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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

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

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

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

Ramadan: a season of giving

Muslims in Red Deer and around the world are wrapping up their third week of fasting for Ramadan, the holiest period in the Islamic calendar. For Haleema Natiq, it’s not only a time of prayer and heightened devotion, but also an opportunity to share her religion with others. 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Is patience out of date?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

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

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

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

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

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

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