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Backyard Chickens

I am obsessed with chickens of late. I find myself setting the alarm a half-hour earlier to sit with my chickens for a morning cup of coffee. It is a delight to watch them run around... 



Relax And Reduce Stress With Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Research suggests that up to 90% cent of all medical conditions are stress-related, which would easily rank stress as the world’s #1 killer. With mounting evidence backing up this... 



Disengagement is Fundamental to Engagement

Years as ago, I worked as a professor in the psychology department of a Canadian University. The morale was poor amongst the faculty. Except for the actual teaching, I didn’t feel... 



Ramblings of an Old Flower Child: Conscious Engagement

What’s important to you? How are you spending your precious time? When did you come up with a plan for your life? Who are you becoming? In the face of the mounting forces (like the... 



Mr. Coleman’s Bad Idea To Export More Gas

A fossil fuel corporate giant, Petronas, plans to build new natural gas (LNG) terminals on BC’s west coast. And sure enough, our new Minister of Energy and Mines, Rich Coleman, was... 



50 Shades of Green: Responsible Investing

As consumers, we have significant power in creating sustainable change in the way we use our money. The most common way is by the choices we make during our regular purchases like food,... 



Compassion Farm Update: July 2013

After almost three years of standing our ground, with the majority of the community of Lantzville backing us, for the right to grow food (including for sale), we have decided to sell... 



Colliery Dams – Democracy?

Frequently I hear that politicians are trusted about as much as used car salespeople. Politics can be so dirty! Yes, democracy is a messy business—especially when it’s actually... 



It’s All Fun and Games

The customer waves me over. Sizing me up he says: you’re new here, aren’t you? No, I say, almost a year. Hmmm, don’t know ya, but that’s okay, got something to tell ya. My name’s... 



Changing Vocabulary To Avoid Judgment

Make a good first impression. Like a mantra, this thought gets chiselled into our minds from a young age. So when we don’t land the job, don’t seal the deal or don’t get the date,... 



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