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When the helpers are in need of help

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When the helpers are in need of help

Do you think – do you suppose it's possible – that we might have become a little full of our selves? It's an interesting expression, one I would say (having been reading a lot of Lemony Snicket with my son lately) that here means being so wrapped up in our own world view and circumstance that there is little or no room for anything else.

Do you think –might it be possible –that we could benefit from the insights and observations of people who are not so consumed by our view of the world as we are?

Canucks Dominated by Ducks, Lose 4-2 on Sunday Night in Vancouver

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Canucks Dominated by Ducks, Lose 4-2 on Sunday Night in Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks had an opportunity to atone for their past few games on Sunday night at Rogers Arena by coming out and burying an underachieving Anaheim Ducks team. Unfortunately, only one team came to play, and the Ducks left Vancouver with a dominant 4-2 victory, a score which flattered the home team. Anaheim left-winger Jason Blake was made to look like an all-star, his two-goal, one assist effort providing more offense than the entire Canuck team could muster on the night. Blake is at best a borderline NHL forward at this stage, and at worse he’s downright horrible.

A New Year for lasting change and happiness

Kerry Turner: The Journey Within

At the heart, all New Years’ resolutions and intentions involve change on some level, to increase strength, to be more balanced, to be happier, to lose weight, to start a new class, to be nicer. So how do you approach change? How does it feel to make changes in your lifestyle, lasting changes?

Where do you spend your mental energy?

Where do you spend your mental energy?

Have you ever felt mentally worn out, burnt out or overwhelmed? When we let our thoughts run around, controlling our emotions and reactions, we can be exhausted just by our own mind. The quick fix is to tune out the thoughts, with different distractions, commonly tv, glass of wine, chat with a friend, adrenaline sports, texting, facebooking, overworking etc. But those pesky thoughts will only be on temporary hold, like hitting the pause button.

COMMENT: What Occupies our time? What Occupies our thoughts?

COMMENT: What Occupies our time? What Occupies our thoughts?

Have you noticed that engagement in community activities is becoming a rare and less frequently observed reality of everyday life? While the demise of voluntary organizations and the advancing average age of the remaining volunteers seems a clear and present reality in almost every walk of life, nowhere does it seem so evident as in our engagement in the body politic. As vital as the decision making processes of government are to every aspect of life and living, modern folk seem unwilling to take the time to even cast a ballot, let alone participate in public discourse.

Video: An Interview with Andre Nutini and Liam Barnes at RYFF

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The Reel Youth Film Festival Tour was in town as part of the RMFF weekend and featured a handful of local talent. Professional filmmaker Andre Nutini ("Life Cycles") gave some motivational words to the young crowd about his short and budding career, while one of the highlights of the festival was Liam Barnes' film "Surge: Year One," as well as a few other local youth films.

ROSSLAND EAGLES: Pay it forward!

ROSSLAND EAGLES: Pay it forward!

The Rossland Auxiliary to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #10 was chartered on July 6, 1946. 

Our purpose is to aid the patriotic and humanitarian plans of the F.O.E.  As stated on the windows of the Rossland Eagles’ building on Columbia Avenue, we are “People Helping People”. 

To this end, our Auxiliary runs a hamburger booth during three annual community events, hosts a Fall and/or Spring Tea, contributes to a Mother’s Day basket each year, as well as, to the West Kootenay Toy Run and the Rossland Firefighters’ Christmas toy collection.

Ecovillages are one solution to the major problems of our time

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Environmentalist David Suzuki: 'There's been a drumbeat of all kinds of weird weather events, and [Canadians] understand that something weird is happening and they really want some action,(CBC) Suzuki said. He pointed to the destruction of B.C. forests by pine beetles surviving warmer winters and the series of freak storms that devastated Vancouver's Stanley Park this winter. Suzuki asked why Canada doesn't reconsider its spending priorities.

GET YOUR FACTS

I am responding to a personal attack on my family written in the election coverage. First of all I think that if one is going to write a letter one should not hide their name. If they are confident enough to write it in the first place what are they hiding???

The art of 'holding space'

The art of 'holding space'

I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop called the Art of Hosting early last week. During our time together some 38 people learned a bit more about holding space in community. About ways of holding space that invite others into speech, participation and connection; creates conditions by which understanding, common purpose and shared desires might find life out of individual passions, capable champions and thoughtful conversations.

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