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Beauty Everyday

 “Beauty Everyday: Stories from Life as it Happens” Written by Battle River Writers, and illustrated by regional visual artists, photographers, poets, and musicians, the anthology is: – an outcome of Culture, Creativity & Place Conference I-2012 at Red Deer Lake, – based on First People, Settler People, and New People in the Battle River Region.

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Just when you think you know it all

by Jessica Ryan I’ve heard dozens of speakers on all sorts of thought provoking topics in the last couple of years here in Camrose. Hearing Dr. James Makokis speak at the Making Peace with the Land conference at Augustana Nov. 14 was a different experience entirely. Judging by the rapt attention, the unified susurrus of reaction

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Visit to Sunrise Farm

Previous trips: Sept. 10, 2015, July 12, 2015 As you are familiarizing environmental awareness in your local areas, we do the same through a tour of our farm.  Everything is connected.  If there is anything that we don’t understand, it is because we have not yet found its purpose and that is our task or mission to

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A Difficult Post – Residential schools – Lorne Green

This is a rather difficult post to write…I am sitting here in class, listening to Lorne Green speaking about the history of residential schools, the effects and healing. This semester I have been involved with different classes doing some work around residential schools which has been very impactful to say the least. I saw first

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Advice & How Sustainability starts in the home

My son was born six years ago and since his birth I have been a single parent with several challenges and very little support. Finding myself in this situation and at this age posed a reevaluation of significant long held beliefs regarding every aspect of my being. It became very apparent that my children were

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Memoirs of making Dog Food

Start the truck, make sure it has gas and you have a full jerry can in the back that’s sealed good…theres nothing worse than having gas everywhere. Double check the directions to the camp. Head out onto the ice road, yah yah sort of like Ice Road truckers, just not as well groomed roads. “You’ll

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Friend Quote of the Day

This is a thing that I do on my Facebook page about 2-3 times per month. They seem to generate some discussion around issues that are infrequently addressed in media and in everyday conversation. They are based on actual discussions with different friends. Names of course have been changed and a blanket apology for all

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Questions about our food sources and impacts on our children

In Wendell Berry’s Conservationist and the Agrarian, Berry explores the different levels of commercial farming and its effects upon the environment. He presents the smaller farm as a more appropriate choice in promotion of sustainable food systems. Berry also puts forth control systems that are “commercialising with unprecedented haste and aggression in order to grow

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Regardless of who we are all responsible.

In Kaylynn Sullivan Twotrees “Indigenous Mind”, the author makes a call for more awareness of the “broader accountability of the uses of power” and suggests that the understanding and awareness of “species relationship and interdependence” is essential in securing a future on this planet. This is something that seems like common sense to me, however,

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Things to think…

Think in ways you’ve never thought before. If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message Larger than anything you’ve ever heard, Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.   Think that someone may bring a bear to your door, Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose Has risen out of

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Join us…

“Next Generation Thinking” conference begins Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome!