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Ecotopias and Big Dreaming


 by Susan McCaslin This posting originally appeared on the Cascadia Poetry Festival’s website. “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon from “Imagine” The Cascadia Poetry Festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia (April 30-May 3, 2015) […]

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Autho, Susan McCaslin

What’s So Scary about Words Like “Religion,” “Spirituality” and “Mysticism”?


 by Susan McCaslin This posting originally appeared on the blog of Inanna Publications at http://www.inanna.ca. The word “religion” can generate more hostility than the other words embedded in the title of this piece, and perhaps rightly so. People mistrustful of religion examine history and notice how many of the major religions have been and continue […]

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Mansion in black and white

Modesty – Fashion and a Way of Living


by Patty Berube I’ve been contemplating for a while about modesty. A lot of people think about modesty in terms of fashion. I really don’t like some of the current fashion where t-shirts and dresses aren’t in style unless you can see cleavage. But then again I wore mini-skirts and hot pants (oops, my age […]

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Generous giving at food bank

Generosity – More than Sending Money


by Patty Berube I recently saw a very good commercial from a Thai insurance company entitled “Unsung Hero.” It features a man who, every day, helps a cart vendor move her cart over a curb, hangs a bunch of bananas on an elderly lady’s doorknob, moves a dried out plant under a stream of water […]

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Faith Foreword


By Michael Schwartzentruber Question: When is a church school not like an iPhone? The question reminds me of one of those “surrealist” jokes I used to tell when I was about 12 years old. (Oh come on, don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about… Okay, maybe you don’t, but there was a time […]

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Becoming Conscious


By Michael Schwartzentruber It’s a bit of a shock when you first walk in. An entire church, most incredibly the sanctuary, done completely in an Egyptian motif, from floor to ceiling, to stained glass, to pulpit and table. One can’t help but wonder what was going through the heads of the church planners who designed, […]

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A New Story is Evolving


by Don Murray “The moving finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on.” Though penned over 150 years ago, these words from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam could be the theme for the fast-moving, radically changing age in which we live. As religions lose their hold on the contemporary psyche, a New Story is evolving. It […]

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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 We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! TECHNOLOGY Could this glow-in-the-dark road coating replace streetlights? Good news for the three of you cities enthusiasts who are also ravers! A British company has created a spray-on street coating that soaks up UV rays during 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! 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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