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Volume 17 Issue 5
January/February 2012

The Occupy Movement: Right on Time!

Sweet Choices

Environmentally-conscious Youth Group Makes Garlic Self-Sufficiency Their Goal

Help for Your Children’s Vision

Trust Your Path

Restorative Justice Using Peacemaking Circles

Engaging the Sound of Forever

Editorial

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Volume 17 Issue 5 —January/February 2012

The current issueThe Occupy Movement: Right on Time!
by Patti Gera

In December, 2010, our world began to rumble with an energy unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. In Egypt, at the beginning of what would become known as the Arab Spring, people began to peacefully assemble. They stood in their collective power and demanded better circumstances. The Arab Spring was followed by the Indian Summer; and then on September 17th—in the heart of our global malaise—the American Fall, when Occupy Wall Street emerged. By October 15th encampments had sprung up all over the US, Canada, and the world. In just ten months, we the people had achieved a worldwide presence. The overall message? We are alive, and our high-limit switch for social and environmental injustice has been reached.

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Sweet Choices
by Sandra Brandt

Virtually all nutritionists, both conventional and alternative, seem to agree that the quantity, and perhaps also quality, of the sugar we consume represents a dietary health issue. Sugar molecules are present in all plants. Some plant materials, such as sugar cane, sugar beets, maple tree sap, fruit, and some grains, have such significant amounts of naturally occurring sugar that sophisticated methods have been developed to separate and process the sugar from the rest of the plant for use in sweetening other foods. The one exception to mechanical processing is honey, in which the plant nectar has already been processed by an insect, the honeybee.

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Environmentally-conscious Youth Group Makes Garlic Self-Sufficiency Their Goal
by Carol Marriott

Do you have a little bit of land, a garden plot, a small yard, a patio, or access to a community garden? Would you like to join an enthusiastic group of young people making a difference? Then, how about becoming a garlic farmer for the Saskatoon Garlic Self-Sufficiency Project? Or, maybe you would just like to purchase some delicious locally-grown, chemical-free, fresh garlic!

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Help for Your Children’s Vision
by Elizabeth Abraham

In her book Do You Really Need Eyeglasses?, Marilyn Rosanes-Berrett says: “One of the most wonderful things about childhood is that change is still relatively easy, even when the child’s vision problems seem fairly severe.” She goes on to say: “In all my work with children, I have found that releasing them from the pressure they feel to achieve – teaching them to relax, comforting them, and accepting them as they are – leads to a happier child who is able to achieve more with much less struggle and pain. This growth is beautiful to see.

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Trust Your Path
by Brenda Cann

It's about hope...
Twenty-two years ago I boarded a plane for Europe and embarked on an unexpected journey. Perhaps it was symbolic that my baggage missed the plane and I arrived in London, England divested of my “things”... just me... standing alone in a foreign landscape. I had just finished my Bachelor of Arts and my plan was to take a year to travel and work in Europe before beginning graduate studies. But there are the plans of the person and the plans of the soul. While there I “contracted” pneumonia and thus began the real travels, an eighteen-year journey through Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

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Restorative Justice Using Peacemaking Circles
by Donald Sutherland, PAg

I attended a five-day seminar on Restorative Justice using peacemaking circles offered at the Canadian Mennonite School of Peace Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in June, 2011. The circle process is powerful, inclusive, and healing. In contrast, our punitive justice system places the barrier of the state between victim and offender. Victims are not heard and seldom heal. Offenders and victims who participate in circles together often experience profound healing and change.

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Engaging the Sound of Forever
by Wendy Hiltz

It was a watershed moment in my life. Someone at a class placed a Tibetan Bowl on the base of my spine and struck it. What occurred in that moment was like an awakening in my whole being. The sound of that bowl vibrated throughout my whole body and echoed back to the beginning of time. There would be no looking back. I’d never even heard of Tibetan bowls, knew nothing of their culture, but what had transpired there in that room was so incredible, so transformational, I had to know more. I started surfing the internet, and reading everything I could find until I discovered a course I could order online. It was a book and CD set by Diane Mandel from Sound Energy Healing at Encinitas, California. And so my path continued.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

I am enjoying the new adventures of living on an acreage. It is a winter wonderland out here with lots of snow and tree branches hanging low with the extra weight on them. The sunsets and sunrises are fabulous as we can see for miles across the Assiniboine valley. The temperatures have been mild which allows for enjoyable walks in the woods and on the trails. The dogs especially love their walks as they dart from smell to smell checking everything out and then marking it. The quiet is what I cherish the most, as it allows me to connect with the nature spirits that soothe my soul and bring me closer to the oneness of all.

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Plus:

Dining with the Stars – Reflections and Takeaways
Moving From Sad to Glad: Feng Shui Tips for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
New Research on How Nitric Oxide Can Reduce Heart Disease and Diabetes
Forgiveness is an Inside Job
In a Generally Selfish, Me-oriented Culture, Does Consistent Kindness Still Make Sense?
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