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COVID-19 derailed everyone's plans. Here's how to make new ones

Stephen Johnson tried to weigh out whether he should move to California and in the process discovered a whole world of long-term planning tools. At a time when planning for the future feels impossible, Johnson talks about how to thoughtfully make big plans.

Making life-affirming decisions: Choosing joy, solo motherhood & pound cake

Candice Marie Benbow is a writer and theologian who has decided to pursue her dream of being a mother on her own in 2021 because, she says, “We literally were given the gift of surviving one of the hardest and most difficult years that any of us have ever seen. We didn’t survive all of that to play small. To not live these big, beautiful lives that are of our making.”

Bonsai and the power of tiny trees

Max Falkowitz started the pandemic with little work and limited human contact, but through the art of bonsai, has found a sense of peace in the midst of a turbulent world.

Gender-fluid dressing could lead to renaissance in fashion, says advocate

Until now, a lot of forays into genderless fashion have been subdued and shapeless, featuring neutral colours and boxy silhouettes. The author and activist behind the #DeGenderFashion movement says a truly gender-fluid approach to dressing could allow room for a much more expressive wardrobe.

Tapestry Unwinds

Tapestry starts a new holiday tradition called Tapestry Unwinds. Members of the production team share the songs they turn to for a lift, paired with their favourite Tapestry moments from the past year.
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Christmas cheer could be an emotion all its own

Olly Robertson, a research assistant at University of Oxford, has written about the science of Christmas cheer, and why things like mistletoe, the Christmas tree, and of course the music of the season have such an emotional impact.

Christmas cheer for all to hear

Christmas music, whether you love it or hate it, has a power over us we can't control, and science can back it up. Musicologist Joe Bennett at the Berklee College of Music breaks down what makes "White Christmas" tick? Olly Robertson meanwhile has written about the science of Christmas cheer.
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What chords, sounds and lyrics give Christmas music its spirit?

Musicologist Joe Bennett at the Berklee College of Music in Boston has done a brief analysis on how we can define what a contemporary Christmas song even is, and the patterns and themes that seem to hit us at the heart.

How a secret trove of letters helped 2 sisters learn about the father they never knew

Michèle Dawson Haber and her sister Ruti pored over letters, photographs and audio reels to painstakingly assemble a profile of their father, who died when they were very young.

Why plant-based 'pork' is giving some Jews and Muslims pause

The latest entry into the Impossible Foods world — Impossible Pork — may have wound up alienating part of its target market.

Why Canada's 27,000 faith buildings are crucial for communities

Many of Canada's 27,000 faith spaces and buildings across Canada are in danger of closing. But some could be reborn and repurposed as community hubs.

'Can I get a honk honk?': The sound of worship in the pandemic

Over the last seven years, teams of faculty and student researchers at Michigan State University and Ohio State University have gathered and cataloged hundreds of audio recordings. The sonic archive documents the diversity of everyday religious life.

How religious practice continues to transform through the pandemic

From the sounds of drive-in church services to a look at repurposing church buildings, how religious practice and its spaces continue to shift during the pandemic.
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How a hidden stash of letters changed this family forever

Michele Dawson Haber and her sister Ruti grew up with a pretty great step-father. But whenever they asked questions about their biological father their mom would be evasive. Then one day Michele and Ruti found out their mom had kept a box full of letters from him and thought it was time to get some answers.

Still seeking your soul mate? 'One' is a whole number, says psychologist

Many of us are taught from a young age that marriage is the key to happiness. But what if this commonly held belief isn’t true? Social psychologist Bella DePaulo breaks down the stereotypes about single life.

Good Cop/Bad Cop: Why cop shows make for complicated entertainment

Following the George Floyd protests across the world last year, television shows about police officers have become, for many viewers, a lot more complicated to watch. Media researcher Tiara Sukhan breaks down the line between reality and escapism.

Escapism and the single life

Social psychologist Bella DePaulo breaks down the stereotypes about single life and media researcher Tiara Sukhan breaks down the line between reality and escapism, when it comes to police shows.

Reimagining work

Christine Bader and Eva Dienel are sharing the stories of a future of work that works for everyone with a project called The Life I Want. And, Kate Soper takes a critical look at the so-called 'the good life' that really may not be so good for our health, our planet, or our way of being in her latest book Post-Growth Living For an Alternative Hedonism.

Why it's not just your brain that makes you smart

Science journalist Annie Murphy Paul, author of The Extended Mind, wants to dispel us of our brain fixation. Meanwhile assistant professor Julia Kam, who runs Internal Attention Lab at the University of Calgary, emphasizes how important it is to let the mind wander.
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Rituals are a way to connect with the beauty of the world, says author

Sasha Sagan says so many things that we don’t think about are rituals, and they can be magic. She says if we look closer, we can find it.

Remembering John Shelby Spong

John Shelby Spong died this past summer at the age of 90. By popular demand, here are his conservations with Tapestry from 2007 and 2009.

Jett: The Far Shore's vision of space exploration a far cry from today's billionaire space race

The new video game by Canadian developer Craig Adams tells a story about environmentalism, climate change and faith, and the future with an outlook quite unlike the modern-day corporate space race.

You have more influence than you think

Have you ever felt uncomfortable asking a stranger for directions because you don’t want to bother them? Social psychologist Vanessa Bohns says we might want to think again, because according to her research, we have far more influence over others than we think.

Under the sea of influence

Have you ever felt uncomfortable asking a stranger for directions because you don’t want to bother them? Social psychologist Vanessa Bohns says we might want to think again because we have far more influence over others than we think. Peter Marra saw Disney’s The Little Mermaid in theatres many times as a child. But it was only as an adult with a PhD in film studies that he truly recognized the influence the movie had on his queer identity.

Discovering my queer identity through The Little Mermaid

Peter Marra saw Disney’s The Little Mermaid in theatres many times as a child. But it was only until he was in his 30s with a PhD in film studies that he truly recognized the influence the movie had on his queer identity.

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