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bringing good fortune to those who are willing to take a chance and work hard at achieving a goal. However, there is a great difference between a stallion and a draught horse. It will be a fast year full of conflicts according to some astrologers, who see wood as providing fuel for the energetic horse sign. The later part of the year is “yin fire”, increasing the potential for heated clashes even more. Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.” If you have a business involving wood or fire, you will do well, according to Canadian Feng Shui expert Paul Ng. This includes lumber companies, agriculture and media companies. Metals and waters will do badly: this will affect metal mining and precious metals as well as fishing. Countries in the Southern Hemisphere, like South Australia and South America may experience gunfire as well as volcanoes, because “the fire energies are so strong,” according to Chinese astrologer and Sydney Feng Shui master Lok Tin, who spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about his predictions for the coming 12 months.

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The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is, “This animal hides in your heart.” Unlike Western astrology, it does not look to the heavenly constellations or planets to predict one’s destiny. Rather, Chinese astrology deals with divining sciences of wuxing or the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood), Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time. You can determine your animal sign by referring to the year you were born and matching it up with the corresponding animal in the chart on the next page. Rat: Element: Water Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable. Ox: Element: Earth Partners well with: Snake and Rooster

Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined Tiger: Element: Wood Partners well with: Horse and Dog Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic Rabbit: Element: Wood Partners well with: Sheep and Boar Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers. Dragon: Element: Earth Partners well with: Rat and Monkey Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic Snake: Element: Fire Partners well with: Rooster and Ox Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive Horse: Element: Fire Partners well with: Dog and Tiger Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong Sheep: Element: Earth Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm Monkey: Element: Metal Partners well with: Dragon and Rat Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart. Rooster: Element: Metal Partners well with: Snake and Ox Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident. Dog: Element: Earth Partners well with: Tiger and Horse Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart Boar: Element: Water Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit Characteristics: Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable

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Hope you have lots of time to read this month because our March “Health and Nutrition” Issue is jamb packed full of articles from “fruit to sharks” and everything in-between. I’m not even sure where to start it’s so overwhelming, everyone had a lot to say this month. So pour yourself a refreshment and set aside some time before you sit to read this month’s Issue.

Firstly, some every exciting news, our April “Wedding Issue” will be presented to you in FULL GLOSS, oh yes it will be. For the first time in 5 years The Newsy Neighbour has hit a milestone. We are receiving such a huge response an all-out frenzy actually over the wedding Issue we wanted to celebrate with our first FULL GLOSS magazine! Secondly, if you live within our distribution area and are looking for additional magazines we have listed all the locations where you can find them on page 12 because we know lots of you mail “The Newsy” to your friends and family, now you will know where to find any additional copies. Have a little snoop while you are there; remember to support your local businesses. Health and Nutrition I would say are the most important factors in your life today or any day and just taking that first step towards change and changes you can make will be found within the pages of the magazine this month. Both Jody and Cynthia our amazing monthly contributors wrote about your health and Luscious Joys, I AM A…….., and Family Page have articles well worth the read. Enjoy

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Shaken & Stirred 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: Follow Marcy on Twitter @MarcyLField to my profile.

Change Still Needed Are things happening around you that give you reason to pause? Do world events or things closer to home alarm or surprise you? Are they chance happenings or symptomatic of a world in dire need of change? Unfortunately humanity, with the assistance of popular media, tends to gravitate towards the negative despite marked evidence that the majority of the world’s population would prefer to focus on positives. Apparently good news may not be convenient for timelines and deadlines. I’m positive that the 15,000 female garment workers, including many immigrants, who marched through New York City’s Lower East Side on March 8, 1908 to rally at Union Square to demand economic and political rights were not warmly embraced by the factory owners or business leaders of their time. However, their actions initiated a change that had global impacts. They are also the reason that International Women’s Day has been is celebrated on March 8 for over 100 years and is recognized in over 88 countries and on every continent. International Women’s Day highlights the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas still needing attention and action.

shift, which is more than learning new skills and shifting styles, needs to occur. Women need to see themselves as leaders and develop a sense of purpose that does not allow them to sit back and be quiet about the inequities that prevail, minimizing the potential of everyone - both male and female, adult and child. To move past this hurdle, Edmund Lee recommends that we should, “Surround yourself with the dreamers and doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” Not realizing our potential or living our dream is both disheartening and crippling, not only for us individually, but also as a society. How then do we approach the future? Is it with anticipation of great possibilities or a settling with the status quo? Making a choice to change involves taking a risk; knowing that without taking that risk things are likely never to change. Inspiring Change is the theme for International Women’s Day 2014. We all have the power to choose and the power to change. Gender, age, race, spirituality or any of the multiple of other things that differentiate us should not stop anyone from using that power. What change(s) are necessary to enable you to move further ahead? Change brings a choice. What will you choose?

Although positive gains have taken place for women, the scale still lacks balance. This is not only evident in Board and Council rooms, but during informal conversations. Despite the positive impact that women have both locally and globally, many have not gotten past the visible and invisible obstacles that inhibit their ability to step into strong leadership roles. One of the first things to overcome is how they see themselves. An identity

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For years, regular use of antibiotics has been the norm for poultry farmers. But as consumers become more aware of what they are eating and are making choices to live a healthier lifestyle, the cry for safer and healthier foods is growing louder. This cry has prompted further research and it has become clear that regular use of antibiotics in poultry may indeed have harmful side effects as bacteria becomes resistant to the antibiotics. However, does the routine use of antibiotics in chickens need to be the norm? Can poultry farmers raise healthy and safe chickens without regular antibiotic use? Twenty-three years ago, Jerry Kamphuis, president and owner of Country Lane Farms and a farmer, asked the same questions. “When we are healthy, do we use antibiotics? No! We only take antibiotics when we are sick. So why would we continually give antibiotics to healthy birds?” Country Lane Farms’ goal has always been to raise a safe, healthy, and tasty product at a reasonable price for its customers. And, since 1991, they have been doing just that without the routine use of antibiotics or animal by-products. Jerry worked closely with feed companies and nutritionists to develop a unique feed program that incorporated the use of minerals, vitamins, probiotics, and whole grains. The result? A great tasting, healthy and safe chicken. Many customers have said that our chickens taste “just like the chicken my grandmother used to cook!” In addition to feeding a healthier feed ration, Jerry Kamphuis made the decision to create a safer and cleaner environment for the chickens to be raised and thus lower the potential for harmful bacteria to flourish. He achieves this by giving the chickens more floor space and cleaning the barn with all natural cleaners; no chemicals are used at any point. It’s encouraging that consumers are becoming more aware of what they eat and are demanding quality food. Country Lane Farms has always had an “open door” policy. “We encourage our customers to come out to our farm and see for themselves what we do and learn why we do what we do. I am very passionate about helping people make educated choices for healthy eating!”

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Peppermint Peppermint is definitely an all-time favourite oil in our house! It has such a wide range of everyday uses. Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded oils for soothing digestion. Scientists have researched its effect on the liver, respiratory system and its ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Peppermint plants originate from North America, Great Britain and the Mediterranean area and the oil is extracted from a steam distillation process of the leaves and stem of the plant. Peppermint has many medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoural, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain reliever as well as an appetite suppressor. Purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind, peppermint also has many fragrant influences. It can potentially increase mental accuracy, curb appetite, improve/restore the sense of taste as well as block headache pain. Now the fun part! I am excited to share with you just some of the many beneficial uses of peppermint. Of course, not all things will work for every person, but it is sure nice to have an option sometimes! Here we go! • Indigestion/flatulence/diarrhea: rub 4-6 drops of peppermint on palm of hand and rub over the stomach and around the navel to help relieve symptoms • Heartburn: add a drop of pure peppermint oil to herbal tea to aide digestion and relieve heartburn. Also, use as a replacement for coffee; the energy boost is phenomenal! (This one I know from experience.) • Inflammation and bruising (unbroken skin): massage several drops Page 16

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to affected area to relieve pain and reduce inflammation • Fever: rub on bottoms of feet to help reduce a fever (please monitor and use acetaminophen if severe) • Itching: apply to affected area to relieve itching • Poison ivy/poison oak: apply on location, neat or diluted. • Working out: inhale peppermint oil before and during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue • Nausea/travel sickness: Massage several drops of peppermint on abdomen and chest (this really works!) • Headache: massage on temples, forehead, over the sinuses (away from the eyes) and on the back of the neck • Alertness/concentration/recall: place 2 drops of peppermint oil on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration, diffuse while studying and inhale during testing to help recall and concentration • Congestion: place a drop on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion • Flavouring/preservative: add to food! • Rodents/ants: to deter ants or rodents, place two drops of oil on a cotton ball and place along path or point of entry • Paint fumes: mix a 15 ml bottle of peppermint oil into a 5 gallon can of paint to dispel fumes • Aphids: place 4-5 drops to a spray bottle and spray plants to kill aphids • Arthritis/tendonitis: rub on joints to potentially help relieve arthritic or tendonitis pain • Curb appetite: inhale to curb appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat • Ticks: remove ticks by applying a drop of peppermint oil on a Q-tip and swab the tick. Wait for it to remove its head and remove the tick These are just a few suggestions of what peppermint can be used for. Please note that these suggestions apply only to the use of therapeutic grade essential oils. Peppermint is certainly an oil that I never let run out in our house; sometimes I just diffuse it for its refreshing, clean and uplifting scent. I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of peppermint?! Other cautionary tips to remember when using pure peppermint oil: avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes, sensitive skin, fresh wounds or burns. Also, peppermint is not to be applied on infants younger than 18 months of age. Obligatory disclaimer: the information in this article in intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult a physician. **Sources: 110 uses for the everyday oils kit by Young Living, Essential Oils desk reference, special fifth edition

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These days, many people get their exercise jumping to conclusions, flying off the handle, dodging responsibilities, bending the rules, running down everything, circulating rumours, passing the buck, stirring up trouble, shooting the bull, digging up dirt, slinging mud, throwing their weight around, beating the system, and pushing their luck. When I was younger, I looked forward to getting up early in the morning to exercise. Now, getting out of bed in the morning is my exercise.

Medicine Cabinet 4 Body Signs That You May Have a Nutrient Deficiency When it comes to making sure that you’re meeting your daily nutrient needs, you should listen to your body, which often sends signals of looming deficiencies. If you notice a change in your nails, skin, or even how you feel, it could be an indication that you’re falling short in taking your daily requirement of essential vitamins and minerals. Here are four body signs to look out for: Take a look at your nails. How do they appear? Do they look healthy and strong or are they riddled with white spots and ridges? Do they appear unusually shaped? If your nails seem less than healthy, your body may be telling you that you’re lacking the essential mineral iron. You may have heard that white spots on your nails are a sign of a deficiency in zinc, however this is more of a myth than reality. Typically, a white spot indicates an injury or trauma to the nail. However, if your nail appears thin and displays raised ridges and curves inward, this may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia and you should consult your physician. Do you suffer from cramps in your legs and calves at night? If so, it could be a sign that you’re lacking in the essential

health, fitness & beauty nutrient potassium. If you’re exercising hard during the day, you lose both fluid and electrolytes when you sweat. If you replace only the lost fluid by rehydrating strictly with water, you may not be replacing all of the essential electrolytes you’ve lost, including potassium, which, when low, can lead to uncomfortable muscle cramping. To prevent this, rehydrate with electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water or a sports drink on hot days or after a tough workout. You can also reach for potassium-rich foods such as bananas, spinach, broccoli, and grapefruit as well. Do you ever feel like your hands or feet go numb or you experience tingling and a prickling feeling in your limbs? If so, this can actually be linked to a low intake of B vitamins such as B6 and B12, along with folic acid. A deficiency of B vitamins can directly impact the peripheral nerve endings in the skin. To help with this, eat a diet rich in dark, leafy greens such as spinach, lean proteins such as eggs, beans, and poultry, and fortified whole grains. If numbness or tingling continues or worsens, make sure to consult your physician. Have you noticed an increase in small red or white acnelike bumps on your skin? These bumps, which can appear on the face, arms, and even thighs, can indicate a diet low in vitamin A. This vitamin helps pores remove dead skin and reduces the chance of developing clogged pores that encourage the growth of acne bacteria. To help slough off dead skin cells more efficiently to prevent skin blemishes, fill up on colourful vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, along with dark green, leafy vegetables. These are rich in beta carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A and is converted in your body into this essential nutrient. My figure used to be my fame and helped me get ahead, but that was fifteen years ago, and now my fame has spread. A blonde is terribly overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet. “I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you’ll have lost at least five pounds.” When the blonde returns, she’s lost nearly 20 pounds. “Why, that’s amazing!” the doctor says. “Did you follow my instructions?” The blonde nods. “I’ll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day.” “From hunger, you mean?” asked the doctor. “No, from skipping.” I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

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your eyes are the windows to your soul;

what does that mean precisely? It is basically stating that by looking deeply into a person's eyes, you can tell who they truly are on the inside. If you think about this in a heal perspective the same is true; if your eyes are not healthy, they are telling you something else is going on physically. This is the concept behind iridology (iridologists believe they can use the charts to distinguish between healthy systems and organs in the body and those that are overactive, inflamed, or distressed. Iridologists believe this information demonstrates a patient's susceptibility towards certain illnesses, reflects past medical problems, or predicts later health problems). Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know taking care of your eyes is the most important health project of all time!! Here are 6 foods you should be eating for your eyes. CARROTS Carrots and other orange-coloured fruits and vegetables promote eye health and protect vision. Beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, helps the retina and other parts of the eye to function smoothly.

Though their connection to vision isn't as well-known, several other vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy eyes. Make these five foods a staple of your diet to keep your peepers in tip-top shape.

LEAFY GREENS They're packed with lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that, studies show, lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.

EGGS The yolk is a prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin—plus zinc, which also helps reduce your macular degeneration risk.

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CITRUS AND BERRIES These fruits are powerhouses of vitamin C, which has been shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts ALMONDS They're filled with vitamin E, which slows macular degeneration, research shows. One handful (an ounce) provides about half of your daily dose of vitamin E.

FATTY FISH Tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and trout are rich in DHA, a fatty acid found in your retina—low levels of which have been linked to dry eye syndrome.


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I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing. I joined a health club last year, and spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to actually go there. Every time I say the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.


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Colon Detox = Improved Health & Nutrition Why should we detox the colon? Do you suffer from any of these conditions? » Low Energy » Constipation » Gas » Bloating » Heartburn » Indigestion » Diarrhea » Headaches » Aches » Memory Problems » Water Retention » Fatigue Every day we run from here to there, not making time to eat properly, and therefore not getting the nutrition we need. A lot of us wait until we are at home to go to the bathroom, which can be harmful to the body’s detox system. The colon is designed as a detox and waste system, but without proper elimination, the body actually poisons itself. When we make unhealthy food choices (fast foods, fried foods), live a stressful life, take certain kinds of medication, and even overuse laxatives, these can all disturb the elimination system. When the colon cannot eliminate the waste, it becomes clogged and ineffective, unable to absorb nutrients naturally. While the body is not getting the proper nourishment, harmful toxins start to build up and the body becomes poisoned, which all result in many of the health problems listed above, along with premature aging. Here are some ways to cleanse your colon. Please consult a professional before starting any kind of cleanse. You can cleanse through your diet: » Eating more fibre; flax seeds, oats, fruits (namely strawberries and apples), veggies, whole grains, and Page 22

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beans all good sources of fibre. » Drinking more water (look at the colour of your urine, if it is pale yellow or near-clear you’re doing a great job; but if it’s darker, start drinking more!). » Consume more fermented foods (yogurt, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut are just a few). » You can also try going green. Chlorophyll makes the green colour in plants and vegetables and chlorophyll helps to cleanse and soothe tissue in the digestive tract as well. In addition to providing fibre, greens can repair your intestines. Try these greens: alfalfa, wheatgrass, Brussels sprouts, spinach, peas, barley-grass and liquid chlorophyll is an opinion too. A more mobile lifestyle will also help cleanse your colon. It could be as simple as becoming more active around the house. Going for walks can Low Energy? benefit your physical, as well as your Constipation? mental and spiritual health. Joining a Gas? gym or yoga class provides social interBloating? action, along with the physical benefits Heartburn? of helping cleanse your colon. As I mentioned earlier, it is important to consult with your doctor or health care professional before starting anything new; this is especially crucial before you consider any cleansing methods, such as using laxatives in the aid of cleansing the colon (the most common, but must be under advisement). There are many different kinds available; some are bulk forming, some cause muscle contractions in the digestive tract, and then there are those that are saline laxatives and are used to treat acute constipation. They draw water into the colon to make everything easier to eliminate the waste. Powder or liquid supplements will also help with elimination. Make sure you do your research on any of these cleansers. Check with your health food store, pharmacy, or even the Internet. There are some that are not safe and will not work well. You can also ask your Doctor about enema or about colon irrigation, usually a last resort but they do help with elimination of the colon. So whatever you decide to try, remember that when you eliminate on a regular and safe basis, your body can absorb more nutrients, which in turn means healthier and happier you!

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Domino Effect First of all, I want to say to you: one step forward, two steps back. Personally I have had this experience all my life, especially when it comes to making changes in life. Just when I have come to the reality that I must make changes in my life, when I move forward with change and I’m feeling really good about it and making progress, all of a sudden, something happens to make it just a little harder! What the heck is going on? Are we all being tested just to see how much we can endure? I’m feeling all positive that I have come to a place of positive reality then I get smucked? Life is such a turmoil! I read an article the other day about asking what you want in life and the lady wrote, “That every time I make a list of what I want it seems those things are taken away from me.” If you are a person who just lives day by day and accepts life the way it is, you will probably never experience these downfalls, but if you are a person looking for something more, trust me – this will happen for certain! Which brings me to the ripple effect. The theory is that one small gesture will lead to other actions happening. Like throwing a pebble into a pond, you can see the ripples, but what about the other effects that aren’t always visible? A fish could have been surprised by the splash and darted in a different direction. A bird hovering above may have noticed the disturbance, bringing attention to its prey under the surface of the water. We set the series of events in motion, but may never be aware of what follows. What if you could make a world-changing impact with one small act? Would you be more inclined to take that first step if you knew your action would gain momentum when aligned with the actions of others? Can individuals make an impact for the greater good?

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#11 - 55 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore This ripple effect can occur within you. By making one good decision about the food you eat it will naturally lead you to make other good choices. It’s like one little small effort adds up to big changes, as one idea leads to another…and another. Better health ensues! The best part about a ripple effect is that you don’t need to do something amazing or grand to create it. Small gestures, like sharing food or assisting someone in need, can go further than we imagine, helping us recognize the impact and interconnectedness of our actions. The entrepreneur and founder of explains, “It’s like dominos placed on end knock each other in succession; all of the dominos Continued on page 25

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luscious joys Yes, I know I might be pushing it a bit when I say grapefruits are luscious, but it could happen! You just have to think out of the box, and isn’t that what everyone is harping about these days; “thinking out of the box”? Besides, poor grapefruit has been overlooked; it is rarely mentioned as a ‘superfood extraordinaire’. Nutrition authors rarely give it a place on their top foods lists. Few people even consider grapefruit for its health-promoting properties. Yet, this humble citrus fruit deserves to take its rightful place among the superfood giants, and here are the reasons why. Let’s start with the most obvious reason: grapefruit is high in immune-boosting vitamin C. That leads to the next reason: grapefruit’s vitamin C content also naturally boosts the body’s amount of glutathione, which helps to conquer the effects of stress and aging. It is high in antiviral phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which help to give cold and flu viruses the boot. Grapefruit contains a group of phytonutrients called terpene limonoids which have been shown in many studies to have anti-cancer effects. (Source: Phytozyme Cure). Terpene limonoids in grapefruit also helps lower high cholesterol levels. AND, many studies confirm that grapefruit is an excellent weight loss food. In one study at John Hopkins University, women who eat grapefruit daily shed almost 20 pounds on average in only 13 weeks, without changing anything else in their diet or lifestyle. Grapefruit has natural anti-pain properties thanks to its natural aspirin content, salicylic acid. Grapefruit contains a special type of fibre, called pectin, which binds to cholesterol and helps to remove arterial buildup. It is high in limonene that has natural anti-cancer properties, particularly against stomach and pancreatic cancer. You’ll need to add grapefruit zest to your foods since most of the limonene is found in grapefruit’s skin. Grapefruit contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage. As a source of fibre, grapefruit also helps keep you regular and promotes intestinal health. Pink grapefruit contains lycopene which helps protect against bladder, cervical, and pancreatic cancer. Now that I have shown you the wisdom behind adding grapefruit to your diet, now is the hard part: showing you how to make grapefruit LUSCIOUS! This is the one; if you do not find this LUSCIOUS, I will eat my shoe! I’m buying gingersnaps as we speak!!

Grapefruit & Ginger Tart

1 cup strained, fresh grapefruit juice ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger 3 egg yolks ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 teaspoon brandy (optional) butter, as needed FOR THE GARNISH: 1 teaspoon finely chopped candied ginger 1-2 pinch sugar For the Gingersnap Crust 1 cup ground gingersnaps 4 tablespoons melted butter ¼ cup sugar FOR THE PASTRY CREAM: Bring the grapefruit juice and ginger to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks with sugar in a medium bowl, until pale yellow and fluffy. Then, add in the flour and cornstarch, whisking until smooth. Temper the egg mixture by pouring a little of the grapefruit mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add the rest of the grapefruit mixture and whisk. Pour back into the pot and bring to a simmer. Whisk continually, while the pastry

cream thickens. Once it first bubbles, cook for 5 more minutes or until thickened. Keep the heat rather low or it could burn. Remove from heat and whisk in Cointreau or brandy, if using. Set aside to cool carefully rub a little butter on top of the pastry cream to keep a skin from forming. FOR THE GINGERSNAP CRUST preheat the oven to 375°F. Stir together the crushed gingersnaps with sugar and melted butter. Press into 8" tart pan (or spring form pan), I found the bottom of a measuring cup really helps to make an even surface. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until slightly browning. Let cool. FOR THE CANDIED GINGER GARNISH toss the finely chopped candied ginger with a little sugar, to reduce stickiness. (This step is only necessary if you cut the candied ginger up yourself. If you lucked out and your crystallized ginger already came in tiny pieces it should be evenly coated with sugar). ASSEMBLY Fill the gingersnap crust with pastry cream, spreading evenly with a spatula. Top with finely chopped candied ginger. Serve chilled - slice with a clean, sharp knife. Enjoy with friends and a smile. Sasha (Global Table Adventure) Anyone who knows me knows I love tequila and Cointreau – what a wonderful cocktail to compliment your sweet grapefruit and ginger tart.

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This is a Mexican-inspired take on the Salty Dog (usually made with grapefruit juice, vodka and salt). Coarse salt (optional) 4 ounces tequila, divided 2 ounces orange-flavoured liqueur, such as Cointreau, divided 3 cups grapefruit juice, divided 4 grapefruit slices, for garnish Wet the rims of 4 glasses and coat with coarse salt (if desired); fill the glasses with ice. Pour 1 ounce tequila and 1/2 ounce liqueur into each. Top each with 3/4 cup grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. This barely needs a recipe, but just for clarification, here's a quick rundown.

Broiled Grapefruit with Cinnamon Sugar

1 large ruby grapefruit Cinnamon and sugar Heat the oven to broil. Cut the grapefruit in half across its equator. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the inside edges of the grapefruit half. Then make small, deep cuts next to each segment's membrane, to loosen the fruit from the membrane. (If you have serrated grapefruit spoons, this step is less necessary.) Sprinkle each half with cinnamon and sugar and put in an oven-safe dish, sugar-side up. Broil for 5 -10 minutes, or until the top turns quite brown and caramelized. Let cool for 5 minutes and eat while warm. Tra-laa laa! And there you have it – LUSCIOUS grapefruit! Enjoy and be healthy! Kathryn Hartwell References:, and

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fall due to the energy transferred by each impact. Like tipping over that first domino, one small act can set into motion a series of events that expands out into the world. Domino theory is a framework that helps people understand that no matter how small their hopes and dreams, they can accomplish them by seeing the world as a set of dominos,” he says. “All it takes is one small strategic action to set big things in motion and align with the actions of others.” Another example of this is to consider the creation of a child, starting as two halves of a whole cell, merging together, combining DNA, then one cell becomes two, two becomes four, four becomes eight, eight becomes sixteen, and so on, leading to the creation of a complex human baby, which grows into a child, teenager, adolescent, then adult. So, how do we apply this to our lives and success? Because I think just about everyone can appreciate the concept of health and wellness goals, particularly around the beginning of a year. Michael Carwile writes in his article, Real World Principals for Success, “If you are not in shape, are overweight, and eating poorly, asking you to switch to a no fast-food, organic-only, nutritional focused, holistic health mindset, and an every-other-day workout routine that is based on the same principles as P90X, history and statistics will show that 25% of you will stop within a week, and 92% of people will never achieve their resolution. What if the challenge was different? What if, instead of telling yourself you are going to go the gym every day, you opted for intentionally small change on a regular basis? Making the focus of your efforts not actually on the activity itself but rather on the HABIT of performing the activity in an ever-increasing manner?” Let’s say, by the end of 2014, I will be able to comfortably do 365 pushups/day, 365 crunches/day, and I will do 50 minutes of yoga or similar physical activity per day. If I tried to accomplish this now, I would fail. So instead of trying, I will be focusing on the HABIT of performing these activities on a daily basis, while making small, progressive changes each day. Time is relative. Change is relative. 1 pushup may not sound like a lot, but there are people that can’t successfully complete 1 pushup to save their lives. I’ve seen it multiple times. There are others still that can do 1,000 pushups without breaking a sweat. Everything is relative. We are all unique in our abilities. The trick is not in the quantity of the activity, rather, the FOCUSED effort on making the activity a daily habit, while increasingly making the activity more challenging in a way that seems trivial and therefore easy to perform. I’ve written about goals in the past. It should go without saying that I believe in the power of goals, especially SMART goals that are written down and reviewed on a regular basis. I’m not saying to ditch your New Year’s resolutions in favour of daily habits. Rather, I’m saying that if you have SMART goals, you should be able to calculate a way of building up to the final goal in a reasonable time period by focusing on the habit of the activities required to achieve the goal on a daily basis. Focusing on the habit of the activity helps make the activity itself less daunting. Call it ripple or domino effect, just start somewhere! As Michael Carwile explains, we need to courageously let go of the old and grow into the new. One step, one day, one dream, one choice at a time. Kathryn Hartwell “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” - Chinese Proverb References;,,

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Can I Just Stay a Caterpillar? The last few weeks of life have really thrown a me for a loop. Just as I feel like my life is under my control, that it is all smooth sailing – life shows up to knock me up side the head. As life returns to “normal” and my vision clears, I realize that the world looks different than before, and will never look the same again. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever emerged from a difficult time in your life, one that opens your eyes afresh to the world, your life, relationships, to yourself?

reforming lessons that have tried to change the look of my world) and go back to what I know and what is comfortable. Sometimes that has worked for me. I think. But like the caterpillar, would I even know where the change could have taken me if I could have accepted, or even embraced, the changes? Other times, life wouldn’t let me choose to stay the same. Like the larva that has no choice but to hatch, circumstances and choices forced a change that came whether I wanted it to or not. I am sure you have experienced that sort of life change for yourself. The best kind of life-altering experiences that I have experienced are the ones where I have found the courage to allow them to work upon me. When I become aware of changes happening, be it new thoughts or experiences, or the consequences of choices I have made, or old habits needing changing, or events that shake me right down to my roots - if I can surrender myself to the experience I am learning that I will see the world with new eyes, and perhaps be able to see farther, understand more, than I ever have before. Pay attention to the butterflies. Yoga teaches us to live moment to moment, and that is always the best way to get through hard times, to acknowledge miracles in each moment. That metamorphosis that the butterflies so graphically, miraculously, undergo - we do it too. I believe it is our divine nature. We move from one life cycle to the next and it is almost always uncomfortable. But as our eyes clear, and we let go of the way things used to be, and open our hearts to our new path, the world is always anew, like the next chapter in the most amazing book you have ever read.

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I was recently reading about the life of the monarch butterfly. What an amazing creature. Every year, the monarch butterfly travels thousands of miles to lay an egg on a milkweed somewhere in the midwest of Canada or the US. Out of this egg comes a larva that feeds happily on the milkweed, becomes a fat and juicy and oh so comfortable caterpillar. Then it finds a stem or leaf and begins to transform itself into a chrysalis, and for 10 days goes through one of the most remarkable events in the natural world - metamorphosis into a butterfly. A fat, juicy caterpillar that no one wants to eat, through its own surrender to its divine nature, becomes one of the worlds most remarkable migratory creatures.

But what if the caterpillar really liked being a caterpillar? What if the caterpillar ignored its genetic code to spin it’s silky hideaway, or maybe, once if it had already done so decided that the experience was just too uncomfortable and broke free from the chrysalis to drop back onto the juicy green leaf? How would this story end? We all know - while the caterpillar may enjoy the rest of its life filling its belly on the milky green juices of leaves in the comfort of the life he knows, there will be so much he misses. He will never experience the joy of spreading new-formed wings to take to the air with freedom, he will never be able to carry his legacy to the next generation of monarchs, and the world will never be witness to the gracious beauty that he exhibits as is his divine nature. When the caterpillar inevitably reaches the end of its lifespan, it will die. And what will be the legacy he has left in his wake? Change tends to be an uncomfortable experience. I have at times in life tried to ignore or dismiss what I was experiencing (the situation, the discomfort, the mind bending, emotion jerking, habit Page 26

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It is in our ability to embrace life and all that it teaches that alters how we view and treat the world. Do your best to do it with love and faith and positivity, and the heartbreak of life’s many lessons have the potential to take you higher and farther than you can even imagine. Blessings, Becky


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Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt You?? Megan Meier, Phoebe Prince, Alexis Pilkington, Chanelle Rae Jeheem, Herrera Jenna Bowers and Tyler Clementi. These are just a few of the many victims of cyber bullying. Each of these names are of teens that have committed suicide after being tormented, teased or “outted” on the Internet or through text messaging. No longer limited to faceto-face interaction, bullies have now found new forums with a much wider audience. The Internet has given us many things; new ways to find information, to connect with friends and family and the social media rage that is Twitter and Facebook. But along with these advances have come a new way to bully others that is masked by the ability to hide behind your computer screen or cell phone. You never have to see the face of the person you are hurting or the full impact of your word or photos. So what exactly is cyber bullying? • Actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm another or others. • Use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person • Use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person. Some examples of cyber bullying are; • Sending e-mails or Instant Messages containing insults or threats directly to a person. • Spreading hateful comments or rumours about a person through e-mail, Instant Messaging or postings on websites and online diaries. • Stealing passwords and sending out threatening e-mails or Instant Messages using an assumed identity. • Building whole websites, often with password protection, to target specific students or teachers. • Posting embarrassing pictures or video footage of someone, or sending unwanted sexual information. • Posting defamatory or obscene messages on online message boards,

or creating slanderous websites. Are you a cyber bully? The sad fact of cyber bullying is that most people who are victims of cyber bullying are also cyber bullies too. This just creates an ongoing cycle of hurt and pain that will not stop until everyone decides to stop it. As they say, the first step is admitting it. The following quiz could help you determine if you too are a cyber bully. (http://schools.ednet. Give yourself 0 points if you’ve never done it, 1 point if you have done it 1 or 2 times, 2 points if you have done it 3-5 times, 3 points if you have done it more than 5 times. Have you ever... ___ Signed on with someone else’s screen name to gather info? ___ Sent an e-mail or online greeting card from someone’s account? ___ Impersonated someone over text or online? ___ Teased or frightened someone over text or online? ___ Not told someone who you really are online, telling them to “guess”? ___ Forwarded a private conversation or e-mail without the permission of the other person? ___ Changed your profile or away message designed to embarrass or frighten someone? ___ Posted pictures or information about someone on a Web site or social media without their consent? ___ Created an Internet poll, either over text or on a Web site, about someone without their consent? ___ Used information found online to follow, tease, embarrass or harass someone in person? ___ Sent rude or scary things to someone, even if you were just joking? ___ Used bad language online? ___ Signed someone else up for something online without their permission? ___ Used an IM or e-mail address that looked like someone else’s? ___ Used someone else’s password for any reason without their permission? ___ Hacked into someone else’s computer or sent a virus or Trojan horse to them? ___ Insulted someone in an interactive game room? ___ Posted rude things or lies about someone online? ___ Voted at an online bashing poll or posted to a guestbook saying rude or mean things? Now calculate your total score: 0 – 5 Points: Cyber Saint Congratulations! You’re a cyber saint! Your online behaviour is exemplary! Keep up the good work! 6-10 Points: Cyber Risky Well, you’re not perfect, but few people are. Chances are you haven’t done anything terrible and were just having fun, but try not to repeat your behaviours, since they are all offenses. Keep in mind the pain that your fun might be causing others! 11-18 Points: Cyber Sinner You’re online behaviour needs to be reproached! You have done way too many cyber no-no’s! Keep in mind that these practices are dangerous, wrong, and punishable and try to be clean up that cyber record! More than 18: Cyber Bully Put on the breaks and turn that PC/MAC/text-messaging device around! You are headed in a very bad direction. You qualify, without doubt, as a cyberbully. You need to sign off and think about where that little mouse


of yours has been clicking before serious trouble results for you and/or self-esteem, and encourages sensory stimulation and ultimately, integration. For more information on bullying and other programs visit your victim(s), if it hasn’t happened already! How to Deal If you are being cyber bullied, here are a few ways to deal; • Stop: leave the area or stop the activity (i.e. chat room, online game, instant messaging, social networking site, etc.). • Block the sender’s messages. Never reply to harassing messages. • Talk to an adult. If the bullying includes physical threats, tell the police as well. • Save any harassing messages and forward them to your Internet Service Provider (i.e. Hotmail or gmail). Most service providers have appropriate use policies that restrict users from harassing others over the Internet – and that includes kids! ( If you are a cyber bully Just stop. The impact you could be having on another person through your actions could cause serious pain and the outcomes of your actions, no matter how small you think they may be, could be life changing. Find a better way to focus your efforts and if you need an outlet for how you are feeling, talk to an adult or someone that can help you to vent without it being hurtful to others. There are many programs in Canada to help bullies and the victims of bullying. Equine Assisted Learning programs are one option where youths can learn an armour of skills to protect themselves against bullying. EAL programs have proven to be ideal for a child who exhibits anti-social communication skills as they provide training in social skills which improves communication skills, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness,

Ellen Degeneres said, “We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kids life.” And she is absolutely correct. Before you hit the send button, think of the impact that your words could have on another individual. The phrase “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you” no longer applies. The list of names of the teenagers who lost their lives at the beginning of this story prove otherwise.

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The original idea for steak knives derived from shark teeth. Approximately 100 shark attacks on humans occur worldwide each year. A 730-pound Mako shark caught off Bimini in the Bahamas contained in its stomach a 120-pound swordfish with the sword still intact.

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13. The foundation of successful aging is movement. Begin a scheduled daily exercise program, and look for ways to build more movement into your daily routine. You need to do both cardio (rhythmic, repetitive) and strength building activity. Walk, dance, and cycle, swim; do any activity that keeps you moving for extended periods. As you get fit, you should try to do one hour per day of this type of activity. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once; try five or ten minutes at a time to begin, and build continuous exercise time as you get acclimated to it. 14. If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes. 15. Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy this winter. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity. 16. Engaging in casual conversation with others may help keep you as sharp as doing a word puzzle, according to some studies. Just 10 minutes of daily chatter appears to improve mental function and preserve memory. 17. In addition to following good dental hygiene, you can help prevent cavities by adding more shiitake mushrooms and wasabi to your diet. Both foods contain compounds that help fight the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities. 18. Do stretching exercises when you wake up. 19. Insist on family dinners; set the table with real cloth napkins, light candles and play soft music in the background to encourage discussion. Compliment the children on their healthy food selections, cooking and manners. 20. Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yogurt, whole-wheat toast, and a boiled egg. 21. Get what you give! Always giving and never taking? This is the short road to compassion fatigue. Give to yourself and receive from others, otherwise you’ll get to a point where you have nothing left to give. And hey, if you can’t receive from others, how can you expect them to receive from you? 22. Allow kids no more than one hour of media time before bedtime. Try to make sure they get the required nine to 10 hours of sleep a night. Research shows that lack of sleep

health and nutrition equals unwanted weight gain, behavioural problems and difficulty concentrating the next day. 23. Get spiritual. A study conducted by the formidably sober and scientific Harvard University found that patients who were prayed for recovered quicker than those who weren’t, even if they weren’t aware of the prayer. 24. Knock one back. A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. 25. Get your daily calcium by popping a tab, chugging milk or eating yogurt. It’ll keep your bones strong. Remember that your bone density declines after the age of 30. You need at least 200 milligrams daily, which you should combine with magnesium, or it simply won’t be absorbed. 26. Hot, spicy foods containing chilies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising. But go easy on the lamb, pork and mutton and the high-fat, creamy dishes served in many Indian restaurants. 27. Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They’re also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. 28. Add fibre-rich vegetables — such as spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, carrots, peppers and onions — to lasagna, casseroles, pasta dishes and pizza. 29. You've probably heard the old adage that life's too short to stuff a mushroom. But perhaps you should consider the opposite: that life's simply too short NOT to focus on the simple tasks. By slowing down and concentrating on basic things, you'll clear your mind of everything that worries you. Really concentrate on sensations and experiences again: observe the rough texture of a strawberry's skin as you touch it, and taste the sweet-sour juice as you bite into the fruit; when your partner strokes your hand, pay careful attention to the sensation on your skin; and learn to really focus on simple tasks while doing them, whether it's flowering plants or ironing your clothes. 30. Do regular self-examinations of your breasts. The best time to examine your breasts is in the week after your period. 31. Have a pap smear once a year. Not on

our list of favourite things, but it’s vital. Cervical cancer kills 200 000 women a year and it’s the most prevalent form of cancer. The chances of survival are nearly 100 percent if it’s detected early. Be particularly careful if you became sexually active at an early age, have had multiple sex partners or smoke. 32. Sun rays can burn even through thick glass, and under water. Up to 35 percent of UVB rays and 85 percent of UVA rays penetrate thick glass, while 50 percent of UVB rays and 77 percent of UVA rays penetrate a meter of water and wet cotton clothing. Which means you’ll need sunscreen while driving your car on holiday, and water resistant block if you’re swimming. 33. Having a good sob is reputed to be good for you. So is laughter, which has been shown to help heal bodies, as well as broken hearts. Studies in Japan indicate that laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body shake off allergic reactions. 34. End relationships that no longer work for you, as you could be spending time in a dead end. Rather, head for more meaningful things. You could be missing opportunities while you’re stuck in a meaningless rut, trying to breathe life into something that is long gone. 35. Showering or bathing in water that’s too hot will dry out your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Warm water is much better. Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp – it’ll be absorbed more easily. Adding a little olive oil to your bath with help keep your skin moisturized too. 36. Parents: insist that your kids ditch cellphones and other media devices when they come home from school, and instead, go outside to play for an hour; or if it’s too dark when they get home, they can put on some music and dance inside. 37. Don’t let kids eat in front of the TV or computer and gradually restrict all eating and drinking, except for water, to the kitchen counter, table or dining room. I spent my entire Sunday afternoon researching web-sites to compile this list of 37 tips for your family. I know change is hard but if you make a few changes a week, before you know it you will be through the whole list! You will be surprised how just one small change can set into motion a ripple effect that can change your world. Happy March! Kathryn Hartwell References:,,, and

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Almost certainly, a woman you know has been abused. You might not know about it. Across Alberta, women are living with men who insult, intimidate, manipulate and hurt them physically and degrade them sexually. They are trapped in a pattern of abuse. They live in turmoil and fear. These women have created new lives for themselves. They have been able to break free of abuse and move on. They have survived and they have healed. They are an inspiration. Join us in our effort to improve women’s shelters in Alberta. Our goal is to provide women and their children a safe place to finally escape the terror, and have a warm welcoming feeling where they can begin to start their new life. They need our help, this is never easy. We are looking for donations of gently used furniture, home accessories and money for families moving out of the C.A.W.E.S. Shelter and into their own homes. Smaller apartment sized furniture is preferred. If you or your company can help in anyway, please contact Michelle Weinberger @ 403-506-2769. Email:

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Planning is now underway for the “6th Annual Loop Around The Lake,” which will be held on Sunday, June 22nd. The event will once again have 4 races: 1 kilometre, 5 kilometres, 12 kilometre loop and half marathon. In order to make this event even better than the previous 5, the organizing committee is looking for volunteers to help in each aspect of the event. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30PM in the Chestermere Town Hall and as this meeting is specifically aimed at volunteers, if anyone would like to volunteer or find out more about the event, they should come along and chat to us. Prior to the next meeting, if anyone would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact Cathy Burness, who is the volunteer co-ordinator for the event. Cathy can be reached by emailing her at If anyone wants to register for the event, please go to to register.

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What do you get when you mix a love of reading, a love of dogs and the desire to help others? The answer is “Listening Tails”, a new charity launching in Chestermere with the object of helping children who lack confidence in reading out loud by having them read to therapy dogs in a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Inspired by programs such as “Reading with Rover” and “Story PALS”, Steve King saw that there was an opportunity to create something for younger children that had not been tried before in Chestermere. “I know how much I have learned over the years through reading and how much enjoyment you can get by losing yourself in a good novel,” says King. “I feel that children who struggle with reading are losing out so much I was determined to try and help them in a different sort of way.” Having become a certified dog trainer late in life, King, a lifelong dog lover, had become ever more aware of the various ways in which therapy dogs can help people and “Listening Tails” grew out of a faith that dogs could play a big part in helping children improve their reading. “Dogs are non-judgemental; they won’t criticize the child if he/she mispronounces a word and they love the attention they get when being read to. A true win-win situation,” says King. “When I first approached the Chestermere Public library with this idea, I did wonder what the reaction would be, but I was blown away by the positive reception the program received. The more I discussed the idea with other people, the more positive the feedback became,” says King. The children read to the dogs for 15 minutes once a week for six weeks. Chestermere Public Library is hosting the program and there is no charge to the families who would like to participate. To dispel any fears that some people may have about children interacting with dogs, King stresses the point that all dogs are carefully assessed prior to joining the program as well as completing a medical examination through a local vet. During the actual reading time, all the dogs are leashed and supervised by their handler, who themselves have undergone a police check. “I would like to thank everyone who has stepped up to help make this idea a reality; they are a great group of local dedicated volunteers who only want the best for the children of Chestermere,” says King. In order to grow the program, Listening Tails would be interested in meeting with anyone who would be interested in having their dog(s) assessed for the program or who have experience in canine behaviour/assessment. As a not-for-profit Society, Listening Tails is dependent on cash donations to run the program. Donations can be sent to the Chestermere Public library, clearly marked as a “Listening Tails Donation,” or you can donate on line by going to and select “Listening Tails” as your charity to support. If you would like to know more, please visit or call Steve on (403) 272-1623.

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Life Lines This monthly column by Joanne (Jody) Brown, MSW, RSW, is designed to help you make better connections, and live happier lives. Sometimes we just need to ask the question. You can learn more about her practice at www. or contact her at 403-983-2230 or NLP4you@ to book a free 30 minute consultation today.

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Dear Lifelines, As I get older and get out less, I find that I just am not as sharp as I once was. What can I do? Signed, Concerned Dear Concerned, As with our bodies, it’s also essential to keep our minds healthy through exercise and nutrition in order to get the maximum potential we can from ourselves. While you can check with your physician or nutritionist to see which foods provide the best nutrients for your brain, you can also experiment with brain exercises to see what specific activities might work for you. There are many ways to exercise our brains such as through computer brain games, socializing, hobbies, doing mental math, memory games, crossword puzzles, word searches, Sudoku, reading, writing a country song, board games (scrabble, clue, mastermind, boggle to name a couple), playing or learning a new instrument, writing stories and poems, strategic computer and board games (risk, chess, backgammon, battleship), card games, and so forth! See if you can incorporate one new activity every day in order to challenge yourself and feed your hungry mind. Lately there have been many applications made available for smart phones so that you can even feed your brain on the run. Why not try keeping a brain diary and see how you improve over time? Once you get into the habit of exercising your brain in a deliberate fashion, it might even become enjoyable! So crack open that dusty old thesaurus, grab your Rubik’s cube, join the local book club, visit with your neighbours and get your hungry brain a healthy fixing of comestibles. Good luck and stay sharp! Lifelines “We can start our day with the happiness of a smile and the aspiration to dedicate ourselves to the path of love and understanding. We are aware that today is a fresh, new day, and we have twenty-four precious hours to live.” Thich Nhat Hanh, from his book, Happiness.

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I AM A... Rooibos Tea Well, actually I’m not really a tea; I’m a bush, but people use me as a tea. You can use all sorts of plants and herbs as teas, so why not me? My name is “Barke” which means “blessings,” and I’m a small “Red Bush” and I live in Africa; Cederberg to be exact. Cederberg is near Cape Town, South Africa. I form a part of the fragile fynbos biome, which means I form a symbiotic relationship with local micro-organisms. Past attempts to grow me outside where I live, in places as far away as the United States, Australia and China, have all failed. We will only ever live in Africa, but that’s ok with us. Ke a go rata – I Love You, Africa. You’re probably wondering how on earth this whole thing started… and I’m going to tell you. You see, in the 17th and 18th centuries, European travelers and botanists visiting the Cederberg region in South Africa noticed us and in 1772 Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg noted that, "The country people made tea from a ‘red bush’.” The local people would climb the mountains and cut the fine needle-like leaves from my wild ancestors, then rolled the bunches of leaves into hessian bags and brought us down the steep slopes on the backs of donkeys. Our leaves were then chopped with axes and bruised with hammers, before being left to dry in the sun. We became more popular than black tea! In 1904, Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian/Jewish settler to the Cape, riding in the remote mountains, became fascinated with us, so in the 1930s he persuaded local doctor and Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Le Fras Nortier, to experiment with cultivating us and it worked! He grew my first cousins on the “Klein Kliphuis” farm. The farm became a tea farm, and within ten years, the price of our seeds soared to an astounding £80 a pound, the most expensive vegetable seed in the world. Since then, we grew huge in popularity in South Africa, and now you can buy me worldwide. I bet you can buy me at your local store and you certainly will when I tell you how amazingly wonderful I am for you! I am so wonderful for you, I’m just going to list all the good benefits so you can see what I’m

talking about. I am caffeine free; I grow naturally without any caffeine, which means I do not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink me including children & pregnant women and you can drink as much as you want. I contain powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in my leaves and they protect the body by fighting free radicals. These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilize themselves. My polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease. I prevent against some cancers, as some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is because of my high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) properties. This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer. I have a high mineral content and several minerals that are vital to health. These include: magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium & manganese (essential for strong teeth and bones), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen). I improve circulation because one of my many potent antioxidants is called chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. I’ve also been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. I can relieve stomach complaints because of my high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin. I have the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diarrhea and indigestion. Flavonoids are known to help to reduce spasms, inflammation and allergies. I can even alleviate colic in babies and because I’m totally caffeine-free, babies can drink me. I aide the absorption of iron because, unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, I actually support the body in absorbing iron. I can relieve skin conditions and help you look more beautiful! I contain phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation. I can protect against Parkinson’s/Alzheimer’s disease and protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This occurs when free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s. I encourage restful sleep because I can be consumed as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink me before bedtime as I can help with insomnia due to my high mineral content and lack of caffeine. I make people feel calm and relaxed.

Now, you can see I was not telling you a story; I would never fib when it comes to your health. The fun part, besides just drinking me, is just adding me to recipes. Yes, you read me right. Here are three of my favourite and most delicious recipes. You’re going to LOVE these!

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies ¼ cup sugar (white) 2 tbsp Rooibos tea leaves (about 5 tea bags) 1 vanilla bean, whole, ends trimmed, cut into segments 1 ¼ cup flour ¼ cup powdered sugar ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla 2 tsp milk ½ cup butter 1 ½ tbsp raw sugar Heat a small stainless steel pan over medium heat. When pan is hot, add rooibos leaves, and shake pan to distribute tea into a single layer. Toast for about 2 minutes, until tea is fragrant but not darkened. Depending on your leaves, this may happen much more quickly; watch it carefully. When leaves are fragrant, transfer them to a bowl and let cool for a couple of minutes. Combine the sugar, vanilla bean, and rooibos in the bowl of a food processor and pulse for about 2 minutes, until there are no chunks of bean left in the bowl. Add the powdered sugar, flour, and salt to the bowl and pulse a few times to combine. Then add the milk, vanilla, and butter and pulse several times, until a dough forms. Turn dough onto a very lightly floured surface, gather it together, and roll it gently into log 1.5-inches in diameter. Sprinkle turbinado (raw) sugar on a plate or work stew. The flavourful earthy Rooibos tea makes a unique broth that surface, and roll cookie dough log in the sugar, making sure to transforms plain meat and vegetables into a memorable wholesome cover the entire surface of the log with sugar. Wrap log in plastic or meal. wax paper and transfer to the fridge or freezer for at least 30 ¼ lb pork loin roast minutes to chill. (You can leave the log in the freezer and slice off 6 fresh sage leaves cookies one by one, whenever the urge strikes.) When ready to 3 tsp Rooibos Tea bake, turn on the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with ¼ small white onion parchment paper. Remove log from fridge or freezer, and cut 1 green onion, chopped 1/3-inch slices off the log, rotating the log as you go to ensure that 5 small new red potatoes cookie slices stay round. Transfer cookies to the prepared baking 1 Portobello mushroom cap sheet, leaving 1/2 inch between each (they don't really spread, but 2 cloves fresh garlic they need breathing room to crisp up). Bake for 12 minutes, until 1 tsp oregano cookies are just starting to brown. Leave on the cookie sheet to ½ tsp Thyme cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer to racks. Cookies will keep in ½ tsp black pepper an airtight container for several days. Makes 36 cookies. 2 tsp olive oil Boil 3 cups water, add tea leaves and let steep for 7 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves and pour tea into a sauce pan that has a lid. Add quartered potatoes, a dash of pepper, cover dish and let boil until The mild flavour and subtle sweetness of cauliflower compliments potatoes are soft. In a frying pan, place olive oil, cubed pork, white the herbal rooibos very well. onion thinly sliced, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 tsp oregano, dash of salt, and dash 1 tbsp loose-leaf Rooibos tea of black pepper. Lightly sauté meat and onions on medium-high heat. 1/2 cup boiling water Add pork, onions, and the juices they were cooked in, sliced Portobello 1 lb. cauliflower florets mushrooms, pressed garlic, chopped green onion and sage to boiled 2 cloves fresh garlic potatoes in rooibos broth. Reduce heat to medium and let cook with lid 1-2 tbsp butter on until meat is cooked through. Serve this savoury rooibos broth, milk or half-and-half, optional pork, and vegetables garnished with a handful of ground pistachio nuts Steep the tea in the boiling water for seven minutes then strain out and a side of thick crusty bread. leaves. Cook the cauliflower with the garlic and tea until the florets are very tender. Mash until smooth. Add the butter. If you prefer a There! Now I have shared some different way to make me a part of creamy rich texture add milk or half-and-half until it reaches your your life, besides drinking me every single day! desired consistency. You may also want to add a grated cheese of your choice. Ke a go rata, Barke

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1) Brute force and chemicals. We all know the spray-chemical-into-ovencavity-close-door-wait-then-scrub scenario. Sometimes this involved scrapers for those real stuck on stains. In many cases, with traditional ovens, we tried to save some effort by using a foil liner under the element. This shortened the life of the element but resulted in less time with ones head in the oven. The chemicals have improved from the old days where you had to aerate the house but it’s still not a real fun job. 2) Pyrolitic. This is a scientific way of saying incinerate, burn, cremate, turn to ash…you get the idea. By using very high heat (+500 C), the grime and stuck on stuff turns to ash. All you have to do then is wipe it out. This has a couple of drawbacks, 1) Very high heat – the oven door has to lock. There is a chance of being burned and a flash fire if you could open the door. 2) Takes at least three hours and the oven requires heavier insulation to protect the surrounding area from the heat. 3) ‘Steam’ Clean. This uses hot

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