Saturday, 28 December 2013

Love is All You Need full length movie.mp4

A very well done video. For those who have a hard time understanding what it's like to be bullied. For people who cannot seem to rise out of themselves to sympathize with oppressed persons. Please watch all the way through to the end.

Monday, 11 November 2013

FREE Public Screening of: "An Uncommon King"

View the Official Trailer.

Text on poster:

Released in 2012, An Uncommon King is the documentary film about Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, current holder of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and son of the trail blazing Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Filmed over a 17 year period in Tibet, India, China and North America, the film follows the story of this great spiritual teacher from his birth in a refugee camp in India to assuming the leadership of Shambhala, an international community of meditation centres and practitioners. An Uncommon King is a story of enlightened rulership. It invites the viewer to contemplate how the ancient teachings, which recognize our inherent goodness and wisdom, might hold the key to creating a good human society. 

The vivid imagery and the lucid narrative of the documentary, written by Johanna Lunn, tell in lively fashion, one of the most interesting stories in the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. 
– Stephen Pederson, The Chronicle Herald

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Tea Party Wages War on Public Libraries | Alternet

Tea Party Wages War on Public Libraries | Alternet

A reminder of the significant impact public libraries have. If the Tea Party has their way, it will certainly change the world...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

PLEASE VOTE to Help End Youth Homelessness in Southern New Brunswick

Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to place our vote to support this worthy cause. (The following details were taken directly from the Aviva Community Fund voting site for Safe Harbour.)


“There were times when the best I could do for a homeless youth was give them a tent to sleep in the park or buy them a bus ticket to Halifax or Montreal.  This is a shameful situation for our city to be in.” 
-TRC Case Manager 

Safe Harbour Transitional Youth Services (Safe Harbour) is a direct response to the crisis in youth homelessness in southern New Brunswick .  Youth homelessness refers to youth who are homeless, at-risk of homelessness or caught in a cycle of homelessness for whatever reason. This includes many youth who do not live on the street but who are among the hidden homeless (those who are under-housed, couch-surfing or staying in unsafe situations because they have no other options). 

While we don’t know the precise number of youth who have no safe place to call home, our community’s experts and key informants – youth workers and educators – estimate that more than 100 homeless and at-risk youth need transitional housing.

Although there are many services available for homeless and at risk youth, there is NO emergency housing program. Homeless youth are left on the streets while they try to get their lives on track.  Safe Harbour will plug a gaping hole in the continuum of services for at risk youth by providing emergency and transitional housing. Safe Harbour will be a 10-bedroom house that provides youth with an exit from the streets and other vulnerable situations. Once their basic needs are met, they will be connected to existing services and will be supported as they make the transition into adulthood. 

The recently published book Youth Homelessness in Canada, explains why youth experiencing homelessness need specific supports and our understanding of youth homelessness needs to be framed in terms of the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood: 

“...while many, if not most, adults who are homeless will have had some experience with independent living this is not the case for most homeless youth. Few leave home with knowledge of how to rent and maintain an apartment, find a job (especially one that isn’t a dead-end, minimum wage job), stay in school, buy and prepare food, pay bills and even arrange medical appointments. On top of all this, many if not most young people who become homeless are working through the challenges of adolescent development, including physical, cognitive and identity development. This includes efforts to develop meaningful relationships, engage in fulfilling activities and figure out exactly what they want to do with their lives. We understand that for most young people this can be a slow and arduous process, lasting years. For those who become homeless, however, there is usually no time or the necessary supports in place to allow this development to occur in a safe and supported way. Many of us cannot fathom the idea of being on the street at such a young age without any supports to guide their way into safe and supportive environments.”   

Please VOTE and help us provide a safe, empowering environment for our Youth!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Louis C.K. Shares a Profound Truth

"C.K. is famous for his insight into the dark and the light of what makes us tick — himself, most especially — and can be brutally, hysterically honest. For more on him and other comics of merit, including Tig Notaro, Garry Shandling, the late Mike DeStefano, and more, see Rod Meade Sperry’s Shambhala Sun feature, “Wise Fools,” in the November 2013 Shambhala Sun magazine, coming to newsstands around the beginning of October." ~ Shambhala SunSpace

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


Local youth speak out (sing out?) about bullying. Very impressive and moving. 

The following info is taken from their YouTube page:

Watch this music video entirely written, composed and filmed by kids in the music program at the Saint John Boys and Girls Club. It was played on 97.3 The Wave

It's called "I Wish, I Wish on a Falling Star My Troubles All Fade Away."

The music and Lyrics were created by Owen McCluskey, Katie Charlie Ross, Hayden White and April-Lynn Venial. It was produced by Kyle Wills, and directed by Steven Doiron, with special thanks to Creation Nation - Youth Take Charge, and Boys & Girls Club of Saint John.

Everyone Matters!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Not News: The Women's Movement has not yet succeeded in getting us equality

Food for thought: Charles Clymer's blog post on racism and sexism in the US. Reading this made me acknowledge that I don't want to be complicit with my own oppression anymore. There's nothing harder than speaking up for what's right, especially when you do so alone. But if it's hard to do, it's probably vitally important to do. It scares the crap out of me! So, time to be brave.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Beyond Eggs

I'm always excited to hear about people and companies who are taking animal welfare, health, environmentalism, and PLEASURE all into account when developing alternatives to animal products. Hampton Creek Foods has me pretty excited to try out their stuff. I want to buy products that support sustainability and health and welfare for the earth, but I still want my food to be yummy. And I think I'm not the only one!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Apocalypticism in Conversation

Check out

Christian DOOM!

for an interesting look at apocalyptic writings, and our good friend, the Bible. If you are easily offended by an academic exploration of the Bible, I advise you to stay away.