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The idea to 'follow the alphabet' evolved as we transitioned from bi-monthly to quarterly editions: with the first edition of our 27th year, in the Autumn of 2013, which featured many inspiring, challenging and unsettling articles reflecting "Art, Activism and Awakening."
Actually, it was the evolving theme of the Autumn 2013
edition that suggested the “A” imagery, and hence the idea of giving ourselves
a playful challenge for the next six and a half years: to
come up with a cover theme for each edition, while working our way through the
It may sound a bit ‘gimmicky’ – but our (Latin) alphabet is the foundation of the language(s) we use to communicate and this little device, we hoped, would help stimulate our creativity and perhaps broaden our horizons!
We will be
asking, in each issue, for your suggestions (and contributions) for the “alphabetic” theme for the
Spring 2019, Vol. 32-3: W...
Warnings, Whistleblowers, Words of Wisdom...
Some other "W" words you may find in this edition: Wages, Walls, Want, War, Water, Wealth, Weather, Weirdness, Wellness, West, Wet’suwet’en, Who, Why, WIFI, Will, Wind, Wistful, Wit, Wonder, Words, World, Worrisome, Worth, Wrath, the Writing on the Wall, the Written Word,…
Summer 2019, Vol. 32-4: X...
In our trip through the alphabet, we arrived at the letter “X” – a most enigmatic letter that has taken on so many diverse roles in our culture…
X for Wrong! X for my Vote! X-Files for the verboten topics… Not to mention, X standing for Christ, X for a crossing, crossroads, crossbones,
X for ten, X for ‘times’ (multiply), X for the Unknown… Or ‘xxx’ for sending kisses… Some of these topics were touched on obliquely in various articles - and Susanne Hare's art on the cover inadvertently featured an X shape!
Autumn 2019, Vol. 33-1: Y
Years go by…, Yesterday, YinYang, Yoga, Youth, You, Yurts... and lots of "Ys" - as in Why?!
This issue also features the start of the story - or rather, the saga -
from Norm Zigarlick and friends:
“The Feudal Fiefdoms of Saskatchewan’s Regional Parks" (p.25,60)
Winter 2019-20, Vol. 33-2: Z
The winter issue saw the finale of our Alphabet Challenge...
With compelling synchronicity, Maurice left his earthly form on December 2nd, 2019, as the Winter edition - and the final "Z" iteration of Dialogue's "Alphabet Challenge" was being put together. The cover image for this issue was a painting contributed by Dolly Dennis of Edmonton. The issue became a tribute to Maurice and the beginning of our dedication - as readers, writers, volunteers all - to ensuring that his legacy continues well into the future.
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You can use the Submissions Page to send your ideas, articles, images,etc. - or mail/email (below).
If you have an idea or layout for a themed cover image design, please contact volunteer editor, Janet, at:
Or mail to: Dialogue magazine, 6227 Groveland Dr.,
Nanaimo, BC V9V 1B1; Tel. 250-758-9877
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THE JANUARY 2023 ISSUE OF DIALOGUE, VOL. 36-#1, will be mailed soon.
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The Autumn 2021 digital edition, Vol.35, No. 1
The Summer 2021 digital edition,Vol. 34, No. 4
The Spring 2021 Digital Edition,
Vol. 34, No. 3
The Winter 2020-21 digital edition, Vol. 34, No. 2
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MAIL: 6227 Groveland Dr., Nanaimo, BC V9V 1B1 CANADA. Or use the Submission Page.
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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell
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"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the civilized world." - James Baldwin, Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)
"Since world war two we've managed to create history's
first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are
a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the
U.S. government and many other governments around the world." - John
Perkins, 2005, author of the book titled 'Confessions of and Economic Hit Man'
In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed. - Eduardo Galeano
"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely." - Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)
The above quotes are from ICH on Dec. 18-19, 2015: InformationClearingHouse
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