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Vinegar a good replacement for toxic cleaning products

We have a new maintenance man in the building where my clinic is located. Our last maintenance man was a great guy. He would do anything for me, change light bulbs, help me move stuff about and was always ready for good a laugh.

The only challenge I had with him was his choice of cleaning products. He mopped the floors, shined the taps in the sink and wiped down the baseboards in the hallways with a toxic spew disguised as cleaning products. READ

Hunting incident not an accident

For almost five years, now, I have been haunted by events just west of Red Deer on Nov. 29, 2009, and what has been dragging on behind them ever since. READ

Critters can cause garden problems in winter

Snow has closed the garden from human traffic for the season. Hardier people will head out to prune but most will wait until the weather begins to warm in the spring. Either works well. READ

Reality sets you free from baby fever

There are moments — not often, but sometimes — when nostalgia decides to creep up on me and I get a rare case of baby fever. I will look at my nieces and nephews and think, “Oh golly gosh, [I think in terms of a 1950s housewife] a little teensy tiny baby would be so nice to have to cuddle and hold. I want a baby.” READ

A flash of insight

Have you had an epiphany so shocking you actually said out loud, “Aha!”? Recently, I had an “Aha!” moment about “Aha!” moments. “Aha!” moments are flashes of insight or enlightenment when a deeper understanding or solution to a vexing problem seems to falls into place through sudden insight. READ

Elk and moose problems are similar

On Sept. 19, a class-action law suit against the government of Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of people injured in moose-vehicle collisions was dismissed by Justice Robert Stack of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. READ

Poppies don’t just grow in Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields where poppies grow” is the opening line of a poem that is used in many countries to symbolize the sacrifices that others made in times of war. The poppies immortalized by the poem are papaver rhoeas, also known as corm poppy or field poppy. READ

A citizens’ assembly on resources makes sense

In last month’s column, I mentioned the possible use of a citizens’ assembly to decide on the direction of resource use in Alberta (after also seeing it mentioned in an earlier column written by ATB’s senior analyst, Robert Roach). READ

How to properly integrate interval training into your workout program

If you’re looking to get started with interval training, it’s going to be essential that you are incorporating it into your workout session properly. READ

The morning after a Halloween candy binge

My eyelids pull apart from each other in a wretched, sleep-deprived, there’s-no-way-it’s-time-to-get-up kind of way. I can feel the sugar-riddled breath of an almost four-year-old on my cheek, which tells me it probably isn’t time to get up but I’m not going to be given the opportunity to choose this fine morning. READ

How do you handle a sincere compliment?

I was in a workshop once where an exercise involved participants looking into a mirror and writing down a sincere compliment they could give themselves. One woman became so upset, she ran out of the room sobbing. Imagine how negative her self-talk must have been! What do you do when someone compliments you? READ

Finding the healing powers of a plant through taste

In every tradition of herbal medicine around the world, herbalists learn to identify a plant’s medicine through its taste. READ

Automotive strategy needed

There’s a vital question about where Canada will fit in the future global economy. This directly affects our jobs and living standards. And how well we are able to do in the fast-changing and increasingly high-tech automotive industry may be a good test case of our ability to succeed in a major global industry. READ

Struggles in smuggling

Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to be returning to Canada? READ

Tips for caring for potted plants

There are many people in the world who claim to have a black thumb because they kill anything green in a pot. But a desire to have greenery in the house, selection of plant, location of plant and watering can turn a black thumb green. READ

Memories of opening day

Nov. 1, opening day of deer season in Wildlife Management Unit 324, is the last of this column’s really important days of the year. The others are April 1, opening day of the trout season, and Oct. 15, the pheasant opener. READ

Get real and get rid of your worries

“You must be a hit at the psychic fairs,” he said to Christine. “Psychic fairs?” she replied. “Why would you say that?” “Do you fancy yourself a mind reader or a fortune teller?” READ

A hair-brained idea

Parenthood is a constant learning curve. With each milestone achieved comes a thousand and fifty-one mind-numbing lessons on how it could have gone smoother. Once again, I had stumbled blindly into the vast pit of things I still don’t understand about parenting. READ

Coconut is a superfood

One of the healthiest fats that you should be eating on a regular basis is coconut. Whether you choose to use coconut oil, coconut milk or dried unsweetened coconut, coconut period is a very healthy food. READ

Succulent care varies by the season

The definition of a succulent is: a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs. Succulents are plants with thick, fleshy leaves, as well as cacti. READ

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