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This week, Tidbits continues with its lexiphanicism — showing off with big words! It’s time to learn more about these whatchamacallits and thingamajigs. • Those who love cats are ailurophilists, while those who love dogs are cynophilists. People who love all animals are referred to as philotherialists. • Misogamists and misopedists often go hand in hand. They hate marriage and children, respectively. Gamophobists don’t hate marriage; they’re just afraid of it.

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• Stop, thief! Look at the wide variety of terms used to describe these crooks — brigand, snaffler, kirkbuzzer, efter, ladrone or footpad. The snaffler is mainly a horse thief, while the kirkbuzzer robs only churches. The efter steals from theater customers while the performance is on, and ladrones and footpads are muggers who thieve while on foot. A specialized pickpocket who targets only churchgoers is referred to as an autemdiver.


• The Latin suffix “-aster” refers to anything with a lesser status, for example, a musicaster is a mediocre musician, while a militaster is a soldier without skills or abilities. The theologaster is a shallow theologian who has no deep spiritual thinking. turn the page for more!

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UNUSUAL WORDS Part II (continued): • Pregnant women often have to endure allotriophagy, that craving for strange foods. Hopefully, they will choose items that are salutiferous, meaning conducive to health or well-being. • If you shilly-shally, dodder, quail, haw, demur or shrink before making a decision, you merely hesitate. Let’s say you’re diffident, gelid, reticent, chary or delitescent — you’re considered rather reserved. Now if someone calls you a miscreant, wastral, garmin, reprobate or varlet, consider yourself insulted. You’ve been labeled a scoundrel! • What do the words coquelicot, tilleul, smaragdine and smalt have in common? They are all names for different colors! Coquelicot is a brilliant poppy red; tilleul is a yellowish-green color; smaragdine is emerald green; and smalt is a deep blue. Speaking of colors, there is an actual name for those who fear the color purple — porphyrophobia. • Good words come in small packages! To aby means to make amends or atone for an offense. A wen is an enormously congested city. To soften something by soaking is to ret it. That broad sash we see wrapped around a kimono is an obi. And kir is a drink composed of black currant syrup and white wine. • Don’t confuse philalethists with philatelists. The former are lovers of truth, while the latter love collecting postage stamps. • How about that really boring person you meet at a party who has absolutely no conversational skills? This dull dude is a macrologist, and he frequently engages in battology — wearisome redundancy and trifling talk. He’s enough to give you a bad case of drapetomania, that uncontrollable urge to run away!

“Pet Foods 101” I believe, as do most veterinarians, in feeding a food that has been well researched, where quality control is first and foremost and where regular in-house testing is performed. Before entering that discussion, I think it is necessary to dispell a few “myths” and “fables” about the diets that vets recommend and in some cases sell. First of all, the mark up on prescription foods is minimal, no vet is going to get rich selling pet foods. We carry them as prescription items for different health conditions and diseases (some can be used as maintenance diets).With perhaps the exception of a select few allergy formulations, pet stores do not carry “the same thing”. Someone with a company shirt and logo at your pet store may be knowlegable about some things but are not going to be able to diagnose and treat your pet’s ailment even though many try. Some pet stores are great, some are not. There is no conspiracy with vets and pet food companies. Pet food sales for many companies is a billion dollar industry. No business is going to risk loosing their market share by knowingly using tainted or inferior ingredients. Just about everybody that works for a pet food company owns a couple of pets. The number of people working for the pet food industry is huge. If there was an intent to do anything wrong or “sneaky” to your pet someone would blow the whistle. Having unburdened myself I can now move on to a few “real” concerns. In my opinion, there is no pet store or grocery store food that can be fed as “an all lifestage diet”. If it is adequate for a pup it is excessive for an old dog and vice versa. Some of the products sold in the Vet clinics can be used for all life stages but this is after expensive, extensive nutritional research which is not done in “retail foods”. Pet food packaging is not governed by any agency. Many make claims that are false and unsubtantiated. Animals need “nutrients” not “ingredients”. They word ingredient lists to appeal to a consumer’s sense of what would be best for themselves and hence their pets. A good example is using “real meat” versus “meat meal” as a selling feature. Real meat sounds so much more appealing to me but remember the ingredient list represents the food precooked. Meat if it is the first ingredient will shrink down substantially when cooked. It may end up as the forth or fifth ingredient as it goes into your pet. Meat meal on the other hand has no “shrinkage”, if it is listed as the first or second ingredient that is where it stays. Meat meal in veterinary diets is liver, spleen, lungs, heart and kidneys so it is all the “good stuff”; it is not waste products or “beaks and butts”.

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ORGANIC GARDENING IN GREATER VICTORIA by Linda Gilkeson (excerpts from her newsletter) Yes, if you can believe it--it’s time to think about what will be filling your garden next winter. I have included a list of seeds to have on hand at the end of this message with links to particular seed suppliers mentioned in this message.

PET FOODS 101 Continued If you are researching Fluffy’s food on the “net” please use reputable sources. Anyone can start a page and say whatever they want about a food and generally it is ‘horse puky”! I personally have never understood why it is so much easier to believe bad stuff about someone than the good stuff. I personally would never shop at any place that maintains a website where pet food is critiqued. Support companies that put a large portion of their profits back into research not into marketing. They are the ones who have your pets best interest at heart. I shall reserve comments about raw food for a later date. You may want to “back away from the paper cuz it’s gonna get ugly” when we get to that topic.

Brussels sprouts: This week is a good time to start Brussels sprouts from seed. I like to sow them this late so that plants sprouts in late Sept-early October. By that time the late summer infestation of cabbage aphids has died down for the winter, so they don’t damage the sprouts. If you have already planted B sprouts plants, that’s fine (they will just be taller than mine will be), but do keep a sharp eye out for aphids as the sprouts grow. Blast the aphids off with water if you find them. Note that sowing B sprouts later than mid-June usually results in a crop failure (gardeners further south can push it to the end of June) because the plants don’t have enough growing time left in the season to make sprouts at all. If the sprouts don’t form on the plant before winter, they won’t form properly in the spring. After the chill of winter, the plants change their growth pattern and send up a seed stalk from where each sprout would have been. Winter Cabbage: This is also time to start the hardy cabbages for winter harvests. Check your cabbage seed packages for the ‘days to harvest’ information. Some take as little as 65 days (summer cultivars) and others as long as 120 days. The latter are usually the long standing, winter hardy types, such as the beautiful ‘January King’ and good old ‘Danish Ballhead’. These take all season to mature a good-sized head and should be sown now. I find Savoy cabbages particularly easy to grow, frost hardy and quick (80-95 days) and there are also some beautiful red winter cabbages (my decades long fave has been: ‘Langedijker Red’ from William Dam Seeds). Coming Soon: Mid - to late June is good timing to sow purple sprouting broccoli and winter cauliflower. These need time to grow to a medium height before winter so that they can produce good sized heads next spring. I have tried all the PSB varieties I could find over the last few years and my favourites for productivity and hardiness are West Coast Seed’s generic PSB (which I was told is the cultivar ‘Red Spear’) and ‘Cardinal Late’. ‘Early Rudolph’ is earliest by a couple of weeks, but I find it peters out quickly, while the two I just mentioned are still producing side shoots in my garden right now. Among winter cauliflower, ‘Galleon’ is the only one in this year’s WCS catalogue; it is excellent and reliable. If you can get seeds of ‘Purple Cape’, it is also very hardy and good

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Adoptables Victoria Pet Adoption Society Tinky is a beautiful, 2 yr old, medium haired tabby. She’s a feisty and energetic girl who likes to wrestle & play roughly. Since she gets over-zealous when playing, a home with children will not be appropriate for her. Tinky likes attention on her own terms but when she’s ready for cuddles she loves affection. Her ideal home will be with someone is experienced with cats & who can help her expel some of her energy with lots of play sessions and toys. Tinky is looking for a foster or adoptive home. Norman is a handsome & energetic Boxer X. Although he’s now 6 years old Norman is full of beans & needs a home with someone who has the energy to drain his. He enjoys running on the beach, playing at the dog park & hiking in the forest. He will do best in a home with another dog that will be his friend & keep him entertained. Norman is kid-friendly but likes to chase cats. Sunshine is a 1 yr old female rat. She came to VPAS with another rat who recently passed away from mammary cancer. Now Sunshine is all alone & would like to find a home with another female rat who will be her friend. Sunshine was not well socialized when she was young so she will do best in a home with someone who is experienced at handling rats. Sunshine is looking for a foster or adoptive home. Stewart is a friendly, 2 yr old, neutered bunny. He’s grown up in a house with kids & other animals and he’s very social. He would be a good friend for a guinea pig or perhaps another neutered rabbit that is lonely. Stewart lives inside and is litter trained so he’s very clean. If you enjoy the company of rabbits, Stewart could be a great match for you. There are many things that are dangerous to pets outside of the house, but there are also many items inside the home that can be just as dangerous. The top 10 toxins for cats & dogs in the home are: chocolate, coffee grounds, grapes/raisins, Xylito sugar-free gums & candies, onions/garlic, human medications, macadamia nuts, alcohol, household cleaners, & compost. If your cat or dog ingests any of these toxins contact you veterinarian right away to find out if immediate medical care is required.


If you find a scope species magnet around town this summer, don’t just tell us, move it! scope is a conservation oriented public art initiative being developed by local artist Rhiannon Snaith in partnership with the Sierra Club of BC, and with a small grant from the Capital Regional District Arts Development Service. scope strives to inspire environmental stewardship by engaging the public in a fun and creative campaign to promote species recognition. Free Migrating Magnets were given out and posted around town on June 16th, and people are asked to keep moving them around whenever they find one. The magnets are like commercial logos, but like wild animals too. They move around and take you by surprise. Help us spread our logo and this species art around town, and help nature’s brands get the recognition they deserve! Visit out website ( and join us on Facebook to learn more and send feedback.

Organic Gardening continued from Page 3 If you don’t have the space or time to start these cabbage family plants now, you should be able to buy plants in late July onward from local growers (now would be a good time to put a bug in the ear of your local nurseries to make sure they have the right varieties of these plants available--there are still too many places plants of summer broccoli and cauliflower being sold to unwitting gardeners in late summer, with predictable crop failures ensuing). Parsnips: If you like them, now’s the time to sow them. Apparently they germinate best in cooler soil so if we get another sudden heat spell, shade the seedbed with newspaper, burlap, etc. and keep it moist until the seeds germinate. Winter Harvest Shopping List If you don’t have seeds for your winter crops, better get on it! Some years it is hard to find desired varieties as seed suppliers run short. Here is a list of things to plant this summer for next winter’s harvest: Spinach: I especially like Longstanding Bloomsdale; also Giant Winter (Full Circle Seeds) Corn salad: ‘Jade’ from William Dam Seed is my current fave, but all are good; same plant sold as ‘Mache’ at Full Circle Seeds Hardy lettuce: Winter Density, Conquistador, Rouge d’Hiver, Continuity, Esmerelda, Hilde, Italian Red Perella and others Swiss chards: (all kinds), perpetual spinach/ leaf beet, ‘Bietina’ (the latter from Salt Spring Seeds, Eagleridge) Arugula (annual & perennial/Sylvetta) Radicchio, hardy endives Collards, kales (there are lots of cultivars), broccoli raab, rapini, Tah Tsai Leaf mustards (Giant Red, Osaka Purple, Tendergreen, etc.), leaf turnip (namenia, mizuna), leaf radish (‘Hong Vit’--a new fave for me, from Omega Blue Farms) Kohlrabi Carrots, rutabaga, daikon, beets: so far I haven’t seen any great differences in hardiness between varieties in these root crops--so grow your favourites. Komatsuma: the green-leaved cultivar (West Coast Sees) is outstanding in hardiness and productivity; Red Komatsuna is not (though it IS pretty...) Chinese Cabbage: for harvests into late fall; winters in warmer, more protected gardens

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Information you need might be coming in sporadically, but at least what you're getting is valuable. Continue to wait until more is available before acting on that career move. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You continue on an upbeat cycle, and with that strong Taurean energy you should see favorable results from your hard work. A pleasant surprise awaits you in your private life. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A misunderstanding needs more time to be worked out. Don't give up on it just yet. Remain open to providing explanations, if called for. Another friend offers good advice. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Fast action can correct a seemingly minor problem that has taken on some unexpectedly difficult aspects. Stay with it until it's resolved. News on a more positive note is due soon. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some snags could cause delays in those plans you're eager to see put into operation. But be patient. The Clever Cat will soon have good reason to celebrate a job well done. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be careful not to let that Virgan sensitivity dissuade you from being the hardheaded realist you should be at this time. Your goals are in sight. Stay focused on them. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A more positive aspect opens up, allowing you to make some important changes in a personal situation. Remember to seek balance and avoid extremes as you proceed. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a good week to get out and enjoy the fine times you missed while you were so deep in those workaday projects. Be sure to share it with that special person. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Work and play are in balance this week. However, expect news that could tip things toward the workplace for quite a while. But all to a good end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You're more productive on the job than you have been in some time. That's good. But be careful not to overlook some situations developing in your private life. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You've been doing a lot for others (as usual). But now it's time to focus on your needs, including finally going on that long-delayed trip you've been hoping to make. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It's all smoothly going on 'twixt you and that very special person in your life. But a colleague causes some disruption on the job that you might be called on to help settle. BORN THIS WEEK: You are sensitive to the needs of others. But you're no pushover. You would make a fine teacher, psychologist or minister. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Tidbits of Victoria Local Food: Top 6 Food/Body Benefits to Eating Locally By Dr. Annette Colby

There’s a new movement brewing -- eat locally. But what’s the importance of eating food grown and produced locally? There are plenty of great reasons to eating local -- from conserving energy to supporting local economies. But the best benefit lies in developing a new, authentic, and richly rewarding relationship between your body and food. Your body knows exactly what to eat and when to eat it. It’s not based on rules, science, good foods or bad foods, a strict eating regimen, or any “right” diet. Instead, it’s based on listening to the spontaneity and wisdom of what your body needs today, right now, for health, vitality, life, and a joyful experience. Chances are, if you struggle with food cravings, weight issues, or even a full-fledged eating disorder, you do not trust yourself to listen to your body’s true needs and wants. Instead, we’re easily lured into the seductive promise of the temporary comfort of sugary foods, or heavy, overly processed foods. While those types of foods have their place, they are more like the spice of life than the foundation of life. Eating a diet loaded with sugary or processed food does not allow room for a vibrant connection with life. Eating local foods is a great way to reconnect with food and explore your relationship to your own life. Listed below are the top six ways eating locally will provide an easy, rewarding experience to nourish your mind, body, and soul. 1. Eating Locally Gets You More Involved With Your Food The more involved you are in the sensory experience of your food, the more connected you are to life. Eating locally means getting more involved with life as you touch, smell, and chose foods that are at their peak qualities of freshness, nutrition, and taste. When you are intimately connected with the experience of a visually appealing red apple, smelling its ripeness, anticipating its firm, cold crunchiness, and then taking that first juicy bite, you are no longer tied up in food rules or diets. Instead, you are in the moment, trusting your senses, alive, and living a moment of peace with food and your body. You stop being so afraid of food. Food is no longer the enemy. Instead, you begin to slow down, relish your food, and eat the foods your body and your senses want because you feel good doing so. 2. Cooking With Love There’s something extra special about cooking with really fresh, vibrant food. Even if you only cook several times a week, cooking with one or two ingredients that were grown locally adds a whole new spark of creative energy to your preparation. When you cook with a homegrown herb, or a local farmers fresh tomatoes, your feel passionate, alive, and excited. That feeling translates into the food, which is then passed to anyone eating your food. Cooking with love expands and shares the love that you are. 3. Raise Your Eating Experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary Want fresh produce, picked that morning? Your local farmers market is a fantastic resource for freshness and quality. Baskets and barrels overflow with colorful abundant, nutritious, and high quality food. Want something even fresher than that? Imagine taking your family blueberry picking in the spring, apple picking in late summer, pecan picking in the fall, and pumpkin harvesting in late October. You not only get the freshest food possible, you also create memories that last a lifetime. 4. Better Relationship with Your Life Buying locally grown food grows all sorts of life-enhancing relationships. Experience the delight of getting to know the farmer who brings local tomatoes to the market or the baker who makes the bread you eat. Sample the goods. Learn about unique food varieties. Greet your neighbors. It’s like the difference between buying an original hand painted piece of art at a local arts festival versus buying an art print off the internet. At the local art festival you get to look at the art, talk to the artist, and get a feel for the energy of both the artist and the creation. The same is true of buying from a local farmers market, farmers stand, or buying locally produced food. You get the opportunity to connect with freshly picked food that is still filled with life, and socialize with the grower of the food. In addition, you can know that the farmer or producer selling you the food is genuinely happy to have you as a customer. 5. Going Green Everyone’s “going green” to help the environment. What could be “greener” than your community farmers market? Bring your environmentally friendly tote bag, car pool with your best friend, and pick up the freshest locally grown fruits and vegetables. As an added bonus, you support your local community. Want something even more green? If you’re ready to get your hands a little dirty and put in a few hours of preparation then consider growing your own garden. You don’t need a lot of land to cultivate your favorite fruits and vegetables. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or a doorstep will provide sufficient space for a productive container grown planting.

For Advertising Call (250) 590 - 5727 6. Food Buying Goes From a Chore to a Fun Experience Shopping locally is a fun experience. Instead of rushing through the cold florescent-lit grocery store, and then walking yourself through a computerized, depersonalized checkout, you get to stroll leisurely and enjoy your shopping experience. Bring your friend, partner, or kids and walk around outside, in the weather, meeting people. Interacting. Being part of the social structure of life. Meet farmers and growers who are proud of what they have grown. Listen to local farmers boast, “We have the best tomatoes or peaches. We’ve won the blue ribbon at the State Fair for the last three years!” Then they give you a sample that backs up their brag! Go ahead! Take another step on your “eat local” journey by visiting your local farmers market, picking apples at the local orchard, tasting farm fresh eggs, sampling a new variety of local honey, or planting a peach tree in your back yard. The importance of one small, habitual change can bring about a radical turnabout with your relationship between your body, your food, and your life. About the Author: Dr. Annette Colby, RD can help you take the pain out of life, turn difficult emotions into joy, release stress, end emotional eating, and move beyond depression into an extraordinary life! Annette is the author of Your Highest Potential and has the unique ability to show you how to spark an amazing relationship with your life! Visit http://www.AnnetteColby. com to access hundreds of content filled articles and sign up for a Free subscription to Loving Miracles! newsletter.

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