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All The Last Shall Be First

There will be a new president-elect tomorrow on November 8th 2016. The level of hatred, division, personal, professional and political attacks we have leveled at one another has been almost unprecedented in American history. It’s trickled over into Canadian politics, especially here in Alberta where one woman — the premier — is the target of…

Hurt People Hurt People

Hurt people hurt people, as the saying goes. A wounded person lashes out, does damage, causes harm; casualties are likewise wounded, and cycles begin. Seeds of oppression and violence are sown. What if we framed our lenses to see our aggressors as hurt people? Here is Ann Vriend’s song “Hurt People Hurt People”. Talented musical…

Song of Life

It’s another day of hitting the ground running. Making connections, contacts, finding space for a huge shipment of food, hearing horror stories, & making backup plan after backup plan. Lac La Biche has been amazing. During one of the worst crises Alberta has ever seen, the County has facilitated a tremendous relief effort. And who…

Chant

Chants are powerful. Used in almost all cultures throughout the world and history, they are deep and abiding musical forms that connect us mind, body and soul. Repeating a phrase over and over again creates a form of prayer that connects the singer or musician with the deepest places cries of who we are. Repetition…