or so ago, when Natural Resources minister Joe Oliver called environmental activists “radicals,” I seethed. He was talking about me, gardener, bread baker, Nana. I listed for my patient spouse all the ways that I am a true conservative, aiming to preserve the natural heritage Canada enjoys. My spouse nodded […]

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