Radical Sustainable Living. Biology meets Architecture.
The documentary film; 'Garbage Warriors'; the global work of rogue Architect Mike Reynolds, demonstrates simple eco-friendly building designs as well as the red tape beurocracy in changing building and urban planning law. Absolutely beautiful homes made of cast away; beer cans, tires, water bottles, mud etc. that are thermal mass, energy independent and totally off the grid.
A must see. www.garbagewarrior.com
The Wolves of Positano: A holiday-from-hell mystery on Italy's glorious Amalfi coast.
Virginia's life had come to a dramatic fork in the road. She had spent the past 10 years married to Dr. Godfrey Gilmore, a periodontist, and a man who seemed to prefer the reading of the morning newspaper and the viewing of his patients' dental structure more than he did the company of his loving spouse. There were no children in the marriage between Virginia and Dr. Godfrey Gilmore – there wasn't much love, either, and there was most assuredly no passion, no fun and absolutely no spontaneity.
What, precisely, is a woman to do under such awkward circumstance? How does she find a way to avoid losing herself in a sterile, barren relationship? How does she get her life back? That's where her older sister Sylvia, the sibling with the artistic flair, comes into the picture – she's just invited Virginia to spend some relaxing, rejuvenating time in Positano on Italy's gorgeous Amalfi coast.
A summer in Italy? Well, why not? But in all that sunshine, some sinister forces are lurking. And what had once promised to be an endless summer of sheer delight quickly turns into something dark, mysterious – and very frightening. Was it the wolves that killed and mutilated the body found in a cave – or was it something else? And back home in Toronto, what is going on with Dr. Godfrey Gilmore? He may not be quite as stodgy and passionless as Virginia has been led to believe. He may have a side to him that Virginia has never seen.
This is the setting that lays the groundwork for The Wolves of Positano, the latest novel from the marvellously creative, prolific pen of Canadian author Charlotte Fielden. This is Fielden's fifth novel – she's written nine books in total – and it is one of her most memorable.The plotline is complex and bracing, the cast of characters superbly defined – and Fielden pushes the story ahead in a masterly, suspenseful fashion. Every page, every chapter has something to rivet the imagination as the author deftly weaves a web of mystery that turns a summer vacation in sun-dappled Italy into a sinister holiday from hell.
Fielden's many fans will find The Wolves of Positano right up their alley – the perfect mystery for the perfect summer weekend at the cottage or the patio.
Chapters/Indigo is hosting a book signing for author Fielden's first mystery novel and ninth book, The Wolves of Positano.
LOCATION: Indigospirit - Mt. Sinai, 600 University Ave., Toronto
DATE: Thursday, 16 September 2010
TIME: 12:00 to 4:00 pm
For more information call Brian Bradley: 416-979-9428
Auhor Fielden's first mystery novel The Wolves of Positano is having a launch, reading, sale, and signing sponsored by Wychwood Public Library.
LOCATION: Wychwood Public Library, 1431 Bathurst St., one block south of St. Clair West, Toronto
DATE: Thursday, 7 October 2010
TIME: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
For more information call: 416-393-7683
*submitted By; Volumes Publishing, courtesey of Charlotte Fielden
"INSIGHTS: The Healing Paths of the Radical Spiritualist"
by Author; Robert Egby
Three Mile Point Publishing, New York
2010ISBN-10: 0615356923, ISBN-13: 978-0615356921
Interchange the word 'Spiritualist 'in Robert Egby's latest book entitled; 'INSIGHTS: The Healing Paths of the Radical Spiritualist' with 'Healer', or Spiritual Seeker' or 'Artistic Creator' and you have a first class, cutting edge handbook for all things quantum physics.
Sit back and allow yourself to receive some bits of sacred wisdom and hands on tools. For the novice or seasoned healer, this handy book introduces the Religion of Spiritualism, with particular respect to the clinical and metaphysical aspects of the Healing Arts. Complete with personal anecdotal case histories and 'how to's' in working with the power of Prana/Sound/Colour, Spirit Healing Guides and Angels, spirit rescue, dowsing, assisting the dying in their cross over, Audible Sound Stream or Voice of God, Hands-On Healing, Imagery and Suggestion Therapy, and Geopathic Zones, as well as numerous 'how to' hands on exercises. Egby's example case histories to illustrate his personal knowledge, include a Vietnam Vet, a cyclical "cancer bed", past life pain healing and Spirit Rescue of earthbound Spirits.
Of particular interest to seasoned Healing Arts Practitioners and Spiritual Seekers, is a section on advancing your abilities with 'Shabd' and sacred sounds, such as; 'HU', the Audible Life Stream. "It is the medicine which cures every sickness. It is the one remedy which the great physician, the Master, offers for the relief of all ills."(Dr. Julian Johnson; The Path of the Masters'.) Accessing this level is where we unite our Soul with the Essence of the Absolute Supreme Being, the path of light and sound, self-realization and spiritual evolution.
Egby is an Ordained Spiritualist Minister, Medium and teacher, accredited Hypnosis Practitioner, Sound Healer, Hypnoanalyst, Dowser, Hands-on Healer, EFT practitioner is a former resident of British Columbia, Washington State, New Jersey, and currently upstate New York. Following success with his book 'Cracking the Glass Darkly', he wrote the award-winning 'The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist', which became a finalist in the USA Books News awards as well as the First Annual International Book Awards. In the works is Egby's autobiography of his young adult experiences in England, as are porter/photographer/broadcaster/editor in the turbulent Middle East, Germany,and then British Columbia. Following overseas travel and weary of politics and violence, he delved into the spiritual and healing arts. Another book in the works is entitled: 'Kings, Killers and Kinks in the Cosmos'. Robert is also reputed as an engaging guest speaker, and seminar facilitator.
Good work, Robert Egby!!!
Find out more; www.amazon.com,www.robert-egby.com, Facebook, www.youtube.com.
Review by; Jan Porter—Copyright; August 2010
A group of globally powerful women met back in October of, 2004, where some 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from the mountains of Tibet, the Arctic Circle, the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, Brazil, South Dakota, the Americas, Amazon rainforest Africa and Asia—gathered in Phoenicia, New York state, surrounded by forests, fields and streams. These wise and savvy women have formed a global alliance, committed to working together for common global as well as their respective regional goals. Intent on bringing balance back into the world, they suggest that we ought all listen to those who came before us, the ancestors whose traditions, stories and lessons served us all for thousands of years.
They encourage; listening to the living spirits of nature that awaken to all of life and the Ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing, offer courses that nurture, educate and train children, uphold ceremonies, call for the right to use plant medicines free of legal restriction and insist on the protection of the lands which are all tenants to safeguard traditional medicines and teachings. Notably, we are at a crucial moment in history where leadership for our the human race dictates nothing short of a jump in our evolution for healing, cooperation and peace. Women of prayer and action, these Grandmothers offer leadership with wisdom, hope and inspiration within the fundamental laws of nature teachings steeped in respect for all of life.
A few of their current Projects include a documentary Film entitled "For the Next 7 Generations" some four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India. An official Vatican request to revoke Papal Edicts regarding Indigenous Peoples. They have developed an innovative philanthropic model ‘Flow Fund Circle’ that increases the number of philanthropists via social innovators, healers and visionaries www.flowfunding.org. The Center for Sacred Studies, www.sacredstudies.org; (CSS) a non-profit school, dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life, cross-cultural spiritual practices, ministry and education. The book entitled ‘Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet’ by; Author Carol Schafer offers a collection of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers teachings and stories. To find out more www.grandmotherscouncil.com
Ode to Black Fly
A.k.a.; Buffalo Knat, May Fly or %$#&^.
I’m sure that it is helpful to know that this winged critter is a member of the Simuliidae of the Culicomorpha Infraorder family. You may also be interested to know that there are some 1,800 known species of black flies around the globe, thankfully 11 are extinct and Canada is home to more than 100 of them. They get their nourishment by feeding on the blood of other animals, as well as us. The most popular nuisance for unsuspecting and ill prepared tourists, they can and spread disease. (Yes, I checked Wiki)
Ask some seasoned Northerners who love to share stories of ‘Black Fly Madness’ and you forego your tour and retreat to the mall.
Be of faith and fear not.
Ask other more seasoned Northern dwellers who respect the critter’s reign on how they cope and they will tell you that in knowing their habits, what is the best way to survive and enjoy your time outdoors. Basically, their seasonal reign begins toward the end of May on through until mid to late summer and are most active at sunset. (Good to know that they do go to bed at night and spare us with their inability to live long indoors.) Also good to know is, that their larvae thrive in flowing water, creeks and waterfalls. The adults have an uncanny knack for finding hair lines, eyes, ankles, entrances via sleeves and pant legs but don’t seem to bite through most clothing. Oh and yes, they do bite repeatedly. Bites are those small, bloody and intensely itchy spots behind our ears and elsewhere that can cause headaches, nausea and even lymph node swelling or allegoric reactions.
Like me, another unsuccessful master of the Black Fly high road is Wade Hemsworth.This traumatised fellow wrote the musical ditty; "The Black Fly Song" in 1949 while working in the wilds of Northern Ontario. Incidentally, the song became an animated National Film Board short film 1991; www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly, or on You Tube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo&feature=related.
Give in to the critter madness and start a new festival or at least a new summer Olympic sport of Black Fly racing.
Take respite indoors with some ‘Black Fly Beer’ and watch re-runs of the short lived ‘Black Fly’ television series. Or curl up and read Giles Blunt’s novel; “Black Fly Season” and read about murder in Algonquin Bay where the black flies aren't the only ones out for blood. Story comes complete with an Ojibwa shaman, and a good haunting.
On the upside, there are those who firmly believe that they actually pollinate Blueberries which are rich in antioxidants and yummy.
What to do:
Timing: Strategize your day and avoid being outside during the morning, late afternoon and early evening. That means the bonfire is best after 9pm, after they’ve retreated for the night.
Clothing: Wear light colours, tuck in your shirt and pant legs into socks or try a mosquito net for your head.
Repellents: You can ammo yourself with insect chemical warfare and expensive attire. Commercial products such as Citronella might work but may need to be re-applied frequently. My father swears by the spraying of self and surrounding area with Listerine.
Change Perspective: This is the higher theory and not quite wholly mastered by the author; change how you think of this critter. In your OM approach, visualize the little critters contentedly pollinating wonderful blueberries and staying clear of you.
Whatever method you choose in order to cope, may the calm of ‘the All That Is’ be with you this Black Fly season an enjoy your summer.
Written By; Jan Porter copyright 2010
Kudos - John Foreman
Ever notice how upon meeting new people, some just seem to stand out, with their spirit staying with in your thoughts long after the conversation took place?
Regional semi-celebrity John Foreman graced the fundraiser for Maggie's Resource Centre and launch of Mystical Voices magazine this past May with a display of authentic Broad Axe Hand Hewing and folk music, is also the talent behind the Millennium Park’s bands shell built in 2001.
A side conversation drifted into John’s personal philosophy regarding forest management and harvesting practices. My mind drifted to a blurb, in the news recently about David Suzuki’s Foundation’s new Agreement with other Sustainable Forestry partners.
Once back at home office, I Googled the topic. (Incidentally, John has a web site for those wanting to now about his handhewing works, as well as videos on You Tube. )
‘The Canadian government, and several environmental organizations, which address some 72 million hectares of public forests, primarily Boreal Forest. The intent is to conserve forest and other wilderness areas while protecting caribou and numerous other living things within. Hopefully this initiative will mean a turning point to address our vision for the future. Since a vast majority of Canada’s Boreal Forest is First Nations territory, with Aboriginal treaty rights and title issues still unresolved,government is obligated to consult with Aboriginal people as partners, in order to do justice to our grander vision.
On a more micro level, are the John Foreman’s of the world, who in the early 1990’s found his grandfather's broadaxe on the garage floor of the old Foreman family homestead. His Broadaxe methodology, used in manufacturing square timber, and in the Band Shell, is the craft of hand hewing where this interesting pushing 80 lumberjack continues to build and teach. John speaks softly from his soul attempting to articulate his philosophy and approach to finding and choosing his woodworking material. Reminiscent of Suzuki’s own Biological systems and Productivity Theories. Simply, Suzuki and Foreman share a view in a harmonious human and nature balance of long-term maintenance and wellbeing that depends on the health of nature while responsibly using natural resources. While Scientists and Academics research and develop new technologies, John’s approach is not new.
So if you happen to be in downtown Bancroft’s ‘Millennium Park’, consider the band shell’s stage design and the man’s philosophy behind the structure; Kudo’s to John foreman; innovative thinker, handhewing expert and talented musician! www.handhewing.com
written by; Jan Porter, copyright June 2010
My wilderness son introduced me to Geocaching some two years ago, I can’t recall ever having had so much fun toddling about the country side is search of hidden treasure boxes.
So what is it?This outdoor treasure hunting activity is where people try to find hidden containers using latitude and longitude coordinates with a handheld GPS receiver. The GPS unit is used to navigate by entering the coordinates of the location that hosts the container. Now, the GPS only displays direction and distance to a destination, but once you get there, you still have to interpret the clues in order to find the hidden container, which can be as small as an old photo film or as large as Tupperware tub. Apparently some containers
Are as big as a 5 gallon bucket and some are donning camouflage coverings. Now that you have found the locations container, opening it up is a logbook for geo hunters to sign. Other trinkets within are for trade and add to the fun. The rule of thumb here is that if you take one out you put another in, typically, something interesting or some Geo Hunters have signature items, such as; crests, badges, coins, toy dinosaurs etc.
Geocaching is getting folks like myself, out hiking, walking, exploring nature, learning local history and the environment.
Geocaching can be considered a high tech treasure hunt version of orienteering with it’s inception in 2000 by the US military with the original intent to increase the accuracy of civilian use of their GPS satellites by a factor of 10. Growing at a phenomenal rate of more than 450,000 Geo Hunters in over 192 countries.
To find out more information about Geo Hunting, check online; www.geocaching.com., See how and where users search for caches, then download the data into their GPS's, while keeping track of the caches they've found.
One such concentrated Geo area is the Wilberforce and Greater Surroundings, which boasts as the "Geocaching Capital of Canada" www.GeocachingCapitalOfCanada.com.
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
Kudos! The Isle of Eigg—HEAD, HAND and HEART.
This community, in Scotland is in actuality, a Sustainability Centre that is proactively working to find hands on solutions to global environmental problems. Current project aims are: to reconnect people with nature, inspire people to reduce impact on the earth, promote ecological technologies and ways of living, while encouraging a greener mentality.
A few of their current projects are; using the islands sheep's wool as insulation that is sprinkled with Quassia chips to deter moths, solar panels with trackers, a vehicle designed for transporting goods that is an electric milk float which is recharged by hydro and solar power, addressing Dry Rot by curing damp materials and treating the good wood with natural linseed oil.
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, set up in 1997 to secure the island's sustainable future with Earth Connections, provides practical demonstration projects, workshops and residential courses. Reconnecting People with Nature courses include elements of ecobuilding, organic gardening, climate change, and wilderness exploration.
For more info: www.islandsgoinggreen.org, www.earthconnections.org.uk
Kudos! Mary Walsh; "Poor No More"
"If you work hard, things will get better."
Many hard-working Canadians are struggling; this film takes 3 Canadians overseas where people have what they need, housing is affordable and education is free.
If other countries can do this, why don't we? Hosted by Mary Walsh, shows how others have mastered poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope, explains the roots of the economic crisis, and what can be done.
Kudos Prof Vizenor, Public Energy, Trent U. & staff!
Co-lecturer; Prof Gerald Vizenor @ Trent U. this past Feb. is a Native American (Anishinaabe), innovative thinker & author of some 30+ books, fascinating speaker is a Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.
“What is required of a man to be considered a measure of a man? Does one need to be a war hero, a great writer, politician, a righteous holy person, or an every day person that contributed to those around him? Dad was just my Dad, he did not achieve any requirement to be famous. Words building stories in my mind is the praise I am able to place upon him. Describing his life and those moments I observed and shared with the man is giving my measure of a man.” Edmond Alcid; ‘a Print of a Man’ www.moosehidebooks.com
The Earth is Hiring?
A symposium of sustainable opportunities; ‘The Earth is Hiring’, was held Saturday April 10th in Bancroft. Among the topical guests, keynote speaker; Toronto’s Mayor David Miller graced the stage with the presence reminiscent of Bob Rae and Al Gore. Miller spoke of projects currently under way and to the events tag line; ‘How environmental responsibility creates jobs and saves millions of taxpayer dollars’. It is a topic that is here to stay and affects every aspect of our lives.
Worldwatch Institute's Green Economy Program proposes that environmental and economic crises share common root causes, therefore ought to be solved as such. Thus, the call for community action on a global scale and a search ensues for meaningful solutions for human wellbeing while addressing environmental concerns for collective long-term sustainability.
As those who have experienced job loss, significant financial constraints and insecurities know, job security in being able to put food on the table and pay day to day living bills is an imperative priority to being able to address the larger social and environmental issues.
Be informed; www.worldwatch.org,
written by; Jan Porter
May 24th; ‘Break Free Party Weekend or Queen Victoria’s Birthday?
When my children became of age to toddle off on there own one May 24 weekend, I wondered what the archaic old gal ‘Victoria’ must think from her ghostly throne, of the transition of her birthday celebration to one of spring blast and partying.
So who was this woman, who has such an hourable day, typically set aside for Deities?
Victoria, birth named; ‘Alexandrina Victoria’ was born into this world on 24 May back in 1819 was the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the first Empress of India for a reign of over 63 years. This significant time period in history is otherwise known as the ‘Victorian era’. Nicknamed; ‘the Grandmother of Europe’, her power began an era of profound ‘progress’ in industry, politics, science, and military strategy within the United Kingdom that still has far reaching affects the global community.
Perhaps a toast this May 24th?
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
"Holistic Detox for Body, Mind, & Spirit"
By; Madeline Marentette
ISBN-10: 1552786854 ISBN-13: 978-1552786857
McArthur & Company, 2007
An inspirational, philosophical and hands on path to wholeness and healing with the author’s personal journey makes a great reference for holistic living. For both novice and advanced holistic fans. An easy-to-read resource that includes philosophy, methodology and recipes. www.amazon.ca, www.chapters.indigo.ca.
"We are matter, we are thought, and we are energy, eternally changing and transforming ourselves. When we awaken and become conscious of this continuous process of transformation, we can then become the masters of our own destiny. " ~ Madeleine Marentette. Madeline’s body, mind and spirit approach is offered daily at her renowned Grail Springs Wellness Centre in Bancroft, Ontario. www.grailsprings.com
Review by; Jan Porter
The Grail Festival & Peace Fest 2010; a wave of evolution upon us.
While attending the recent ‘Grail Lady Faire festival & symposium; for women who care about their planet’ or ‘The Enlightened Woodstock for Women’ this past month at Grail Springs in Bancroft, hosted by; founder Madeline Marentette, I found myself humbled and moved. Some 7 days of workshops amidst powerful, and inspiring women from across the United States, Canada, as far away as Australia, Peru, United Kingdom, Brazil and more. Blessed to be caught in a wave gearing up for the International Women’s Year 2011; a call for Conscious Humanitarian and Environmentalism, presentations were given from notable thought leaders, authors, wisdom keepers, musicians, recording artists, yoga masters, healers, entrepreneurs, visionaries and green business leaders. Notable guests such as; Dale Allen and Janet Attwood renowned Inspirational Speakers, Pamela Gerrand a magical recording Artist, Vera Lopez a Wisdom Keeper from Brazil, Dr. Sugar Singleton and her mind blowing cellular healing techniques, and Alisa Starkweather who is the founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement, and more. All graced the stage and shared their knowledge with a portion of the ticket sales allocated to the 'Spirits of the Earth Foundation' in Peru. Media coverage with documentaries in the making and ongoing information available at; http://positivetv.tv/.
“If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.” ~ Indian Mystic Aurobindo
PEACEFEST GUELPH - Where the Conscious Come to Play, 1st Annual?
Hosted by founder; Theo Simms, www.theosimms.com, musician and seeming social activist brought a collection of profound shinning star talent to the stage July 10th, at the Riverside Concert band shell in Guelph. According to Theo, ‘there are over 2 million groups worldwide working towards social justice and environmental sustainability alone and countless committed & passionate individuals taking part. This event serves to acknowledge, celebrate and unify the greatest movement in human history.’ A gathering of talented musicians, such as Nabi Loney, Andrew McPherson & Shannon Kingsbury, Sam Turton & Jane Lewis, Prince Bamidel Bajowa, and Jenikz performed and renowned writer/poet Charlotte Fielden spoke. An event that naturally serves to promote networking for those intent on creating a harmonious presence on Earth. “We are all leaders and we are all followers. Let's make some changes ...and have fun doing it!” Check out this website to find out more about what is happening on these issues and more: www.globalonenessproject.org
written By; Jan Porter
PEACEFEST 2010 GUELPH - Where the Conscious Come to Play
Saturday July 10th, 2010 11AM - 8PM @ the Riverside Concert Bandshell
This will be a sensually rich event full of art, music, spoken word, poetry, organic food, craft/clothing/business vendors, drum circles, workshops, facepainting, henna tattooing, networking, fundraising, peacebuilding, and more! This event is for those who care about creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just, spiritually fulfilling presence on earth, for those who know that these movements, our planet, and we ourselves are all interconnected. Through joining together and uniting good intentions with joyous creativity we can only speed up our progress towards peace and health for all.
Peacefest Guelph is a catalyst, a hub and a playground...so stay tuned for next year and let’s have fun changing the world!
'SAVING ANGEL', by; author/Playwright Charlotte Fielden
A most unusual play in two acts primarily consisting of three famous people; Mme Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, William Butler Yeats, the great Irish poet and occultist, and Denis Saurat, French critic, essayist, poet and metaphysician. They gather in an effort to demonstrate that Angel Shiner, a young woman from Leeds, England, who is not insane but 'divinely inspired'. These three great voices from the past combine to create a sparkling comedy with a sterner moral purpose.The action takes place in 1891 on Friday, the 8th of May, in Madame Blavatsky’s home in Norwood, a suburb of London, and later, on the same day, in the padded cell of a private clinic for the mentally disturbed. It is the last day of her life and she chooses to spend it saving Angel. The young Dr Edwin Samuels feels that while he was treating Angel for her aberrations, and unethically falling in love with her, he had slipped through a rabbit hole into the Mad Hatter’s tea party and that perhaps, after all, they were in Wonderland!
During the fascinating examination of Angel’s mental state Mme Blavatsky reminds everyone: ‘This is no tea party and we are not in Wonderland.’
This book is available On-Line at Volumes Publishing, Chapters, Amazon, and in most Indigo/Chapters bookstores at their special kiosques. For availability for bookclub talks, readings and book-signings contact email@example.com.
CHARLOTTE FIELDEN born in Toronto, has lived in Paris, Montreal, and North Carolina. She has written for stage, television, radio, and film, and her short stories and prize-winning poetry have been included in various anthologies and literary reviews. A Thin Place (2006) is her first collection of short stories. Her prize-winning play One Crowded Hour has been produced in both English and French, and her recently published play Saving Angel (2007) is being considered for production. Her novels include Palatine Hill, (2004), a historical novel; Crying As She Ran (1970), the first book of the Weil Trilogy; Messages Like Memories (2005), the sequel, and An Age Without A Name (2007), which concludes the trilogy. Fragrance of Thyme, FIELDEN`s first poetry collection had a 2008 spring release.
The Spiritual Origin of Mother’s Day
The way we know Mother’s Day today, is of course not the origin of the celebration. Interestingly, most countries celebrate Mother's Day around the second Sunday of May, as we here in America do with the intent to lavish our adored Mother figures with gifts and gratitude.
In times of old, Mother celebrations had profound symbolic and spiritual meaning, but the focus was on the deity, or Goddess(es) figure(s) of their culture or spiritual and cultural tradition. One of the earliest records that we know of, of Mother honouring, is with the Early Egyptian Goddess ‘Isis’. The Mother and Son iconic imagery with baby Horus is uncannily similar to that of those of Mother Mary with infant Jesus. The early Romans celebrated the Phrygian goddess Cybele, or Magna Mater (Great Mother). Other matriarchal societies worship similar feminine deities including Gaia (the Earth Goddess).
The transition to honouring our own Mother’s rather than Goddesses and feminine deities began as church decree sometime in the 1600's to include real Mothers. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, author of the The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12, used Mother’s Day after the Civil War, to activate all Mother’s to protest war. Hence, a new and more global international Mother's Day message of celebrating peace and motherhood unfolded. The inevitable commercialization of Mother's Day also ensued on.
Highly commercialized, Mother's Day is a $20 Billion plus industry, with florists, restaurants, greeting card and long distance telephone companies claiming the top money makers, only second to Christmas.
Whatever your tradition or leanings may be, we wish you a most blessed and joyful of Mother’s Day.
written by; Jan Porter
copyright May 2010
"Sacred Vow", by; C.G. Walters
Publisher: Dragon’s Beard Publishing, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0-9774271-4-7, ISBN-10: 0-9774271-4-5
Genre: fiction/visionary and Metaphysical
“Oh I am curling up with this one again!”
“Many Loves, Many Lives all taking place right now….” Sacred Vow novel author; C.G. Walters wrote on the inside cover of my copy. The inscription began the first of many thought provoking insights into the nature of relationships, reality, higher consciousness and the Natural Laws that govern such phenomena as Parallel Realities. A work of fiction and fantasy one might say, while others would insist that it is reality. Obviously knowledgeable about metaphysical principles, Walters broadens the reader's thoughts about the nature of things, leaving us pondering "what if?"
Adventure ensues immediately as apprentice Katrina of the Circle of Nine; a Mystical Sisterhood searches through parallel realities forher Spirit Mate to mend a rift in the Collective Consciousness. A parallel or alternate reality is considered to be a self-contained separate reality that coexists with one's own.
Smoothly and skilfully, one is taken on a wondrous journey that is reminiscent Richard Bach’s novel One. Bits of Shamanic or Metaphysical mechanics are woven into the journey of Ian and Katrina’s while they search for solutions and explore a transcendent love. It has been said that inanimate objects carry the energetic imprint of the maker, owners and all that touch the object. Thus it is with all novice metaphysicians, in the beginning, Ian uses an object as a focal and access point to journey. Later Ian grows in his ability to access Katrina of his own will and skill.
As with ‘Anam Cara’; the ancient Celtic Ritual or Vow of binding ‘soul friends’ Sacred Vow explores the meaning of soul partnerships. Similar to but not limited to marriage as we know it, true love is intended to survive a lifetime and beyond. Love partnerships and relationships are without a doubt, focal points in our lives, whereby we all long for that one soul mate, that one person who is compatible in all ways to the point of functioning together as one whole. As in Anam Cara, the story serves to solidify the physical with the spiritual that continues beyond space, time, distance, alternate realities and form.
The back cover states; “The most significant event of your life calls to you, barely beyond your perception… both imminent and impossible.” It stirs the soul and mind of even the most sceptical of rational thinkers. This is the intrigue of quantum physics and Shamanism, where it is possible to enter supernatural realms at will. The reader cannot help but contemplate what Einstein and many others explored and reported about the true nature of time, space and matter.
The back cover also quotes Shakepeare’s Hamlet in reference to the age old maxium that love transcends all; “The time is out of joint; O cursed spite. That ever I was born to make it right! Nay, come, let’s go together.” It has been said in one way or another that the highest of all natural Laws, no matter your religious, philosophical or scientific leanings, is that of Love.
Many spiritual traditions speak and report the evolution of the soul and relationships through many and varied experiences, bringing maturity that comes from varied roles and experiences. As such, their other lives or existences and relationship experiences are explored, where the reader can relate to and speaks to the soul longing in all of us for that mature idyllic love that ultimately brings us that state of ‘oneness’ with each other as well as within the concept of God or Collective Consiousness.
Walters states in his Biography; “Dream is fever to the conscious mind, inducing illusion. Illusion? Or, enlightenment? They are one, except by perspective.” In the novel’s Author’s Note, he responds to a friends query regarding the mechanics of the ability to explore aternate realities by stating “Until I saw this information in the story, I can’t say that I had any such ideas. But now, yes, I think this is a truth.” Walters references the Circle of Nine in his biography as his ‘muses’ giving one the notion that the man behind the journey is providing obvious personal insights. Other worldly views on the nature of the cosmos can only come from one who has personally explored the nature of love and spirituality first hand.
In the ancient art of storytelling, the reader’s thoughts and emotions are intended to be provoked long after the book has been read. Within the tale, teachings for the human condition are gently provided as is a path shown for spiritual growth. Each path is inidividual and unique within the Collective simultaneously, as Sacred Vow demonstrates smoothly. This book is in the company of other notable classics as C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Gulliver’s Travels and Capra’s It's A Wonderful Life.
Sacred Vow is a good read filled with insights from the writer and his muses. I want to OM now and try it out myself!Good job Mr. Walters, I hope there will be sequels coming soon.
The Publisher; Dragons Beard Publishing of North Carolina, presented Sacred Vow in 2006 in cooperation with Green Press Initiative and is gaining solid momentum in sales as well as an independent following via the world wide web.… a ‘shining star’.
www.cgwalters.com, www.dragonsbeard.com , sacredvow.dragonsbeard.com
Review by; Jan Porter
New book: "The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother"
is finally born after a decade-long gestation and countless labour pains.
The original story of love between a Métis woman, Jane Howse, and Sam Livingston, a flamboyant Irishman, first published as Tell Me, Grandmother in 1985 by McClelland and Stewart, has been updated with new information, a new cover, and approximately 200 additional images (maps, photographs and illustrations), archival and modern.
Why The Ring? Their romance is symbolized by the ring given to Jane as a token of Sam’s undying love. Unusually wrought and engraved with the words IN MEMORY OF, it remains today as a legacy to the many descendants of this remarkable couple. The Ring appeals to adults and children alike, to people of all ages who are fascinated or curious about their past. It reveals how life can often turn full circle in mysterious ways.
You can find more about this book on Lyn Hancocks newborn website www.lynhancock.com and www.grandmotherjanesring.com.
Look for her on FaceBook
(Author of "There's A Seal In My Sleeping Bag", "Winging It In The North," "Nunavut," "Western Canada Travel Smart," and 15 other titles, including the new "Tabasco The Saucy Raccoon" and "The Ring".)
For booking a presentation, contact Lyn directly.
"The Motionless Traveller"
Author: Aspi Doctor
ISBN: 1-4196-9114-7, ISBN-13: 978-1419691140
I thought it fitting to play my Dalai Lama CD while contemplating the novel I have just finished; “The Motionless Traveller” by author Aspi Doctor. It assists in setting the tone while I attempt to articulate the many levels of knowledge woven in between the lines for the reader to catch or to just simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Yes, the Dalai OM’ing in the background of my concsious mind overseeing that this review is done with honour. I think he would approve.
Aside from the fact that I am continually amazed at the phenomenal talent to be found off the beaten path of the big box book publishing houses and corporate monopoly distributors and retailers, who knew that this Northern Ontarian would be reviewing a such a ‘shining star’ from India.
To have the gist of the novel, it is important to understand a bit of the man behind the words. Aspi was born in Bombay, India into a family of Zoroastrians and avid readers. He first demonstrated his gift for storytelling in primary school, to the delight of his classmates. Among the many other demands of a vocation within academia and in pursuit of his passion of the written word, Aspi studied English Literature obtaining a Masters Degree and Diploma in Journalism at the University of Bombay. Here Aspi was awarded the honourable prize of ‘First Standing’ in his subject group, and continued to explore many other dimensions of the wonderful world of literature in the Dramatic Arts and Theatre, Public Speaking and Radio Script Writing.
In 1969, Aspi finally began putting pen to paper in earnest above and beyond his full duties as Principal and Academic of the Tolani College and the A.P. College of Commence, (affiliates of the University of Bombay). As a respected educator in his own right, he wrote and published a number of Text Books, such as; Business Communications—25 editions, Bank Correspondence—11 editions, Communications Skills in English—12 editions, Mass Communications—6 editions and more.
In 1980, this calm, wise, insightful, mild mannered and ever smiling semi-retired professor began to put his wealth of knowledge into fiction format with “The Motionless Traveler”.
A futuristic story that begins in Bombay India, in an era of post fossil fuel exhaustion and overpopulation with a bored government worker named Krish. Jolted out of his routine life when he rescues a young girl from a street gang, Krish inadvertently embarks on an adventure that spans the globe when he is gifted a ‘magical’ statue of the Buddha. Intertwined within the many levels of the story the reader gains glimpses into the Indian cultural mind with hints of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Spiritualism with some key Natural Law and Quantum Physics to ponder. Through the fine art of storytelling, we participate in Krish’s spiritual and metaphysical journey to a desert in Arabia, to Africa, to Mexico, to New Mexico, the United States, all to arrive at destination Canada. However, the true destination is to be continued long after the Buddha is handed over to a scientific research group, whose intent is to unravelling the statues mysteries amidst much intrigue as.
Krish’s magical journey across oceans and continents brings thought provoking insights to the reader while he grows into new found power and understandings of the laws of nature and ultimately the evolution of mankind as a whole.
As with all great teachings, the story is innately and humbly human while touching on the sacredness of the spiritual journey toward a collective and timeless God consciouness.
Aspi continues to devote his so called spare time to his current writing endeavors which include another fiction novel entitled “Feet of Clay”. Several more text books are also in progress and pending publication. Aspi is currently the Vice President of the Association of College Principals in Bombay and an active member on the board of directors of two other educational institutions.
I look forward to his next novel with anticipation of yet another spiritual journey filled with insights and the human condition. I am happy to recommend this work.
Yoiu can order a copy via; www.ideaindia.com. It is worth the time to peruse the web site, a wealth of talented authors, good books, free e-books and articles covering many genres and topics.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
"Executor Of Mercy"
By Author: Edmond J. Alcid
Moose Enterprise www.moosehidebooks.com, www.chapters.indigo.ca
This book ought to be in all schools!
“Executor Of Mercy” is an intricate ‘true to life’ novel, written by Edmond J. Alcid, Published by Moose Hide Books in Saul Sainte Marie, Ontario.
The adventure takes place in the 1960’s in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. A small bush plane crashes in the bush leaving the Native pilot dying and a 10 year old passenger, to adapt and survive in the wilderness.
The story intertwines with both new and seasoned rescuers who must also come to terms with their own mortality and personal challenges. The characters face the devastating madness of rabies, bush fever, mortality, and personal challenges.
The cover maybe humble, but this novel is a definite ‘page turner’. The story is well written, has good character development and flows at an enjoyable pace. The author “Edmond J. Alcid”, a long time resident of Northern Ontario, demonstrates his talent for character and plot development, seemingly so relatable that the reader may think that the novel is based on a true story. It would make a fabulous movie.
I would highly recommend this book to schools and adults alike.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
“The Way Out” written by; Jan Porter
We wanted to write and let you know how much we appreciate your donation of your books to the Sexual Assault & Partner Abuse Care Centre.
We’ve given them out to many of our patients and they have expressed appreciation for your book.
Thank you from our patients and all of us at SA&PACC.
Marcia H., Cheressa P., Wendy M.; Grey County, Ontario
Dear Ms. Porter,
I have recently read your book called “The Way Out”. I found it extremely interesting and informative. I graduated from the Child and Youth Counsellor program in the summer and am currently working in a group home with sexually abused girls….
Thank you for taking the time to share all your strategies, advice and steps towards success.
Good Luck to you. Thanks Again,
Amy W.; Stratford, Ontario
This is a letter of gratitude. A thank You.
I have just finished reading your book ‘The Way Out’ and it’s hard for me to express the many ways that it reached me.
I feel what really worked for me, was your honesty…. To be forthright and yet so positive has shown me a way to gather my own strength, so that down the road I may be in a position to help others as effectively.
Heart felt thanks I lavish on you. …
Mike R.; Toronto, Ontario
Thank you very much for sending me your book “The Way Out”.
I appreciated it very much. My sponsee is still struggling with her abuse issues and will, her self be publishing a book of poetry soon.
Happy New Year.
Diane M.; Ontario
Having just read a review of your work entitled “The Way Out” I was moved to contact you and congratulate you on your courage. My daughter, …..is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Both of us benefit from your insight…..Good Luck in your future endeavours.
B.; Kincardine, Ontario
Thank you for personalizing my copy of your book. My daughter …and I both read it and were amazed by the similarities of your mutual experiences. We have had frequent opportunities in the recent months to discuss this topic. At long last we have a firmer understanding of her behaviour and the underlying causes. Of course it is still a long road ahead of her, with many issues still unexplored. I hope that she can find the strength, as you did, to face the truths and be free. Anon
How thrilled you must be to see your book going to print. I believe that a large number of us have stories locked inside, but only a precious few find the courage and determination to see that story come to life in the form of a book…….
I spoke to the E.A.P. group at work….please accept our contribution….I sincerely hope that your book becomes a best-seller Jan, not for fame and fortune, (although a good measure of that would definitely be warranted), but be cause from meeting you, I sensed that you are the kind of person who would enjoy sharing her success with the world. And people like that are becoming increasingly harder to find these days.
Looking forward to meeting you again. Once again, congratulations, and the best of luck in the future. And thanks for giving us the opportunity to be involved.
Thanks for the opportunity to lend a hand to your publishing project.
The issue of sexual abuse is close to my heart – It’s an issue in my family and many of my writing students have tackled it. Also, as I mentioned, many high school kids have made disclosures to me about sexual abuse. I know there is a real need for your book…..
All the best,
Martin A.; Grey County, Ontario
"The Way Out"
Author: Jan Porter
Cover Design: Jan Porter
ISBN: 09696796, 100% recycled materials
First Print: Whale Publications, Second Print: Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee
“It always grieves me to contemplate the initiation of children into the ways of life
when they are scarcely more than infants. It checks their confidence and simplicity,
two of the best qualities that heaven gives them, and demands that they share our sorrows before they are capable of entering into our enjoyments.” Charles Dickens".
As a mother and Career Counselor, and the direct result of life experiences as well as those of her clients, she wrote her first book; “The Way Out”, an easy to read self help book for survivors and those who support them. With the first edition, Jan chose to forgo consideration by a large corporate publishing house in order to maintain the integrity of those who contributed to the book, using recycled materials. The book was first published by Whale Publications in 1993 with current publishing rights being held through the Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee, USA, for use in the Pastoral Counseling program.
Jan is a member of the National Spiritual Healers Association of Canada, the Mohawk College Alumni Association, and a final year Licentiate Minister student of the Centre for Spiritualist Studies; National Spiritualist Association of Churches in New York, USA.
Reviewed by; Whale Publications
Author; John Britt
Cover Design by; Jan Porter
10 Star Rating!
John Britt’s novel; ‘Bob's Ichthyosaur’, is currently holding the top spot of my personal favourites. I simply could not put it down. It moves and flows gracefully. It balances humour with real life adversities and introduces the reader to (unknown) sub cultures. A wonderful adventure story, kind of like ‘Grumpy Old Men’ meets ‘Moby Dick’.
The un-sung hero, ‘Old Bob’, is a retired can’t win for losing farmer who lives in a small rural town. One night, Old Bob sees a live Ichthyosaur out in the bay and decides to catch it. The story evolves around “Old Bob’ and the local “Old Boys” clique; Old Bill, Old Dunc and Old Nester, who become involved in Bob’s mission. The story is told by Old Bill and is often humourous as it inadvertently explores life in a rural community and what it means to be old. The story is deeply moving as Bob ultimately transcends a number of adversities, including his own mortality, to become a local legend in his own right.
In this first novel, John has demonstrated the ancient art of storytelling! The caliber of a novel and its potential to become a classic is measured by its ability to creep into one’s psyche and soul, long after it’s been read. Bob’s Ichthyosaur is one such novel. When I drive on the rural back roads, I see the old farm where Bill resides. At my local bay, I swear I’ve caught the odd glimpse of Itchy out in the water. When I drive in my own small rural town, we too, have a bank bench where the old boys gather. I often see old boys driving slow, in Lincolns & Town Cars. I am certain that this novel is a classic!
Bob’s Ichthyosaur is truly refreshing, a real treasure! I can’t wait to see ‘the movie version. I want the DVD for my personal collection. I look forward to reading John’s next novel.
Review by; Jan Porter