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Dr. Madan Bali: “We have become human doings, not beings”
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Dr. Madan Bali: “We have become human doings, not beings”

The mind is in every cell of the body, yoga instructor Madan Bali tells me. We are sitting cross-legged on the floor of his spacious downtown studio. His voice is low and soft, but carries in the spartan room. He compares the body—the complete body, which includes the mind—with supercomputers […]

Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve
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Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve

There is an evolution underway in Cuba. Banners are borne by weary multitudes waving computer-science degrees and wearing stethoscopes. Today the ordinary Cuban demands his due in the global economy. With the growing potential sanctioned by the government, floodgates are opening. Cuba is one of the most complicated and invigorating […]

Big Tree helps bring memories and personal stories to life
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Big Tree helps bring memories and personal stories to life

When Beryl Moser’s daughter Paula presented her with a most original gift—the chance to tell her life story to a professional interviewer and preserve it for future generations—she was delighted. Being the first client of a new venture, Big Tree Life Stories, created by oral historian Sharon Gubbay Helfer, Moser […]

Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur
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Chocolate shops in New York: The unbearable sweetness of being a chocolate connoisseur

If Valentine’s Day is about love, here goes: I love chocolate. I love a gooey Peruvian Inca chocolate bar and Belgian chocolate made on a Brussels streetcorner and New Orleans chocolate pralines, and Three Musketeers bars and M&M’s and … So my Valentine’s Day offering is a list of underground […]

Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream
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Black History Month: ‘It’s time’ to reimagine The Dream

With the theme “It’s time,” the 22nd edition of Black History Month in Montreal also marks the 50th anniversary of the game-changing I Have a Dream speech of the great civil-rights leader Martin Luther King. In an exclusive exhibition presented at Place des Arts from February 5 to 18, six […]

Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate
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Word Nerd: Black English: Where African rhythms resonate

In February, in the United States and Canada, we celebrate Black History Month to honour the achievements of black men and women throughout history. As such, let’s reflect on the speech patterns of black people. While negative attitudes toward black English persist, we have to look to yesteryear to see […]

Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties
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Mark Abley on co-operation among Canadian political parties

Mark Abley created a stir in The Gazette this fall with an opinion piece in which he called for an alliance of the left as the only way to end the division of anti-Conservative voting patterns. “Hard-core New Democrats, lifelong Liberals and fervent Greens have their differences, of course,” he […]

Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love
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Recipe: Love is leftovers. Leftovers are love

Sinatra sang it. Love is lovelier, the second time around. He also made I’ve got you under my skin tremendously popular. Well, that makes sense, because he was a singer. If he were a cook, he would be crooning about leftovers and maybe some extra stuffing between the epidermis and […]

Milos on our minds
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Milos on our minds

The cicadas, again. We are sitting at a small table on the edge of the seashore in the bay of Adamas, the main port of Milos, wondering why we are leaving this place after three nights. A lone seagull floats by and the gentle wind sends ripples across the water. […]

Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal
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Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal

Montreal winters bring challenges when it comes to walking outside. We are aware of many environmental hazards in the home and can take preventive action against falling. This task is more difficult with the unpredictable condition of Montreal sidewalks. Cataracts and glaucoma can alter the vision of older people, making […]