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6 A CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT
Jeremy Ball previews the Parliament of the World's
Religions in Melbourne this month
8 THE TALE THAT WON'T GO AWAY
Where did Jesus spend his formative years? Rosamund
Bur ton explores this intriguing puzzle
14 AN INVITATION TO WONDER
Ceremony can help us reach deep into the myster y,
says Eric Harrison
24 MAIDEN TO MOTHER
Helen Patrice celebrates the ages of woman
18 STATIN DECEPTION
Dr Peter Dingle PhD urges a closer look at our
reliance on cholesterol-lowering statin dr ugs
20 TASTE THE JOY
Get into the real spirit of Christmas with a simple
Panfor te. Jude Blereau shows how
21 MANAGING INFLAMMATION NATURALLY
Naturopath Jeremy Hill says managing inflammation is
at the hear t of a holistic approach
22 YOUR OWN HEALER
We can create our own healing rituals out of everyday
moments, says Chandrika Gibson
24 HOLIDAY TIME AND PETS
Holistic vet Dr Clare Middle with some seasonal advice
10 LOOSENING THE CARBON CHAINS
Adrian Glamorgan previews the Copenhagen climate
15 GE CROPS - RAISING THE STAKES
GE canola is now taking root in our largest non-GE
canola crop, WA. Read the full story by Margaret Evans
online at www.novamagazine.com.au/ar ticles
25 NOVA GUIDE
29 FREE TICKETS
Even in a year as topsy turvy as this one
will surely go down in history, some
things never change! And thank heaven
for that! While we all mutter under our breath
about those gaudy Christmas decorations in
the stores -- "They're even earlier this year!"--
and the marketing blitz that's already into
gear in early November, don't you secretly
welcome this annual dose of good cheer?
We can choose to indulge, or not, in the
commercialism of the festive season -- really
I think that's neither here nor there. What I
truly love is the rare chance to get together
as a family and share great food, too much
wine, today's events, tomorrow's plans and
old stories that mysteriously expand in detail
over the years. Like everybody else, we're all
busy, frequently travelling and with some of
our kids living abroad these days as they build
exciting careers. If we can all make it together
over Christmas it's a blessing.
At the same time, we're conscious that
it's a bittersweet season, too -- for us and
baby boomers everywhere who've lost their
parents or who see the years beginning
to take their toll. My mother loved a party
and our Boxing Day bash was an all day
and frequently hilarious affair! I'm amazed
at the stories that old friends still trot out
about those crazy days. A bottle of Turkish
gin brought back as a Gallipoli souvenir by
my grandfather figures in many -- apparently
spirits do intensify with the passing of the
years! My dad carved a mean turkey and
never scrimped on his hospitality. Now we
do it differently in a gorgeous garden setting,
establishing our own tradition for our own
children to build on when it comes to their
turn. Our ritual is an evolving thing and I
think that's part of its appeal to us all.
Many of us I know will be thinking this
festive season of others less fortunate than
ourselves -- the refugees caught in limbo,
families doing it tough in a cold northern
winter yet trying to bring some Christmas joy
to their children, the lonely made to feel even
more alone by the festivities all around them.
Let's be conscious of the pain of others and
try, in some small way, to ease it.
I'll put in a word here for the wonderful
efforts of organisations like World Vision
and Oxfam and Care Australia and others
like them. While some of my more worldly
relatives might not have appreciated the gift
of a goat (via World Vision they were giving
a goat with its precious milk to an African
village family), I loved giving it. Various other
animals have similarly appeared under the
Christmas tree -- one year, everybody got a
World Vision donor gift and I got the most
pleasure of all! Try it for yourself and you'll
find it's addictive.
Somehow, the idea of ceremony for me
is linked to candles. I remember vividly the
courtyard lined with gently flickering candles
outside the impossibly romantic Galle Face
Hotel in Colombo Sri Lanka when we arrived
on the balmy evening of Boxing Day 2005.
It was a commemoration of the dreadful
tragedy one year earlier when the Boxing
Day tsunami took at least 40,000 Sri Lankan
lives along that beautiful stretch of coastline.
I've loved Sri Lanka ever since and I sincerely
hope as a country of great privilege we can
open our hearts to its refugees.
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