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Heavenly Levity

book cover image Religion a Discovery in Comics

Margaret de Heer studied theology at the University of Amsterdam, but through "divine intervention" went on to become a comic artist.

Progressive Pro-Lifers?

book cover image Defenders of the Unborn

Today, pro-life liberals are nearly extinct. Fifty years ago, however, this wasn’t the case.

Map Time

book cover image Map

How can we display the globe on a flat surface? That's been a challenge since before the days of Columbus.

Our Indiana Jones

book cover image Back Roads of Ontario

He may not be Harrison Ford, but Ron Brown explores Ontario's historic roads, with unexpected side trips and a fascinating story.

William Blake, Visionary

book cover image Eternity's Sunrise

"And was Jerusalem builded here, among these dark satanic mills?", asked the poet William Blake (1757-1827). Leo Damrosch has an answer.

Ninety? No Problem.

book cover image Keep Moving

What is the key to aging well? Says Hollywood's Dick Van Dyke, "Don't start going down the stairs sideways'".

Three Mid-Wives

book cover image Staking Claims

At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln called on Americans to ensure their nation would have “a new birth of freedom.”  But Canada and the Confederacy were having their own labour pains.

Local History 45 rpm

book cover image A DJ's Spin

London Free Press journalist James Reaney says "Dick Williams has loomed tall in my London for at least 50 years."

The West And The Rest?

book cover image The Silk Roads

One leading scholar says its time to re-write the history books, this time looking East.

Calming The Waters

book cover image How To Relax

How to Relax is part of The Mindfulness Essentials series of how-to titles by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.