The Spice of Life

Updated 2015/05/12

They say that variety is the spice of life, and this week we have quite a savory menu for you.

Art Talk - Illuminate May 2015 18 x 24Artisan Series | Illuminate

The word “illustration” comes from the latin words “illustra’tio, illu’stro” meaning enlighten, irradiate, illuminate.

Salt Spring is home to some amazing illustrators! Find wonderful examples of their work including sketches and working drawings in the library program room during the month of May.

Hospice Film Series | Griefwalker (Tue 7pm)

Griefwalker is a 2012 National Film Board of Canada documentary by director Tim Wilson. Filmed over a twelve-year period, the film chronicles Stephen Jenkinson’s work as a palliative care counselor, showcasing his perspectives on end-of-life care.

The heart of the film is the exchange between Jenkinson and the director—a series of thoughtful tête-à-têtes about what it means to live and die well with the aid of end-of-life counselling.

Stephen has also looked to indigenous cultures around the world for the basis of his program for teaching people how to cope with death based on their connection to the world around them. Griefwalker, while beautiful to watch, is difficult as it cuts right into everyone’s basic fear. Jenkinson’s philosophy and spirituality are appealing and will no doubt generate much discussion.

Total Film Length: 70 mins

We hope to have Stephen present for this showing.

Poetry Open Mic | Bob Weeden (Thu 6:45pm)

Bob Weeden, a still submerged poet, offers serious stuff from a light heart on beauty, friends, time and life. Perfume From Stones is among the poems he will read.

Bob has also written The Country of the Heart, Eye, and Hand; a collection of nature essays.

One poem per reader. First come, first served.

Reader signup at 6:45pm. Open Mic at 7pm. Reading at 7:30pm.

Healing the Self, Healing the Earth | A Buddhist Perspective On Our Eco-Crisis (Mon 18th @ 7:30pm)

In this talk David explains how Buddhism’s interaction with democratic societies can point the way to integrate personal and social transformation.

HealingTheSelfHealingTheEarth-DavidLoy-042115-v2David Loy is a writer, professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. His latest book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World, has been called “a wake-up call for Buddhists and everyone else on how to respond to the current multiple crises. Our economic system institutionalizes greed; racism and militarism institutionalize hatred; and the corporate media institutionalize delusion. “As earth-dwellers,” Loy says, “we’re all in this together. We are being challenged to realize our interdependence, our larger ‘self’, or else. The Earth is telling us: Wake up or get out of the way.”


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