Cycles of Life

Rev. Wayne Walder: Our Cycles of Life Matter

by Reverend Wayne Walder There are cycles of life in everything. I bet there are cycles of life throughout the universe. Stars are born and they die. If we are lucky we are born, we live long and satisfying lives … but then we die, too. We know this, but sometimes we forget. We forget…

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Our Music: The Strength and Wisdom of Grandmothers

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood I first became aware of the Raging Grannies at the Melancthon Quarry protest that the Spirit Choir attended at Queen’s Park. A group of brightly dressed older women attracted a lot of attention when they began singing protest songs for all to hear. It was incredibly moving to…

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Families Growing Together: Coming of Age

by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning Rebellion is an evil word often attributed to teenagers who are struggling to achieve some level of independence. It’s a curious word because it can be utilized in both a positive or negative light. I suppose its attribution depends on which side of the argument one stands. Coming…

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Cycles of Life: Movie Resources

Boyhood (2014) with Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, his parents, and his sister. Stand By Me (1998) with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman Just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event…

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Cycles of Life: Spiritual Questions

• Have there been times in your life when you could honestly say you were reborn, reinvented, in a way that was unmistakably life changing? • How do you cycle between boredom and anxiety … between adventure and safety? • Are you afraid of death? How does the fear come to you? Can you identify…

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Cycles of Life: Inspirational Quotations

“What was scattered gathers. What was gathered blows away.” – Heraclitus “Age is a seasoned trickster. To our parents, we will always be children. Within ourselves, the same yearnings of youth; the same aspirations of adolescence, will last a lifetime. Only to the young – blinded by our grey hair and slowing gait – do…

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Cycles of Life: Web Resources

It All Happens, and Nothing Lasts by Sharon Salzberg, 2015 article on On Being A lovely essay about perception and changes. http://www.onbeing.org/blog/sharon-salzberg-it-all-happens-and-nothing-lasts/7936 Our Natural Sleep Cycle by Jessa Gamble, 2010 video talk on TED (20 minutes) In today’s world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight…

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