Vol. 19 Iss. 49

Volume 19 Issue 49 - 12/23/2011

Hope is Never Too Much of a Good Thing

Christmas is lurking just beyond my emotional horizon. It’s an ambiguous day for me. Sometimes I’m in a festive spirit and look forward to the eggnog, but other years crass commercialization overwhelms my sensibilities, and I’m not so merry. Christmas is ideally a festive, family-oriented season. However, this year the holiday brings with it mixed… Read more »

Editorial – Peace on Earth

?Let there be peace on earth,? country crooner Vince Gill sings, ?and let it begin with me!? It’s a song from my childhood, lyrics that come back to me every time I hear the phrase ?peace on earth.? This Christmas season, I’m finding myself humming it much more frequently than ?Jingle Bells,? ?We Three Kings,?… Read more »

AUSU Update

AUSU congratulates new party leaders! AU students are spread all over Canada and the world, but AU’s funding comes from the Government of Alberta, so It’s important for us, as AU students, to remain aware of political issues in Alberta. Alberta’s political parties have recently undergone some transitions, as both the Progressive Conservative and Liberal… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Do This, Not That

Here’s the situation in a nutshell. Roy is away working until Christmas. Because we are having our children over Christmas Eve, all the preparation falls on me. Here’s what you should know: our house is small, I’m working two days a week, and I only cook and clean because someone has to. I’m not one… Read more »

Write Stuff – Spread the Word

If you love words, You’re probably revelling in the current climate of e-books, audiobooks, and more blogs than even Matilda Wormwood could devour. One of the driving forces behind this word resurgence has been generosity—an open-source, communal attitude That’s given readers access to more content than ever before. So as we approach the traditional season… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Bal

Film: Bal (Honey) (Kaplan Films 2010) Director: Semih Kaplanohlu Cast: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu,Tülin Özen ?All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.? Plato There’s a Beekeeper Up in That Tree… Read more »

Health Matters – No More Indigestion

Christmas cookies. Fruitcake. Eggnog. Festive cocktails. Filling dinners with family and friends. For many of us, the Christmas season can take a toll on our digestive system (harming us in both the short and longer term). The holiday aftermath doesn’t need to be about discomfort, though. In this article, we’ll look at some easy, practical… Read more »

Maghreb Voices – 3Ma

Album: 3 Ma (Sterns Music 2008) Musicians: Rajery (valiha), Ballaké Sissoko (kora), and Driss El Maloumi (oud) ?Beauty: the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.? Leon Battista Alberti Madagascar, Mali, Morocco The whole thing was Rajery’s idea. At home in… Read more »

Happy Holidays from The Voice Magazine

It’s hard to believe that the year is drawing to a close. As our final issue of 2011 goes live, we’d like to express our gratitude to our extended Voice family: the wonderful writers, contributors, and readers who make doing what we do worthwhile. The Voice Magazine will be on break for the holidays as… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Peace and Goodwill

Holiday blues got you saying, ?Bah humbug?? Sometimes the commercialism, the crowds, and the stress of family expectations can put us in a less than festive mood. To get back in the spirit of the season, seek out heartwarming reminders of the good humanity is capable of doing. Get out the Kleenex, and start clicking!… Read more »

Letters to the Editor – We Love to Hear from You!

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@voicemagazine.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. Re: ?Sound Off: AU’s Coat of Arms and Crest? by Maxie van Roye, v19 i42 (2011-11-04) Although I concur that the coat of arms incorporates a lot of localized symbols into the design,… Read more »