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Integration brings focus and clarity

“Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit — the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.”

— Greg Anderson, founder of READ

Bad days can’t ruin a lifetime of happiness

I knew it was going to be a crap morning right from the start. I’d been on this weight-loss journey for a little over two months now and it was my weekly weigh-in day. I had high hopes for the number on the scale as I was back in action for a full week after an unfortunate shoulder injury. I was averaging 20,000 steps a day and eating healthier than I can ever remember eating in my life. I knew I was going to see some results. READ

Memories of Waterton fishing

Good news about Alberta sport fishing, the fishery or the waters they depend on has been scarce lately. Then, suddenly, some good news arrives at almost the right time and place for it about one of those rare and almost-accidental “new” fisheries created over time, ironically, from very little money and manpower. READ

How yards are judged for competitions

Most people look at yards, gardens flowers and farmsteads with the thought are they pleasing to the eye. READ

Keeping your cool

Hothead: (noun) a person who is impetuous or who easily becomes heated and angry. Yesterday the kids and I went for a walk to the park and in an effort for health and well-being, I decided we would take the long route. As soon as we hit the fork in the path and I turned right instead of our usual left, they both stopped and stood there dumbfounded. “Um, you’re going the wrong way Mom!” Sophie said with blatant unease. READ

Back to the basics

You can’t touch it but every day it affects how you feel about yourself. You can’t hear it but it is apparent in every word you say aloud or silently to yourself. You can’t see it but you might catch a glimpse of it in that selfie you took yesterday or the face you see in the mirror tomorrow morning. It’s your self-esteem, and its level (high or low) will affect every area of your life. READ

Once a clown, always a clown

Believe it or not, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve. Like did you know I can whip up a balloon animal in a matter of seconds? Or that I am a whiz at riding tiny bicycles. And at one point in my life, I had an alter ego known as Lola the clown and I ambled all over Central Alberta clowning around at various farmers markets and events. READ

Understanding choice and the resulting consequences

“I haven’t been able to work,” said Bill. “Not with the pain and nerve damage.” It had been a few years since the accident that ended Bill’s career on the construction site. An accident that nearly ended his life. A drunk driver — with no consideration for the devastating consequences of her choice — headed out on the highway after a Christmas party. READ

WHO appoints Canadian MD to help guide women’s cancer care in developing nations

A Canadian oncologist has been appointed by the World Health Organization to help create guidelines and programs to provide earlier diagnosis and treatment of cancers that are killing more women in developing countries each year. READ

Writers always need thick skin

As a writer one must adopt the knack to take criticism positively and use it constructively. It is a difficult feat sometimes, especially when you’ve toiled so hard on a project only to have to revamp and once again revise, revise, revise. Nevertheless the writer knows what must be done to achieve the overall fulfillment they will eventually reap from their work. And this entire process, I’ve come to realize, is quite similar in the long journey of parenthood. READ

Sometimes being alone never felt so glorious

“Could you use a hand with dishes?” I asked, setting down my cup of tea. “If you like,” Mom replied. She had just started filling the kitchen sink with hot water. A quick squirt of soap produced an ample amount of white, frothy bubbles. I grabbed a dishtowel from a drawer and prepared to dry the dishes. Mom began washing – rinsing each plate and utensil before passing it to me. For a time, we just stood quietly, intent upon our tasks. READ

The many varieties of Bellflower

The genius Campanula commonly known as Bellflower encompasses a large selection of perennials, biennials and annuals.. Some varieties are a treat to have in the garden, others need controlled and then there are the ones that should only be used in places where nothing else grows such as dry slopes or deep shade. READ

Democracy denied

A recent column reported that in his recent report “Environment and Parks —Systems to Manage Grazing Leases,” Alberta Auditor General, Merwan Saher, was surprised to find 1999 Alberta legislation that was passed by the legislature but never proclaimed into law, which would effectively have ended Cowboy Welfare and had the big public land grazing lease bucks go to the people of Alberta where they belong. The AG confessed to being flabbergasted, because the unproclaimed law would have dealt with what he considers to be a fundamental principle for all Albertans: that personal financial benefit should not derive from public assets. READ

Spit-roasted pig or movie in the park

I wasn’t a planner before kids and I’m not a planner now. I prefer to see where the day takes us and leave out the heavy scheduling and rigid preparation of things. With that said however we do pander to a couple of pretty set in stone routines. Like our bedtime practice (perhaps not always at the same time) but always teeth, PJ’s and then a bedtime story. READ

Writing a Better Life Story

“And then,” said Giselle, “I stood up and I yelled, ‘That’s enough!’” I turned to my buddy sitting next to me. “That’s not quite how I remember it.” “Yeah,” he said. “Her stories should have a disclaimer: loosely based on actual events.” READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ

Stop fungi, viruses and pests in autumn

In late spring, summer and early fall, deciduous trees and shrubs are covered in leaves. During this time, yellow leaves, dead leaves and dead branches are tell-tale signs that the plant is not healthy. READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Stories to help deal with the season of sickness

This week I launch my book, The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being. Because it is the season of coughs, sore throats and colds, I thought three plant stories from the book might be of interest. READ

Energy booms often outpace infrastructure

Bakken and Eagle Ford, of course, refer to the huge shale oil fields in North Dakota and Texas, which use fracking technology to get oil and gas out of the ground. The quote is somewhat flippant, but it merely echoes what the U.S. Energy Information Agency is saying. The EIA is the government’s main cheerleader for the shale oil revolution, but even it admits that production will peak in 2021 and then go downhill from there. READ

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