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December 2015

Choice and Change: The Courage to Become

Have you ever had a strong sense that you were due for a change but found yourself resisting? Life suddenly felt wrong. You didn’t know what you wanted, only that you no longer wanted what you had. Maybe making a change meant the most frightening thing of all: letting go of a role that defined you. Under such circumstances, most of us hang on until the change is made for us. There is no shame in this. Listening to the still, small voice is heroic work. Continue reading “Choice and Change: The Courage to Become”


Gift ideas: how about a roof?

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Giving a leg up to those who walk the talk

by Hélène Montpetit

I got an eye-opening letter from David of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation this morning. He conveyed slightly alarming information to the effect that the leaders of nine nuclear-armed countries are now in a position to activate close to 2,000 nuclear weapons.

Continue reading “Giving a leg up to those who walk the talk”

Over 80 years ago, Orwell wrote…

“Modern man is rather like a bisected wasp which goes on sucking jam and pretends the loss of his abdomen doesn’t matter.”

Review of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, 1934

Sweet Songs Collection no. 11: The Transition Network

The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward a healthier lifestyle.
The Transition Network helps communities all over the world move toward fossil-free living.

The Transition Network is an initiative started in 2006 by Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande. Over the years, the organisation has developed the core elements of a model that enables communities to move out of the age of fossil fuels toward healthier solutions.

“In our vision of the future, people work together to find ways to live with a lot less reliance on fossil fuels and on over-exploitation of other planetary resources, much reduced carbon emissions, improved wellbeing for all and stronger local economies. The Transition movement is an ongoing social experiment, in which communities learn from each other and are part of a global and historic push towards a better future for ourselves, for future generations and for the planet.”

For more information on The Transition Network, click here or watch a 6 minute introductory interview here, on our Sweet Songs page.

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Sometimes the most difficult challenge is to see past our blind spots in order to identify the behaviours that get us in trouble so that we can do something about them.
This song features one of my favorite solos of all time: a sizzling few bars of violin, by Chris Crilly.

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