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Blessed With Less

Blessed With Less Live Simply In Mindfulness And Gratitude Voluntary simplicity is a way of life that puts personal, inner growth ahead of material, outer growth. Also known as simple... 



Guiding Children for Change

Consider for a moment that all of our global challenges and social problems could be remedied in a single generation. As simplistic as that sounds, developmental theory supports it:... 



Ways & Means of Bullying

Mandala Artwork by Nicole Shaw Bullying is a form of abuse. It involves repeated acts over time attempting to create or enforce one person’s (or group’s) power over another person... 



Embracing Vulnerability

One morning, not too long ago, I woke up quite bedraggled: tired, listless, unwilling to start the day. As my first commitments were not until the afternoon, I sank into the lethargy,... 



Our Update on Lantzville ‘Urban’ Agriculture

As a brief background, Dirk and I received our first letter from the RDN/District of Lantzville in September of 2010 telling us to “remove all piles of soil from our property”.... 



Lantzville Temporary Use Poetry

The best time to plant a fruit tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now. Temporary land use permits do not honour the heritage orchards that have fed communites for generations. Somehow... 



The Truth About the Flower Industry

When I started thinking about writing an article examining the floral industry, I never imagined that I would learn so much. After I read about all the problems within this industry,... 



The Grass Is Always Greener

When I moved into my house four years ago the lawn was impeccable. Each blade of grass tended: golf green rich and lush. There was not one intertwined weed, front or back. It was “home... 



Food: Prepare For Higher Food Prices  

The price of food is rising. Inflationary food prices have occurred in more than 60 countries over the past two years, and in many countries, people have taken to the streets to protest. Extreme... 



Dealing With Difficult People

An organization I have been working with for almost 10 years recently offered me another chance to look at difficult relationships. During this process, I found myself bristling every... 



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