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Express your Gratitude this Holiday Season

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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'Tis the season to be jolly! Yet for many people, the holidays can also be synonymous with stress. One way to make sure you experience the warmth of the season is to slow down and remember to acknowledge all the things and people in your life that make you feel grateful. What is gratitude? Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, you acknowledge the goodness in your life. And because, in the process, you recognize that the... [read more]

Winter Fun Facts

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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1. The wind chill factor is a measure of heat loss from exposed skin. 2. If it gets cold enough, ice crystals can form and snow can fall from clear skies. 3. All snowflakes have 6 sides. 4. A whiteout is also called a snow squall. It occurs when a cloud touches the ground. 5. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. 6. The "winter blues" were first diagnosed in 1984. And have recently been named seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.... [read more]

Nuts To You— A Healthier Diet

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Hungry for a quick snack? Nuts are tasty, convenient, and healthy. Their fiber and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both good for the heart. Just choose wisely. Although all nuts have health benefits, they’re best eaten raw or dry-roasted, not covered with chocolate, salt, or sugar. Here’s the breakdown on some of the most popular nuts (roasted, serving size 1 ounce): • Pistachios:... [read more]

Perfect Holiday Parties

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Throwing a party is often a matter of the right combination of providing your guests relaxation and enough structure that they are able to enjoy themselves. A savvy host knows there are many ways to do this. Here are a few tips for throwing a winning party:        ¨ Set the tone. If you really want everyone to relax and have fun make sure that you are completely organized. ¨ Whatever you’re going to serve, have it ready, and know how... [read more]

The Invention Of January

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Happy January, the traditional first month of the year! But how did January get to be the first month of the year? Consider that until the 1700s, calendars were not always as we see them today. January 1 became the first day of the new year when Julius Caesar reorganized the Roman calendar and made it solar rather than lunar In the year 45 B.C.E. he moved the beginning of the year to January 1. When the Gregorian calendar—which most of the world uses today—was introduced in... [read more]

Lead With Positive Attitude

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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The success of any team (not to mention your own family!) depends on the positive attitudes of the members and the leader. Demonstrate—and reinforce—these important personal guidelines: · Ego control. Remember, be committed to the goals of the team, not your own ambitions. Can you and the rest of your team put the group’s priorities first? · Admitting mistakes. Be willing to honestly concede errors so the team can move... [read more]

Sometimes A Hug Trumps A Fight

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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The next time your small child throws a temper tantrum, try giving a hug instead of a lecture. You might be surprised at how effective a hug can be in quieting a child in the midst of a meltdown. Hugs can defuse a child’s hurt or anger, making it easier for him or her to listen to what you have to say. Once calm, your child can take part in a larger discussion about the problem and his or her behavior. Children do better when they feel secure and loved, no matter what. [read more]

Effects Of Peaceful Video Games

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Playing action-packed video games may make people more violent, but do calm, peaceful games bring on a mood of relaxed serenity?  Maybe so, according to experiments conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. First, they had to find a relaxing video game. They settled on Endless Ocean, which simulates scuba diving and gentle underwater exploration. Then they took a group of 150 college students and randomly assigned them to play either a violent game like Resident Evil 4, a... [read more]

Good Medicine

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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I don’t know what it is, doc,” the young man said. “I just don’t feel good.” The doctor examined him and ran some tests. Then she talked to her nurse and came into the examination room with three bottles of different-colored pills. “OK,” the doctor said. “I want you to take one blue pill with a large glass of water every two hours. I want you to take a green pill with a large glass of water every three hours. And then take one of the... [read more]

12 Money Tips for Christmas

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Save yourself this Christmas If the festive season usually leaves you out of pocket and feeling like you spent more time and money battling the crowds than relaxing with friends and loved ones, why not simplify things this year?  Here are some quick and easy tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without breaking the bank. 1. Have a pre-Christmas clean up There's still time to bag some extra cash to boost your festive finances. Spend a few hours clearing out anything... [read more]

Gifts That Keep On Giving

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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If you haven’t done all of your holiday gift shopping yet, then here are some ideas for inexpensive gifts with staying power long after the holidays are over.     Magazine subscriptions. Yes, made of paper—not electrons. People still enjoy flipping pages, and magazines make great gifts that keep on giving all year long.   Food items. Drop by a World Market or other exotic foods store and put together a selection of interesting chocolates or unusual... [read more]

The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months. As a professor of behavioral addiction, I know how easy people can fall into bad habits and why on trying to give up those habits it is easy to relapse. Resolutions usually come in the form of lifestyle changes and changing behavior that has become routine and habitual (even if they are not problematic) can be hard to do. The most... [read more]

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2019

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If you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being cold can make you very sick. Older adults can lose body heat fast faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what's happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia. What Is... [read more]

Register for the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Thursday Oct 31st, 2019

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Registration for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program is open until 9 p.m. on November 8 for residents 65 years and over and people with physical disabilities. The program provides assistance to eligible applicants by clearing a space in the windrow (about three meters or 10 feet wide) after snow plowing operations have ended. The program runs from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020. Pick up and submit applications at your local community center, the Mississauga... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Thursday Oct 31st, 2019

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Don’t Doubt the Power of a Dream

Thursday Oct 31st, 2019

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When people share their goals with you, do you help them launch their dreams—or try to bring them back to Earth? In his book The Man Who Listens to Horses (Ballantine), famed horse trainer Monty Roberts tells about the time one of his teachers in high school assigned a paper called “My Goals in Life.” The teacher, Mr. Fowler, was interested only in practical goals—not fantasies about going to Hollywood to become a movie star, and the like. But young Monty had a... [read more]

Help Kids Deal with the Real World

Thursday Oct 31st, 2019

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Finances. Drugs. Relationships. These can be tough issues to discuss with your children, but you can’t afford to neglect them. Here are some principles to guide you in keeping the lines of communication open: · Create an open environment. Let your children know that you are available to listen whenever they have questions or just want to talk. · Give your undivided attention. Drop everything to listen when your child approaches you, no matter what... [read more]

Essential Auto Insurance Tips for Canadian Snowbirds

Friday Sep 27th, 2019

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Follow these auto insurance tips to help you avoid issues and save money over the snowbird season! Whether you’re taking your car to the U.S. or leaving it in Canada for the winter, snowbirds have unique auto insurance issues to consider. Before you leave for the season, it’s a good idea to review your coverage to ensure that you have appropriate and sufficient coverage for your vehicles. Start by reading your auto insurance policy carefully with regards to travel to... [read more]

Alzheimer's: Another Reason to Lose Weight and Exercise

Tuesday Dec 11th, 2018

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According to a new study, healthy aging of the brain relies a great deal on the health of your heart and blood vessels during middle age. Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol all contribute to the health of a person’s blood vessels and vascular system, leading to hardening of the arteries and other disorders. These same factors are present in the elderly with high levels of a protein called amyloid, which is known to clump together in the brains of... [read more]

Caring For An Elderly Relative While Working

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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Caring for an elderly relative can be challenging when you’re committed to your career. Many people leave their jobs to care for parents, but that isn’t your only option. Consider these strategies for keeping your job—and your sanity: ¨ Look into workplace regulations for taking time off to care for relatives. ¨ Flex your work schedule. You may be able to telecommute, work part-time, or take on a flexible schedule. Talk to your manager. If you’re... [read more]

The Joys of Christmas

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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                                                                                                                                             ... [read more]

How to Get the Kids to Visit

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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An elderly man living in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your Mother and I are divorcing.  Forty-five years of misery is enough.” The son gets all excited and responds, “Pop, what are you talking about?  You can’t divorce Mom after all these years.  That’s crazy.” “It may be crazy,” says the old man, “but I am going to tell her on Christmas Day.  It... [read more]

THE JOY OF GIVING: The more you give of yourself, the more you find of yourself

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. Giving provides an intrinsic reward that’s far more valuable than the gift. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving takes you out of... [read more]

Beware Of Poinsettias!

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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If poinsettia plants are a “must” for your holidays, here’s a note of caution:   A recent study indicated that individuals who are allergic to the latex in rubber may be allergic to poinsettia plants because both are of the same plant family.  Researchers warn that about 40 percent of the approximately 26 million people in the United States and Canada who are allergic to latex could experience a reaction to poinsettias ranging from a skin rash to wheezing, chest... [read more]

Shop Savvy at the Grocery Store

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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Everyone wants to stretch their food dollars, and the grocery store is a great place to do it.  Here are some tips for savvier shopping: Don’t assume those items stacked at the end of the aisles – like sodas and chips – are on sale.  This is a trick to make them seem like they’re marked down.  More often than not, they’re marked at the regular price. Know that you pay for convenience.  Skinless chicken breasts cost more than those packaged... [read more]

What Not to Say this Holiday…

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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1. Hey!  There’s a gift! 2. Well, well, well ... 3. Boy, if I had not recently shot up four sizes that would’ve fit. 4. This is perfect for wearing around the basement. 5. Gosh, I hope this never catches fire!  It is fire season, though.  There are lots of unexplained fires. 6. If the dog buries this, I’ll be furious! 7. I love it – but I fear the jealousy it will inspire. 8. Sadly, tomorrow I... [read more]

Origins of Common Term

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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The origins of some figures of speech are obvious – “putting the cart before the horse,” for instance.  Others are a little more obscure.  Here are the explanations behind three common expressions: Pulling the wool over their eyes.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, thieves and robbers would yank their victims’ wool wigs down over their eyes so they couldn’t see who was attacking them. Blackmail.  In 16th-century England, mail meant... [read more]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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Anyone can be the target of identity theft.  To safeguard your money and your credit rating, take these common-sense precautions: · Access, print and carefully examine your credit report at least once per year. · Never give out personal information via phone or email to people you don’t know. · Do your homework on how online sites like PayPal and eBay work before you use them. · Be skeptical of “business” emails... [read more]

Stay Safe on Escalators

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

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Escalators are everywhere, and it’s easy to take them for granted and possibly get careless when using them.  Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room because of escalator accidents, with children and the elderly at the greatest risk for serious injury.  Follow these basic safety tips for ascending and descending without mishaps: · Make sure your shoes are tied.  A dangling shoelace can snag or get trapped in the escalator’s grooves... [read more]

Remodel With A Financial Blueprint

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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Home renovations need to be planned with care. Here are some strategies for planning a remodeling project that makes financial sense: Decide your primary objective. If resale is your biggest concern, a minor kitchen update may enhance resale opportunities more than adding a home office. Decide how to finance the renovation. Other than cash, there are three basic options: refinancing, home-equity loans and home-improvement loans. If you have little or no equity in your home, lenders are... [read more]

Lost Jobs Lead To New Opportunities

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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According to a CareerBuilder survey, 54 percent of people who landed new jobs last year found themselves working in new fields. If you’re searching for a job, this may be an opportunity to explore something you’ve always wanted to do, like these people: ¨ A financial advisor became a school teacher. ¨ A school teacher became a restaurant manager. ¨ A restaurant manager turned computer tech. ¨ A computer tech became a veterinary... [read more]

Knowledge Is A Matter of Perspective

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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Have you ever been frustrated trying to explain a seemingly obvious idea to someone who just doesn’t get it? That’s been described as the “curse of knowledge”. An experiment asked subjects to tap out the tune of a popular song (like “Happy Birthday”) on a tabletop; others were assigned to listen and identify the song. The “tappers” predicted that those listening would be able to identify their songs 50 percent of the time, but in fact... [read more]

Furnace Readiness Tips

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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With winter upon us, many of you probably already have your furnace running. If you haven’t turned it on yet, or haven’t done the maintenance yet, here are some quick tips. 1. Turn off the gas and electricity to the furnace. 2. Vacuum the furnace interior everywhere you can reach. 3. Change the air filter. 4. Check the fan belt for wear--glazing, cracking, or fraying. The belt should be taut. Tighten by loosening the attachment bracket and moving the... [read more]

Notable in November

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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November 1st, 1959 - After being hit in the face with a hockey puck, Jacques Plante, goalie for the Canadiens at the time, created the hockey mask out of fiberglass and resin. November 3rd, 1718 - The birth of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, who hit upon pairing bread and meat slices to sustain him through lengthy gambling sessions. November 7th, 1885 – the first transcontinental railroad across Canada, concluded with the driving of the "last spike" in... [read more]

Caring For An Elderly Relative While Working

Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018

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Caring for an elderly relative can be challenging when you’re committed to your career. Many people leave their jobs to care for parents, but that isn’t your only option. Consider these strategies for keeping your job—and your sanity: ¨ Look into workplace regulations for taking time off to care for relatives. ¨ Flex your work schedule. You may be able to telecommute, work part-time, or take on a flexible schedule. Talk to your manager. If you’re... [read more]

Why Do We Like Being Scared

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories: · We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled... [read more]

Fall Check List For Your Home

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed below are well with- in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money – and maybe even your life. Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors... [read more]

Cough To Relieve Pain

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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The next time you get a shot or have to pull off a sticky bandage, try the “cough trick” to reduce the pain. In a recent study, doctors at Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany, drew blood from volunteers. When subjects used the cough trick, a single cough at the time of the needle puncture, they felt less pain than when they did not cough. Researchers are confident the cough trick is an effective way to reduce pain during peripheral venipuncture (drawing blood from... [read more]

Still Eager To Help

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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A young man was helping his elderly mother move into a new apartment building. He was sensitive to the fact that his mother had always been quite active, both in her job and in her volunteer work after retirement. But he was concerned that she’d have trouble taking care of herself. So, as he was unpacking boxes, he casually asked her, “Mom, have you ever considered Meals on Wheels?” The mother sighed sadly. “I have, but you know, I just don’t think I have the... [read more]

Did You See That?

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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Haunted houses are a $300 million a year business, with more than 3,000 throughout North America. Some of the most-visited places are: 1) Whaley House in San Diego, California; 2) Madison’s Haunted Inn in Kincardine, Ottawa; 3) Oppertsauer House in Stony Plain, Edmonton. Alberta; 4) The ghost town of Jerome, Arizona; 5) The town of Fergus, Ontario; 6) The battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 7) The site of the witch hunts, Salem, Massachusetts; These... [read more]

Is It ‘Cloudy’ Today?

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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More and more companies are relying on “the cloud” for their IT operations, according to a survey by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which is aiming to become a supplier of processors and chipsets to cloud-computing providers. Cloud computing enables users to access software, store data, and use computer applications through a network instead of a single local computer. The AMD study found that 42 percent of survey participants are now using cloud computing in at least part of... [read more]

An Aspirin A Day?

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

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Unless you’ve already suffered a heart attack or stroke, daily Aspirin therapy may actually do more harm than good, suggests results from a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. American and Australian researchers followed a total of 19,000 people over the age of 70 — and over 65 in the case of patients who were black or Hispanic for whom risk of heart disease is higher in the U.S. After five years of study, the rate of heart disease was... [read more]

Making the most out of your retirement - Travelling abroad when you're over 50

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

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Move over Saga - 50 is the new 30! Getting older or retiring from full-time employment doesn’t mean that you have to lurk around the house watching day time TV all day.  There are plenty of opportunities and adventures available to over 50s, both in the UK and abroad.  Although most of us dread Monday mornings, and you may have been looking forward to retiring for many years, often the reality of a lack of structure in your days and less social interaction can be depressing... [read more]

Fall Begins September 22

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

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The Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22nd, ushering in a new season. The equinoxes (both Autumnal in fall, and Vernal in spring) mark the points in the year when the sun crosses the equator, so that every place on earth experiences an equal amount of daylight and darkness. Equinoxes are also the days when the sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere exactly due east and it sets exactly due west. The equinoxes have been observed and celebrated for thousands of years and have significance for... [read more]

Start The School Year Right

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

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The first day of school looms large and scary for new pupils – and their parents as well.  Here are some suggestions on how to ease the transition:   Establish a routine in the morning before the school year starts, so your child can get accustomed to dressing and having breakfast without hurrying.   Before classes begin, visit the school with your child so it won’t seem so strange.  Many schools have special orientation programs to familiarize... [read more]

CAA unveils Ontario 'Towing Bill of Rights' to prevent drivers from being overcharged

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

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The Canadian Automobile Association hopes to help drivers avoid being gouged by towing companies with a new “Towing Bill of Rights,” which should come in handy anytime Ontario drivers need roadside assistance. In association with the Provincial Towing Association of Ontario, the CAA unveiled Wednesday a glove box reference guide for motorists. Nearly half of Ontario drivers still aren’t aware of all new towing industry rules put in place by the provincial government last... [read more]

Grandparent Goodies

Wednesday Sep 5th, 2018

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Grandparents Day is September 9, here are some delightful stories from – and about – grandparents:  My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.  He asked how old I was, and I told him “62.”  He was quiet for a moment and then he asked, “Did you start at one?” When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.  Still, a few... [read more]

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