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Ways of Seeing

  • Experiments

    Tax day of atonement

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S BEEN A YEAR. In some ways I feel disappointed. I’d hoped a year without coffee would somehow make me into a saint. Now, my first cup of coffee in a year is brewing on the counter and I don’t think I’ll be canonized anytime soon.

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  • Editorial

    In praise of ugly beauty

    We are captivated by a narrow view of beauty. Standard, uniform, balanced beautiful beauty. Look at magazine covers. Not just for fashion and fitness. Look at the home and garden magazines, look at the car and pet magazines. All the “beauty” is similar. Smooth and “perfect.”

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  • Editorial

    Not real animals at the zoo

    A child who goes to a zoo is not encountering real animals. Like any other spectacle, like any other pornography, a zoo can never really satisfy, can never really deliver what it promises.

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  • Experiments

    Find the eyes to see

    I have a growing sense of unease about surrendering my time and attention to highly-manufactured representations of reality – like movies and anything digital. This doesn’t mean I’ve stopped using computers or browsing through web portfolios for photos to include in this magazine. But it does mean I’m paying more attention to what affects how I see.

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  • Editorial

    A letter to progressive Christians in the USA

    I write from a healthy distance: 1,566 miles, one international border and a curious cultural divide away from Capitol Hill, the global epicenter of raw power. Things must look different from out here on the snowy Canadian prairie because I just don’t understand how progressive Christians – with whom I generally agree – have become so caught up in the machinations of super-power.

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  • Editorial

    Thirty thousand

    Thirty thousand (30,000) kids died of hunger in my TV today. I can’t process that information. I just can’t. Would it register differently in my mind and heart if the TV added another zero (300,000) or another two zeros (3,000,000)?

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  • Editorial

    All our dreams

    The belief that our grandest aspirations can be achieved is supposed to get us off our asses. But can our rise-to-the-challenge, have-faith-in-yourself formula lead to success in addressing humanity’s biggest issues?

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  • Experiments

    The Winking Circle

    We wanted to live an adventure rather than watch one. We didn’t want to lead lives in which the only experience of passion and exuberance came via a TV screen. So a group of us began to imagine something beyond televised teenage angst.

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  • Editorial

    The Washing

    The day my cousin Billy started his truck in the garage and rolled up the windows and died was the same day I did laundry and hung it out on the line to dry. Dad told me about Billy when I called him just before midnight to tell him happy birthday.

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  • Experiments

    Less: The new future is circular

    The imagery of progress moves us up and away from the circle of the earth: we climb the corporate ladder, we climb Jacob’s ladder, we construct towers of Babel, we reach for the stars. Corporate board rooms are on top floors of office towers. But we can no longer keep heading onward and upward, leaving the earth and the majority of humanity behind.

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