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Eight steps to a good night’s sleep

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” said Ben Franklin.

It has long been appreciated that a good night’s sleep is paramount to ensuring our health and longevity.

Not getting enough can leave you feeling drained, stressed, foggy and drowsy.

There are easy at home tips that can help you turn your sleep around.

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Need to take back control in parenting

“Hi Opa, how are you?” This greeting from our two-year-old granddaughter emanated clear as a bell from the computer speakers while we were Skyping with our daughter, who lives 15 hours driving time away from us.

It’s hard to describe the great amount of joy that this simple greeting gives us, and so we sit in front of the computer with silly grins on our faces as we encourage her to tell us all kinds of stories.

It’s mostly gibberish, of course, but we pay rapt attention to everything she says, because as she grows, more and more of what she says makes sense, plus it lets her know we care.

Our hearts continue to melt while we listen and we also see that her mother looks on her child with love mixed with some pride.

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Choosing the right natural supplement for you

A 2010 survey showed that 73 per cent of Canadians regularly take natural health products like vitamins and minerals, herbal products and homeopathic medicines. However, choosing a natural heath product is often times overwhelming and not all products are created equal!

There are so many options available to the consumer, both on the Internet and in stores. Which ones are safe? Does it really have the ingredients and amounts it claims? Can you mix more than one supplement together safely? Is it going to really have an impact on your health?

These are all important questions that need to be answered before spending your hard-earned money on any supplement.

Many Canadians are buying poor quality products that are not making any positive impact in their health, and are only negatively affecting their pocket book.

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Climbing the ladder of life

She sashays into the kitchen looking around to see who all is there, eventually turning to me with a coy hint of a smile in acknowledgement of my existence.

I have known her since she was about two or three, and now she is a beautiful 15-year-old.

Three years ago she only came to the kitchen with her mother, a very loving woman who herself has issues. But eventually any influence the mother might have had wore away and this petite young woman now is making wrong decisions without restraint.

Many were the efforts by countless people to help this mother learn how to raise her child, but she was either not able or just blocked by her own issues to act on any of it. Without being taught any coping and or battling skills the daughter, who has already had an abortion, is only two steps from becoming a permanent resident of the street.

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The struggle to keep children on the right path

Every part of society is comprised of people from birth to death and all ages in-between. In order for a community to remain in force, this means that you need to keep up the numbers by supplying new blood.

One of the principal reasons for my stepping down from the kitchen on Saturday mornings was because it needed new blood. If as a volunteer I am always there, then no one else will step up to the plate, so to speak.

Also, it allows me to pursue one activity that I really enjoy and that is to stroll the farmers market. I love seeing all the different sights, smelling all the different smells and listening to vendors talking up their product and buskers playing their tunes.

Not only that, I get to meet and greet a lot of friends and acquaintances both old and young. It, in my mind, is one of the activities that develops, builds and maintains community spirit.

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