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Stone and crystal eggs for Spring

By contributor Shanon Fenske Lobelia’s Lair in Nanaimo will once again sell egg-shaped stone crystals to anyone celebrating spring, fertility, and rebirth this Easter season. Stone crystals in the shapes of eggs are sold year-round at Lobelia’s Lair in Nanaimo, says storeowner Liberty Harakas. They are especially popular during the spring, when people metaphorically—and literally—plant new seeds. Fertility symbols such as the egg are recognized by many cultures around the world, especially during the weeks before and after spring equinox, Harakas says. Many different stones and colours are available, but the choice is personal. It depends on what type of […]

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Nanaimo welcomes new Poet Laureates

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell The three-year term of Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s first ever Inaugural Poet Laureate, has come to an end. Instated in 2013, in her time as Laureate, Wakan was a prolific writer, and established several successful creative projects in the city, including starting a high-school poetry competition, and establishing Nanaimo’s Poetry Map and Poetry in Transit programs. Her absence will be missed, however, two new faces have arrived to carry on her efforts—Kailey DeFehr (filler of the brand-new position of Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate), and Tina Biello, to be Wakan’s direct successor. Kailey DeFehr is 22, […]

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Death by summer

By contributor Sebastian Barkovic Wow, what a summer I had! It’s now the fourth week of school and I can barely get in the groove. I guess you can say that I had an abundance of fun. Where am I going with this? Surely no one wants to hear about my summer. I’m not here to tell you about my summer, rather I thought it would be interesting to look at my summer through the lens of the laws of the Bible. Like most of your summers, I’m sure it was filled with a bit of blasphemy, cursing at parents, […]

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Horoscopes

All Signs Maintaining equilibrium, or allowing old ideas to die and fertilize the soul so that new possibilities can grow, is painstaking at times and requires attention and fortitude. However, doing so with an added layer of politics, the negotiation one uses to navigate through the daily stress of external demands, can make the whole process feel overwhelming. But what if we decide not to pay attention to the surface and self-distracting jabber that is the world wanting to take our attention away from what is important? What if we turn the politicking around to suit our needs? Say, for […]

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