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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.

Mention it once and American readers want to know how to get and fish my Jekyll-Hyde Fly. 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

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Is patience out of date?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

Inconvenient facts being omitted in global warming debate

I once had a chat over a beer with Bill Greenwood, so I know he’s a smart guy. And his wise advice against cherry picking bears that out. However, there’s the old saying that if you talk the talk, then you also have to walk the walk. READ

Stampede shifts to education

Summertime is fair and rodeo season in Alberta. For me, it’s meant my “field” for the last 10 days has been the dirt (and cement) of Stampede Park in Calgary. READ

The best investments aren’t always Canadian

“Derek, my neighbor says it is safer to invest in Canadian companies. Is that true?” While I enjoy a good hockey game with some bacon and maple syrup as much as the next Canadian, I’m not always as patriotic when it comes to my investment choices. READ

Not interested in materialistic Christmas

Every year, my grandmother and I go to my cousins’ house for Christmas. This year is different for me. I have had the miracle of God helping me overcome some major addictions in my life. 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

OCD behaviours can get worse over time

My wife and I are a little concerned about our 30-year-old daughter, “Amber.” Every day, she spends an hour brushing her teeth and five full minutes washing her hands. 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

Worried about nail-biting friend

One of my best friends constantly bites her nails. She has cats and dogs, occasionally babysits a toddler and does a lot of gardening. This is a lot of dirt and germs under her nails. Doesn’t she know she could make herself sick? READ

Beating those self-defeating beliefs

Growing up on a farm, I repaired and built more than my share of fences. Barbed wire fences, page-wire fences — even plank and rail fences. One of the simplest yet most effective fences I ever installed was an electric fence. READ

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