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February Issue 76 Owner/Editor, Content Development & Articles Kathryn Hartwell Owner/Publisher, Layout, Design, Accounts Payable/Receivable & Website. Aleesha Gosling Advertising; Regional Sales Manager Denise Geremia

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We are the largest magazine of our kind. Thriving since 2008. The Newsy Neighbour’s Mission Statement: The Newsy Neighbour... a magazine dedicated to helping towns and people connect. The Newsy Neighbour’s Vision Statement: The Newsy Neighbour’s vision is to offer an attractive, unique and interesting magazine, which promotes and supports the businesses and community groups which define the towns and villages East of Calgary by distributing our magazine free of charge to every home and business monthly. The Newsy Neighbour is published 12 times a year, printed by Central Web and distributed by Strathmore Standard, Sun Media and Canada Post. The opinions expressed in the advertisements of this publication are those of the advertisers and not of The Newsy Neighbour directly. The information in this paper is believed to be accurate but not warranted to be so. Images are supplied by readers, advertisers and purchased stock photography. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent of The Newsy Neighbour Inc. Copyright (2011-2012). KATHRYN HARTWELL - Owner/Editor, Content Development & Articles - Phone: 403-561-0888 - Email: kathryn.newsyneighbour@gmail. com ALEESHA GOSLING - Owner/Publisher, layout, Design, Accounts Payable/Receivable & Website - Phone:403-478-9114 - Email: aleesha. newsyneighbour@gmail.com

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What is in our future? On page 17 you might want to see the 10 things “they” think will disappear in our lives in the not too distant future. Interesting!

I read a Valentine’s quote the other day on some site somewhere as I was doing research for article ideas for our February Issue, “You really shouldn’t say I love you unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget”, I think it was anonymous. But it made me think that in life there are times when we don’t always say nice things to people when we have the opportunity to do so. I attended my uncle’s funeral last week and saw all my relatives some of whom I have not seen since the last family funeral I attended and I found something nice to say to each and every one of them. So, my advice for February would be to live in the moment and be nice to everyone. Having said that, you really must read “Recipes for a Happy Year” on page 10, it’s a good guideline as to how to guide your way through life and as Michael J. Fox says “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything”.

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We printed a lovely story of “When God created Mother’s” on page 14 which would be a very nice story to share with your mother on Valentine’s day, it might even make her cry and if she does you can cheer her up by making her one of the fabulous chocolate recipes you will find on page 36. Both Jack and Marcy have shared their ideas on the upcoming Winter Olympics which start on February 7th. Let’s all cheer on Canada’s hard working Olympians and be proud to be a Canadian – the best country in the world.

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“I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick, can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger, and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.” The angel circled the model of the mother very slowly. “It’s so soft,” she sighed. “But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.” “Can it think?” “Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

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The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands... no way.”

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“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“What’s it for?” “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.” ― Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up that say, ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.” “God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently. “Get some rest....” Page 14

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As the relationship changes, so do the Valentine’s Day gifts Do red roses mean more than you’re willing to admit? Does the jewelry you’re giving your loved one send the correct message? What is the appropriate gift to show your mother that you love her on Valentine’s Day? As the holiday of love quickly approaches, many of us are trying to find the right gifts for our loved ones. For new couples, maybe a gift of red roses in full bloom, which means “I love you,” isn’t what the man is ready to give, or the woman is ready to receive. For couples who have been together for a long time, a lasting gift like a living plant might convey your love better than cut flowers, which wilt quickly and then are thrown away. Here are some tips to determine what gifts might work well for your relationship. A new relationship * Spending time together and discovering new talents is what makes a new relationship so exciting. Consider cooking a special meal for the two of you to enjoy together, or make a favourite food item for your sweetheart, like brownies or a cake. * Flowers work for any relationship. If you aren’t ready to go the red roses route, consider an arrangement of her favourite type of flower, or roses in her favourite colour. Still in the honeymoon stage After you’ve known each other for a while, and enjoy spending every waking minute together, you start to pick up on your partner’s personal tastes. An extra level of thoughtfulness is conveyed through the giving of a creative and specialized gift. * Jewelry gifts provide a beautiful way to show how much you care. Diamonds are a traditional favourite for expressing a long-lasting message of love, but other gemstones may be a better fit for the current phase of your relationship. For example, if you want to promote your faithfulness, weaving sapphires into your gift would be a brilliant idea. * Cologne and perfume also make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts. www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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Dear Lifelines, This Valentine’s Day I don’t have anyone special in my life and I’m feeling sad about that. This is going to be a terrible year unless I figure something out. Please help! Waiting for Cupid Dear Waiting for Cupid, Sometimes it helps to look outside of your situation to put things into perspective. On Valentine’s Day, not everyone has a partner and certainly even those that do are not all in ideal relationships. Maybe you can consider yourself lucky to be able to broaden your search and meet others who you might be equally or even more compatible with than those in your past. Perhaps you can envision yourself moving along an arrowed timeline towards a fulfilling relationship, instead of focusing on those relationships that are now a part of history. Sometimes it’s worth getting a realistic perspective from others on past relationships. Ask a friend what they thought about you and your ex’s relationship – it might offer you a different perspective and some other things to consider. It is easy to romanticize your feelings about someone in your past and build him or her up to be someone that no Page 16

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one can compare to – someone who realistically never existed. Perfection in a mate should not necessarily be the goal, but odds are good that there is someone out there that you might be fairly compatible with since there are over 35 million people in Canada alone. If you are willing to travel outside Canada, the odds increase considerably with over 7 billion people worldwide to sort through for a compatible partner. Even after you sort through the population to your ideal partner’s gender and age, that should still leave you with a couple billion to choose from. However sad you might be as you reflect on your situation, just remember that oftentimes we grieve past relationships for what we had hoped they would become, not what they necessarily were. So instead of grieving or feeling sorry about your situation, you can take action and head out and spend time with others that could use your support. There are many lonely people who cannot get out, who live in confined settings, who have been alone for decades and who would appreciate seeing you coming in with a rose or two to share your Valentine’s spirit. Why not consider spending your time and caring nature with others who could also really use some companionship and love? It just might be your best Valentine’s Day yet. Best of luck. Happy Valentine’s Day! Lifelines “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Lao Tzu

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browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book. 4. The Land Line Telephone Unless you have a large family and make a lot of long distance calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes. 5. Music This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading; it’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.” 6. Television Revenues The Newsy Neighbour

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CD case and pull out the insert. 8. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing) Already gone in some schools who no longer teach “joined handwriting” because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended). 9. Privacy If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7 “they” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. All we will have left that can’t be changed are “memories”.

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Brain Teasers Here is a mix of brain teasers for you to solve. 1) At a boarding kennel and cattery the GREYHOUND is in pen number 4, the TORTOISESHELL is in pen number 12, the SIAMESE is in pen number 5, and the LABRADOR is in pen number 18. In which number pen is the POMERANIAN? 2) Which of these numbers is the odd one out? 188, 242, 263, 331, 393, 482, 594, 771 3) Rearrange the letters of ‘REAL SPICY READ’ to give two towns, one in northern England and the other in Scotland. What are the towns? 4) A 220 yard long train, travelling at 40 mph, enters a two mile long tunnel. How long will elapse between the moment the front of the train enters the tunnel and the moment the end of the train clears the tunnel? 5) Assume you are using a basic calculator and press the numbers in the order shown, replacing each question mark with a mathematical sign. Plus, minus, multiply and divide can each be used once only. In which order should they be used to score 24 ? 2 ? 8 ? 6 ? 9 ? 3 = 24

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I Want to Change What can I do for fat loss? How many times a week should I work out? What should I eat? How many pounds should I lose a week? These are questions I hear multiple times a week. The answer isn’t as straight forward as you think. This depends on each individual person, their stress levels, gut health, injuries, their relationship with food, and genetics. I might tell one person to cut their caloric intake by 200 calories and have them on a strict interval training program 5 times a week. On the other end of the scale, someone else with the same fat loss goal comes in and I might tell them to slowly INCREASE their caloric intake and only do strength training 2-3 times a week. Each person responds differently to diet, exercise and, most importantly, CHANGE! Change is the most important thing needed to get you to your goals. Not just fitness goals, life, career, or health. You cannot get anywhere new by staying on the same path. For example, you want to lose 20 pounds, and let’s be honest; most weight gain does not happen overnight. The New Year comes along and you start a cleanse or some crazy diet. You’ve started Page 20

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to change but picked a dead end path. Change needs to happen at a slow-and-steady pace for lasting results. Most clients come to see me with a list of changes they wanted to happen yesterday. But we only pick one change to work on each week. Some clients work on that same thing for weeks (maybe several weeks). Have realistic expectations about change and your health. Remember, everyone’s lives, health, goals are different, even if they seem similar. NEVER judge your progress by someone else’s!

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amazing tool. Yoga can remind (or teach) them that their self-worth is intrinsic, that it relies not on how they look or what their grades are, or whether they ‘fit in’ or how many friends they have. Through the power of the breath and meditation, teens can learn to slow down, gain tools to relieve stress and listen to and trust their intuition. Yoga can empower them to define their priorities and make thoughtful value-based decisions. Through the yoga asanas, teens can learn to appreciate the beauty and abilities of their own body, mind and heart can help them to let go of the images of what it is ‘supposed’ to be. Yoga can teach many things to our teens, many of the same benefits we receive, but perhaps it is even more important to learn them at the age that bridges the naivety of childhood and the so-called wisdom of adulthood. Let’s do all we can to empower our teens with self-esteem and worth, self-awareness, and personal power to thrive in this time of life! Namaste, Rebecca Stone Pranava Yoga Strathmore

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“A few days after Christmas I noticed a rash forming on my 5 year old daughter’s hands. Within 24 hours, it had spread like wild fire to her knees, legs, and feet, and became more blister-like. She said it wasn’t itchy at all, but was very painful! Not knowing what this could possibly be, I took her to emergency, where she was diagnosed with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. The doctor explained that it was extremely contagious amongst children, and was very likely my 8 year old son would get it too. She said the virus is very painful and, unfortunately, there was nothing to treat it. I immediately called my neighbour who sells Essential Oils for advice!! She gave me her bottle of Thieves and instructed me to use it on my daughter right away. I did, and within two days my daughter’s blisters were virtually non-existent! My son did catch the virus, but healed very quickly with regular Thieves applications as well. Just when my husband and I thought we were in the clear, he was diagnosed with Shingles!! He’d been complaining of soreness and a burning sensation in his armpits, back, and chest. At first there were no visible signs of anything wrong. After dealing with it for over two weeks, small burn-like sores appeared, so he decided he’d better see a doctor. As soon as he got home and told me what it was, I started the Thieves treatment once again!! Shingles are also extremely painful, can spread throughout the body, and can last a long time. Not for my husband, though! Within 3 days of regular applications, the sores started to disappear. Now, two weeks later, they’re almost completely gone, and don’t hurt anymore. He’s happy to say that the itching has set in, which is a sure sign of healing. :) I strongly believe that without this amazing oil blend, my children and husband would have suffered much longer!” Heather Evans ~ Stay at Home Mom

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Health & Beauty and movement situated within connective tissue, muscle, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. The patients lay on a bed or massage table, covered, in a comfortable position. The Bowen Treatment can be applied as well to a patient seated on a chair. The treatment consists of gentle moves performed with the thumbs and fingers over the muscles and connective tissue, either on bare skin or over the clothes. Those moves are sending messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred, relaxed, balanced way of well being. Between each sets of moves, there is a necessary break of a few minutes, when the patient rests alone, while the body is taking the necessary time to process the messages and initiate the healing mechanisms. Results can be remarkable, even from the first session, as the body will continue to heal itself for the next few days. The treatments are done, generally, every seven days. Most of the times only a few sessions are needed, in

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The Love Center: “The Heart” February is Heart Month, and it is the month of love. Did you also know that we all have an energy center which vibrates in our bodies call the “heart charka center”? This is our “love center” and pink is the colour associated with it. Every living thing has many energy centers inside and outside of their bodies, but most of us are only taught about the seven major centers. These centers are one part of your body that makes us how we are. Chakras are just another system helping connect your mind, body and soul in order for them to work together using light energy vibration. The seven major chakras run along your spine. The first chakra is located on the tail bone; the second just below your belly button; the third below the v of the diaphragm; the fourth – the heart chakra, just in the middle of your chest; the fifth in the middle of the throat; the sixth in the middle of your eye brows and last but not least, the seventh chakra is right in the top of your head – as we like to call it the soft spot. Chakras are energy wheels which let light energy in and out of each chakra and also allow the energy to come from the sides of each chakra. February is the ideal month to remember the heart chakra; it is also linked with our lungs, circulatory systems, shoulders, www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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Kids Pages happening, as they cannot comprehend how the horse will teach them. We assure them that we will help them to understand the silent language that horse use so that are able to make changes and hear what they are saying to them on their 12 week journey. Our one horse, Pass, usually does not like the stimulus from the younger kids but for some reason he chose to come in that day and thank goodness he did! We put the kids into teams of 2 and then they get to pick their 3rd teammate which is always the horse. Once we actually start putting them into teams and mixing it up, we always get immediate conflict (which we love to get as that is truly the best part of EAL and how to grow and change). So we put Gloria with another youth and by the time we go out to the arena the teammate of Gloria’s decides on their own that they will not be partners with her (in EAL, this is never an issue as it’s a growing pain of learning to work with people who we don’t always like). So Gloria goes out and accomplishes the “objective at hand” and starts to work on her own with the horse she picked, which was Pass. Well, I have never in the almost 5 years doing this program seen Pass so very content with such a young person. He was eyeball to eyeball with Gloria the whole time. Gloria got confused several times but that did not affect how Pass was reacting to her. He patiently waited for her to always make the next move. This happened several times over the 12-week period and as the other kids saw how amazing Pass was with her started asking Gloria to switch horse or sometimes they would just even take Pass without asking. This little girl has FAS, has been bullied or ignored by her peers and when she started the program was afraid to speak up or express herself. On their last day, she picked 8 words, instead of one and explained each word and why she picked it. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, her peers, who once bullied and ignored her, began to clap at her accomplishment. What an amazing moment. “What I witnessed when I accompanied one of the students group, was something extraordinary. The transformation of fear, hesitation, into trust and an overwhelming sense of love and peace is what I witnessed with these young students. It’s truly a memorable moment to see how well the leaders Kari and Carolyn can tap into that very disruptive spirit and walk them www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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You and Your Little Ones – Common Sense Safety Children are incredibly curious and active when it comes to exploring their world. As they should be; everything is new. Try to remember as far back as you can. Remember all the new feelings, smells and experiences. Once in a while, I have a “déjà vu” feeling and experience a twinge of that excitement and curiosity. The thing is, we must ensure they can explore in a safe and healthy environment. Pretend you are a toddler again (this will be easy for some people); get down on your hands and knees and see the world the way they see it. Chances are, you will see a lot of sharp corners, dangling cords and loose objects that could possibly pose a serious threat to your youngster. Start in the kitchen, as that seems to be the place you spend most of your time. It is perhaps the most hazardous room in the house. Parents are busy cooking and cleaning, but making a few changes to the environment can make the kitchen a safer place. Whenever possible, use the back-burners for cooking and make sure that the handles on pots and pans are facing the back of the stove. This way, kids won’t be able to pull hot Page 28

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Chestermere - Rocky View Little League Baseball 2014 Info For Boys & Girls ages 4 - 16

Register on line @ www.chestermerecrca.com starting January 27th, 2014 Office registrations will be taken after February 17th REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS March 21st Late registrations will be taken if there is room on teams. Practices will begin in April depending on the weather.

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*Walk Indoors at the Chestermere Rec Centre Main Hall: Mon - Fri 8:30-9:30 am and Mon & Wed 1—2 pm *On line virtual walk around Japan starting Mon Jan 27th register at www.chestermerewalks.ca. *Next meeting to set up spring programs and events: Thurs Feb 13th at Noon in the Lounge at the Rec Centre. Everyone welcome! *Families Helping Families: A 1/5 km Walk or Run to raise $$$ for Christmas with Dignity. Monday Feb 17th 1:00 pm. $5/person or $10/family Registration starts at 12:30. Join us in the MPP Rm at the Rec Centre after the walk/run for an “Unplugged” afternoon of fun and games with refreshments and a light lunch provided by the Chestermere Lions Club. *For info or to register for your free pedometer email: recreation@chestermerecrca.com

food down on top of themselves. Unplug any counter-top appliances when they are not in use - this prevents your child from getting their fingers caught in moving blenders or mixers. Keep appliance cords short by wrapping them up or using cord shorteners. You don’t want children to chew on these dangling cords, or tug on them and accidentally pull heavy appliances down on themselves. You should also use outlet covers on electrical outlets that are not in use - to keep toddlers from plugging dangerous appliances in by themselves. Place safety covers over sharp edges and corners to keep toddlers from banging their heads. Don’t leave your step stool lying around; this is just an accident waiting to happen. All bedrooms and nurseries should have all bookshelves and tall dressers secured to the wall. Children will climb them; trust me – it is only a matter of time. I did have this terrifying experience with one of my children – you do not want this experience in your life! Beware of cribs that are “family heirlooms.” If a crib was built before the early 1970’s, chances are it doesn’t meet current safety standards. If the spacing between the crib bars is wider than 2 3/8 inches (6 cms), babies might injure themselves by getting their heads stuck between the bars, and if you have nightlight in the nursery, make sure there is no chance it will come into regular contact with blankets or curtains, as to pose a fire hazard. It’s also a good idea to use socket guards on all the wall outlets so www.thenewsyneighbour.com


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www.fitkidschestermere.ca toddlers don’t accidentally electrocute themselves. When it comes to the bathroom, please be so careful! Always keep the toilet lid down, or better yet, use a guard that locks the lid down. Never leave water in a tub when you aren’t using it. A small child can and drowns in only a few centimetres of water. You might want to consider a soft cover for the tub spout, protecting kids from bumps and bruises. Purchase tub-knob covers that can be placed over hot and cold knobs to prevent toddlers from turning on the tub or shower by mistake. Speaking of hot water, you might want to adjust the temperature on your hot water heater, bringing it down to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). The water should be hot enough to clean dishes and clothes, but not hot enough to scald children. If you aren’t able to adjust your hot water heater at the source, you can check out your hardware store for anti-scald devices that fit over taps and stop scalding water from flowing through. Use the same kind of outlet covers in the bathroom that you use in the rest of the house. Don’t leave any electrical appliances (hair dryer, electric shaver, etc.) in the bathroom. These can pose a danger of electrocution if they come into contact with water. Or, installing a circuit interrupter which will shut the electricity off immediately. Keep shampoos, makeup, nail-polish and any other kinds of cosmetic products out of the reach of young children. Your scented shampoo might smell good enough to eat. www.thenewsyneighbour.com

You can also pick up a copy at Quality Canine Centre 207- 5 Bayside Place. Strathmore, Alberta Just be smart for the rest of your home. Install safety gates on your stairwells – the ones secured to the wall are the best. Plants can be dangerous to your children, like mistletoe, philodendron and dieffenbachia; when you purchase a new plant, ask the question and keep them out of reach. Keep kids from walking into glass doors and windows by putting colourful decals on them. Remove any door stoppers that have rubber caps. These can be removed and ingested by small children. Keep drapery cords wrapped up and out of the reach of young children. These cords pose a strangulation hazard for young children. Paint produced before 1978 often contained dangerously high levels of lead and many children died from eating flaking chips of paint. If you live in an older home, there is a good chance that the undercoat on your walls contain lead-based paint. If the paint on your walls is starting to ‘flake off’, you should scrape everything off and repaint. Pretty much anything you can place on a coffee or end table can be a risk for your toddler, like lamps, dishes, pictures, table cloths and your hot coffee. The rule of thumb when it comes to your little ones is being aware all the time where they are and what they are doing. It only takes a second for something to happen. The Newsy Neighbour

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For Sochi 2014, Canada has one simple goal for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games: win the overall medal standings! “We are used to having ambitious goals,” boasts COC president Marcel Aubut. “Our philosophy is, let’s get the maximum we can with the athletes co-operation.” While Canada didn’t win the overall medal standings in Vancouver 2010, finishing behind the United States and Germany, we technically did win the day with a record haul 14 gold medals. Now the question is, can our athletes top the 26 medals won on home soil? While my gut says no, my heart says yes! It doesn’t hurt that these will be the largest Winter Games ever with 12 new events added to the agenda. Canada has world champions in freestyle and snowboard slopestyle and medal threats in women’s ski jumping, team luge and team figure skating. In total, there will be 98 events in 15 different sports. 294 total medals in play which is 36 more than was handed out in Vancouver 4 years ago. While Sochi is the warmest city to host an Olympic Winter Games and home to an elite tennis academy that produced Maria Sharapova, the 50 billion dollar price tag should produce some memorable moments for Canadian viewers. Here is my top 10 list of

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Men’s Hockey: Rick Nash - The most controversial selection by Steve Yzerman and his management team. Team Canada is not counting on the 29 year old winger to be a top 6 forward, but they do see him as one of the best penalty killers in the world. While Canada has had great success on North American soil, the pressure will be on not to repeat the performance of Nagano and Torino. Women’s Hockey: Hayley Wickenheiser - The three time Olympic Gold Medalist is looking to make it four in a row. Still one of the best female players in the world, Wickenheiser has battled with injuries this season; she lost her captaincy and a month prior to the Games, head coach Dan Church didn’t like the direction the team was going and resigned. Former NHL head coach Kevin Dineen knows finishing second is not an option in a two horse race and he may be dealing with a dysfunctional room.

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nique heading into the Games. It will be interesting to see if she can put it altogether in Sochi. Skeleton: Eric Neilson - Canada has won back-to-back gold medals in men’s skeleton. Duff Gibson is now the national team coach, while an equipment change cost 2010 hero Jon Montgomery a chance to defend his title. If Canada is going to make it three in a row, Neilson is going to have to produce the run of his life. The 32 year old Calgary mailman is facing tough odds on a track our Canadian athletes have had little time to train on. Luge: Alex Gough - Canada has never won an Olympic medal in the sport of luge. In her third Olympics, the 26 year old Calgarian has an excellent chance to win two. In a sport dominated by the Germans, Gough has consistently been on the podium in the world cup and will team up with Sam Edney and the double team of Tristan Walker and Justin Snith in the team relay event. Snowboard Slopestyle: Mark McMorris - Not sure how a 19 year from Regina, Saskatchewan can become a rock star in the sport of Snowboard, but move aside Sean White, as McMorris is the talk of the town. McMorris has won gold in back to back X-Games and he is favoured to do the same in Sochi. Bobsleigh: Kailie Humphries/Heather Moyse – While there are no guarantees in sport, this is as close to a slam dunk as there is for Canada when it comes to Gold! Humphries is the best driver in the world and now that she has her veteran brakeman back on the www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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team, it will be a shocker if they don’t repeat. Alpine: Erik Guay – Alpine Canada did not deliver the expected results in Vancouver and as a result, lost major funding from Own the Podium. The 32 year old from Quebec is healthy and has a chance to podium in the downhill and Super G. If Guay can’t get the job done, I am cheering for my pal Jan Hudec. Freestyle Moguls: Mikael Kingsbury – 2010 Olympic Champion Alex Bilodeau may have been the first Canadian to win gold on home soil, but the veteran will be tough to defend as Kingsbury has been virtually unbeatable since 2011. He has won back to back World Cup titles and he is the reigning World Champion. It is going to be an amazing battle. The Sochi Games officially begin on Feb 7 and run until Feb 23 and with so many Canadian athletes will medal potential, it’s going to be a wild ride! About Jock Wilson: Jock has been involved in the Calgary sport media scene for over 30 years. He hosts the Calgary Stampeder football broadcasts on News Talk 770 and is the co-host of Sportstalk with Mark Stephen from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

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Marcy enjoys helping others experience the joy in life. She started Mountain Lion Leadership, in 2003. As a leadership & community advocate, she is actively involved with organizations & businesses working to aid growth and development. This is combined with a passion to see women grow both personally & professionally whatever their stage of life. Contact Marcy: marcy@mlleadership.com Follow Marcy on Twitter @MarcyLField to my profile.

Cheering the Women at Sochi When the teams march into Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 for the Opening Ceremonies, the number of women representing their country, as Olympians, will have grown significantly from the first modern Winter Games in Chamonix, France, 90 years ago. At that time there were only two events allowing female athletes women’s figure skating and mixed pairs. Fast-forward to the XXII Olympic Winter Games where women compete in 38 events for women and 3 mixed events. That’s pretty good when there are 86 gold medals to be won and over 2500 athletes expected to compete. Amongst the many firsts that occur at Sochi, one of my favourites, is that female snow jumpers will get to fly at these games. They were prevented from competing in the 2010 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); however, they won their battle to become a recognized sport. Becoming an Olympian starts with a dream; however, a lot of hard work occurs before it is a reality. As on many other fronts, women face additional challenges. Men were the only ones allowed to compete at the Ancient Olympic Games and women were not included in the inaugural Modern Olympics in 1896. Quoting Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the visionary behind the founding of the IOC, women would not compete, as their inclusions would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic and incorrect.”

tributed to Canada’s success in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Great surges of national pride in our athletes were evident, and I remember cheering with my then-2-year-old-grandson, “Yeah, Canada!” Finances present an even greater challenge for female athletes in the developing world. Can you imagine being passionate and gifted but unable to follow through? A further deterrent may be a lack of equal rights. The 2012 Summer Olympics were the first time every participating nation had both male and female representation. Three Muslim countries, Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia sent female athletes on the urging of the IOC. On a final note, a lack of media coverage for women’s team sports creates barriers to the popularization of these events. Personally I believe that when Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team is competing, it is some of the best hockey watching available (and I’m not much of a hockey fan). It will be interesting to see if historical fact changes with the Sochi games. It is important that girls are encouraged to do anything and become all they want to be. Teaching and instilling the power of a vision in our daughters, nieces, and other young women in our lives will change the world. Having goals changes things, especially when we get up each and every day to pursue them as our Olympians have. “Women must try to do things as men have. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Amelia Earhart I am grateful that those visionary women and men shaping the Olympic Games did not quit because things did not change quickly. Due to their efforts, I will be cheering for the Olympians at Sochi; perhaps just a little louder for the women there representing Canada. An added bonus: there is another 2 year old in my life that we’ll be teaching to pump his arm in the arm and cheer, “Yeah, Canada!”

Efforts to recognize the work and achievements of female athletes occur not only through training and competition, but also around boardroom tables worldwide. Concerted efforts by various delegations led the IOC to change the rules so that any new sport wanting inclusion in the Olympic program requires female and male equivalents. Own the Podium, a Canadian nonprofit agency, leads the development of Canadian sports to achieve sustainable podium performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their awareness and fund raising efforts conPage 32

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Do I Have Swine Flu? 10 Symptoms of H1N1 I think everyone would have to agree that we are having a real old-fashioned winter this year and the number of people with the flu this year has now exceeded over 1,300 in Alberta; 1,189 have been identified as H1N1, a strain that tends to affect younger and middle aged adults more harshly than seniors. To date, the H1N1 flu strain has killed nine people and hospitalized 354 Albertans as of Tuesday January 7th. 83 have received intensive care. H1N1 “swine flu” is contagious usually before an infected person even shows the slightest sign of symptoms, and they can remain contagious between seven to 10 days in length. Most people will treat and heal from flu before they even realize they have the illness. However, the most concerning factor about H1N1 is that, unlike seasonal flu, which mainly jeopardizes the lives of the young, senior, and those with compromised immune systems, a bout of swine flu puts the lives of young, healthy people at risk as well. The ten main symptoms of swine flu present themselves like a seasonal cold, and include: 1. Rising Fever A fever that starts out mild, similar to a regular cold, and rises quickly to a high fever over 38°C or 100.4°F will often indicate that you have a more serious illness than just seasonal influenza. Your rising temperature may cause night sweats, followed by bouts of cold chills. 2. Stubborn Cough One of the initial symptoms of H1N1 is typically a nagging cough that sets in the chest and keeps you hacking away at night and disrupting your sleep. If left untreated, H1N1 can quickly become pneumonia, and your cough may be accompanied by thick, yellow, brown, or green phlegm. It may also contain traces of blood. If you suspect pneumonia, go to the hospital immediately. 3. Painfully Swollen Glands H1N1 commonly causes lymph node swelling. You will feel the glands of the neck as well as those under the armpit become swollen and quite tender to the touch. It’s common with any www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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Child Safety & Protection Measures “Teach your children to trust their own feelings, and assure them that they have the right to say NO to what they sense is wrong!”

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worry about my children all the time. I worry about them driving, traveling and even when they go out with friends to entertain. There just seems to be more “crazies” out there and, well, let’s not even talk about how people drive these days. I absolutely only go into Calgary when I have to. But all my children are older, thank goodness; if I had small children I would be a mess. Younger children cannot look out for themselves; it is our responsibility to look out for them. Every home and school should establish a program that effectively teaches children about safety and protection measures. As a parent, you should take an active interest in your children and listen to them. Teach your children that they can be assertive in order to protect themselves against abduction and exploitation. And, most important, make your home a place of trust and support that fulfills your child’s needs—so that he or she won’t seek love and support from someone else. I found this article on Clackamas.us on tips to help keep your children safe:

What You Can Do To Prevent Child Abduction and Exploitation Know where your children are at all times. Be familiar with their friends and daily activities. Be sensitive to changes in your children’s behaviour; they are a signal that you should sit down and talk to your children about what caused the changes.

Be alert to a teenager or adult who is paying an unusual amount of attention to your children or giving them inappropriate or expensive gifts. Teach your children to trust their own feelings, and assure them that they have the right to say NO to what they sense is wrong. Listen carefully to your children’s fears, and be supportive in all your discussions with them. Teach your children that no one should approach them or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. If someone does, they should tell their parents immediately. Be careful about babysitters and any other individuals who have care of your children. There are lots of different sites on the internet for safety for your home and family. These 10 are pretty common sense but sometimes we get in a hurry or think ”that won’t happen to me.” Well, guess what? It can happen to you! Don’t make a silly mistake; always be aware and you will never have to say “if only I would have thought!” Remember, motor vehicle accidents, falls, accidental poisoning, drowning, and choking are the leading causes of unintentional death. Don't overlook some of the easiest ways to keep your family safe. These 10 tips can help.


Family Page 1. Buckle up. In the event of a car accident, this simple act can

mean the difference between life and death. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 33. About every 12-1/2 minutes, someone is killed because of an auto accident. Every 14 seconds, someone suffers a disabling injury. Seat belts save the lives of thousands of people every year.

2. Use child safety seats. Using a child safety seat can reduce the risk for fatal injury by about 70 percent in children under age 1. Be sure to install the seat properly—close to 80 percent are not installed correctly. The safest place for a child safety seat is in the middle of the back seat. If a child must ride in the front passenger seat, the airbag should be turned off.

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7. Prevent poisoning. Poisoning is a leading cause of death in the home, the NSC says. The main substances that cause accidental death are medicines, poisonous houseplants, cleaning products, and pesticides. Keep your medications locked away from inquisitive young fingers and always tighten child-resistant caps properly. Move your cleaning products to cabinets with safety latches. Keep your local poison control center phone number close to the phone. 8. Be watchful near water. More than 3,000 people drown every year, and children up to age 4 are the most susceptible. Never leave your child alone at a pool or beach or in a bathtub. If you have a swimming pool, fence it in, install self-closing doors leading to it and put toys away from curious eyes when not in use. For added protection, install a cover that prevents access to the water. 9. Keep children from choking. Suffocation is a leading

4. Wear a helmet. Always use a helmet when biking or when playing sports, such as football, hockey, or baseball. About 800 bicyclists die each year in crashes involving motor vehicles. A head injury often results in irreversible damage to the brain. Wearing a helmet can cut the risk for head injury by about 85 percent. Enforce strict rules with your kids—no helmet, no playing the sport or biking. Set a good example by wearing your own helmet when biking.

cause of death in the home for children ages 4 and younger. Always put babies to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress, not on a soft cushion, pillow, or blanket. Make sure to keep toys with long cords and window-shade pull cords away from small children. Children under 4 can choke on firm, round foods such as hotdogs, popcorn, nuts, grapes, and hard candy, so introduce new foods carefully. Also keep small objects that a child could swallow—such as jewelry and tacks—safely out of reach.

5. Prevent falls. More than 50 percent of all falls occur in the

10. Be prepared for fire. Smoke detectors and fire extin-

home. The CDC reports that about 20,000 people age 65 and older die each year of falls. Children are almost as likely as seniors to be injured in a fall, but you can take steps to help keep both older adults and children safely upright. Keep your home clear of tripping hazards, such as electrical cords, throw rugs, and toys on the floor. Keep stairs free of clutter and place handrails on both sides of all stairs. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairs. Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and shower. Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower. Never leave a baby alone on a bed or changing table and use the safety straps on high chairs and strollers. Install gates to prevent access to stairways and balconies. And make sure spindles on staircases are four inches apart or less to prevent an infant's head from slipping through them.

6. Watch those windows. Screens are designed to keep

insects out, not children in. If you install guards that keep children from opening windows more than a few inches, make sure that the guards can be released easily in case of fire. Periodically check

guishers can help prevent injury and death if a fire breaks out in your home. Test smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries twice a year. Make sure that everyone knows where to meet outside the house and teach children their last name, address, and how to call 911 in case of an emergency. To help prevent fires at home, make sure all electrical appliances, electrical cords, and outlets are in good condition; keep children, pets, and combustible materials away from space heaters; if you smoke, don't smoke in bed or on upholstered furniture. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and be extra special nice to your sweetie and your family; they are the most important thing in your life – and don’t forget to be safe! Kathryn Hartwell

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1 ounce vanilla vodka 1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur 1 1/2 ounces plain soy or skim milk 1/2 ounce chocolate syrup Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour mixture into a martini glass, and serve. Free your inner child with these ice cream sandwiches. Use fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt to cut back on fat.

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2 cups softened vanilla ice cream 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 1 ounce chopped crystallized ginger 12 chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate graham crackers Combine 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream (to soften ice cream, transfer it to the refrigerator for about 30 minutes), 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped, and 1 ounce chopped crystallized ginger in a bowl. Stir together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Arrange 6 chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate graham crackers (you'll need 12 total) on a baking sheet, and top each with about 1/4 cup of the ice cream mixture. Then lightly press on top cookie. Cover ice cream sandwiches with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. Freeze sandwiches at least 2 hours before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispies

You could probably substitute other nut butters, if peanut butter is off your list. Milk Chocolate, Semisweet, Butterscotch or Cappuccino. Try them all to decide which one is your favourite. Ingredients 1 package (12 oz.) Chocolate Chips of choice 1/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) 3 cups crispy rice cereal 1 1/4 cups chopped roasted peanuts (reserve 1/2 cup for sprinkling over top of finished squares) Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch pan with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edges and can easily be lifted out after being filled. Set aside. Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat at medium power (50% or level 5) for 2-2 ½ minutes, stirring well after 1 minute initially, then at 30 second intervals until smooth and chips are completely melted. Stir in 3/4 cup chopped peanuts and gently stir in cereal so as not to crush cereal and until evenly covered with coating. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped peanuts. Refrigerate for about 15-25 minutes or until chocolate has set firmly enough to lift contents out of pan. Cut into small squares. Store covered at cool room temperature or tightly covered in the fridge. All these recipes are quick and easy and perfect for your Valentine’s Day! Next month we will be sharing pork and bacon recipes because March is National PIG month – I’m not kidding! Send your favourite recipes to Kathryn.newsyneighbour@gmail.com

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My Favourite, Fabulous, Fantastic & Fun Stuff Ok, fine… I will admit it… I am a Pinterest Junkie!! Oh, yes I am! For those of you who have not ventured across this site yet, it might be best to stay away unless you have an unlimited amount of free time on your hands. It all starts out innocently enough, an hour here and there, until you find yourself sitting in front of your computer at 1:00 in the morning on a Friday night and you just can't pull yourself away. Hey, what else are you going to do at 1am on a Friday?! It's better than sitting in front of the boob-tube! I'm really starting to dislike my television; there are too many reruns, and all the new shows have no appeal to me. The only shows I ever watch are Grimm and Boardwalk Empire. Thank goodness for Pinterest! Everything, and I mean absolutely every fabulous and fantastic thing can be found on this site. Here’s how it works: you start your own boards to collect all your favourite posts so you can go back and review them later. I'm not as bad as some; I only have 11 boards, all used for different categories of items, like Delicious Dinners, My Favourite-Fabulous-Fantastic and Fun Stuff, Luscious Joys, My Home is My Castle, Christmas in my Dreams, the Newsy Neighbour, Creative Ideas I Will Get to Someday, Veggie Heads, Vision Board, Breathtaking, Awe Inspiring, A Little Bit of Heaven and Snicky Snacks. By these titles, you should be able to see what is going on here, right? You start on the main page and start "Pinning" stuff to the boards you create - now you see what I'm getting at! It takes on a life of its own, BUT it is sooooo much FUN! If you have high speed internet, check it out and trust me – it's way better than the boob-tube; it's educational, interesting, fabulous, fantastic and fun! To give you an idea of some of the stuff you can find on Pinterest, I'm going to share just a few of my favourites. Amanda from Sweetteethgoodies.com writes: Please share. You will be hooked. These are not your everyday cracker. They are for a special occasion. Like a Tuesday.

Crack-tastic Crackers 1 – 1 1/4 cup canola oil (you decide how much you want to use) 1 packet Ranch dressing mix 2-3 tbsp red pepper flakes (I used close to 3…a little warm) 4 sleeves of Saltine crackers (give or take…however many you can fit in your mixing bowl) Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl for a good long while (5-10 minutes), to really get the crackers coated. Eat a few if you want. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and drizzle the yummy, ranchy, peppery oil that’s in the bottom of the bowl, over the top of the crackers. Bake at 250°F for 15-20 minutes, stirring them around about halfway through. You can cook them longer if you like them a little more crunchy. Let them cool and store in a big ol’ baggie. Or a few little baggies. My husband has his bag ready to take to work. That’s it! So very easy and a great snack for a game or party. Or a Tuesday. P.S. I did make a really nice harvest salad tonight to offset my cracker munchies. I’m not all bad. This fabulous Dip was shared by Lisa from New England she writes: Honestly, if you love dip, make this. If you love onions make this. If you have a family that’s as dippy as ours, make this.

Caramelized Maui Onion Dip Sunset Magazine – June 2009 Make this at least an hour ahead of time to allow the flavours to develop. 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 5 cups) 1 cup sour cream ½ cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon kosher salt Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown, sticky and caramelized (about 20 minutes). If the pan starts to burn, reduce the heat to medium-low and add 1 tablespoon of water, stirring well. Transfer the onions to a small bowl and chill until cold (about 1 hour). In a food processor, pulse the onions, sour cream, buttermilk and salt until just combined. Transfer to a serving dish, chill for at least an hour before serving. Now, this is just a couple of recipes I have found that I love, but Pinterest is much more than that. It is art, entertainment, books, tips, health, beauty, travel, photography, animals, cars, crafts, music, gardening, fashion and sports and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Check - it out, but BEWARE! I know what you will be doing at 1:00 in the morning on a Friday night. Kathryn Hartwell


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I AM A... GINGER

Namaste, good day to you! My name is Balavan (which means powerful) in Hindi. Hindi is the national language spoken in India. Actually, Hindi and English are both national languages for India; bet you didn't know that! I am very, very old and have been grown in tropical Asia since ancient times. The ancient use of ginger pre-dates historical records. How do they know these things? My great ancestors began in India because my cousins who still live there show the most biological variability, so I guess that’s how the scientists figured that one out! We have done a lot of traveling since then and we were carried in pots on vessels traveling the maritime trade routes of the Indian Ocean and South China Sea in the 5th century AD and we stopped and stayed at many countries along the way. In the 16th century we even went to Africa and the Caribbean. Now we live everywhere throughout the humid tropics. We were highly important as an article of trade and we were exported from India to the Roman empire 2000 years ago where ginger was valued more for its medicinal properties than as an ingredient in cookery. We even continued as an article of trade to Europe even after the fall of the Roman Empire, with Arab merchants controlling the trade in ginger and other spices for centuries. Together with black pepper, we were one of the most commonly traded spices during the 13th and 14th centuries. Arabs carried us on their voyages to East Africa to plant at coastal settlements and on Zanzibar. During this time in England, ginger was very popular and one pound in weight of ginger was equivalent to the cost of a sheep. Not only that, but we are mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings, and we have long been prized for our aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. In an attempt to make us more available, Spanish explorers introduced ginger to the West Indies, Mexico and South America, and in the 16th century, these areas began exporting the precious herb back to Europe. Today, the top commercial producers of ginger include

Jamaica, India, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia. I am a very important plant in the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine (is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems). That’s because we are a wonder spice and have time-tested digestion-friendly properties, in addition to numerous other health benefits. In India, we are used liberally in daily life. Ginger-infused chai is a household favourite, and it’s grandma’s antidote of choice for battling cold and flu. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops!—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence! Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. I’m even said to have aphrodisiac properties. On millions of dining tables in India, you’ll see matchsticks of fresh ginger that have turned a soft pink from being soaked in lemon juice and salt: a zingy accompaniment to any cooked meal. Add me to meat dishes and drinks by making a paste; you can put me in fruit juices, tea and buttermilk. Or grate me and put me in your juicer, along with carrots and apples and a little lemon juice. Totally yummy, and of course, so good for you! Or natural ginger ale made from soda water, lemon and ginger powder. There are a number of ways you can add me into your diet on a regular basis, such as in your curries, your pork roasts and holiday loaves. You can eat ginger root dried, fresh, pickled, preserved, ground, crystallized, or candied. When preparing me, be sure to wash and peel off the outer skin with a paring knife, then grate, slice or chop my inner flesh. You can then hydrate my body by soaking it in liquid, such as water, vegetable broth or chicken broth. Pairing pickled ginger with sushi is also a common way to enjoy my incredible flavour. If you have never eaten me, I really wish you would give me a chance. I have included a few different recipes for you to try. I won’t hurt you, but just like everything else, moderation is the key to being happy and healthy.


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This is really easy, too. Cook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilies and fresh cilantro leaves—the burst of flavour and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire! Or, easy peezy

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Scallion Ginger Dipping

to serve alongside grilled beef or chicken. 1/3 cup grated fresh ginger 12 scallions, very finely minced (almost pureed) 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/3 cup canola oil Mix together ginger, scallions, salt and oil. Chill before serving, Enjoy!

This Hawaiian Ginger Chicken Stew

has a bold ginger-flavoured broth and provides a whole serving of dark leafy greens in each bowl. Use what you have on hand, like carrot, kale, swish chard or daikon radish. 1 tbsp. sesame or canola oil 1 pound chicken cut into 1-inch pieces 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 cup dry sherry 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cups water 2 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tsp. Asian red Chile sauce, such as sriracha, or to taste 1 bunch mustard greens, or chard, stemmed and chopped (6-7 cups) Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs. Add ginger and garlic to the pot and cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add sherry and cook until mostly evaporated, scraping up any browned bits, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes. Add broth and water, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, Chile sauce and greens and cook until the greens are tender, about 3 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated

juices to the pot and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Carrot Sauté with Ginger & Orange. Spiked with fresh ginger

Healthy and delicious

and orange juice. 2 tsp. canola oil 3 cups grated carrots, (6 medium-large) 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste freshly ground pepper, to taste Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and ginger; cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in orange juice and salt; simmer, uncovered, until the carrots are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with pepper and serve.

Spinach Salad Tossed with Ginger Dressing was inspired by the iceberg

This

salads served at Japanese steakhouses. Add shrimp for lunch or a light supper. 3 tbsp. minced onion 3 tbsp. peanut or canola oil 2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar 1 1/2 tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger 1 tbsp. ketchup 1 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 tsp. minced garlic 1/4 tsp. salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 8 – 10 cups fresh spinach 1 large carrot, grated 1 medium red bell pepper, very thinly sliced Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined. Toss spinach, carrot and bell pepper with the dressing in a large bowl until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate the dressing for up to 5 days. So there you have it! So many delicious recipes and different ways you can eat me. Don’t forget to throw a big piece of ginger in your shopping cart. Eat, drink and be healthy! Goodbye - नमस्ते (namastē) Your friend, Balavan


as it doesn’t disturb your sleep.”

Is it healthy to have your dog sleeping in your bed? I pretty much have always had a pet in my life and all of them have slept with me. I remember having the conversation when we brought Koby, my miniature dachshund, home. He would have his own pillow on the floor – that was the rule. Well, that lasted about 3 hours. He definitely had different ideas and the hollowing, crying and whimpering was too much to take. What’s the saying, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”? I got thinking about how healthy this really was. Not that it would make any difference after all these years, but maybe for those of you who have not started this habit yet, it might help you with your decision.

Which brings up another problem with sharing the bed with a pet -- they can disturb your sleep. A study released by the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center found that about half the patients in the study had a dog or cat, and 53% of those pet owners said their pets disturbed their sleep in some way nightly. “I’ve had patients that I’ve spent visit after visit going over their insomnia problems, trying to figure out what’s happening, then I find out they have a dog that’s scratching all night,” says Lisa Shives, MD. “There are all kinds of medical benefits to having a pet,” says Shives, who sleeps with her 45-pound dog. “And some people might feel safer or calmer with a dog in their bed.” And even when people finally make the hard decision to eject their pet from the bed, most find it’s not an easy task. Ingrid Johnson, a veterinary technician and consultant on feline behaviour says she advises clients to never let their cat in their bedroom if they don’t want to sleep with the cat. She says for cats it’s all or nothing, so the door must always be open to them, or never open to them. “If you suddenly shut a cat out of the bedroom, they can get very frustrated and start displaying destructive behavior. Cats don’t react well if you take away territory.”

An independent survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.

Sounds like good advice to me! So remember, when you bring your very special, cute as a button fuzzy friend home, make a conscious decision right from the beginning, “To sleep or not to sleep” with your animal – that is the question!

So is it healthy to have your dog sleeping in your bed? Derek Damin, Md of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, says people who suffer from pet allergies or asthma should not sleep with their dog or cat or even allow them in the bedroom. “Use a HEPA filter and keep them out of the bedroom to give your nose a few hours a day to recover,” says Damin, but he also says most pet lovers won’t kick Fido out of bed, even if they discover their pets are causing allergy problems. For those people, he recommends allergy shots to build up a tolerance to the pet dander that causes allergic reactions. “But if you’re not allergic, there’s really no big issue with having a dog in the bed. It’s fine as long

Kathryn Hartwell

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And that’s the truth! Really – is it really? You know what the truth is? Wow! It may be a little tongue-in-cheek, but it seems the most abused word in many languages is ‘true’. There are constant pronouncements from expert sources and authorities telling us the truth or facts as they really are and we should be eternally grateful for their efforts on our behalf. Some are reasonable and were presented thousands of years ago. These we can probably live with or by and be fairly confident; at least we are not doing any harm. Various ways they’re interpreted might be a real problem… the more extremist experts and authorities we could live without. On top of ‘that’s the truth’ – we have ‘I saw it with my own eyes!’ Written in stone, right? Carved in granite – you saw what you saw! Even better: ‘I remember it like it was yesterday!’ Are you sure you want to read further? This could be a good news/bad news type of read. First, the good news: we cling to our perceptions and thoughts for various and sometimes valid reasons. Many of the things we believe to be true probably are, if not 100% correct, at least based on an honest belief. Now the not so good news: credible, repeatable and reviewed studies have shown that what we see (our perceptions) and our memories are nowhere near carved in stone/granite or even frozen mud. We are easily swayed by our own preconceptions and outside influences. Frequently it’s the details we are sure of that turn out to be wrong even though in our minds they are carved in granite. There is an old classic saying: if you want seven different stories, ask seven different witnesses. Not that dishonesty is involved – we’re just not quite correct and our memories are different even with similar basics. A frequently used example is that in spite of various precautions in place, convictions based on eye witness testimony and memory have not uncommonly been found to be incorrect – sometimes years later. Yet the justice system still places great emphasis on www.thenewsyneighbour.com


these in spite of many studies saying the opposite. Even further, we all know the ‘I can’t be wrong – my way or the highway’ types who believe that their perceptions must be our perceptions. Research is developing chemicals that can be deliberately used to delete or modify our memories (November 2013 Popular Science magazine/website). This may be a milestone from a mental health treatment standpoint but quickly name which government(s) or corporations you would trust with it? Is it still true if you can’t remember? Many supposed truths can only change at a glacial pace with much wailing and opposition from their legions of staunch upright supporters. So, as stalwart supporters of the Alberta Way – tolerance, respect and being open minded, we might want to stretch even a little more and look a little closer at that word ‘true’. There is a really interesting ‘fairy tale’ written by Eliezer Yudkowsky called ‘The Simple Truth’, kind of written with a large wink and some semi-hidden references. It’s free to download on the net and you will never look at a bucket of pebbles, sheep or government officialdom the same way again. You may even want others to read it…Scientific American Mind magazine has some great issues on illusions, perception and memory. Try the Special Edition – November 2013 ‘Illusions’ to make you blink and think. www.thenewsyneighbour.com

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RE/MAX forecasts a “exceptionally healthy” Forecast for 2014 Canada can expect an “exceptionally healthy” housing market in 2014 thanks to improvements in the overall economy that helped produce a surge in the latter half of this year, a leading real estate group said Wednesday. At the same time, the value of an average Canadian home is forecast to escalate 3% to $390,000 in 2014, after rising 4% to $380,000 in 2013, according to a survey of the group’s independent brokers and affiliates. Re/Max says that nationally, home sales are expected to climb 2% to 475,000 units next year, after a 3% increase to well over 453,000 projected for 2013 when all the numbers are in. Meanwhile, the outlook is for the residential housing market to remain in “clear balanced territory” throughout 2014, although some pockets and price points may see continued shortages. Re/Max says its optimism is largely based on an improved outlook for Canada in 2014, which is expected to see the country enjoy economic growth second only to the 2.8% rate of the United States among Group of Seven countries. And it says that while Canada’s economic growth is currently forecast at 2.3%, it could move higher given the impact of strengthening global economies on the Canadian manufacturing sector. “Canadian housing markets are on solid ground after a somewhat harrowing first and second quarter of 2013,” said Gurinder Sandhu, executive vice-president and regional director, Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada. Better than expected economic performance, relatively stable inventory levels and the threat of higher interest rates down the road “proved mid-year game changers, providing the stimulus necessary to jump-start home buying activity,” Sandhu said. As a result, the momentum that emerged in the latter half of the year is expected to spill over into 2014, setting the stage for continued growth and expansion in most residential markets, Re/ Max said. Overall, 23 of 25 markets surveyed, or 92%, are set to experience average price increases by year-end 2013, with Hamilton-Burlington the leader at 7.5%, followed by Barrie, Ont. and District at 7%, Calgary and St. John’s, NL, at 6%, and Greater Vancouver, Winnipeg and the Greater Toronto Area at 5%. The forecast for 2014 shows the upward trend continuing, with values expected to again climb in 92% of markets surveyed, led by Greater Toronto at 6%. Page 46

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Quebec and Atlantic Canada have been the exceptions to the rosy performance in 2013, with sales expected to fall below 2012 levels. But even there things should improve next year, Re/Max said. “Both regions should rebound in the new year, led by Halifax-Dartmouth (5%), Moncton (3%), Greater Montreal (2%) and Quebec City (2%).” Although there are several factors that are expected to contribute to rising housing prices on a national basis, one of the most pressing is build out, Re/Max said. “Nowhere is that more obvious than in Vancouver, where the mountains and the ocean have prevented further growth, and the Greater Toronto Area, where the greenbelt has stymied future development.” “As such, the availability of low-rise homes relative to the population is expected to contract, placing further pressure on prices,” it said. “We’re definitely seeing a greater commitment to higher density at a municipal level,” said Elton Ash, regional executive vice-president, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “In fact, the trend already underway in Vancouver and Toronto has gained serious momentum in smaller markets where cities are moving to infuse vibrancy into the urban core through mixed-use residential/commercial/retail development.” Article courtesy of RE/MAX & The Financial Post. Strathmore, specifically, has seen market sales down 7% overall, listings (inventory) down 22%, and days to sell were down 2% to 69 days. The average sales price was up 7% to $288,440, and 64% of listed homes sold, which is up 19%. This means the market was tipped slightly into the sellers advantage, and there were more buyers than properties available for sale. It was a good time to sell in Strathmore for home owners in 2013, with equity building at a consistent rate. We even saw some multiple offer situations on a few properties! 2014 is much the same so far, with not enough listings (inventory) and a surplus of buyers. Article courtesy of Calgary Real Estate Board MLS & The Real Estate REPs (see back page).

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ing the glam a woman craves. One thing to remember is that a perfect and cohesive home does not happen overnight; much like your relationship, it grows over time and is a work in progress. Your home is your nest, a place to love together and cherish one another and escape the outside world. Your home should be a reflection of your personalities, experiences and interests both together and individually. With these tips, it will help with the ease of transition and the beginning of a beautiful relationship with your new home together.

Everyone has different tastes and styles. When relationships come together for the first time in a newly shared house, it can be a challenge to combine both of your belongings and achieve a balanced and cohesive look. With these tips, you can ease the transition and create your home together. Colour Women often lean towards colours that are more trendy – light and airy, but we also take more risks with pops of colour and shades with a little more vibrancy. Men, on the other hand, take a more muted approach and lean towards tans and browns and overall darker colours. The best way to combine both of these styles is to mix and match. Selecting a darker wall colour combined with white or cream furniture can balance the man cave appeal. A soft grey is always a winner when combining styles and it works with numerous shades of ‘girly’ colours. Curves vs. Tailored Pieces When selecting key pieces of furniture such as your sofa, these are pieces that work well when they are more streamlined with nice clean lines and not a lot, if any, embellishment. These items need to be sturdy and practical, which every male appreciates. Pairing a more tailored sectional (let’s say) with a curvy wing back accent chair balances the masculine and feminine look. Rustic and Refined A balance of natural textures and stylised pieces go hand in hand with a cohesive and design-savvy look for yourself and your beau’s humble abode. Males are inclined to like the natural look of wood; too much can make a space look very heavy and condensed, but paired with more feminine styling, it can balance everything out. On a heavy item like a large wooden coffee table, a small floral arrangement and a stack of coffee table books softens the appeal and adds individual flare. A refined option would be to add a little sparkle – creating a little bling with a classic chandelier above a rustic harvest table gives a nod to the male need for something more raw in its appeal, while also giv-

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When you think of February, what is the one thing that comes into your mind? Protein? What are you talking about?! Chocolate, of course! What if I told you that chocolate and protein have something in common? Did you know that one milk chocolate bar has more protein than a banana? I know, it seems strange to me, too. Protein has a hand in every critical function of the body. Women should have 46 grams and men should have 56 grams per day.

In your soup pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Squeeze the sausage out of its casing into the pot and cook it, breaking it up as you stir it around, until it’s no longer pink. Add the jalapeno pepper, then the sweet potato, beans, cumin, stock and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and simmer for about half an hour, until the potatoes are tender and the broth has thickened a bit.

Now, I’m pushing it a bit when I ask you to think about protein foods as being luscious, but with a little imagination and a few great recipes, you can make just about anything luscious. Except for beans… I think I might be hard to make beans luscious; but on the other hand, beans and whole grains are some of the healthiest foods on the planet and they’re cheap, filling and easy to make. So, how about we go on this adventure together and transform the lowly bean into something spectacular? I’ve always liked a good challenge!

2 onions, peeled and chopped 2 red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and chopped 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced 5-6 garlic cloves, crushed 1 19 oz (540 mL) can each black beans, red kidney beans and chickpeas, drained 1 19 oz (540 mL) can diced or whole tomatoes Half a small can of tomato paste 2 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp cocoa 1-2 tsp chopped chipotle chili en adobo 1 tsp cumin In a medium pot, sauté the onions, peppers and garlic in a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add the black beans, red kidney beans and chickpeas, the tomatoes and tomato paste, chili powder, cocoa, chipotle chili en adobo and cumin. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook for an hour, or until thickened. Cool and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 6 months. Top with a blop of sour cream.

Half large eggplant 1/2 tsp salt 1 zucchini 2 carrots 1 each sweet red and yellow pepper 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 tbsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 cup red lentils 1/2 cup bulgur 4 cups vegetable or beef broth 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp dried mint Juice of 1 lemon Cut eggplant into scant 1-inch slices. Sprinkle both sides with salt; let stand in bowl until beads of moisture appear on cut surfaces, about 30 minutes. Blot dry with paper towels. Cut eggplant, zucchini, carrots and red and yellow peppers into 1-inch chunks. In Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high, heat oil; add onion and fry until beginning to turn golden, about 4 minutes. Add eggplant, zucchini, carrots, peppers, paprika and cayenne. Sauté until eggplant is almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add lentils and bulgur and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add broth, 3 cups water and tomato paste; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are soft and almost dissolve into liquid, about 1 hour. Crumble mint and add to stew; stir in lemon juice. To serve, ladle stew into bowls; top with lemon slices and fresh mint. In small bowl, combine oil with paprika; drizzle over stew.

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Well, there you have it! All these recipes sound luscious to me and incredibly healthy. See, anything is possible; even making beans taste good. Enjoy!

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So kelp, as I’m sure you all know, is seaweed and an excellent all-around mineral supplement. Kelp is well known as an excellent source of most of the important trace minerals. There are few such sources anywhere on earth. Besides the well-known trace elements such as copper, zinc, manganese, chromium and others, kelp supplies many of the ultra-trace minerals such as germanium, iridium, rubidium and others of which we know much less. Kelp is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, with some zinc and selenium, but low in copper. In addition to its high trace mineral content, one hundred grams of kelp also contains 1.7 grams of protein, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. It is particularly rich in folic acid. It also contains many other phytonutrients found in plants, along with soluble fibre. It even contains some fatty acids, including a little of the omega-3 fatty acids and others. It provides plenty of iodine, a mineral that most people need more of today due to the presence everywhere of iodine antagonists – bromine, chlorine and fluorides. These interfere with our iodine uptake and utilization, causing widespread thyroid problems and many other health problems, as well. Biochemists Ira Bhatnagar and Se-Kwon Kim give kelp high marks for its rich content of nutrients that are beneficial for the human body. In an article in a 2011 issue of “Advances in Food and Nutrition Research,” they note that the human body and the ocean waters in which kelp grows share in common 56 nutrients, several of which are no longer available in the terrestrial soil in which most plant-based foods are grown. It is a natural diuretic and good for those troubled by water weight. Diuretics clean out the system and assist in shedding water and the toxins in the system. Kelp has other benefits as well. Kelp


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day DID stop my leg cramps almost immediately. As with anything new you add to your diet, please make sure to check with your doctor first. PLEASE NOTE: People with thyroid problems should seek medical advice before consuming kelp because it is so high in iodine. And, if you are on blood thinning medications, do not add kelp to your diet without speaking to your physician, as kelp contains vitamin K, the clotting vitamin, which may affect the dosage of your medication.

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