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History lessons that matter

In the soon to be 49 years of these weekly columns, they have appeared for varying periods in a dozen Alberta newspapers.

I’ve always negotiated a complimentary subscription as part of the fee with the weekly newspapers to keep the column in tune with the communities and to benefit from occasional column subjects. READ

Caring for indoor plants

Inside plants are never appreciated as much as when the wind blows and temperatures dip lower and lower. Indoor greenery helps clean the air as well as make the place feel a little more tropical. READ

Interval training tips

As you go about constructing your very own interval training protocol, exercise selection will be key. READ

Mom’s sweet sleep still out of reach

An open letter to my well-rested family: Now before I set in on the ramblings of my sleep-deprived ways, I will start off by telling you all that I love you. READ

Boredom a bad word, there is always lots to do

“I’m too board to eat lunch.” “I’m too bored to clean my room.” “I’m too bored to play outside.” “I’m too bored to go to sleep.” “I’m too bored I can’t even watch TV.” READ

Glory days, not just a Bruce Springsteen song

“I could run forever,” stated Alvin. “Nothing and no one could catch me.” He was talking about his running days again. We all rolled our eyes and sighed. “I was the fastest kid in school. That’s why I was chosen for the running team.” READ

How to avoid over-purchasing seeds

Seed catalogues for 2015 have started to arrive through the mail and are available online. The ones from the large seed houses are full of tantalizing pictures and information. Smaller businesses provide lists and less information. Both encourage people to dream of spring and gardening. READ

Defined by an age, or by who we are?

Lately I’ve heard much talk about how wonderful 30 is. How once we reach this brilliant age, all of the insecurities of our 20s will flit away as though never having been there in the first place. READ

A mountain of unfinished, unused stuff, tasks, ideas

I’m going to open up and tell you something private — I have close to 50 unfinished documents on my laptop alone. These scripts range from almost completed blog posts about motherhood to questionably written erotica to ponderings as to why I have such terrible skin READ

Been there, done that ... or are my perceptions wrong?

“I don’t get it,” he said, shaking his head. “How could I be so wrong?” I was speaking with a fellow writer who for years had been trying to attain some level of fame. He had enjoyed minor successes but nothing remarkable or, seemingly, sustainable. 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

Grandma should not give in to grandson’s bedtime demands

Dear Annie: I am very close to my 12-year-old grandson. His family life is not good, and since his parents live nearby, the boy is at my house more often than not. READ

Little ones learn an ugly word

We have all heard it, the age old saying, ‘Hate is an ugly word.’ I had never taken much thought to the adage before though, because I too have been guilty of using the word. READ

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