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Dahlia season is on the horizon

Those who walked through Bower Place mall last fall when the Alberta Dahlia and Glad Society were hosting their annual show know what these flowers look like at their best. They are magnificent and easy to grow. Every garden should boast a few.

Start with good roots or tubers. READ

Everything was my fault

I woke up with a start. I was dreaming that in some perverse and twisted universe, my husband’s stinky work clothes had gotten mixed in with my whites. READ

Beware of false wisdom and those who peddle it

“I’m not sure I can answer that,” I replied, “without sounding self-important.” I was talking with a friend about life and he surprised me by asking if I considered myself a wise person. It reminded me of the Zen paradox about enlightenment: the moment you think you’re enlightened, you’re not. I told him I thought wisdom was a journey and not a destination. READ

Beware the Ides of March

The soothsayer’s dire “beware the Ides of March” to Julius Caesar in 44 BC has taken on new meaning this year; that and flying kites. Even in the ’toons, one sooths sad truths: the coloured Classic Peanuts of March 7 showing Charlie Brown, a red kite hung on his nose, and saying “Eventually, I may have to give up kite flying,” immediately brings Premier Jim Prentice to mind. READ

Spring cleanse a time for renewal

Consider a time before every home had a refrigerator. Green vegetables were as scarce in January as a robin’s song. Salted meat was chewed on through short days and long nights. By February, the root veggies in the cellar were limp and spongy. Pickled eggs and fish were a treat. READ

The busyness of addiction

“What the hell are you doing?” My wife’s question startled me. Now to be fair, it was 3 a.m. and I was sitting in front of my computer in my underwear. (Sorry for the unpleasant visual.) I had woken up in the middle of night convinced that I hadn’t responded to an important email from my employer. As it turned out I had, but seeing that I was up, I decided to work on a small writing assignment. READ

Aligning with the health that is you

Trying to work out but can’t seem to make it to the gym? Wanting to make changes in your eating behaviors but can’t seem to kick the takeout and fast food? Confused about which diet is right for you or how to truly know what to eat and how to prepare? READ

Elk, cougars on the AFGA agenda

One of the best parts of an Alberta Fish and Game annual conference is what you learn in the hunting and fishing committee meetings from presentations by Alberta’s few remaining fish and wildlife biologists about what they are up to and what regulation changes you might expect in the coming fishing and hunting seasons. READ

Be on the lookout this year for AAS seeds

Google new plants for 2015 and over 300 million results appear. Further research shows that the plants might be a newly introduced variety or they might be new to the company that is selling that plant or type of seed. All American Selections (AAS) READ

No more mister nice guy

“You’re much too nice,” said his boss. “You let people walk all over you.” “You’re much nicer than I am,” said his friend. “I would have told that SOB off.” “You’re such a nice guy,” said the girl of his dreams. “Someday you’ll find someone.” As these examples suggest, sometimes, being really nice isn’t the greatest quality one could posses. READ

Getting to the bottom of a tall tale

Have I told you about my two little parrots? I’m sure I’ve mentioned them in an article or two — I have come to quite enjoy their antics, you know. READ

Viral dancing genitals, accidental butt-dialing

The world is full of it these days. Boy, is it ever. Bad news I mean. What with wars and pestilence and movies like Hot Tub Time Machine 2, it can be downright depressing. That’s why it’s so nice to see some meaningful, life-affirming, important news stories once a while. Significant news items like Butt-Dialing Bust and Dancing Genitals Video. 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

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

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

Planning your yard with the right focal point

How much ornamentation, statues, arches, pergolas, fountains, walls, etc., should be in a yard? It depends on the size of the yard and whether plants or ornaments are the main focus of the garden. READ

How do you bee-have?

In my experience, there are three types of reactions you will find humans having when coming in contact with the ominous bee. READ

Crying babies disrupting Sunday service

Dear Annie: Quite frequently during our Sunday church services, the loud noise of a crying baby or babies makes it difficult to hear the sermon and other portions of the worship service. READ

What will our children become?

There are moments when I look upon my sweet children and am taken away to thoughts of what they will become. I want them to be respectable. I want them to be happy. I want them to be self-sufficient and above all I want them to be moral. READ

A thrilling yarn from Canadian history

The year is 1915, the war that later came to be known as The Great War had begun in the autumn of 1914, and all eyes were on Europe. Young men of Canada were anxious and willing to go overseas and defend the Empire; automobiles were becoming popular for those who could afford the $1,400 price, and the LCW (Local Council of Women) were hard at work lobbying for women’s rights. READ

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