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Volume 1 • Issue 6 • September - October 2012

Youth AMBASSADorS lethbridge Students Making a Difference

Dr. SuSAn BiAli Find Your Passion!

A ViSit to Belize “Slooow Down Mahnn”

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Art Days

The Allied Arts Council presents it’s 3rd annual Art Days this September

Book Review

Barb Hutchinson of Taber has written a very inspiring and thought provoking book called “God, Are You Listening?”

Shabby Dragonfly

Discover Shabby Chic with a visit to The Shabby Dragonfly “a neat little shop”




12 Dining Guide


16 Photographer’s Eye


17 Business & The Web 20 Health Matters 34 Bits & Pieces


Midnight Fog


Dr. Susan Biali


Danny Ponomar shares more of his wonderful photo journals

Nasrin’s Corner

37 Animals We Love


Motivational speaker & flemenco dancer, Dr Susan Biali helps us discover how to find our passion

Lethbridge Ambassadors


A group of Lethbridge students find out how they can make a difference

Deep-dish Chicken Asparagus Lasagna


Places & Spaces


A delicious comfort food recipe!

Visit beautiful tropical Belize with Fay Braden


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From The Publisher Summer is almost over, but it was a great time for our area with a myriad of festivals in Lethbridge, Claresholm, Fort MacLeod & Taber. And of course the summer games were a major successful highlight for our city this year.

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July - August 2012

This Fall, the celebrations continue as the Allied Arts Council launches it's third annual Art Days on September 23. This event grows each year as even more exciting programs are added to it's roster. Read inside to find out more!

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We visit "The Fix" Frozen Yogurt Bar in our business feature. This the first frozen yogurt bar to open in Lethbridge and is locally owned. The Lethbridge couple opened their doors this summer to a resounding success. Read more to find out why The Fix has become so popular!

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Fay Braden brings us on her trip to Belize in this installment of Places & Spaces. Sounds like the perfect destination for a winter vacation this year! I'm in! Judi-Frizzel-Stowell never runs out of mouth-watering recipes... this time we share her deep dish chicken/asparagus lasagna. Yum! Dr. Susan Biali, a motivational speaker and TV personality, gives us great insight on finding our passion in life. She has a very interesting and inspiring personal story I'm sure you will enjoy. We are very pleased to include a story on the Sister Cities International Youth Ambassadors Program. Three Lethbridge students took part in a three week exchange program that centered on environmental concerns and poverty. The program helps students get a sense of what other countries are doing to alleviate these issues and the students have come back with a plan of their own to help constitute change locally. We should be very proud of them.

Publisher Jean Van Kleek Design & Layout Pixelated Cupcake Photographers Danny Ponomar Jean Van Kleek Chris Yauck Photography Cover Photo David Wirzba Contributing Writers Donna M. Murray Fay Braden Chris Hibbard Fergus Raphael Chris Yauck Danny Ponomar Henry Ly Kate Lupton Derek Stevenson Dr. Susan Biali Priscilla Peltier Judi Frizzle Stowell Nasrin Ebadypour Shaun Wojtowicz General Inquiries

Happy Reading! Letter to The Editor Dear Editor, Just wanted to let you know, I'm enjoying your magazine. It has many interesting features with a different twist on things. Good job and keep up the work you're doing!

Sincerely, C.B. Lethbridge, AB

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Welcoming Lethbridge Arts Days For It’s Third Year By Derek Stevenson

The amazing thing about living in Lethbridge is that although we are a small city, we have an incredibly talented group of visual and performing artists. Once a year we get an opportunity to celebrate the work of these artists with the festivities of Lethbridge Arts Days. Returning for the third straight year, Arts Days is celebrating the dynamic and diverse Lethbridge arts scene with a week’s worth of activities from September 23-30. The celebrations coincide with Alberta Culture Days and National Culture Days, which is an annual celebration of culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride. The week kicks off on Sunday the 23rd with The Word on the Street Festival hosted by the Lethbridge Public Library. The Library will be having live music, author readings, children’s activities and more from 11am til 5pm and all of the events are free. The next event will be taking place on Wednesday September 26 at 7pm as the NAAG will be hosting a Film Night featuring the work of local film makers, including the feature film produced by Rambunxious Entertainment The Medic.

New to Arts Days this year The Allied Arts Council has teamed up with The Geomatic Attic, The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, and New West Theatre to create a Performance Sampler package. For only $50 you can see three performing arts events: The Geomatic attic is hosting Joel Plaskett at the South Minster United Church on Thursday September 27, The Lethbridge Symphony is holding their first Chamber series concert on Friday September 28, and New West is producing their first Canadian series play of their season Billy Bishop Goes to War on Saturday September 28. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with credit card at 403.320.0555 or in person at the Allied Arts Council (318 7 Street South).

their doors to host an eclectic mix of art displays and demonstrations. These exhibits showcase everything from photography to textiles, painting to sculptures. Running concurrently with the Art Walk is an Artisan market at The Gate which features the work of local artists. It is a great opportunity for the community to purchase some local handmade art and craft. New to Lethbridge Arts Days this year and also running concurrently with the Art Walk is On the Streets. On the Streets is a busking festival happening in the downtown core, which creates the perfect opportunity for those taking part in the Art Walk to watch and listen to some of Lethbridge’s talented performing artists. There are actors, musicians, dancers and street performers who will be delighting the crowd’s downtown throughout the weekend.

The third annual Lethbridge Arts Days will be a week packed full of the best of what Lethbridge’s arts community has to offer. With something for everyone, be sure to bring your family and friends out for this annual event! For more information, contact the Allied Arts Council at 403-320-0555 or visit

Heading into the culture days weekend the Allied Arts Council will host the 9th Annual Artwalk, a self-guided tour of art in downtown Lethbridge from 10 am til 5pm on Friday September 28 & Saturday September 29. Downtown businesses will open

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Printed and online programs will be available in mid-September.

September 23 - 30 9th Annual Art Walk On the Streets

Artisan Market

Performance Sampler

The Word on the Street Festival Film Night hosted by NAAG


Coordinated by the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge


To Practice Compassion

Experiencing Real Success by Choosing

ow we manage our personal relationships is directly connected to our feelings. They are strong indicators of how we approach each situation.

It is also quite normal and natural for human beings to express and share their experiences. At these times, what they often want is to be heard and have their feelings acknowledged. When they do, you have to remember that “you cannot change or control anyone’s feelings. The only choice you have is how you behave and react towards them”.


Corner By Nasrin Ebadypour

Here are Few Tips and Loving Behaviours that Enhance your Relationship: Next time your partner or someone else you care about expresses a negative feeling, hear them with curiosity and compassion. In doing so remember that people are not broken and therefore, there is no need to fix anything. So, consider doing something different than the usual offer of giving insight, suggestions, answers, or a great advice. Choose to stay with the feelings and don’t get distracted by the content of what has happened. • When you have chosen to listen to your partner, give them ABSOLUTELY 100% OF YOUR ATTENTION. • In your own words, tell your partner that he or she matters to you and his or her feelings are important to you.

• Listen with your heart ( this will prevent you from making judgments and comments such as “That’s nothing, don’t be silly… not worth getting upset over….”)

You will get the best results by taking inspired action, so one way is to practice these essential behaviour patterns regularly till they come to you naturally.

Remember you have infinite opportunities to experience and communicate issues in your relationships. Sometimes, we just

• Express your genuine feelings (I am sorry you’re feeling this way … or upset or angry…..)

Nasrin Ebadypour is a registered clinical counsellor • Be supportive by asking if there is specializing in relationships, anything you can do or say right now depression & anxiety. that would help them feel better.

Do you have a question about your life that you’d need to take a simple yet different approach to strengthen our like Nasrin to answer? Email it to relationship.

Creating joy and happiness in your life is an Inside Job!

Only you have the power to make it happen!

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God, Are You Listening? A Book Review By: Chris


In all of our lives, we deal with periods of It is an insightful, practical and often very heightened strain and tension - whether we moving read. Hutchinson writes about the realize it at the time or not. These stressful importance of letting go of painful memories moments can accumulate, piling up inside and searching within oneself to find the your head and your heart until you are at the mental and emotional clutter that is acting breaking point: a tired, as an obstacle to true hollow reflection of "The answers are out there for us, we happiness and clarity of your true self. No one mind. Whether you are knows this as well as just have to have our eyes and ears and recovering from a broken Taber-based author relationship, dealing with Elizabeth Hutchinson. heart truly open to actually see them." the loss of a loved one or simply feel like life is In July of 2011, Hutchinson found herself spiralling out of control - the book is filled becoming emotionally burnt-out from an 18- with no-nonsense, genuine techniques for year-career as a Victims Services counsellor recovery. with the RMCP. It was during this difficult period that Hutchinson experienced a At one point, Hutchinson describes moment of spiritual enlightenment. After maintenance of our inner spirit as being like crying out to God genuinely and openly, she house cleaning: it's only truly difficult if you was surprised to hear him answer her. This put it off until you're dealing with a real personal testimony would become the mess. She also details how many people only foundation for Hutchinson's new book God, choose to speak with God or their higher Are You Listening? Free Yourself From What power when caught at a time of profound Is Holding You Back. weakness or crisis. By this 'picking and choosing' of the time to embrace spirituality, After first describing the process that she one is acting somewhat selfishly while also undertook to arrive at "heart consciousness", denying themselves a true, full connection she begins to detail how to find your spirit with their own supreme being. Hutchinson and get to know yourself; while also explores how even though some prayers may connecting with people around you and seem to go unanswered, a closer relationship naturally gravitating towards wherever you with your spiritual side will still imbue your feel you are being led. Non-denominational life with meaning and purpose. in its approach, the book is full of practical insight and moving testimony and is suitable "Life can be very overwhelming at times, and for readers of all faiths, religions and belief it's really important to let go of the pain systems. The chapters explore the connection that's holding you back from living your best between our mind, body and spirit; as well life," Hutchinson writes. "The answers are as notions of forgiveness, acceptance and out there for us, we just have to have our eyes discipline. Whether you are a regular and ears and heart truly open to actually see churchgoer or an agnostic, Hutchinson them." includes many helpful hints and tools for "God, Are You Listening?" prompting positive life changes. The book was released March 2012 by Turning Stone Press. will make you want to examine your life a The book is now available at local bookstores or little more closely - looking within yourself preferred online retailer. It can be purchased on to find out what elements are lacking., or via Hutchinson's own website:

The book, Hutchinson's first, is geared towards helping others restore their faith: faith in themselves, faith in life, and faith in a higher power. Within its 194 easy-to-read pages, Hutchinson utilizes examples and anecdotes from her own life experience to show how to restore your spirit and maintain your spiritual life. Incorporating elements of poetry, lyrics and biblical verse; God, Are You Listening? is meant to guide each reader towards developing their own open and honest relationship with a higher power. Quirk - 8

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The Fix Frozen Yogurt Bar is the brainchild of Lethbridge couple Jesse Dunham & Krista English.

They often travelled to the west coast and other destinations. One of their favorite treats during their travels was visiting the frozen yogurt bars that were abundant in other cities. They regularly went to Medicine Hat to get their frozen yogurt "fix" because there were no bars of this type in Lethbridge. The wheels started turning in their heads, and they decided they should introduce Lethbridge to this phenomenon that gave them so much pleasure. So with a calculated leap of faith they both decided to go for it.

The Fix is healthy, fun food in a friendly atmosphere. It's a great place to meet with friends, go on a date or take the family... AND YOU


WITH YOUR FOOD! Jesse Dunham & Krista English

Photos Courtesy of Chris Yauck Photography

They began extensive research and looked into franchise opportunities. They decided not to opt for a franchise because they wanted control over their product down to the last detail. This was their baby. Everything has been well-thought out including the design of their logo and the bright coloured walls that reflect the experience of eating there. Even the cutlery is florescent and fun.

The concept of a frozen yogurt bar is simple, but very fun. There are four machines that each contain two flavours of frozen yogurt. There are always fat free and no sugar added options, and the Greek Tart Original is a sure favorite. You can choose one flavour, or combine a swirl of the two flavours in each machine. You can make your treat with all eight choices if you'd like. The flavours are rotated often, but they always make sure the most requested flavours are on hand. They listen carefully to feedback from their customers to ensure they are on the right track, keeping their patrons satisfied and happy. The next step to building this tantalizing treat is choosing your favourite toppings. The toppings range from a variety of fresh fruits including seasonal berries, mango, kiwi, and pineapple to popping bobas, mochi, and candies like oreo chunks and gummy bears just to name a few.

Your creation is then weighed at the cashier and you pay according to the weight of the delectable delight you have built. You can then eat in, or take out. The combinations are refreshing and a new taste experience every time you go.

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Southern Alberta Dining Guide TOP PIZZA & SPAGHETTI HOUSE There is a reason Top Pizza remains the “top” place to go in Lethbridge for pizza and pasta since 1968! The same traditions are still in place today that were started 40 years ago. From the bread and pizza dough that is hand-made fresh daily, and the Caesar and House Salad dressings that are still made from scratch or made locally to the highest standards. The pizza crust has a quality like none other in the city. Once you’ve tasted it, you crave it-even with all the franchise pizzerias that have come to Lethbridge over the years, Top Pizza is still the restaurant of choice for pizza and pasta lovers! Come and see why we continue to win the Best of the Best Sun Times Award for pizza!

Michelle’s Memorable Meals Specializing in "home cooked" meals made from scratch! Owner Michelle Sereda's love of "good food" is evident from the soups that are made fresh each day with home made stock, hamburger patties that are hand-formed from 100% Alberta beef, fresh chipped fries, to double smoked bacon sliced on the premises from a slab. Michelle believes in supporting her community with buying eggs, fresh produce, meats and poultry from local producers and businesses. You can taste the "home-grown" difference at Michelle's. Outside catering is also available with an array of hold and cold entree items, salads, fruit and cheese trays as well as hors d'oeuvres.

Mocha Cabana Combining the finest in culinary talent and local entertainment, Mocha Cabana is one of the hot spots in downtown Lethbridge. The casual dining menu includes favorite breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups and other comfort food. The liquor menu includes selected wines and brews by the glass or bottle and the ’ signature margarita. Don’t forget the exceptional cafe’s coffee! The rich, aromatic beans are blended and toasted locally and ground on the premises. Barista-made ’ cappucinos and mochas are available espresso, lattes, any time of day, and their unique and satisfying “BlacksmithBlend” is exclusive to Mocha!

Streatside Eatery has been operating in its downtown location since 1987. Customer satisfaction, quality, and fresh food is our main focus. We prepare everything in our kitchen: sauces, salads and original dressings are just a few of our custom creations - and the soup and quiche are made fresh daily The menu consists of fresh salads, wraps, fritters, dry garlic ribs, Angus burgers, pasta dishes, AAA steak and our famous Chicken McMerle Sandwich, just to name a few! “Bill the Baker” has been baking our desserts for many years and always comes up with new and exciting items to try.

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If there were a slogan to describe The Shabby Dragonfly it would be,


Which is exactly the motto Linda has used since she opened her "neat little shop" earlier this year. Linda has a FLAIR for Interior Design and uses her skills to create "one of a kind" furniture pieces. She says “When I find a piece, I lovingly paint and create a new appreciation for it in hopes that customers will too!” Shabby Chic is the term that has been coined for this type of shop & product that has become extremely popular. For those who don't know what "Shabby Chic" is, it is a form of interior design where furniture and accessories are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear. Mix and match is always ECCLECTIC in this style, so anything goes! The style "SHABBY CHIC" is very trendy, And will be for some time to come as it is a BEAUTIFUL and usually very inexpensive way to pull a room or house together decoratively. Imagine an old chair that Grandma had, it's velvet, worn out around the edges, but the integrity is still there, as well as the sentiment. Linda will lightly sand the wooden structure, maybe apply a fresh coat of paint and perhaps re-upholster if needed. Mis- matched china, chipped and rusted metal farm house finds, lace and pearls, soft pastel colors and bright shades are all a part of what you will find at The Shabby Dragonfly, as well as an array of beautiful and ornate objects. Visit Linda and invite "Shabby Chic" to your home!

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niKKA YuKo JAPAneSe GArDen

WinS ArtS AWArD lethbridge, Alta. – Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden’s dedication to the arts will be recognized on September 20, when they receive the A.A.C.E. Award for Arts Organization. The Garden was nominated by the City of Lethbridge’s recreation and culture department, for their commitment to supporting the arts in Lethbridge.

“Simply being nominated for such an award is an honour in itself,” said lindy rollingson, executive Director of the nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. “But to actually win makes us all incredibly proud.”


In the past, the Garden has shown their support for the arts in many ways including hosting photography seminars, the Artists in Residence program and their most recent exhibition – Kipling’s Japan.


“Kipling’s Japan was our most recent endeavour into the arts and we are thrilled that so many people have been so interested in it,” said Rollingson.


With a gift shop full of the work of over 30 local artists and artisans, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden also offers a location for them to display their skills. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will receive the award during a presentation at the Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts.

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Tips & Tricks Fall is just arriving with a new set of colors to play with. The season is short so be ready for some great images. There is beauty all around us with the coulees and their natural rolling features along with the river bottom’s eco-rich foliage and rhythmic rocky river bed.

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Make a date with your camera for this weekend and once you get out there let your creative juices take over. A bright sunny day will always give you the light you need for an image.

by Chris yauck Chris Yauck Photography

To “step-up” your photography watch for a partially cloudy day with the best time to be out during the first and the last two hours. Cloudy is good especially when the sun peeks through and lights up a section. It is important to watch the direction of light and how it falls upon your subject. Playing with different angles, exposures, depth-of-field and selective focus will enable you to grow in your artistry.

Some ideas for you to explore: • Using a backdrop of an old fence, photograph an arrangement of flowers in a vase. Move the vase further away from the fence and watch as the background becomes blurry. • Move in close and use your macro setting. • Place a colored card or material in behind for a different look. • Try a low angle with the sky as your background. Make sure to frame your masterpieces as a collection of prints for your home or for gifts. So get your camera gear ready to go! Dust off that tripod, clean your lens and bring along an extra set of batteries. And always remember this advice from Ansel Adams…”A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Happy shooting.. Chris

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BUSINESS & THE WEB If you watch enough movies you’ll already know all about the future of technology. Hollywood tells us that within ten years we’ll all be embedded with wearable computers. Cars will fly. Cash will be obsolete. Doors will use retina-scanning locks. It sounds bleak, but there’s an upside. You never see character from a near-future sci-fi movie stuck trying to remember their email password. So maybe there’s hope after all. Until a better way arrives, we’re all stuck with too many passwords for too many places. It can be overwhelming. It’s tempting to use the same password for all your information, or to cheat with simple passwords. Unfortunately, the consequences of weak passwords can resemble the plot of a scary movie. You may think it’s no big deal if your email password is guessed. But think about all the other sites that you’ve used that email address to register for. If a hacker gains access to one account, they can usually link that to many others. And they are trying. Halfway across the

M i s si o n world there are hordes of programmers writing ‘bots’, which are programs that crawl around the internet using brute force to guess passwords for as many email addresses as they can find. It’s very common, and all that’s standing in the way is the password you choose. Sometimes these bots get in, and it can get ugly. When a program gains access to your email or social media account it will usually start sending spam on an industrial scale. Sometimes this can result in you being blamed or ‘blacklisted’ for the infraction. That’s close to a best case scenario. Sometimes an entire company or organization can have their email blacklisted, grinding operations to a halt, because one person’s paper-thin password was compromised.

IMPOSSIBLE by Fergus Raphael

Fergus is the owner of Tangle Media and is an expert in multimedia and web-based marketing

A good password doesn’t have to be impossible to remember. Instead of a complicated short password, a longer phrase can be just as hard for a computer to guess, and easier for you to remember. This was brilliantly illustrated by the web-comic XKCD, which you can see at

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A heavy fog had enveloped the city. and the eerie haze gave the darkness a wispy, animated presence, as if the streets were seized by an immense smoke machine.

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Visibility was virtually negligible, in fact, it was so limited that I probably wouldn't have been much worse off if I had been wearing a blindfold. Luckily, I was travelling with a couple of photographer friends who also had a thirst for adventure, and we collectively decided, against our better judgement, that the most logical thing to do was to drive straight into the daunting wall of fog looking for a good photo opportunity. We didn't have to drive far (not a bad choice for one who can not see) to find a worthy subject. The biggest challenge was identifying anything other than the flooding glow of our headlights, as they projected mere feet into the thick evasive air. Speeding at twenty kilometres an hour, indistinguishable shapes zoomed by as though we were about breaking the sound barrier. When one of us was keen enough to spot a turn-off to an adjacent road just feet from our bumper, we turned hastily and immediately pulled over. The exact location has remained a mystery to this day. As I carefully extracted my camera and tripod from the mist where my vehicle had been, my jaw dropped as I noticed something very peculiar about the developed suburban landscape (other than the fact that the road was invisible). There was a big ball of light amidst the fog somewhere in the distance, but I couldn't tell exactly how far away. It radiated an overwhelming brightness, changing in colour as the light dispersed outward. I was perturbed when I finally realized that it was actually a streetlight across the street that was emitting such an irregular display of light pollution.

“I don't care how mundane this subject is” I thought to myself, “but I need to capture this image”. To my delight, the resulting frame turned out better than I had expected, considering that I really didn't know what to expect as I left my shutter open to absorb the unaesthetic, cloudy light. When our cameras started to accumulate excessive amounts of condensation, we packed up our gear and retreated into the night unnoticed, as though we were never there at all.

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How Will My ADHD Child Cope with School?

Does Diet Affect ADHD?

Going back to school is often a time of excitement and anticipation but for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this can be a time of real worry. Learning can become challenging and frustrating and often leads to low self-esteem.

For decades it has been suspected that artificial ingredients, such as colors and preservatives may be contributing to the symptoms of ADHD. Recently two large studies confirmed a link between artificial additives and both attention and hyperactivity. And just as important, food dyes and sodium benzoate preservative were capable of provoking hyperactivity in children who didn’t even have ADHD. In my practise, I found that many children who were diagnosed with ADHD or ADD were actually gluten intolerant, so it is important to identify and address food allergies or intolerances that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including attention and learning difficulties. In addition, sugar can cause some children with ADHD to react with a hypoglycemia-like response where blood sugar lowers and a stress reaction is initiated. This clearly suggests that symptoms may be regulated by adhering to a healthy, low-sugar diet with plenty of blood sugar-stabilizing lean protein, whole fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks.

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How do I get My Child to Take Fish Oils?

Learning Factors Advanced School-Aid comes in two formats. The Extreme Peach emulsified liquid format has a creamy peach flavour (with a hint of orange and vanilla), that kids will love, and the Extreme Peach chewable softgels have a similar taste if chewed, but can also be swallowed whole. Both are formulated with naturally-sourced flavours and sweeteners, and neither has a fishy smell or aftertaste. It is best taken with or after meals.

This formula may be combined with the Learning Factors Daily Nutrient Boost smoothie mix for comprehensive nutritional brain support and optimal mental function. Both formulas may be used safely in both children and adults, and in conjunction with other therapies, including prescription medication.

A daily dose of good fats is a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.

Did you know that circulatory and nervous system health, concentration and child health can all be adversely affected if Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are missing? A study with children showed that those with lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids were shown to be more prone to temper tantrums and sleep problems. While some experiences for children may be normal and necessary as the child learns and grows, the fact that supplementing with EFAs may help alleviate some of these makes parents and kids happier. Imagine the terrible two’s turning into the terrific two’s.

Omega-3 fats are polyunsaturated fats and considered “the good fats” that protect against heart disease, have anti-inflammatory properties, aid in proper retinal and brain development, and improve focus and behaviour in children. Unfortunately, most North American children are chronically deficient in this “good” fat. Allergies, eczema, constipation, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities have all been linked to deficiency of omega-3 fats. Studies show that adequate amounts of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) early in life, and on a continuing basis, can promote healthy brain development and positively influence learning, behaviour and visual acuity.

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because they are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. The most important fats (EPA, DHA, Omega 3, 6 & 9 essential fatty acids) have a profound impact on many facets of our overall health and wellbeing. But satisfying our need for EFA’s is no easy task. Even the most sensible diet often falls short, no matter how carefully we select our foods. With the best of intentions, few of Quirk - 20

But why do you need essential fatty acids or good fats anyway? It is because they support the cardiovascular, reproductive, and nervous systems. This is crucial for the transport and breakdown of cholesterol as well as regulating blood pressure, liver function, immune and inflammatory responses. I usually recommend to my clients to take EFA’s because of its overall benefits including healthy skin and hair.

A daily dose of good fats is a vital component of overall health and wellbeing. EFA’s should be part of your basic supplementation program along with your vitamin and mineral supplements.


Priscilla Peltier is a natural health care practitioner at Nutter’s who writes on health and nutrition!

Priscilla Peltier, C.H., C.N.C., C. Irid., R.BIE Herbalist, Nutrition Consultant, Iridoligist, and Registered BioEnergetics Practitioner 403.329.3100 (Office) 403.942.5064 (Fax)

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• 1 banana (frozen & cut in chunks) • 1 cup cold water • 8 brazil nuts or ¼ cup walnuts, almonds, peanuts or cashews • ½ cup plain yogurt • 1½ teaspoons carob powder, optional • Maple syrup to taste (add stevia extract for additional sweetness) • 2 scoops Learning Factors Daily Nutrient Boost • 1-2 teaspoons Learning Factors Advanced School-Aid (optional) Blend nuts with water on low speed first, then on high, until blended to a smooth paste. Scrape sides of blender with a spatula if needed. Add all remaining ingredients, except the yogurt. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add yogurt or water for your desired consistency.

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to Transform

The Power of Passion

Your Life and Health

For Quirk Magazine By Dr. Susan Biali, MD

Does your life feel like you’re just going through the motions? If you’re like many people, you used to dream of a more fulfilling life but gave up on it long ago. So many of us now focus on just getting through the life we have today, only occasionally reflecting on “what might have been” and what that means to us now.

We mistakenly believe that dreams, passions, and grand plans belong to the young: the little boys intent on becoming cowboys; the teenagers contemplating a world of career options; the young adults who “have their whole life ahead of them”. It’s true that these early phases of life are perfectly suited to dreaming and exploring. Yet I continue to experience and witness the fact that at any time in life, anything is still possible. Until I was around ten years old, I knew exactly what I was going to be when I grew up: A Solid Gold Dancer. (If you are under 35 and reading this, you probably have no clue what that is, but imagine lots of very tight golden spandex). My parents wouldn’t let me have dance classes, but I didn’t let that stop me. I knew one day my big break would come, so I practiced for hours in our basement with a tall pile of ABBA records, admiring my high-kicking re;lection in the “mirror” (the sliding glass door that led to the garden). Then, the grown-ups discovered that I was smart – and the serious work of life began. My high grades brought me attention and approval and later, when the scholarships began to roll in, I discovered that they could also bring in signi;icant income. I thought I had mastered both life and success, until found myself one day, two years into my Emergency Medicine residency program, severely depressed and not wanting to live. I was twenty-eight years old and didn’t know how to save myself or my life. Thankfully, I ;igured it out and now dedicate my life to helping others do the same. I took a stress leave, and bought a ticket to Cuba. One night at the hotel, tears ;illed my eyes as I watched a spectacular Cuban salsa dance team light up the stage. I suddenly remembered that little girl in me who used to live and dance with such passion. I ;lew home, resigned from my residency, and signed up for my ;irst salsa dance class. I worked as a general practitioner by day, and hoped the dance class would add a little spice to my life. It sure did - I found myself laughing Quirk - 22

more, and would dance around my apartment as I got ready for work. All week I’d look forward to Friday night, our local salsa party night. My depression began to lift, I got sick less often, and life felt spectacularly different and alive. I had no idea I would end up being paid to dance and teach salsa, or that I would eventually study ;lamenco and have my own dance company in Los Cabos, Mexico. I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to give the rock star Pink a private salsa dance lesson (since I look very much the dancer when in costume, she had no idea she was getting a lesson from a Canadian doctor - absolutely hilarious, really). I never imagined that as this new story continued to unfold I’d become a life coach and work with people worldwide, write a book published in New York and speak professionally across North America. You don’t know what will happen either, when you start doing what calls to you most. I made one simple, authentic decision to follow my passion, by signing up for a dance class. That small step was the key that opened the door to the life that had been waiting for me, all along. This also ultimately transformed my body’s physical and mental health. The more you honour who you are and what matters to you most, the more you will thrive on multiple levels. What do you have, waiting inside you? What might be your ;irst step in honouring that? I’m sure there are some wonderful things to try in Lethbridge, or nearby. Is there something that has always caught your eye, but you’ve hesitated to try? Why not just go for it? Each person’s path is unique, but I do know that if you’re human you have a passion inside you about something. Even if you don’t think

What do you have, waiting inside you? What might be your first step in honouring that? I’m sure there are some wonderful things to try in Lethbridge, or nearby. Is there something that has always caught your eye, but you’ve hesitated to try?

Why not just go for it?

it’s there, or it seems you can’t ;ind it, it’s still there. The key is to get curious, and keep your eyes and heart open. I love to get my speaking audiences talking about what they loved to do when they were little. People tell me the most incredible stories – I’ve never heard the same one twice – and I watch them instantly reconnect with their most delightful, playful selves. I’ve received countless emails afterwards, telling me “I ;inally bought that guitar I’ve always wanted” or “I’m ;inally going to sign up for that art class”. Be sure to let me know if this article has that impact on you! What does your heart have to say? If you’ve been struggling with physical or mental illness, is there something new that you could bring into your life that could change your entire experience? What if you began to deliberately have more fun, or found a pastime or project that you could passionately immerse yourself in? That little child you once were, who threw him or herself so passionately into adventures and dreamed such creative dreams is still alive. Give that child a voice and a choice in your life, and ;ind a few hours a month or week to do something you really love. It’ll light up every corner of your life, and every cell of your body. Best of all, who knows what wonderful places it’ll end up taking you?

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Susan Biali, MD is a wellness expert, life coach, international speaker and professional 6lamenco dancer and is the author of Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You (Beaufort 2010). To contact Dr. Biali for personal coaching or to invite her to speak to your group, email To receive a free e-book of Dr. Biali’s “Top 10 Ways to Balance Your Life and Boost Your Health and Happiness”, visit

Susan Biali


Vibration Training AND


Are you feeling bloated, constipated and just run down? Did you know that 1 – 5 lbs of your current weight could be toxic fecal matter stuck to the intestinal wall and colon causing numerous health conditions? And a further 10 lbs could be held in your muscle tissue and joints. Your liver is responsible for eliminating excess cholesterol and fat from your blood but can only do this when it is not toxic. Kidney problems are becoming more common every year, mostly due to the consumption of overly processed foods. The kidneys filter our blood of toxins by producing urine.

parasites feeding on bacteria. Remove the bacteria and you will remove the food chain.

People are dying with conditions that can be eradicated simply by cleaning the colon and thereby reducing the workload on the liver and kidneys. The American Medical Association journal stated there are over 15,000,000 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) cases in the U.S. which they say they have no answer for. Probably every North American has issues with the sewer system of our most important organ, the colon.

When the colon can no longer eliminate these toxins properly, they lodge in fat tissue, joints, arteries, muscles, liver and all other organs. Since the lungs, skin and kidneys also serve to eliminate toxins, if the health of the colon is optimum, the whole body can work together as the well-tuned, balanced work of art it was supposed to be. The human body is able to naturally expel unwanted material on its own, but due to industrialized living the body is exposed to chemicals and toxins that it is unable to flush. Other culprits are: processed foods such as pasteurized milk, processed flour and sugar and food preservatives.

“Through my 25 years of medical practice and health care…I have come to believe that the cleansing/detoxification process is the missing link in Western nutrition and one of the keys to real healing. I have seen hundreds of patients over the years transform regular or persistent illness into health and greatly improved vitality.”

“In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective haling can take place.”

– Elson M. Haas, M.D. founder and medical director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin and author of several popular health books.

– Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D., world renowned nutrition expert and author of many popular health books.

The colon is the end portion of the human digestive tract and its major functions are to eliminate waste and to conserve water. Waste is the accumulated garbage of impacted feces, dead cells, mucous, parasites, worms, flukes, etc. which pose an eventual problem to health. The material is very toxic and one can experience part of the toxicity in the form of acid reflux, for example. This is simply waste trying to get out the wrong end because the proper area of elimination is blocked. This blockage also means that the body cannot properly use nutrients. Impacted intestines and colon also lowers the metabolism rates and causes unhealthy weight gain.

There are many excellent products developed specifically to aid in the detoxification of the organs and are available in good Health Stores.

These poisons enter and circulate in the blood stream, making us feel ill, tired and weak. Common signs include: headaches, backaches, constipation, fatigue, bad breath, body odor, irritability, confusion, skin problems, gas, bloating, diarrhea, sciatic pain, and many other problems which are simply

Vibration Training on the VibraFit Trainer is an excellent means of speeding the detoxification process by stimulating the lymphatic system which contains the fluids which bathe every cell in the body to remove toxins and send them to the organs of elimination. Since the lymphatic system has no natural pump like the blood circulatory system, it can only be stimulated by exercise because it is the peristaltic action of the muscles which forces the lymphatic fluids upwards in the body. Spending 10 minutes at a time on the VibraFit Trainer is the muscular equivalent of running for an hour so you are doing the lymphatic system a world of good. Drink lots of water to assist the liver and kidneys in their elimination process and you will feel a whole new World of Wellness!.

Go to for more articles on the benefits of Vibration Training!

Or call 403-393-6114.

Take a DEEP Breath!!! Feel the air rush into your lungs, then let a cleansing breath out! What is more natural than breathing?

A newborn inhales the fullness of life with it. Our first love takes it away. When we are thrilled, we lose it. And, as our favourite sports team attempts a score in overtime, we tend to hold it. We all breathe at least 20,000 times per day, yet most of us take this essential spontaneous bodily function for granted. When breathing becomes difficult due to chronic illness or acute trauma, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is most likely part of the treatment team as they are an integral part of the health care system. RRT's are specialized healthcare practitioners who are uniquely trained to treat conditions of the cardiopulmonary system such as COPD, Asthma, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A Respiratory Therapist may be found working in many different locations. In the hospital you may see them in ICU and Emergency treating acute lung problems, in Neonatal units assisting breathing until

Written by Shaun Wojtowicz

the baby's lungs are fully developed and in the Operating room helping the Anaesthesiologist. In the community, RRT's play an important role in homecare helping patients with their oxygen equipment, assessing lung function, educating patients on their disease process and promoting pulmonary rehabilitation. RRT's are also involved in the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, working in sleep labs and private healthcare facilities. Respiratory Therapists in Canada graduate from a three-year diploma program at a College, Institute of Technology, or a four-year degree program at some Universities. Following graduation, students are eligible to write the National Certification Examination from which successful candidates earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) designation. Oct 21- 27, 2012 is National Respiratory Week – a time to be thankful for every breath we take and the healthcare professionals who help maintain that ability.

So, take a deep breath and a sigh of relief! If ever breathing is NOT taken for granted, there are more than 8000 qualified Respiratory Therapists across Canada ready to help.

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Lethbridge is a vibrant city, brimming with a variety of opportunities. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with three Lethbridge students, who have experienced one of those opportunities. It came about through the Lethbridge Twinning Society's relationship with Culver City, CA, and the affiliation with Sister Cities International. The program - Youth Ambassador Trilateral North America was made possible when Sister Cities International (Wasington, DC) received a grant from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State to cover the expenses of travel, lodging and meals. Culver City is twinned with both Lethbridge and Uruapan, Mexico - the "Tri" of U.S., Canada and Mexico. They issued invitations to both cities to send three students and a chaperone to participate on this once-in-alifetime trip.

community involvement. Each applicant went through an interview process with the Selection Committee consisting of: Harold Pereverseff, President of the Lethbridge Twinning Society and Country Coordinator - Canada for Sister Cities International; Michael Bennett - Director of Culver City Sister Cities International, and Bridget Mearans - City of Lethbridge Alderman. The three students chosen were: Jocelyn Dufresne, age 15 of Catholic Central High School; Abigail Schwengler, age 16 of Chinook High School, and Camilla Terry, age 17 of Immanuel Christian High School. They were accompanied by chaperone, Rozee Khourieh, a Lethbridge University student.

The Sister Cities International movement was initiated in 1956 by late U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the goal of creating relationships based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges, creating lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace through person-to-person "citizen diplomacy". A perfect fit with the Lethbridge Twinning Society, whose mission statement is "Promoting friendship, peace and understanding among people from different countries."

The focus of the Youth Ambassador Program is local, national and international discussion of the Enviroment and Poverty - to explore these issues and gain a sense of what countries, cities and individuals are doing to alleviate the negative effects of both. By the end of the Program, each team of students would then be tasked with utilizing their experiences to implement a local outreach project in their city.

The Program was advertised in the Herald and through the Lethbridge High Schools. Applicants had to be 15-17 years of age and a full-time student, in addition to school and SEEING THE SIGHTS AT THE CHINESE THEATRE ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

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Their three-week journey began on July 18th, flying from Calgary to Los Angeles. There they were met, and became part of a group of approximately thirty-five students, plus chaperones. The group was housed in dorms on the UCLA campus.

Sister Cities International YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM -

Trilateral North America Written by Donna M. Murray

The next four days were spent in workshops and doing hands-on/grass roots volunteer work with NGO's(non-government organizations)in the community. In the workshops, students were taught how to take an idea and make it happen - covering all the aspects of how to organize a successful project, down to the smallest details. The hands-on work was roadway cleanup, assisting a group called "Tree Musketeers". A bit of a scary experience on a busy California highway!

making lasting friendships and now having a much deeper appreciation for their city and country, Jocelyn commented on learning leadership skills, strengthened morals and gaining confidence. Camilla's input was about the opportunity to travel and an increased awareness of the opportunities for her future. Abigail also spoke about traveling, learning leadership skills, and especially about being inspired to make a change locally.

And that is what they intend to do. Drawing on the On Day Five, the Lethbridge and Uruapan students skills learned in the workships, the trio are busy and chaperones went to "home-stay" in Culver City. organizing a Winter Clothing Drive for the Homeless. They were paired with the Culver City students and They will be seeking donations of new and gently used stayed in their homes with the families. In addition clothing for this project. In November, look for drop to social/cultural activities, there were more boxes at various locations around Lethbridge. A bake workshops and volunteering. This included a creek sale is also being planned. For info, contact Carol cleanup and helping at a Family Centre that Kensley, PR Director, Lethbridge Twinning Society at provides day programs, including education for 403-381-3575 or ABIGAIL, PREMIER REDFORD, underpriviledged students. All the girls spoke L-R ROZEE KHOURIEH(CHAPERONE), - a link to the Clothing Drive and other information JOCELYN,CAMILLA. fondly of working with the pre-school children. regarding the Youth Ambassador Program, is They expressly wished to acknowledge Donna Thayer - a Director with Culver currently under construction. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the City Sister Cities International - who acted as Day Co-ordinator for the groups' Lethbridge Twinning Society's many other ongoing events and projects is also activities. invited to contact them. A week later, the group was on their way to Washington, D.C. Staying there ten days, they were housed in dorms at the American University, traveling around D.C. by bus and metro. Keeping with the theme of Enviroment and Poverty, the workshops and volunteer work continued. They talked of helping to prepare food at the DC Central Kitchen - a nationally recognized "community kitchen" that recycles food from around Washington and uses it as a tool to train unemployed adults to develop work skills while providing thousands of meals for local service agencies. Time was taken to do some sightseeing and points of interest were: Capital Hill, Library of Congress, Mt. Vernon and visiting the Canadian Embassy - a fun experience of breathing Canadian air and standing in Canadian space, while in another country.

Harold Perverseff was present during the interview, and he listened proudly as the girls spoke of their various experiences. And rightly so! It is thanks to him, Carol Kensley and many others like them, volunteering behind the scenes, that these wonderful opportunities are made possible. Chaperone, Rozee, who was also a volunteer, feels that the way she views the world has changed, that she learned as much as the students, and how excited she is to watch the girls move forward with their project. The ripple effect has an incalculable impact, and many will benefit from what Jocelyn, Abigail and Camilla have learned, and will pay forward. If these three young ladies are a representation of our youth, the future is in good hands.

I asked the girls to share what effect this trip has had on them, and each responded that it was life-changing, and how the mixing of cultures served in changing sterotypes each student had of the others' countries - including the belief that Canada is a land of only ice and snow! In addition to all speaking about

“The Lethbridge Twinning Society, whose mission statement is

"Promoting friendship, peace and understanding among people from different countries."

Photo Courtesy of Chris Yauck Photography

Camilla picking weeds as a part of the Tree Musketeers, an environmental organization run by youth.


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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

ECIPES 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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with a Soapstone Fireplace TURN UP THE HEAT

by Bernie Huizing

Soapstone wood stoves are becoming popular choices for heating a home. These stoves are made of a speci0ic product known as steatite which is a talc. But, unlike other stoves, soapstone can provide more heat, longer burning heat as well as a beauty and feel that is unmatched. While the price for these units will be higher than an average wood burning stove, they can often produce a better level of heat, up to 72%, than other models.

Burning wood is not enough to cut down on your energy bills. To save money, you’ll need to insure that the wood burning stove that you purchase is able to deliver the best quality in wood burning. It comes down to which stove can take that log of wood, burn it the hottest for the longest period of time. If you think all wood burning stoves are the same, you’ll be surprised when these wood stoves prove you wrong.

What They Provide Soapstone wood stoves can provide a unique feature. The soapstone itself seems to latch on to heat. Even after the 0ire has died off, the unit will still radiate heat from it. In fact, soapstone material can hold twice as much heat as that of iron or steel per pound. The heat is not only hot, but it lasts and lasts, making your fuel dollars go farther. Soapstone wood stoves are exceptional in their beauty. They are offered in some of the most amazing colors including blue, black, brown and gray and textures that are easy to maintain. They are non absorbent, highly durable and add a lot of character to a home. The bottom line is always the money though isn’t it? Do soapstone wood stoves provide you with an investment that is a good one? Most of these wood stoves provide excellent value in their features and characteristics. As for burning fuel, this too is an advantage. As mentioned, they can take the same log as a wood burning stove of cast iron and burn it longer and radiate that heat throughout the home for a longer period of time. So, while the initial

investment in the stove may be higher, in the end, the soapstone stove is an excellent investment for the wood burner. Select yours based on the features that you enjoy but make sure that the 0irst and most important quality is the soapstone wood stove’s ability to heat your home fully. Depending on the design of your soapstone masonry heater and the outdoor temperature, a one to two hours of wood burning will provide enough heat that will be gently radiated over a twelve to twenty-four hour period. Soapstone resists high temperature and its ef0iciency comes from its capacity to absorb heat fast and to release it very slowly. Soapstone masonry heaters provide comfortable radiant heat and clean burn without creosote. The radiant heat not only heats our body, but also the walls of the house, which contributes to the general comfort of a soapstone masonry heater. When using radiant heat the difference in temperature between the ceiling and 0loor is reduced, providing a more comfortable heat. Radiant heat also reduces dust accumulation in the home and the humidity in the air remains constant. Soapstone is also an ideal material for countertops. It is a light green/gray when fresh from the quarry, but its surface oxidizes over time, deepening in color and developing an attractive patina. Softer than marble or granite, it is easy to repair nicks and chips in its surface. Although soft, it is durable: the nonporous surface will not stain or burn and is impervious to acids, a quality that has made it a popular choice for countertops in kitchens, laboratories and darkrooms. Unlike marble or granite, soapstone does not require an epoxy coating to protect it from staining, so when you run your hand across its surface you feel the stone and not the plastic coating.

Contact The Stovepipe Company to find out more about what soapstone can do for you.

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Seeing is

By Fay Braden

Vacationing in Belize was one memorable experience followed by another. Everything we did was different and filled with a Caribbean vibe. What we ate & drank, where we stayed, the way we spent our day, how we got around. It was all unique to Caye (Key) Caulker and Ambergris (Am-BUR-gris) Caye. Both are in a string of limestone coral islands in the shallow turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, looking like an extension of Mexico off the Yucatan Peninsula. They are protected by the second largest living barrier reef in the world. Talk about your tropical paradise; it's where crystal clear water kisses palmtree lined beaches.   

Our first week was spent on Caye Caulker (5 miles long North to South and at its widest 1.5 miles East to West) - flat as a pancake. The official dress code is shorts and t-shirts.  Shoes are optional.  It is recommended that you leave half of what you want to take at home. The official motto here is Go Slow.  One evening while walking around trying to decide where to eat supper  (there are a surprising number of restaurants to choose from)  a more mature local gentleman looked at us and scolded, “Slooow down mahnn, what's your hurry?"  We forgot; here there is no rushing to anything.

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Food is a significant part of our travel experience and we proudly tell folks, that on our Belize vacation we ate lobster every day. The night we arrived in Caye Caulker we dropped our bags in our room and walked to the nearest restaurant.  Sitting at a picnic table in a small yard we ordered the grilled lobster dinner.   Caught earlier in the day; it was brushed with garlic butter and grilled to perfection - sweet and succulent.  Our first meal on Caye Caulker and we were hooked. 

Wish Willy’s is another backyard dining experience.  Seating is random, with random people; mostly at picnic tables.   You may or may not get what you ordered and please don't be in a hurry.  At the end of our supper we asked a very tall Rasta man for our bill - he simply asked what we had had and then said $30 (2 Belize$ = 1$US) who needs paperwork! 

In addition to the casual dining experiences, there are some not to be missed gourmet restaurants Habaneros is one of them. Their presentation is outstanding.  I also discovered I love the stew chicken with rice and beans - a working person's meal if you will.  Kinda like our burger and fries; same but different everywhere.

I think our favorite (lobster) meal was during our second week, after we moved to Ambergris Caye where we joined up with friends.  It was the day we took our fishing trip.  Our captain and his mate took us out for a day on the Caribbean Sea.    First on the agenda was getting our lobster for lunch. When we arrived at his specific location he handed us snorkel gear and said let's go.  Hiding under a pallet he had placed in the water earlier, we (OK, he) found and pulled out several spiny lobsters and a nurse shark. Hmmm.  Ok, it's just a nurse shark.

Back in the boat now, we try a little fishing.   We are mildly successful. One of us catching a small Barracuda, the rest enjoying catching Yellow Snapper almost as fast as we can put the hook in the water.   Good friends, glorious sun, and surreal sea.  We were already satisfied with our day.  The captain then took us to a secluded beach for our barbeque.  The lobster and fish were mixed with butter and a few sliced onions and peppers in a foil pan, covered and steamed to perfection. We were famished and this meal, this day, was one of our favorites. Sun-drenched and sporting full bellies,  our captain drove slowly around the mangroves fringing Ambergris Caye and then, after a long day, took us back to our dock.  Bliss. Because of the extensive reef that protects the Cayes of Belize, there is very little wave action on the shores.   People don't generally come here for the beach swimming, but rather for the diving and snorkeling

experience.   It was on our day with personal snorkeling guides Lorne & Jolene (aka Grumpy and Happy - check out their website or on that I experienced swimming in an aquarium.  There were more colorful fish to see and incredible coral species than I had ever imagined.  We were hardly in the water when a huge turtle swam right by us. This was beyond what I had hoped for.  On my list of things to do, was swim with the Nurse Sharks and Rays; it was awesome. And yes, the water here is clear and mystical.  At about 82 degrees it's quite pleasant. You're very buoyant; it feels basic and elemental. 

Booking this couple to take the four of us out for the day was money well spent.   We had their undivided attention to help us, guide us and keep us safe.  The only moment of unexpected trepidation was when, head down in the water, we came upon a drop-off in the sea floor.   The sensation that I might fall lasted only a second, after I reminded myself that I'm floating. Geesh.

While it’s a big travel day getting to these islands, it’s worth it. The water is good, the people are friendly, English is the primary language and the government is stable. More importantly, the rum punch is abundant and deliciously refreshing.

Underwater pictures courtesy of Grumpy & Happy

If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry about it. Dalai Lama X1V

When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment. I told them they didn't understand life. John Lennon


You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Buckminster Fuller

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What Makes Feline Medicine


Dr. Kate Lupton

Written by Kate Lupton

I have always been drawn to cats and quickly learned in veterinary school that not only are they very unique from dogs in their physiology but also in the medical conditions that affect them. Throughout my years in veterinary school I took it upon myself to focus on feline medicine. I was always pushing to learn how a certain medication worked differently in cats or independently learning about the odd and unusual feline diseases. I absorbed every tidbit I could from a mentor, Dr. Margie Scherk, a world renowned feline specialist in Vancouver and spent time in a feline-only practice in Ottawa. By the end of my student career my efforts gained me recognition by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Born and raised in Warner, Alberta, I am simply thrilled to be able to now offer feline specific care to southern Alberta. Providing care for cats in a clinic which also sees dogs does provide some challenges. The smells and sounds of dogs can be extremely stressful for a small feline. By having an exam room dedicated to cats alone allow some of these things can be mitigated. The “cat room” at Family Pet Hospital has a feline pheromone diffuser to provide a calming smell and small toys are available to help some cats feel more comfortable and perhaps even play a little. Feline patients are encouraged to explore the surroundings before an exam to allow them to relax in the surroundings. I enjoy the time I can spend chatting with owners before

an appointment which gives a cat time to do this. It is so important to me not to rush an appointment. It is also important to realize that every cat is different – some are confident in the exam room and others are timid. Having six cats of my own I can certainly attest to the distinctiveness of each one's personality. The confident cats often quickly accept one as a friend, giving greeting with a head butt; others are shy and best examined with only the top of their kennel removed. I am always very reluctant to use the 'big leather gloves' as this often adds unusual smells and an alien feel to being handled. The majority of 'bad' cats are simply just terrified and need to be handled calmly and gently – sometimes doing a physical exam on the floor rather than the exam table. The physical exam of a cat definitely has an art to it. It must appear to the cat as if a friendly petting session has just occurred and in that short time all the important medical information must be gleaned. There are particular aspects of the cat which mustn't be forgotten during the physical exam either. The cat's face must be examined, especially the mouth, quite thoroughly and this can provide a challenge, especially with nervous cats. Staring into a timid cat's face is extremely confrontational and so the exam is best done with the cat facing away from the veterinarian. By looking at the cat from the side and through hooded eyes it can dissipate a tense situation. It is important to examine the back of the eye (retina) in older cats and this requires special eye drops and extra time. Blood pressure should be monitored in cats as well as hypertension can be caused by other common illnesses.

of cats are very different from ours or our canine companions. There are even some metabolic pathways which cats have very little of or lack entirely making their nutritional requirements quite different from dogs. It is important to be flexible in food recommendations. When it comes down to medical conditions, cats are the very best at failing to read the textbook. This is what makes them so interesting to me! Each one is a little puzzle with so many different facets to each condition. There are many illnesses which are quite feline specific with feline specific treatments. Medications which work well in dogs may not work well in cats – even for the same disease.

In no way are cats simply small dogs. They are wonderful and unique creatures and I feel that Leonardo da Vinci said it best when he quoted

“the smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

Feline nutrition is a vast subject and it must be remembered that the digestive systems

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of your Pack

Establishing Leadership How to solve canine Behavioral Problems During my 20 years of dog training I’ve come to realize that obedience training is a very small part of establishing leadership of your pet companion. In fact about 20% is obedience training which is teaching the mechanics the rest is 80% leadership. The purpose of this article is to uncover the significance of the bond between you and your pet companion and the respect you must earn with your canine through “Pack Leadership.”

How do you become a pack leader?

Becoming a pack leader involves adopting the stance of “assertiveness” not aggression towards a dog. Every new dog owner need to learn how to do this safely and effectively. Some methods people try are rolling the dog on his back, unfair hard leash corrections or even raising your voice to the dog. These methods can result in the owner getting bit or seriously injured and are not effective. Domestic canines are similar to their cousin the wolf in pack behavior. In every wolf pack there is always a pack leader who is in charge of leading the hunt and is responsible for providing all the resources to all the lower ranking member of the pack. The lower ranking pack members know their position in the hierarchy and will submit to the pack leader. Why? Because dogs are happy and content being followers if they know who is in charge of the family unit. However, if they do not know who is in charge/leader then they invariably will subsume the position of leader. There is an old saying; “Dogs know what you know and they know what you don’t know.”

By Henry Ly

I can not say this better then what was once said by someone I respect “The solution to almost all behavioral problems lies within changes owners need to make in the way they live with their dogs (Frawley et al).” It is important to understand the psychology of the Canis Lupus in terms of how to fix a pack animal. In human psychology when addressing people problems and issues many human psychologists invariably focus on the past to find answers to current problems. This is fine for humans because of the sophistication of our brains however dogs have different neurobiology in terms of brain functioning. As a result dogs unlike humans live and operant in the present. It is important to keep that in mind when disciplining your dog. For example, when you come home from work or first thing in the morning when you wake up what do see? Drops of doggie poop on your beautiful white plush carpet. What is the first thing you do? You frantically hunt for Fido the new pup and lay him a smack down and rub his nose in it. Many people will swear and say “but he looks guilty and knows that he did was wrong.” The truth is Fido only looks guilty and scared because he is reacting to your anger or frustration. Again dogs do not recall what they did the night before or even 5minutes ago. Their brains are not design to operate in the past. You can only discipline your puppy for pooping or peeing on the floor if you catch him in the act the moment it is happening.

There is an old saying in dog training: “your dog can love you but it does not respect you.” Just because you feed and water your dog does not mean he respect you. Dogs by nature will test the waters with you in the form of growling; snarling and even nipping. If those cues are not dealt with immediately by you (not in an aggressive but an assertive manner) then you could be seeing a dog down the road with a host of issues ranging from mild, moderate and severe aggression problems. Some breeds are more susceptible to those aforementioned issues but all breeds including mix breeds have the propensity for dominance and aggression issues if not properly handled.

It's Never Too Late

Laying the foundation of the pack relationship

How and when I do anything with the dog whether it is grooming, feeding or exercising him - along with my general attitude when I am around him will tell the dog volumes about our future relationship.

Always On a Leash When initially training your puppy/dog it is important to keep it on a leash in the home or in the crate. Being loose in the house is an earned privilege. When the house dog misbehaves (chew or mark) it should go back in the crate or stay on the leash when it is in the house. This makes a strong impression to the dog that you are in total control of its environment. This is important to keep in mind in establishing leadership in family pack. If you follow this concept for laying the groundwork of establishing leadership you will not need to give harsh correction during this time period for the dog to understand that you are the person who controls his life. The dog needs to learn that this is his new home and you are his new pack leader. You want to begin the bonding process before you take it out and expect it to do formal obedience work.

“Love is not enough”

People may be surprise to here that only 20% of establishing leadership is in obedience training. Does that mean you don’t need to teach your dog obedience? No. Though it is necessary to train your dog in obedience (ie. come; heel and sit) those are merely components and not the complete picture. The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What do I mean by that? The way we handle a dog in our day-to-day life will teach that dog a great deal about yourself, your pack, and your pack rules.

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The Dog Crate Many people are confused on how to house/potty train a puppy or adult dog. If you’re going to house train your dog the most easiest and effective way is with a dog crate. Why is that? Going back to the example of the “wolf” when wolf cubs are born the mother houses them in a “Den.” The Den is where the cubs sleep, eat and kept safe from other predators that can kill them. Much like the dog crate/kennel it simulates a “Den” for your pup. There are too many temptations for new puppies/dogs to get into trouble with (ie. biting on electrical cords; gnawing on your oak end table and peeing and pooping on your shinny hardwood floor). If it is taught properly your puppy/dog will learn to love it and not view as a form of punishment which if you are using for that purpose it will not work.

I would like you know that if you currently have a problem with your dog it’s never too late to consider making changes on how you live with your dog. In fact if you have a problem it’s imperative that YOU DO MAKE CHANGES because if left unchecked could lead to dominance and aggressive dog issues such as biting or worse. Remember that dogs live in the moment (present) and they miss nothing. The old adage about “not being able to teach an old dog a new trick” is just that – bad, old information.

“The solution to almost all behavioral problems lies within changes owners need to make in the way they live with their dogs.” (Frawley et al) If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by email: Quirk - 36

Henry Ly classes at Pet City Canada

Apple Cookies Banana For Carrot dogs My latest cookie recipe is vegetarian. Easy to make with fresh, simple ingredients. Use carrots from your garden and fresh apples from your tree! Use your food processor to shred the apples and carrots and to crush the egg shells for added calcium.

4 eggs with crushed eggshells (eggshells optional) 2 C or 3 grated apples, seeded with skin on 3 ripe, mashed bananas 1 1/2 C grated carrots 1 C unsweetened apple juice 2 T honey 2 T cinnamon 2 T coconut or flaxseed oil 1 C ground flaxseed 7 C quick oats Mix together well. Place on a 13x18 inch greased cookie sheet or use parchment paper and press into pan. Score to desired size. Bake at 350*F for one hour. Makes a 13X18 pan by 1 inch thick. Makes a soft, digestible treat and your pups will love you for them! Must be refrigerated or frozen!!

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


Courtesy of Michelle Zandstra

By Jean Van Kleek

Last time I took my dog PJ to the vet for a check up she said it's now about quality of life for him. He is a 14 year old Bichon cross. His eyesight is failing, he is going deaf, getting lots of warty things on him and arthritis setting in.

The thing is, nobody sent him the "getting old" memo. The little guy is still a going concern & gets excited about the smallest things. Sometimes when I have taken him & the girls (the standard poodles) out on a road trip (anywhere... could just be to the store) he stays in the vehicle even after we have pulled into the garage & the girls have gone in the house. He stands on the console, looks out the window like he is making up his own trip & is not done yet. Who knows where he goes in his mind, but he is busy & happy doing it. I wait until he is done his "travels" and ready to come out.

I always grow cherry tomatoes each year. It's become a tradition that he can pick his own tomatoes. This year as he has aged more, I thought I would help him. He struggled & cried for his tomatoes when he couldn't reach them. I decided instead of helping, I would watch & see if he could do it himself. He stood on the deck and eventually pulled the tomato cage towards him & picked the one he wanted. This kind of stimulation is what keeps us all alive & well. We all need a reason to get up in the morning and look forward to a day. No matter what age we are, we are still like kids in an older body, with the same feelings, wants & needs we always had.

Age and circumstance can bring more challenges, but with the right attitude we can still see the gifts life has to offer, and stop to smell the tomatoes. Quirk - 37

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