Canoeing with Lois Wilson / Imam Abdullah Antepli / Bes

Photo Credit: <a href=''>Steve Jurvetson</a>

Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson


Season 19: Episode 6

Three canoes. Four tents. Five nights in the back country. And six women of a certain age. The group's fearless leader is Lois Wilson, former senator, ordained minister and octogenarian. They paddle deep into the woods of Northern Ontario while Tapestry tags along.  

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Talk about unfettered access. The Very Reverend, The Honourable Lois Wilson has been making back-country canoe trips since she was a child. Wilson agreed to let freelance journalist Alanna Mitchell join the trip. Alanna packed a microphone in her backpack.  The documentary is called  "How Can Life Be So Good?" 


Left to right: Susanne Dahlin, Joan Halonen, Mary Sanderson, Alanna Mitchell, Pat McPhee and Lois Wilson sitting on the canoe.

Allen Smutylo is an artist. Through the years he's been drawn to scenes on the edge of a lake, a river-bank, or on the sea. These are serene places.Then he went to India to paint a very different kind of water: The Ganges.

Later on the show, the Prophet Muhammad once said that true reflection for an hour is better than a whole year of physical worship.

The business of thinking is a big part of the Imam Abdullah Antepli's spiritual practice. In Arabic, the word is Tafakkur. Imam Antepli is the Muslim Chaplain at Duke University's Divinity School in North Carolina.

Also in this episode, rediscovering an ancient Egyptian god whose very attraction lies in its playful, hideous face. We'll hear all about Bes.

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