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12 Self-Cooking Centers Deep Dish Chicken Asparagus 14 Lasagna

Lethbridge College Culinary Careers chefs go high-tech

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18 Music in the Mountains

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From The Publisher Something always feels good about bringing in a new year. We reflect on the past year, and look to the future new year with hopes, dreams and goals. Sometimes we just say “phew” we made it through that one, and other years we Jean Van Kleek say “wow” that was the best year ever. Whatever Photography: Jen Alston the case may be, it feels good to know that we got through the year intact and look forward to more adventures. As Quirk Magazine enters its third year of publication, we are very excited over the response we have received from readers. We have received several emails from people in other parts of the province as well, who either saw the magazine online or had the magazine sent by family. All of these e-mails have expressed surprise in what our city has to offer. And we do have a lot to offer! Quirk’s goal for the new year is to continue to surprise readers about our area and the talent that resides here, be it in the arts, business, or every day heroes. We thank you very much for your support. We also thank the support of the advertisers who make the magazine possible to bring to you.

We hope 2014 brings you all that you wish for. To celebrate with you, we’ve added a little bubbly to our cover photo… happy new year!

*Quirk Magazine would like to acknowledge the November 22 passing of Bob Croskery, an internationally recognized local artist and teacher at Lethbridge College who was gracious enough to let us article his work. He will be missed by family & friends, and those he touched through his talent.

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The practice of reflection that happens as the year turns to new,

is never lost on me. Some years the momentum of a desired change lasts longer than other years, but I find it's always worth having a look at what's working in my life and what's not. This past year held many challenges that have stretched my coping mechanisms to the limit. When this happens, I cope in ways that ultimately prove more harmful than good and I find myself falling into old patterns of unhealthy behaviors that I had worked hard at vanquishing.

This is when I need to surrender to the forces in the universe that are trying to move me in a new direction, bringing new people and experiences into my life. This is when I need to be By Sue Thomas thankful that opportunity still has the power to knock and I still have the good sense to answer.

I find it's welcome the change and embrace the adventure of new always worth beginnings. I intend for my Thankfully there comes a point better self to give my life when I just can’t stand myself having a look at direction, and take the wheel any longer. I may still try those away from the other self what's working in old behaviors a few more times that's been driving so and there might be some kicking my life and recklessly. I promise myself and screaming involved as I no more excuses or “I'll start reluctantly give them up. But, when what's not. tomorrow”. Today I will do one all is said and done and the last tantrum thrown, I recognize this is just not working. My “why me and who cares” attitude that set in from recent losses and disappointments can no longer serve me as I realize my time to be in that place is up!

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Christmas Across Europe By: Ryan Uytdewilligen

Vienna Christmas Market

Ryan at Neushwanstien Castle

I booked the trip so quickly that I had forgotten what time of year it was. It had barely been a week since I sat down with the travel agent about going to Europe. But the plans were set and I was going to spend the latter part of November travelling by planes and trains across the beautiful continent. Christmas had certainly not crossed my mind. I had been dreading it all year. Four years ago, my Mother passed away two days after Christmas due to cancer. Being an only child, it was hard, but my Dad and I did the best we could to move forward. We would especially lean on each other during the holidays. But last year, one week before Christmas, he lost his battle with cancer, leaving me to figure out things for myself. So I can tell you this year has been full of heartache and spontaneous trips. And no part of me wanted this time of year to arrive. I mean, what do you do when a holiday about celebrating family is all around you and you simply can’t be with yours? In the midst of planning this adventure, I guess I just forgot about these feelings and the holidays in general. But when I stepped foot outside Amsterdam and saw trees completely decked out with tinsel and ornaments, I suddenly remembered what time of year it was. And so began my unintentional yet essential Christmas trip across Europe.

Sinterklaas and Black Peter

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Black Peter's in Amsterdam

So it turned out to be a fun filled and enjoyable event that hurled me into the Christmas spirit. Now, I have a Dutch background so I knew some of the customs, foods, and even a couple words. Dutch Christmas traditions were no exception. Amongst the famous “coffee shops” and Red Light District windows was a large city square where friends and families packed the streets. It just so happened that on the second day I was there, the kickoff to Sinterklaas (Sinter-Clause) was being held. This Dutch holiday takes place on December 5th when Sinterklass and his workers called Zwarte Piet (or Black Peter) come and bring candy and gifts for children. Though some labelled the tradition racist due to the black face make up and allusions to slavery, all I could think of was my childhood. I was taken to a similar festival right here in Lethbridge when I was around five years old. My Dutch grandfather told me that the henchman, Black Peter, take the kids who have been bad all year, put them in a sack, grind them up into candy, and serve it to the good kids. Of course I believed him so I was terrified for the entire night, thinking that I was going to be made into candy. They gave me some instead, but of course, I didn’t eat it. So all my life I had been afraid of this Dutch holiday. But there I was in Holland, watching 100 Black Peter’s sing Dutch Christmas carols, play guitar, dance, and scale rooftops for dramatic effect. And to top it all off I got to enjoy my favorite treat Olliballen, which I can only describe as the Dutch version of Tim Bits. So it turned out to be a fun filled and enjoyable event that hurled me into the Christmas spirit. I think it’s also safe to say my childhood fear of being made into candy is now long gone too!

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German Christmas Market


After five days in Amsterdam, I took the train to Munich, Germany. Now let’s face it, I’m twenty-one. I was mostly in Munich to drink their famous giant beers. That’s what Munich is widely known for; Oktoberfest and large beers! But after I arrived, I discovered that next to my hotel was a Christmas market full of people selling food and decorations. And instead of beer, during Christmastime, people drink Gluhwien (GlueWine) which is basically hot wine. You could get it in red or white and wow, all I can say is it was delicious. It really warmed you up on a cold day!


Speaking of cold, I took a day trip to the Bavarian village called Fussen. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, Fussen was blanketed with snow and really gave off the Christmassy vibe with its cozy little homes and shops. It seemed like a place that would only exist of a Christmas Special on TV. Neuschwanstien Castle overlooked Fussen, it’s lake, and all the frosted forest trees that surrounded it. This must see excursion was what every place in the world should look like during December in my opinion.


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The taxi driver that picked me up in Vienna asked me what my favorite part of my holiday had been so far. I responded with “the Munich Christmas Market.” He scoffed at my answer and said Vienna has the best in all of Austria and Western Europe… and he was right! Miles of wooden stands lined the streets and parks. Each one sold some kind of ornament or clothing. And the food! Oh the food was incredible! Loaded baked potatoes, soup in a bread bowl, sausage, Wiener Schnitzel, and anything you could ever want covered in chocolate! And of course, every second stand served Gluhwien! The trees were decked out completely with lights. Snow covered the ground. Music filled the air! It was the best festival I had ever seen! I was finally truly embracing Christmas!

So getting to see the Do-Rei-Me Steps, the Von Trappe House, and even the Gazebo where they sing “Sixteen going on Seventeen” brought a big smile to my face.

View of Salzburg

If you get out there and try something different and new, who knows what you’ll discover.

I discovered a beautiful trip of a lifetime.

Finally, the last place I went to see was the city of Salzburg. You recognize that name because every year at Christmas, The Sound of Music comes on TV. Salzburg is where that film takes place. Though the movie has nothing to do with Christmas, it always seems to come on during the season and bring families together. My household was no exception. So getting to see the Do-Rei-Me Steps, the Von Trappe House, and even the Gazebo where they sing “Sixteen going on Seventeen” brought a big smile to my face. So

this year when it comes on during Christmas Eve I can shout “I was there” at every single scene. And of course Salzburg was a beautiful city full of snow, markets, and yes, Gluhwien.

Gluhwien in Vienna

So in the end, when I came home, I found myself excited for Christmas. I was no longer dreading it! During the trip I kept seeing things and thinking “Oh my Mom would have loved this” or “my Dad would have gotten a kick out of that.” Still having the ability to recognize those things gave me joy. I do have great memories of wonderful Christmas’ spent with my parents. But now I have incredible memories of Christmas in Europe too! Though the holidays are still not easy for me, I am glad I was able to do my own thing and maybe start a tradition. Maybe I’ll check out Christmas in another country next year? Who knows! All I can tell you is if you have lost someone and you’re finding this time difficult, do your own thing and find what works for you. I stumbled onto these events purely by accident and now this time of year doesn’t seem so hard. If you get out there and try something different and new, who knows what you’ll discover. I discovered a beautiful trip of a lifetime. And I knew in my heart my parents were there with me, sharing in the festivities and drinking a glass of Gluhwien every step of the way.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Vienna Christmas Market

Sound of Music Gazebo

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Judi Frizzle Stowell

Deep, rich, hedonistic lasagna crowded with tender chicken, garden fresh asparagus and zucchini, oozing with the smooth decadence of buttery hollandaise, melty mozzarella and tangy nutty asiago. Oooh la la! Precisely how "Death to Dieters Chicken Lasagne" became The Last Wonton's oft and heartily requested,

Deepdish Decadent Chicken Asparagus Lasagna

I felt the need to let the inner foodie in me run wild, architecturally creating new layers, using more noodles and a few zip, zaps of flavour enhanced ingredients until I hit paydirt with more mmmm's per mouthful than ever before. So, by very popular demand, here it is, one of the recipes I get asked for more than any of the others.

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2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 large Vidalia, Walla Walla, Maui or other sweet onion, chopped 3 cups zucchini, cut in quarters lengthwise, then sliced into about 1/2-inch thick pieces - 1 teaspoon dried basil - 1 teaspoon dried oregano - Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - 2 packages Knorr Hollandaise sauce, prepared according to package directions (with butter and milk) -

4 tablespoon butter 4 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

- 2 good size bunches fresh asparagus, about 3 pounds total, cleaned, bottoms broken off - 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and fairly thinly sliced - 1 pound full flavoured Mozzarella cheese, cut into tiny cubes - 1/4 pound Asiago cheese - 1 pound package lasagna noodles, cooked just barely al dente, rinsed with cold water

RECIPES I like to make this lasagna the day ahead and refrigerate overnight so I'm ready to go on dinner party day. So I cook and prepare the ingredients for the various layers and let everything cool to room temperature before putting the lasagna together. Works like a charm every time. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and saute for 5-10 minutes until softened and starting to get a good caramely colour. Toss in zucchini, basil, oregano and salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine. Saute another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium high heat. Stir in flour and let bubble for 1-2 minutes, stirring. Whisk in milk, reduce heat to medium. Stir or whisk until bubbles just break the surface and mixture has thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, remove from heat and set aside. Steam or blanch asparagus for about 4 minutes until just al dente. Rinse immediately with very cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well. Set aside. This lasagna is 'high', so you need to use a deep (high edged) approximately 9 x 13-inch (4 litre) baking dish or roasting pan. Smear a small amount of the Parmesan white sauce over the bottom of the dish and place a layer of noodles on top. Cover with half of the chicken pieces, half of the sauteed veggies and half of the mozzarella cubes. Top with another layer of noodles, then half of the asparagus and half of the hollandaise. Repeat these 2 layers, topping with another layer of noodles. Smooth the remaining Parmesan white sauce over the top layer the noodles and sprinkle evenly and generously with grated Asiago. Refrigerate overnight or until ready to bake. Remove lasagna from fridge about 2 hours before baking to come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Cook uncovered for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly and gloriously toasting golden brown on top. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into 12-16 pieces.

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A Little Bit

By Ginger Malacko Photos by Ginger Malacko

One of the greater charms of childhood has got to be nosing through the many cupboards and drawers at Grandma’s house – oh with her permission, of course. Nothing is quite so delightfully unusual as the bits and pieces of a couple of generations past.


Bonny Dolbec and Cappy

or me it was my Granny’s dressing table with its little brooches and mirrors and tiny enamel pillboxes. And for Bonny Dolbec it was her grandmother’s china cabinet and stacks and rows of beautifully patterned dishes. The magic of vintage lies not in the dry history of books or the impersonal glass-cased history of museums, but in the tangible history of homes and families: the magic of a shared life’s story that keeps on going, whether you’re the grandparent, or the grandchild. And it was magic that Bonny was aiming for when she opened her shop, Antique & Vintage Charm, in the heart of downtown Lethbridge.

Bonny has an inherent appreciation for the beautiful, the interesting and the unusual; an appreciation that serves her well as she scours auctions and fairs country wide for items to fill her shelves. And as tempted as you or I might be to bring home boxloads of our own familiar favourites, Bonny insists upon a broad selection of treasures from every style and era, making her shop a destination for avid collectors and also those who may never have considered themselves lovers of antiques. An old slide

projector sits atop a polished wooden armoire, a vintage suitcase rests idle beneath a side table laden with colored glassware, a well-loved set of golf clubs leans against the wall in one of many mysterious little corners. Here you’ll find layers of gorgeously preserved furniture, art objects, barware, linens, and pretty much anything you can think of that might reside in a well curated antique shop.

enough, the shop is also a second home to shop dog, Little Ray, and precocious shop bird, Cappy, who asked me repeatedly what I was doing as I snapped photos of the shelves near his cage.

But I’d have to say that for me, the highlight of my tour of Antique & Vintage Charm was our trip downstairs to the lower floor of the shop which houses a truly thrilling array of But despite the volume and selection of furniture and rugs. It’s like stumbling merchandise, don’t be quick to imagine upon a subterranean treasury or the a dark and dingy maze. Bonny has cellar of some old manor house. I been careful to edit cheekily asked Bonny Here you’ll find out the messiness if she doesn’t often and mustiness stand in the midst of it layers of gorgeously typical of antique all and just grin, which preserved furniture, shops. Wide aisles is easy for me to say art objects, barware, since I don’t have to be and carefully arranged groupings linens, and pretty much the one to go through mean you won’t trouble of getting it anything you can think of the have to clutch your all there. But I think purse to your chest that might reside in a well sometimes, when she’s for fear of toppling curated antique shop. not busy with moving any haphazardly and arranging, she stacked piles. It’s a shop that is must take a moment to look at what particularly comfortable to browse, she’s created and indulge in a happy thanks in large measure to Bonny’s smile. Just visiting a shop that so husband, Mario, who graciously beautifully brings the essence of manages his honey-do list, helping her bygone years to the generations that to create the shop’s many cozy follow certainly puts a smile on my vignettes. It’s that personal touch that face. makes our local family run businesses so welcoming and if that wasn’t

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the Mountains A Music Profile:


Based in Canmore Alberta Canada, recording artist Marion Walsh has sung her way across the US & back again, nestling her way into Canadian territory where this incredible Folk/Americana songstress now calls home. Through her travels, in & around Lethbridge & Calgary, Marion has found inspiration in the local beauty of her new found homeland through the mountains, the rivers, the oceans & through everyday people she has met along the way.

Living in southern Alberta, she finds peace and solitude and her creative musicality has never been more enticed. As a young child, Marion recalls listening to a capella music, which enticed her senses through her father, who was a music director for several groups in her hometown of Owings Mills, Maryland. So, from the time she was five years old & until she left for college, Marion found these four-part harmonies as compelling as sledding, raking leaves, and catching fireflies. “My head can be a very noisy place!” says Marion, who has two full-length original CD’s to her name. “Home to Home,” released in 2005, and “Early,” released in 2009. After years of promoting back to back single releases to International radio, Marion has left her mark within the global markets. A legacy she can be proud of. "This talented lady knows what she wants and goes after it with a vengeance. Not only is she a brilliant vocalist and songwriter, but she is a strategic planner as well, with the personality to match." says world renowned publicist Danie Cortese, known for having worked with Emmy & Grammy winners. An intuitive and spontaneous composer, Marion feels that her inspiration isn’t complicated. Instead of trying to write songs, she prefers simply to pay attention; to stay open and allow the songs to take shape on their own. Her best works have taken the least amount of time and effort to compose. Her fan base will agree, she definitely knows how to write for the listener. So what is Marion up to now? She is currently performing on a weekly basis in southern Alberta & continuing her publicity efforts as she networks & records with prominent local musicians & producers. A loyal wife, loving mother, survivor of the Alberta flood disaster, nothing stops the drive and dedication of Marion Walsh. She is an inspiration to all. Keep an eye out for live performances near you! To hear Marion’s music go to http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MarionWalsh



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Tips & Tricks View overlooking Vancouver Harbor

Antique Store owner Savannah, Georgia

Camera: Sony RX100 Lense: 10.4-37.1 mm f/1.8-4.9 Focal Length: 10.4 mm (in 35mm: 28.0 mm) Exposure: 0.8 sec; f/11; ISO 6400 Settings: Manual; Centerweighted-Average metering Camera Shake Good or Bad you decide. In order to get a great night shot of a skyline you need a tripod or a stable surface to put your camera. With no tripod you may move the camera during a long exposure.

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TIP: Use the self timer 2 second version setting. This will allow you to press the shutter then there will be a 2 second delay until the shutter is released stopping any vibration or movement.

by Chris yauck Chris Yauck Photography Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Lense: EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Exposure: 1/64 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400 Settings: Manual; Spot metering

Available Light Use the camera meter to help you decide what you want to see in your photo. I kept the ISO at 400 to give me enough light to not need a tripod. The exposure allowed enough light to pick up details throughout the image. There was just enough depth of field to keep objects in the background recognisable while keeping the store owner in focus as the main subject. After touring the store I asked the owner if I could make a photograph with her in it.

Nascar Race Bristol Motors speedway Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lense EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM Exposure: 1/100 sec; f/5.6; ISO 2000 Manual; Spot metering Panning This technique is used to give the sense of motion and speed in a photograph. The subject in this case was followed with the camera and the photo taken while moving the camera. You can set your camera to take a burst of images and select the ones you like later. TIP: Keep your shutter speed fast enough to freeze the subject but slow enough to see blur in the background. Try different shutter speeds to get the look you are after. Increasing the ISO will enable you to use a faster shutter speed.

Photo by David Wirzba Winner of January’s photocontest HOW TO ENTER: Submit your Lethbridge or surrounding area photo in a jpeg format, 300 dpi resolution in black & white or colour. The winning photo will be published in the following issue of Quirk Magazine. There will be one 2014 winner chosen at the end of the year to receive a camera from Thriftway Pharmacy. We have modified the rules this year to include enhanced photos. This is because most photos are enhanced to a degree. The integrity of the photo must be maintained to qualify with no added elements besides what the picture originally contained. Quirk Magazine retains the right to use all photos for promotional purposes.

Entry Deadline January 31, 2014

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Surprising Ways to What if you could find “consciousness in a pill”? What if without years of therapy you could allow all the swirling chaotic thoughts that create limitations in your world to fall away, freeing yourself from the trappings of not feeling good in body and mind, to find your true self... to be left with just you - the essence of you that is open and real. Mushrooms can be that tool; the means to change the way you feel about yourself. Mushrooms can affect consciousness and have done so for thousands of years.

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experienced what he would call an increase in clear awareness and a flow of experience that has opened up his mind in a profoundly subtle and sublime way. Others have had similar experiences. Rob Adelson, spokesperson for Purica describes that mushrooms are like a trancendental consciousness pill, offering us a way to freedom of the mind by lifting limiting thoughts. Seeing things from a holistic perspective reduces the need to react to stress by making us aware of the positive side as well as the obvious negative. The unimportant things seem to fall away as awareness increases. In today’s fast moving world we are experiencing unprecedented stress in all areas of our lives. This has health repercussions that reverberate throughout our beings at all levels. If we can lower the stress, our minds are able to focus and allow our physical bodies to relax and heal. Mushrooms seem to possess a capability to modify our whole being so we are able to see the overall picture. Jason likens this effect to stepping outside the beliefs we created as children, where we can now recognize things for what they are rather than what we have created in our limited awareness.

The ancient mushrooms may well be the way of the future. It may be time to expand your awareness with mushrooms.

When we think of mushrooms, we think of culinary delights such as Portobello and Shiitake. But the implication of mushrooms is absolutely profound. They have the potential to dramatically improve our health. And it may surprise you to know that mushrooms are more closely connected to humans than plants from the DNA point of view and that mushrooms are very different from plants. The fungal kingdom is one of the oldest life forms on the earth, evolving long before plants and animals.

About 400 or so types of mushrooms to date have shown to have medicinal properties. Research has verified many therapeutic applications for mushrooms. Properties studied indicate that mushrooms provide us with antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, anti microbial, anti viral, immune enhancers & modulators, hypotensives, liver protection and more. Studies on the role mushrooms can play in modern medicine are ramping up and are showing promise with numerous chronic conditions. It seems much of its immune enhancing capability come from its high polysaccharide (beta glucan) content that seems to activate or awaken the immune system.

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Mushrooms contain neurotransmitters very similar to our own and that may be part of the reason we resonate so harmoniously with the mushroom kingdom.

Priscilla Peltier is a natural health care practitioner at Nutter’s who writes on health & nutrition and has a passion for the latest research in natural health & diet.

So why don’t we hear more about them? With the current health care crisis, it seems like almost anyone could benefit from at least adding mushrooms to their diet, making it a holistic approach to health and wellness.

There are mushrooms that we are familiar with in the health arena, like Reishi, Maitake, Shitake and Cordyceps. Jason and Rob are excited about some of the newer arrivals in the supplement world. Lion’s Mane holds promise for memory and also its ability to regenerate the myelin sheath around nerves. Chaga has made a grand entrance as well. Found growing on Birch trees, Chaga is anti-microbial and immune boosting among its many other benefits. We will surely hear more about these and others. Jason really encourages people to try mushrooms for themselves as each of us experiences them in our own unique way. Take a leap into this world and see for yourself the benefits that are possible. Your mental, emotional and physical body will thank you as you feel and embrace the changes that become obviously apparent to you. The ancient mushrooms may well be the way of the future. It may be time to expand your awareness with mushrooms. Changing the way your mind works is the first step to recovering your true personal power and ease. My goal is that this article will keep you informed and inspire you to better health. Until next time, I wish you MAKE HEALTH A HABIT...

Priscilla Peltier, C.H., C.N.C., C. Irid., R.BIE Herbalist, Nutrition Consultant, Iridoligist, and Registered BioEnergetics Practitioner priscilla.eyes@shaw.ca www.eyecuhealthy.net 403.329.3100 (Office) 403.942.5064 (Fax)

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The only product of its type to be given the FDA Classification of a “Class 1 Medical Device”. They are a patented fusion of Modern Energy and Ancient Herbs. They don’t just give a few hours of heat. They use the body’s own natural Infrared rays reflected back into the body to quickly relieve pain and offer continuous healing!! PowerStrips, worn daily, bring energy to the parts of the body that need it. By increasing energy, one of the first benefits you’ll notice is a relief of pain. For this reason, the Doctor formulated, patented PowerStrips are listed as a Class 1, Medical Device by the FDA that can be used for pain relief.

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Pulse-8 for the Heart What is it that made the discovery of the main ingredient in Pulse-8 one of the most significant discoveries ever awarded a Nobel Prize? L-arginine, the main ingredient in Pulse-8 stimulates the production of nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide was discovered to be the most important factor in cardiovascular health. Pulse-8 contains L-arginine, along with a proprietary, heart healthy blend of synergistic ingredients. It can: • expand narrow blood vessels • eliminate dangerous clots • lower high blood pressure as much as 60 points • reduce artery-clogging plaque by an amazing 50%

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It's a new year, a time we usually tell ourselves this will be the year we get fit, break bad habits and become more healthy. Doing these things doesn’t have to be a painful process! There are many ways we can achieve our goals and have a lot of fun along the way. Here are some ideas for you and your family.


The YMCA has multiple programs for families and people of all ages. These programs include fitness and aquatics programs for youth, adults and seniors, as well as other youth programs like preschool programs, youth leadership programs, school break and summer daycamp programs. They have a youth night every Friday from 6:30 to 9p that let’s youth ages 9-15 YMCA use any of the facilities for $5.

At the YMCA, you can play racquetball, squash, go swimming, take fitness classes, work out in the weight room… the list goes on. You can buy a membership, or dropin. The YMCA has some great programs, too many to mention here, but you can go to their website at www.lethbridgeymca.ca to learn more.

Get Serious Fitness

Get Serious Fitness has a mission to inspire and assist each individual to get serious about his or her physical, mental, emotional, and nutritional well- being through a unique style of training and training tools. They teach Pilates, a system of movement that educates, re-patterns, realigns, and balances your body. You can also train on the TRX suspension training system. It is a lightweight, all in one piece of equipment. The body uses Get Serious Fitness muscle strength to control its center of gravity during movement. Get Serious Fitness owner, Andrea Stewart, is also very excited about the centre’s Zumba classes. She says, “I love teaching Zumba! The reason is simple: every class feels like a party!” Zumba exercise classes blend upbeat world rhythms with easy to follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. You don’t need to know how to dance. Just follow Andrea and have fun!

Canadian Yoga Institute

Canadian Yoga Institute

CYI was formed in the year 2000 as a non-profit organization to foster the healthy lifestyle of yoga. Some people start doing Yoga to tone their bodies and lose weight, others come to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Each of us is unique in our ever-changing structural make-up, and so it’s important to find a teacher and style of Yoga to meet your unique needs. Whatever your reasons for beginning Yoga, you’ll feel better, you’ll look better and you will respond to the world around you more effectively. The institute is offering an unlimited pass - you can attend as many classes as you choose throughout the entire winter semester from January 6 - March 31 for only $199.00+GST*. This way you can decide which class works for you on what days/times and you get exposure to a number of different classes and various teachers and styles. Go www.canadianyogainstitute.com to find out more.

VibraFit Trainer

The VibraFit Trainer from Hot Health Systems in Lethbridge is an at-home therapy/exercise system with a multitude of health benefits. The Vibra-Fit Trainer stimulates 95 to 100 percent of your muscle fibre compared to 30 to 40 percent in conventional training.You can, therefore, Go to www.andrea-stewart.com to check out all of the programs they have available. build muscle 1 ½ to 2 times faster than conventional weight training by producing the effects of 80 different exercises through minor adjustments in posture and body positioning. VibraFit's principle of "Acceleration Training Exercise" stimulates the body's natural response to vibration. This transmits waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions at 30 to 50 times per second. This allows you to achieve a cardio-vascular workout similar to a 6 - 9 mile run in only 10 minutes. This has been supported by decades of scientific research in its investigation of cures for osteoporosis. Go to www.hothealth.ca for more information.

VibraFit Trainer

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Back In Balance Wellness Centre

This wellness centre is different from what you may have experienced in other health care clinics. It is a warm, comfortable space with a holistic focus. They listen and care about what is important to you and explain everything they do and why they do it. You are an individual and your plan of care will be specific to your needs.

Natural therapies and alternative medicine are Back In Balance Wellness Centre gentle, safe and effective ways to allow our bodies to heal and release old injuries and chronic aches and pain, as well as balance our energy flow, physically and emotionally. All of the treatments they offer will help to energize your senses, reduce stress and tension, get rid of pain, clear your mind and improve your quality of life. Try chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology and infrared sauna to see which combination is right for you! Take care of yourself this new year so you can be at your best to enjoy time with the people and experiences that bring you joy in your life! To view their services go to www.backinbalancelethbridge.com

Imagine Laserworks

Imagine Laserworks

Imagine Laserworks is a natural health centre using advanced, complementary and drugless therapies in all areas of addictions and self- improvement. Traditional, or Chinese acupuncture makes use of needles in its procedure and is recognized as a very effective natural method of helping people with various health issues. Laser acupuncture is as effective and more appealing to people because there are no needles, it is noninvasive & pain free. The most popular treatment is the Stop Smoking. The centre has Canada's # 1 Stop Smoking treatment with a success rate in excess of 80 %. This procedure which takes about 50 minutes, involves laser acupuncture on ears, hand, wrist, leg and face points, all of which are painless and most importantly, highly effective. A very similar protocol is used for weight/fat loss, addictions, anxiety, sleep disorders and many other health issues. The LED Light Energy Therapy is very effective for reducing chronic pain, neuropathy, neuralgia, depression, fibromyalgia and much more. Imagine Laserworks is very pleased with the excellent results that they are seeing in their clients. Best of all, results are being achieved naturally, drug free! www.imaginelaserworks.com

Artic Spas All Weather Pools

Arctic Spas All Weather Pools

All Weather Pools & Swim Spas from Arctic Spas at Energy Smart Canada are relatively new on the market. They incorporate the best of both worlds as a spa for relaxation and a pool to swim in. We all know swimming is great exercise and isn’t hard on any of the bodies joints, but with our short summers here, a swimming pool doesn’t seem very practical. The all weather pool is the perfect answer for those of us who love water and playing in it. They are great investment to help keep your family healthy and fit while you have fun in your own back yard. They are a fraction of the cost of a built in swimming pool, and when summer is over you can continue throughout the winter using it as a spa. Go to www.energysmartcanada.com to find out more.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

Stephanie Parrish launched the Lethbridge chapter of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in September, 2013, the first in all of Canada. . Since then it has taken off like wildfire, expanding within the city and now to outlying areas. The aim of the academy is to help young people 3-17 years old develop enthusiasm, confidence, self-esteem, conversational ability and social skills. These aims are achieved through a highly developed, original, drama program. Each lesson is carefully planned. Curriculum includes introductory activities, speech, verbal dynamics, creative movement, mimes to music, language development, structured improvisation, dialogue development, snippets, scene starters, miniscripts, parent day presentations and end of year productions. Above all, the classes are fun! The program originated in Australia and is the number one academy of its kind in the world with thousands of youth reaping the benefits of taking part in this unique, one of a kind opportunity. Go to www.helenogrady.ca for more details.

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Fun And Fitness Ditch the workout...


VibraFit Trainer



Getting Fit and Healthy has never been Easier!


Vibration transmits waves of energy throughout the body to: *Increase circulation *Strengthen muscle & bone *Give you a cardio workout of a 6-9 mile run in 10 minutes *Suitable for Any Age or Fitness Level

This addictive calorie burning dance and exercise class will leave you sweating for more!

Ask about our risk free in-home trial! Class Details and Schedule:






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Here’s Your Chance to Try out ANY yoga class as often

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A non-profit charity since 2001

1238B-3 Avenue South • Lethbridge • 403-394-9642 www.canadianyogainstitute.com Chiropractic Acupuncture Craniosacral Therapy Reflexology Massage Therapy Hot Stone Massage Waxing/Tinting Infrared Sauna Counselling

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Staying Fit Can be Fun! Weight room Cardio room Gym Swimming Racquetball & squash Youth & pre-school programs Personal training Fitness classes Memberships or Drop-in rates

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FOR The MS Society-Lethbridge & District Chapter and Get Serious Fitness are teaming up to hold Lethbridge’s

1st Annual Zumbathon for MS! Dress in red and show your support for MS! Register on your own or create a team!

Prizes for top fundraisers

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Prizes, free giveaways and loads of Heart-pumping fun & fitness!

Pledge Forms and tickets available at the MS Society Lethbridge Office and Get Serious Fitness.

For more information call 403-328-7002

Boys & Girls Club of Lethbridge (1405 - 8 Avenue North, Lethbridge) Registration: 9:30 am Zumbathon: 10-11:30 am



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Space -


The Final Frontier

You’ve done all of the renovations, moved walls, put in flooring and created a space that is functional for your new office. Maybe you’ve freshened up your existing space with new paint, colour schemes and furniture. Now what? One of the final key elements for any space, be it commercial or residential, is décor. As a business, a client’s experience while visiting is paramount. They experience your staff, your expertise and your environment. Décor plays an integral role in making them feel welcome and comfortable.

The same holds true for a home. Your home is your oasis where you want to feel comfortable as well as have your guests feel welcome and comfortable.

Plants, flowers and trees play a large role in adding beauty and finishing a space. Nowadays, many of us don’t have the time to take proper care of live plants and in an office, our focus is on taking care of business. Silk plants have become a welcome solution for keeping your space green and inviting while demanding little to no maintenance.

Over the years, silk plants have evolved tremendously. It is very difficult to tell the difference between a live and silk plant. Technology is now able to emulate the texture and feel of each type of plant to an exact science. The variety of plants has blossomed into the hundreds. At Silk Plant Décor, their high quality silk products include over 30 variety of trees, over 80 types of grasses and over 20 types of indoor and outdoor cedar and tropical trees that come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Silk flowers are also very popular. There are over 500 types of flowers available, and the store has over 200 of them on hand to choose from. Custom vases can be designed to suit your colour scheme and surroundings.

Dan Cayer and his team at Silk Plant Décor specialize in helping you create the finishing touches to your space. They are available for consultation, and will come to your home or office to assist with your planning and design, whether it be contemporary, modern or traditional. Their expertise doesn’t stop with silk plants. They also carry a variety of decorative items to complement your surroundings, such as wall hangings, vases, fine art, curio items and unique lighted décor. They have everything you need to accent your space and create the desired look you are after.

1602 3rd Ave. S. Across From Moxies • 403-394-2013

Taber Aqua Centre

Celebrating the arts, shopping and dining




Experience your downtown this First Friday as it comes alive with culture and promotions. Be sure to follow First Friday Downtown Lethbridge on Facebook and Twitter and visit our website to see what’s happening at your favourite downtown businesses. Visit us online for a full list of events and special offers

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Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is about love. Love for our partners, our best friends, and our family. Although we should always express how we feel, Valentine’s Day is one of those special occasions on the calendar that gives us an opportunity to show how much we care. It’s a day when we exchange cards saying how we feel, sometimes a bouquet of flowers is involved or other gifts to say “you are important in my life”. It’s time spent together to acknowledge your relationship and what it means to you.

Why not make this Valentine’s Day an especially unique experience by venturing into downtown Lethbridge. There are many things you can do for Valentine’s Day and many places you can shop to find that perfect gift and enjoy each other’s company.

The Galt Museum is a great place to explore together. At this time, the Arts of China will be showcased with a glimpse of an ancient civilization with artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum’s world –renowned Far Eastern collections dating from the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1300-1050 BCE) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911CE). It also examines Chinese history, culture and classic traditions by exploring aspects of three materials closely associate with China: jade, bronze and ceramics. There will also be a high tea at The View February 14th presented by the Friends of the Galt who work to raise funds that support the Galt’s education initiatives, including the busing program which provides free school bus transportation, making it easier for local teachers to bring their students to the popular school programs at the Galt. The Galt Gift Shop carries an array of unique items well worth taking a look at for that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. From jewellery to hand-crafted items, you will find many treasures there.

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Streatside Eatery is the ideal place to go if you'd like to take your friend or partner for lunch, or reserve an evening dinner to enjoy your favourite beverage and a special Valentine's Day menu. Streatside Eatery has been with us downtown since 1987, and continues be one of our premiere downtown restaurants that doesn’t disappoint. Steve Oseen and his staff always make sure you are taken care of and make every day you go there a special one.

Streatside Eatery

There are many things you can do for Valentine’s Day and many places you can shop to find that perfect gift and enjoy each other’s company.

Nicholai Home Fashion has a reputation for quality, uniqueness and variety… and it’s easy to see why. This is definitely a niche store that has it together. Their product is varied and tasteful, from décor, to perfumes, ornaments, clocks, pillows, books and jewellery. Their style sense is seen throughout the store. This is one place you need to stop in when searching for just the “right gift”. Nicholai is moving to 315 6th street south February 1, and are looking forward to you visiting their new location. Nicholai Home Fashion

Jasmine Tea Room

Monique’s En 4th Fashions exemplifies class. This ladies wear store was founded by Monique Rombaldi, who’s sense of style is impeccable. Monique takes great care in bringing fashion into her boutique that is of the highest quality and meant to last. At Monique’s finding the right piece is more important than pushing trends and making a real connection with a client is more important than making a sale. This is a quality store, run by a quality staff and owner. A gift certificate from Monique’s En 4th would be a very welcomed gift for your valentine.

Monique’s En 4th Fashions

The Jasmine Tea Room first opened its doors in 2001. Ever since, it has been a very popular destination. It is one of those places where you just feel comfortable and “taken away” as soon as you walk in the door. The tea room is quaint and inviting. A Valentine’s Day High Afternoon Tea at the Jasmine Room is an elegant luncheon and the perfect way to pamper someone special. Adjacent to the tea room, is a very eclectic boutique filled with treasures of fashions, jewellery, giftware, home décor and select vintage items. The Jasmine Room is definitely a must visit this Valentine’s Day! Antique Vintage & Charm Antique Vintage & Charm is a relatively new addition to our downtown landscape, and just like its name infers, it is filled with charm. The store is brimmed with many treasures from the past. If you are searching for something truly unique… this is the place to find it. You will encounter many items you didn’t even think you were looking for, but simply must have! From the smallest of vintage collector items, to beautiful ornate furniture, Antique Vintage & Charm has an excellent variety of rare items and something to peak the interest and excite even the most seasoned shopper.

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Valentine’s Day

in the Heart of the City

Where memories are made

this Valentine’s Day

For gifts as special & unique as your relationship

Featuring Valentine’s Day Special menu Now taking reservations

Join us at our NEW location February 1

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This Valentine’s Day Give a Magical Gift From the Past

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The Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Walk for Dog Guides has been held annually in Lethbridge since 2002 and Bill Brown's enthusiasm is a driving force behind the continued success of this event. The Lethbridge Dog Guides Walk is one of the top money raisers in Canada and to date has raised a substantial amount for the Dog Guide School. With the addition of Skyla and Crumpet, there are now twelve Dog Guides in Southern Alberta, including two Autism Assistance Dog Guides. A Seizure Response Dog Guide is scheduled to arrive before the end of 2013. The Lions Foundation of Canada is a national charitable foundation created by Lions Clubs across Canada. Its mission is to assist eligible Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them with Dog Guides at no cost, and has been providing this service, coast to coast since 1983.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events and donations from service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals across the country.

The School offers Dog Guides trained for six specific conditions:

1. 2. 3.

Canine Vision Dog Guides - trained to assist people who are blind or visually impaired. These Dog Guides help create an increased sense of mobility for their handler.

Hearing Ear Dog Guides - trained to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These Dog Guides are taught to alert their handler to important sounds, make physical contact with their handler and lead them to the sound. They will also respond to hand signals if handles uses sign language. Special Skills Dog Guides - trained to assist people with a physical disability, helping increase their sense of independence and mobility on a daily basis.


Seizure Response Dog Guides - assist individuals who experience frequent epileptic seizures. Trained to recognize and react to the onset of a seizure.


Autism Assistance Dog Guides - helping children with autism spectrum disorder by providing safety, companionship and unconditional love


Diabetic Alert Dog Guides - assist people who have Type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. Trained to detect sudden drops in their handler's blood sugar through scent and alert them so they can ingest something.

The date for the 2014 Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Dog Guides Walk in Lethbridge is May 31st. Everyone is welcome to participate. For information, contact Lion Bill Brown at 403-942-1677 or brownwj@shaw.ca


There is an abundance of information about the School and programs at their website: www.dogguides.com




"SANTA MIKKA" BY TONI HAMPTON Bi-monthly winner will be published in Quirk Magazine and receive a gift certificate from Photos must be original, caption and contact information of photographer provided. Quirk Magazine, Shabella Publishing and sponsors retain the right to use winning photographs for promotional purposes.

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Guiding the WayA New Beginning

for Skyla by Donna Murray with Jean Van Kleek Photos by Chris Yauck

A recent trip to Oakville, Ontario was a life changing one for the Greening family of Coaldale. They arrived home with a new addition to the family. An addition that came in the form of a Standard Poodle named Crumpet. Sklya, her mother Gloria, and Crumpet arrived at the Lethbridge airport November 22 to several media waiting to speak with them. That is because 13 year old Skyla is the youngest recipient in Canada to receive a guide dog for the visually impaired from the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides School.

Tony and Gloria Greening wanted to give Skyla every opportunity to live her life fully, so began the search for a Service Dog some time ago. During that search they learned that the only suitable breed as a service dog for a family with allergies would be a Standard Poodle. This breed is hypo-allergic and an ideal companion for people with allergies. They had applied to several organizations that provide Service Dogs and were eventually contacted by the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides School, Canine Vision Canada Program, with the offer of a Standard Poodle. The application process for a guide dog is a long one — the family Quirk - 34

applied to the school several months ago and later had a home visit from a trainer who would be the one to decide if Skyla would be a good match for a guide dog. Once suitability is approved, nothing is certain until graduating the program at the Oakville school.

After a month of intensive training in Oakville Gloria says, "Skyla and Crumpet are already starting to be in sync". As the lessons progressed, Skyla and Crumpet spent more and more time together. Just as Crumpet is responsible for taking care of Skyla, Skyla is responsible for taking care of Crumpet in a newly formed relationship that will bond the two of them for many years.

There is much work still to do in terms of getting Crumpet used to her new environment and introducing her to the community, but this new "dynamic duo" who wear matching pink hair clips, are off to an excellent start. Crumpet has opened up a whole new world for this young girl. A world that includes being able to do things and go places on her own for the first time. In the short time that Skyla and Crumpet have been together, Gloria says that they are already witnessing positive changes in Skyla in the areas of responsibility, confidence and independence.

This new

"dynamic duo" who wear matching pink hair clips, are off to an excellent start.

What Crumpet has done for Skyla is best expressed in her own words.

“I think it’s awesome ... I can take her everywhere.”

Skyla is a grade 7 student in a Coaldale school where Crumpet also will be - from the bus trip to the classroom and beyond. Gloria, too, will be attending in the beginning to assist them, but also to teach the other students and teachers about proper etiquette towards a Dog Guide. When Crumpet is wearing her harness, she is in WORK mode and neither she nor Skyla are to be touched by others.

In the spring of 2013, the Greenings learned about an annual local event that raises money for the Dog Guides School, the Lions Foundation of Canada Purina Walk for Dog Guides, hosted by the Southern Alberta Lions Clubs. Within a week-and-a-half, Skyla raised close to $5,000.00 in pledges. Her oldest sister, Shawna Brackley, was a huge help with her Social Networking skills. The Greening family and friend, Shelley, attended the Dog Guides Walk wearing their bright yellow "Team Skyla" colors. It was at this walk they met Bill Brown. Bill has been a Lions Club member since 1976 and like Skyla, was born with a visual impairment. He has been partnered with a Dog Guide for several years and is currently paired with a Standard Poodle named Jax. The Greenings have had many conversations with Bill since then, and Gloria says he has been a tremendous support since they met. He greeted them at the airport, assists them with any questions they have and has played a pivital role in helping the family throughout the process.

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Gloria expresses much gratitude to everyone who helped make it possible for Crumpet to be in Skyla's life. Dogs are provided at no cost to qualified applicants and the cost for travel and accommodations for clients are also covered by the School. The cost to raise, train and place each "Dog Guide" is approximately $25,000.00. The Sponsorship for Crumpet was jointly provided by the Lethbridge Kennel Club and the Strathmore Lions Club.

The Greenings wish to acknowledge Lethbridge "Just For Pets" pet store, who will be assisting with Crumpet's ongoing care and wellbeing. Thanks also to McCallum Saddlery & Leather Repair. Andy will ensure that Crumpet's harness fits properly and stays in good condition. The Greening family are thankful for the generosity and kindness of all those involved. What Crumpet has done for Skyla is best expressed in her own words. “I think it’s awesome ... I can take her everywhere.”

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“earth options” pet food contains no hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, colouring, gluten, soy, corn, wheat, by-products or any undefined ingredient sources. What IS included are key elements shown to benefit the all important immune, skeletal and digestive systems (flax seed, sunflower oil, whole garlic, kelp, beta carotene, whole fruits & vegetables, yucca schidigerain, and a host of other beneficial ingredients). One of the exciting features of the Pet First business model, and what makes the product unique, is that it is not found in stores. Your pet food is delivered right to your door by your local distributor. Pets First is pleased to introduce their product to you through Benji & Friends All Natural Pet Food based in Coalhurst, AB. Distributors Cindy and Fred Giles have been customers of Pets First for 19 years. They were so pleased with the results of the product, they decided this past February to represent the company for this area. Cindy and Fred have many success stories from happy customers and their pets. Please contact them to find out more about what “earth options” can do for the continued health of your furry family.

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LESSONS I’VE LEARNED By Jean Van Kleek FROM MY DOGS No one ever regrets not working I’ve mentioned many times in enough in their My dogs let me know on a this column how animals have life, our main regular basis when I have much to teach us if we only regret in the last crossed the line. The photo I happened to catch on the listen. They, like children, don’t days in almost right, was one of those times have any filters, so what they as I worked on the computer. feel is right there on the surface. always not Shani gathered all of her Honest and unadulterated… it spending enough balls one by one in an “is what it is”. time with those we attempt to let me know she The lesson I’ve learned this love and saying the was being ignored, which she had been until I noticed time is about balance between work and home. Nowadays things we wanted the pile of balls she had accumulated. Unfortunately, with technology so advanced, it to say. is often difficult to distinguish what a work day is. Many of us take our work home via responding to e-mails, composing proposals and generally connecting to our work day in our “off” hours. While this is advantageous on many levels, we need to find a balance between our family /friend time and our “jobs”. A job doesn’t mean much if your family isn’t a cohesive unit, sharing moments and spending quality time together.

our children and spouses are not always as obvious in their displays of feeling disconnected and needing you. Playing with family and friends is paramount to a healthy life. No one ever regrets not working enough in their life, our main regret in the last days in almost always not spending enough time with those we love and saying the things we wanted to say. Take the time, throw the ball and know the greatest work you do is building a relationship with those you care most about.

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3/4 cup All Bran or buds

2 cups green beans, minced

1 apple, minced (seeds and core removed)

1 small can (398 ml) pure pumpkin (not pie filling)

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Sardines: Nature’s “Super Food”! Sardines have omega-3 fatty acids which contain wonderful health benefits including: brain health for developing puppies and aging seniors; heart disease prevention; cancer fighting; regulating the immune system; and reducing inflammation in dogs with allergies, arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Green beans are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre which improves digestion and absorption. Green beans are low in calories making them a great treat for overweight dogs. Use fresh or frozen green beans, steamed lightly, or canned green beans with no added salt. Beat eggs in large bowl. Add sardines with liquid and mash. I like to use the food processor to chop the beans and apple. Add remaining ingredients. Mix together well by hand. I wear disposable gloves for this. Drop on large cookie sheet 13 X 18 using parchment paper. Squish down and score with a paring knife to desired size. Bake for one hour at 350 F. Cookies will be moist on the bottom. It is best to flip to bottom side up and cool. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze.

These are healthy, soft and meaty cookies that are easy to make.

*Michelle's recipes include well researched ingredients to help make your dog happy & healthy.

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