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Coconut is a superfood

One of the healthiest fats that you should be eating on a regular basis is coconut. Whether you choose to use coconut oil, coconut milk or dried unsweetened coconut, coconut period is a very healthy food.

It’ll help boost your energy, it’ll help prevent heart disease, it’ll help promote healthier skin and nails, and it’ll help strengthen your immune system. READ

Succulent care varies by the season

The definition of a succulent is: a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs. Succulents are plants with thick, fleshy leaves, as well as cacti. READ

Model 94 far from an uncommon gun

It is strangely both comforting and disquieting finally to learn that one way of financing a drug habit, delusional dreams of terrorism, and shooting a soldier in the back in Ottawa is to work in Alberta’s oilpatch and save the big bucks by lodging at homeless shelters. But I hope all that information is more credible than the RCMP assertion that the firearm Michael Zehaf-Bibeau used to kill Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Winchester Model 94, is “an old, uncommon gun.” READ

Your beliefs play a major role in reality

“I think we’re all clear on what needs to happen next.” I could tell most people were a little uncomfortable with the approach devised by the chairman of our committee. I also had a feeling that no one was going to stand up and say anything contradictory. I was searching for the words when someone in the back of the room spoke up. All heads turned to acknowledge the lone voice of dissent READ

Stories heard from an ‘ice tea’ stand

A few days ago, the children and I were on our weekly park-hopping expedition … park hopping, if you were wondering, is a marvelous activity in which we tour all around town looking for new parks to discover. READ

A dirty rural habit: illegal dumping

Prentiss-area farmer Tim Goode is a happy camper when he heads into the mountains to enjoy a peaceful break. READ

The secret global weather machine

It’s been a while (thank goodness) since Mr. Science Man dropped in for a little edification and erudition. But since he’s been knocking at the door of this column for a while now and hasn’t gone away like I’d hoped, I figured I’d let him in for another (hopefully) brief Q and A on whatever seems to be so persistently on his mind this time. READ

A cold remedy that uses ingredients grown in Alberta gardens

This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. 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

Environmental collision course

Twenty-two years ago, Darryl Smith, dentist, outdoorsman and environmental activist from Valleyview, in Northern Alberta, took me on a fishing tour of his Little Smoky River; “his” because the doctor was the father of the Little Smoky becoming the first designated catch and release grayling fishery in North America. READ

A work in progress

I once worked with a disagreeable fellow named Doug. Colleagues sometimes referring to him as Old Thunder Head as he seemed to walk beneath a small, dark thunder cloud. We worked in a large building and my department had little interaction with Doug’s. It wasn’t until the company did some renovating that I began to encounter him in the hallways. For a couple weeks, he was kept busy transporting items from his old office to the new one. READ

Dealing with my daughter the drama queen

There Sophie was insistently slamming her hand down over and over on the Hideout Hut. You may be asking yourself what in fact a Hideout Hut is and why was I allowing my daughter to beat it. Have patience and read on! READ

Arm wrestling with telemarketers

They got me good today. Twice in fact. I can usually figure it out when the phone rings and the ID thingy on the phone reads a weird number with lots of zeros or says “Ontario” or “Nigeria” or “Answer this, you fool” — I can usually realize that I’m being had. READ

Four mistakes people make when trying to get abs

Is six-pack abs topping your goal list these days? Do you feel like you’re pretty happy with your overall body development except one key area: your ab region? READ

What it takes to stay committed to your health

Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ

Fairy gardens are fun and meant to catch the eye

Fairy gardens are miniature gardens developed with small plants and accessories. They can be located outside or in. Outside, they are located in nocks and crannies; inside, in a large shallow container. READ

Albertans’ access to public lands decreasing

It has been written of our neighbours to the south, Montanans, that they will obey any law or policy with which they personally agree. Albertans are different: they will quietly obey any policy or law with which they personally disagree, provided you let them say so before you ignore them and cram it down their throats. That is why we elect bad governments, over and over; just so long as they do not increase taxes or otherwise affect our creature comforts. READ

Learning to live with beater cars

From the time the kids were wee babes, Jamie and I have drove older vehicles. Some may refer to them as beaters, beasts or even pieces of crap (whilst booting the wheel well over and over again because the damn thing broke down for the fifth time that month). But who’s keeping track, right? READ

Being an encourager

“I can’t hit the broad side of a barn,” I lamented. “I’ll look like a fool.” I was chatting with my cousin, Lloyd. He had come out to the farm for his usual summer visit. I had been expressing anxiety about playing slow-pitch with a group of guys at my new job. READ

Important to do your research on soil

Thinking of purchasing soil or compost for the garden? As with any long-lasting purchase, it pays to take time to do research and ask questions. Once soil is delivered, it is just about impossible to return. READ

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