Ukrainian Easter eggs, pysanka, are not just a colorful work of art they are full of Christian symbolism. “These designs are symbols of Christ’s Resurrection and eternal life,” said Eleanor Bernakevitch of St. Athanasius Parish who was hosting an Easter Egg workshop Saturday March 5. She gave the PM a description of the designs, their meaning and the tools required to “write” on the egg. It’s an ancient tradition, said Bernakevitch, that has been going on since about 500 A.D. According to the internet, the tradition evolved from a pagan tradition that paid tribute to the natural world. The meaning of the designs was changed over time to align with traditional Christian beliefs.
One does not “color” Easter Eggs, the designs are written on the egg using beeswax and dyes. Pysanka means to write, explained Bernakevitch.
Before dyes were available colors came from nature, “yellow came from an onion peel,” said Bernakevitch, “orange came from cheese, red from beet juice, green from spinach... Read More
It’s here and we simply have to deal with it. Physician Assisted Suicide, euthanasia, compassionate alleviation of the suffering and pain or whatever euphemism you wish to put on it, is simply killing people.
The Supreme Court gave the new Liberal government a four-month extension to get a law in place and supposedly somewhere in the bureaucratic complex that is government, someone or some group is trying to put something together. The current law against such procedures is still in force but it’s not being enforced.
All the attention has been on individuals suffering terminal illnesses but so far no one has looked at the long term effect this could have on society.
Long term care homes are full of people requiring varying degrees of care. Some are suffering terminal illnesses; some are deteriorating with dementia or Alzheimer’s, some are in what appears to be in a vegetative state (that’s a subject for a future blog) and considering all the suggestions of what...
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REGINA……..It took politicians moving out of their comfort zone and “adult conversations” to finally end the conflict in Northern Ireland said Dr. Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University, Belfast. McEvoy was the Nash Lecturer held February 23 in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College, University of Regina.
The Lecture was titled Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland.
Scientists are getting closer to what appears to be their goal of playing God.
The latest comes from an article in the February 15 issue of Time Magazine that say the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of the United Kingdon (HFEA) has given permission to a scientist to begin experimenting genome editing on human embryos DNA using a new editing tool that is simple, easy to use and effective. The tool is called CRISPR-Cas9 and allows the user to find and correct mutations that can lead to deadly diseases.
Genome editing has been done successfully on animals and there are reports that Chinese scientists have done some editing using human embryos. Some scientists have called for a moratorium on DNA editing in human embryos but others say if successful it could be a “medical Miracle” that could cure all manner of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. That’s all well and good but it could also be used to edit out factors that effect quality of life or even design...
The siege of Aleppo, has been going on since 2012. There are so many factions involved in the fighting it’s difficult to name them. Alliances change depending on who is ahead in the battle but the bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of people have left the once prosperous and World Heritage City and hundreds of thousands more are said to be trapped inside and starving. It’s been called by some a modern day Stalingrad calling to mind the siege of that Russian city during WWII in which thousands died of starvation.
International aid groups have tried to get into the city with supplies to alleviate the suffering and every once in a while there is an announcement that an agreement has been reached to allow convoys into the city but the agreements mean little as the various factions fighting each other haven’t sopped killing each other.
It’s a siege. The city is surrounded. Apparently some people can get out, it’s one of the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis, while...
Campion College presents the 36th annual Nash Memorial Lecture entitled Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland, and delivered by guest lecturer Kieran McEvoy, PhD. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College, University of Regina (main campus). Admission is free. Complimentary parking is available in lots 3M and 17M.
Using the Northern Ireland experience as a case-study, the lecture will focus on some of the most formidable challenges faced by societies emerging from conflict. Themes addressed will include the role of truth recovery; the closely linked theme of amnesties and immunities in return for such truth recovery; the potential and limitations of prosecuting people for past-related offences; the role of ex-combatants and ex-prisoners; the experience of victimhood and the particular difficulties associated with hierarchies of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' victims; and... Read More
In another life I, with Scott Schill, Leader-Post City Editor at the time, Toarr Springstein who was with Saskatchewan Department of Northern Development I think it was called, were on a fishing trip to Lloyd’s Lake. It took close to 12-hours to drive the almost 900 kilometers from Regina to La Loche and we were to fly out to Lloyd’s Lake as soon as we got there.
We loaded our gear onto the Cessna 180, Toar got into the front seat, Scott and I in the back and we roared off over the water, but the aircraft said forget it this is too heavy so Scott and I were deposited back at the dock. Toar was a big man, even by today’s standards of football players. He was a retired guard or tackle from the Roughriders.
Anyway, they took off and the pilot was to be back in about an hour to get us. But the weather closed over the Clearwater River and the pilot radioed he couldn’t get through so Scott and I had to spend the night in La Loche. There was no hotel or motel or anything so...