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Ecology, Community & Economy

Each individual citizen can play a role as “ordinary hero,” in transforming society for the benefit of future generations.    However, optimism without realism is delusional.... 



Irrational Optimism Practiced Here

My son suffers from a mental illness. There – I’ve said it, and publicly, too. For the longest time I couldn’t do that, and even now, I sometimes hesitate, wondering what kind... 



Sequence of Silence and Sound:

“Gold and shadow is the music of Dane Letourneau and friends…it is also an arbutus in the blazing glory of the afternoon, the contrast of pavement and path…. Sun melting... 



The Pursuit of Happiness; Fact or Fiction?

No matter how we pursue it or define it, there is one thing we all have in common: the pursuit of happiness. Some temporarily find it in wealth, others in love, and others in chocolate,... 



Why Are You Here?

Why are you here on this Earth? Why do you matter? These questions have been around forever.    Think back to when you were a child and heard your teachers, parents and other elders... 



Letting Go to Lighten Up

What is it about a birthday, especially specific birthdays? In this case, I am referring to the ones with a zero at the end. 20, 30, 40, 50; all milestones along the journey, somehow... 



Involve Your Kids

I was five years old when Dad (who originally came from a market gardening family in Pennsylvania) decided to make a market garden out of a patch of diamond willow on the Blindman... 



Changing What You Look For

The conscious mind for most humans is often running a continuous program of negative expectation, expecting and anticipating undesired outcomes in the daily experiences of human life.... 



Patterns of Consciousness

habit (hab’it), n. a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. unconscious (un kon’shus), adj. not perceived at the level of... 



Contemplating Wal-Mart

I thought a bit about Wal-Mart’s Chinese imports. I have really strong feelings about the importance not only of local commerce but also of maintaining our production capacity within... 



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