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Is this the next J.K. Rowling?

Paula Simons Impoverished young Canadian explodes onto children’s literature scene

EDMONTON – Once upon a time, there was a shy, studious kid from Edmonton named Matthew Skelton. Matthew wasn’t a fast reader. But he loved books. He loved to buy them, to collect them, to own them. He dedicated himself to the study of literature . . . → Read More: Is this the next J.K. Rowling?

Secret Societies

Gianni DeVincent Hayes, Ph.D. Beneath the broad tides of human history there flow the stealthy undercurrents of the secret societies, which frequently determine in the depth the changes that take place upon the surface.

You’ve heard of this one major vehicle””the secret societies–haven’t you? They’re real–those shadow or underground groups that control the world by . . . → Read More: Secret Societies

Canada: Olympic powerhouse?

The Canadian Olympic Committee raised eyebrows when it boldly proclaimed a top-three finish and a minimum 25 medals at Turin. The concern was that it set the bar too high and raised unrealistic expectations. “The 2006 Olympic Winter Games have been a great success for Canada,” COC president Mike Chambers said Sunday. “We set an . . . → Read More: Canada: Olympic powerhouse?

Whispers from the Woods: Wisdom for Everyday Life

By: Sandra Kynes

Modern Pagans have continually sought ways to honor the natural world and live more closely with the rhythms and spirit of the land. Many of us find that drawing close to nature provides access to different levels of energy and awareness, which brings deeper meaning and spiritual satisfaction to our lives. Trees . . . → Read More: Whispers from the Woods: Wisdom for Everyday Life

Toil and trouble, let’s tax the witch

By Allan Hall

Authorities in Romania are stirring up a witches’ brew of trouble for wizards and warlocks, whose tax-free spells are costing the treasury millions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Eyes of newts and toes of frogs are, according to Bucharest bureaucrats, now liable to WAT – Witches Added Tax.

In . . . → Read More: Toil and trouble, let’s tax the witch

Auras And Ethereal Bodies – The Forgotten Melodies

By Pt. R.Dakshinamoorthi

Auras refer to the fine outline of bodies (both living and nonliving) that are the result of latent energies that emnate from objects. The study of auras has fascinated civilizations over centuries. We can see pictures of Divinities depicted with golden-hued aura to show that they possess great psychic and occult . . . → Read More: Auras And Ethereal Bodies – The Forgotten Melodies

A history of hell, from ancient Egypt to Islam

By Gregory Elder

And all of you can go to hell,” my former colleague snorted. She looked down the table and gave me a particularly frigid look before stomping out of the room. At least I do not work for that college anymore, I can only say in reflection. The phrase “Go to hell” is . . . → Read More: A history of hell, from ancient Egypt to Islam

Digging out from massive blizzard

Residents of eastern Newfoundland spent Sunday digging out from a blizzard that dumped enough snow to clog streets, close the airport and shut down St. John’s. Many roads in the capital are buried under snowdrifts up to 1.5 metres deep and littered with stranded cars. Saturday’s storm brought up to 60 centimetres of snow with . . . → Read More: Digging out from massive blizzard

Key times in our lives need ritual

By Jo Gibson

Even as I turn my back on religious dogma and be lief, I am feeling my way into abiding truths. The poet e.e. cummings, I think, had it right: “Feeling is first.”

I know how happy I was when my daughter, Roz, called from California to tell me that our friends Nate . . . → Read More: Key times in our lives need ritual

‘Gospel of Judas’ causes worry

By Martin Penner

The forthcoming publication of the ‘Gospel of Judas’ has sparked fears among some Catholic theologians that it could give people wrong ideas about the man who is famous for betraying Jesus Christ. The second century text, which was believed lost for over a thousand years, reportedly argues that Judas Iscariot was an . . . → Read More: ‘Gospel of Judas’ causes worry