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Travelling off season and saving your money

You can save a bundle travelling to a sun destination during the summer months, but it can be a calculated risk.

While vacationing in Mexico, our family spent part of the holiday monitoring weather reports — hoping that a hurricane would not ruin the trip. We knew that August was inside hurricane season, but when we found a rock-bottom last-minute airfare deal to Puerto Vallarta, we just couldn’t resist booking a late summer vacation. READ

A Taste of Markerville: One-of-a-kind menu

Last weekend, Markerville celebrated summer with a culinary extravaganza. Besides their second annual Taste of Markerville, they hosted a formal, sit down Long Table Dinner. With the help of talented chefs from Calgary and locally-sourced ingredients from producers and farmers around Central Alberta, a one-of-a-kind menu was served to over 100 guests. READ

CPR should be tweaked to urge chin lift: expert

An anesthesiologist is suggesting recommendations on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR may need to be changed. Dr. Anthony Ho says that when CPR guidelines were updated in 2010 a step that is probably needed was taken out. READ

A chariot into nature

When Krista Thiessen of Red Deer hit the ground for the first time in the TrailRider, she couldn’t stop smiling. “It’s something like you’ll never experience at all,” said Thiessen, 30. “Just the greatest opportunity to get out there, see some nature.” READ

Summer adventure in Central Alberta

It seemed as if we had been driving for hours along the edge of the broad rolling prairies when suddenly we passed into a strange lunar landscape filled with hoodoos, pinnacles, mesas, gorges and scruffy hills lined with colourful layers of exposed rock. READ

Grateful people

“Are you up for a good challenge,” she asked. “Lay it on me,” I replied and we both laughed. READ

Finding good health, inside and out

As the stark white stucco ceiling stares down at me this morning, I feel somehow changed. READ

Adapt marital roles to changing health crises

Question: We just learned my spouse has cancer, and we’re reeling. We have the best possible medical care, but there’s one area where doctors can’t help us: READ

The happiest anniversary on Earth!

In just a few short days, it will be August and I don’t know about you, but I’m already wondering where most of July went. READ

Stories about the Jekyll-Hyde Fly

I was not aware that my fishing “stuff” in Old Farmer’s Almanac, Canadian Edition, also appears in the American Edition, and thus was unprepared for the inquiries about my heresy against always dead drifting artificial flies and in favour the “slow draw,” the “sudden inch,” ”the fast strip” and other moving fly fishing ploys. READ

Garderners can conserve water

Each time the temperatures soar, the employees in municipal water departments cringe as water consumption increases. READ

Probiotics can change your life

It may not be what’s trending on Twitter right now, but it is certainly coming to the forefront of more people’s nutritional conversations, as it should. READ

At ease on top of a galloping horse

Not everyone can do a handstand. Fewer yet atop a cantering horse. But for sisters Jeanine and Angelique van der Sluijs of Olds, it’s as natural as walking. READ

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. 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

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