Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Tricks of the mind

Reading involves bit of trickery. Mental trickery. It engages the imagination and fools us into thinking we are there within the book: nestled beside the author, or better yet, beside the characters. Immersed in the created world, floating through it like a ghost in a haunted house movie, or perhaps in the imagined flesh, interacting ...

The Political Road Map: Development and Recession: Looking Back To See The Future

Tonight is Friday and while I sit here occupying my time with readings, movies and Youtube, many of you are probably outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather with the company of friends. While outside, I hope you get a chance to look up at the amazing moon, while it isn’t a full moon tonight, it is ...

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, economist Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

350 or bust: “Together We Can End The Holocaust Against The Environment”

Reposted from Elder’s Meditation of the Day April 10 “Together we can end the Holocaust against the environment.” –Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders We are all familiar with the Holocaust against the people. When this happens we feel bad and we vow never to let it happen again. We need to seriously examine ...

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

Fascinating! Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit


350 or bust: Shift Happens

* It’s solstice 2012, and we are on the verge of a paradigm shift. Here’s some inspiration for the journey, from *

350 or bust: A Revolution in Thinking

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust – enjoy this mind-blowing talk on quantum mechanics by Aaron O’Connell:

350 or bust: Inspiring Action

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and it’s time to get inspired. This week it’s Simon Senek on how great leaders inspire action:

350 or bust: Doha Climate Talks: Fiddling While Planet Burns

It’s a plus 2 Celsius December day in northern Ontario, 11 degrees warmer than the average high for this day. The UN Climate talks in Doha Qatar continue for the rest of this week, not that you would know that they were going on if you read the mainstream Canadian media. They are missing in ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit


350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

350 or bust: How Changing Perspective Could Save Our Environment

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here is advertising expert and funny guy Rory Sutherland talking about how it’s possible to change the way people value things can have surprising results: Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

I don’t know if these are actors or not, but it is an amusing idea:

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The imagination, art, and activism of Herman’s House

by Chanda Chevannes | Troy Media Last week I attended the Toronto theatrical premiere of Herman’s House, a thought-provoking documentary written and directed by Angad Singh Bhalla. This Canadian film tells the story of an artistic collaboration between Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace. Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist from New York. Wallace is a Black Panther ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

350 or bust: Radical Gaming Can Change Your Life – Can It Change Our World?

It’s TED talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s game designer Jane McGonigal sharing her own story of how playing games helped her cope with a difficult health crisis. She shows how games can boost resilience – and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life. *

350 or bust: Conflict: What’s Really At Stake And How To Move From No To Yes

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. On this talk, author William Ury, co-founder of  Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project, discusses resolving human conflict through walking from “no” to “yes” drawing from his own wide experience of conflict situations. Truly inspiring! * William Ury: Helping People Get To Yes

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

The kind of hope I often think about …is, I believe, a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t. Hope is not a prognostication — it’s an orientation of the spirit. Each of us must find real, fundamental hope within himself. You can’t delegate ...

350 or bust: A Wake Up Call To Women

“Women must wake up this great force they possess and bring the world back to peace and harmony.” THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walk on water. the miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment. Peace is all around us – in the world and in nature – and within us – in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies


350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer ...

350 or bust: Skinny Dipping: Therapy For A World Careening Towards Climate Chaos

I’ve just returned from an invigorating five day wilderness canoe trip in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. The Park is part of an bi-provincial bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is right out our back door. My family, along with 2 other families who were dedicated enough to travel the 6 hours from ...

350 or bust: What Does It Take To Get People To Change?

Apparently standing on the brink of global disaster, economically and environmentally, isn’t enough to get the majority of people to demand real change from their political leaders, and move away from their fossil fuel lovin’ ways. So what will it take? This video from 14 year old Hyrum Grenny (with a little help from his ...