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The moments you can’t take back

Today I would like to give you, my lovely readers, just four (out of thousands) of embarrassing moments my children can never take back; reminding you that you are certainly not alone in this thing we call parenthood.

— Sophie and I were in a public restroom at the beach recently. After she relieved herself, I told her to stand to the side so I could sit down to do my business. READ

Is patience out of date?

“Just a minute,” said Jerry. “I need to respond to a post.” “Something important?” I asked, leaning back in my chair. “Maybe,” he replied. “It’s someone asking for a quote.” READ

Educational needs vary from public to private schools

Q: Can you help us decide on a strategy for giving our child the best possible education? Our daughter is ready to start school, and we want to get her moving in the right direction. READ

Anything is possible at the fair

Can it really be that long ago? It feels like five minutes; it feels like 150 years. That’s what some birthdays are like, I guess, and the one this week felt like that. READ

Four tips to get abs faster

If you’re like most people, when you enter the gym, one of the top goals that you strive to reach is getting that coveted set of six-pack abs. Or perhaps you think you’d just be happy if you could get a set of flat abs and not have to worry about pesky love handles. READ

Memory joggers of home remain

Ever since Thomas Wolfe’s You Can’t Go Home Again was published posthumously in 1940, debate has flourished on the possible philosophical meanings of the title. READ

Doing simple things makes your garden better

In July it is important to enjoy the garden and to do simple things to make the garden better. READ

Hidden frogs seek to travel the globe

Release the frogs! That’s what the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance will be doing later this month. These green amphibians however are not the living, ribbiting kind. READ

On the Great Allegheny Passage

A few years ago, Confluence Pennsylvania was dying. Local businesses were closing and people were packing up and moving away. Housing prices fell as low as $20,000 USD, but no one was buying. READ

An arresting summer camp

It’s no funny business with Matthew Martin, 10, and his partner, 8-year-old Chloe Pruden. The duo, in blue uniforms and toy guns on their hips, acted as police officers on Tuesday morning, part of the Kids N’ Kops summer mentoring camp in Lacombe. READ

Playing serious horseshoes for fun

There’s nothing like the sound of a metal horseshoe chiming as it snags a stake and whirls down into the sand, said Myrna Kissick of Innisfail. “It’s a beauty, that,” she said, going into detail about the best position to strike a “ringer” from the horseshoe pits in town which are located near the Innisfail hospital off of 42nd Street. READ

The key is desire

It’s no surprise to see Clare McMahon among of the top young female golfers in the province. After all the 16-year-old grew up on the Balmoral Golf Course, which is owned and managed by her parents, John and Lesley. READ

Market Day

Researching the Eastern European grocery market scene, I kept hearing the same phrase from shop owners. How do you serve the smoked herring? READ

Doing what you need after a day of parenting

As parents, we do what we need to, to simply get through the day. Some drink a much needed glass of wine after a long day of diaper changing and toddler chasing. READ

Discussing sexuality with your preschoolers

Question: I recently discovered my preschooler playing “doctor” with a neighborhood friend. I’ve always thought this kind of thing was innocent and normal in very young kids, but when I found my own child involved, I felt uncomfortable and didn’t know what to say. Should I be concerned? READ

Pay it forward reminds us of the power of giving

“I don’t understand,” I said. “Why is it free?” “It’s not free,” she explained. “It was paid for by the person in front of you.” READ

So you want to be a spaceperson?

How would you like to be from Albuquerque, New Mexico? Just think, you’d have to write out that convoluted sequence of vowels and constellations in “Albuquerque” every time you were asked for your address. READ

Getting your metabolic boost this summer

With summer hitting – everyone wants their best beach body. Going in with great intentions as always, we forget that indulging on beers on patios, grabbing ice cream and eating hot dogs while camping are always on the table for summer. READ

Nearly half of teens report having texted while driving, student survey finds

An alarming proportion of Ontario teens report that they have texted while behind the wheel of a vehicle, says a survey of Grade 7 to 12 students in the province conducted for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. READ

Ebola outbreak not right for testing experimental vaccines, drugs: experts

The largest Ebola outbreak in history is defying the containment efforts of affected countries and international response teams, leading to calls from some quarters to use experimental drugs or vaccines to try to stop the deadly virus. READ

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