By Cathy Hird

I have been writing this column for a year and a half, and it occurred to me that it might be time to go back to the basic questions I am working on with what I write here.

In this column, I explore the place of "spirit" and "spirituality" in our lives. For me, spirituality explores questions of meaning, purpose and connection--connection to other people, to creation, to the divine. Spirit is the part of us that senses what is transcendent, but also what connects us to people, places and creation. Spirituality is our guide to what is beyond us and between us.

A person is made up of four parts: body, mind, heart and spirit. An older word used for spirit was "soul." Each part of us has

monkeyartMonkeys are filling the lower studio of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from now until closing on Sunday, February 7. A show to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey has been organized by the Chinese in Grey Bruce Research Project in partnership with the gallery.

The call to artists went out to all local artists, and the pieces represent the work of professionals, art teachers and their students, and those for whom making art is both a solitary and social practice. From milk paint to the traditional Chinese watercolour and brush, felt to flattened cans, the artists have brought the celebration to life.

This year we are honoured to have work by Guangzhou, China artist SuYi Chen, who has been a friend since childhood of one of the event organizers, Xiao Mei Zhu. Her delicate brush paintings on rice paper, mounted...

Anna1Did you know that loneliness and lack of social ties are some of the most difficult issues facing those at risk of homelessness and poverty? Loneliness can be so devastating that it hinders any sense of feeling hopeful. Safe 'N Sound believes that in order for any good work to be accomplished in someone's life, the issue of loneliness must be acknowledged and addressed.

This is why Safe 'N Sound is much needed in Owen Sound. Through our programming at The Space        (310 8th St. East) we intentionally facilitate social ties and a sense of belonging. We are a community within a community where participants feel welcome. Here folks can access support, advocacy, referral, and basic needs such as laundry facilities, showers, computers, lunch, and more. We also strongly encourage and....

Cathy-Hird-winter-tree-fieldBy Cathy Hird
Standing in a fence row halfway to the forest, in a low lying spot between two ploughed fields, a swamp oak spreads out in all directions. Willows, dogwood and marsh grasses grow beneath it. In summer, the tree is a huge green ball providing shelter for birds and shade for the smaller plants. In winter, the tree's structure can be seen.

The main trunk is not as thick as one might expect given its size--this is a fast growing type of tree. About 4 meters from the ground, branches 30 cm in diameter grow horizontally, each sending smaller ones up and out. Further up the trunk, more branches sprout from the trunk, and the angles of these become more and more vertical higher up the tree. As I stand on my skis looking at it, I can...

home-expo-arena-floorExhibitor registration for the 2016 Home & Cottage Expo is underway, and many businesses from the local area and beyond have already registered for the popular regional home show. Show organizers recommend ...

By Cathy Hird

In a well-known passage in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare claimed that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. The play goes on to prove that it is hard to get around the power of a name ...






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