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Friday, February 12, 2016      18 comments

Still officially on a Spark break with limited internet time/access: sticking to the program although it's not possible to track "officially"! Nothing like pre-planning: that truth is brought home to me get again!!... Read more

Gratitude and Envy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016      23 comments

Thinking about a recent article on Oliver Sacks in the Globe and Mail: famous neurologist renowned for his work on Parkinson's in particular. And for his non-scientific writings too, including reflections prior to his death after he'd received ... Read more

Taking a Spark break

Sunday, February 07, 2016      24 comments

May not be present much over the next little while. But will be back!... Read more

Nancy Lamott: We Can Be Kind

Saturday, February 06, 2016      22 comments

Just discovered Nancy Lamott -- and her iconic delivery of a great song, "We Can Be Kind".
BxR92LfcOMo The older I get, the more I value kindness. Way more important than intelli... Read more

Rebel relaxes a bit???

Friday, February 05, 2016      26 comments

OK then -- didn't mean to imply by yesterday's rebellious blog about mandatory professional education updates that I don't enjoy learning. I do. Read constantly. Engage in professional boards. Prepare stuff for others in relation to t... Read more

Mandatory Professional Education

Thursday, February 04, 2016      25 comments

OK then -- many of us have workplace and professional requirements for ongoing updates --so many hours a year of education/retraining. And I get why it's important. And I'm grateful that mostly I can do this "on line" rather than havin... Read more


Wednesday, February 03, 2016      28 comments

I'm so glad that some at least of the new research indicates that coffee has health benefits. Because -- and even though many Sparkies here have left coffee behind -- I'm still very smitten. Keurig coffee (flavoured or plain); Columb... Read more

Groundhog Day . . .

Tuesday, February 02, 2016      24 comments

It's mild and drizzly here, lots of puddles. Snow banks have receded, squirrels and birds are pretty active, and Charlie muddy when he comes in from the back yard. The forecast calls for some sun later. Potential, then, for the groundhog... Read more

Good Germs!

Monday, February 01, 2016      22 comments
time-to-embracethem/article28459226/ OK, most of us have got the message: every illness doesn't require a... Read more


Sunday, January 31, 2016      22 comments

Quite a number of us here -- ONEKIDSMOM, SLENDERELLA and others -- have been writing about balance. And feeling "off balance". To which I can only say, "Me too." Having a hard time staying on track. And feeling motivated. Despite... Read more

Genetic Behaviourism

Saturday, January 30, 2016      25 comments
nce-of-genetics/article28462603/ For a very long time I've believed that personality and behaviour is highly influenced by genetics. That we inherit our height or o... Read more


Friday, January 29, 2016      30 comments

I'm with Edith Piaf: "Je ne regrette rien". Or try, like her, not to regret anything. Regrets, I've had a few, but far too few to mention . . . . Still, yesterday's Yahoo article of five regrets people experience on their deathbeds -- co... Read more

What Happens When You Get Near Goal Weight? SPT

Thursday, January 28, 2016      22 comments
blog/ OK, I think this is one of Susan Peirce Thompson's most interesting vlogs yet: a topic dear to the heart of all MAINtainers, namely, "What Happens When You Get Near Goal Weight?" SPT's... Read more

Fascinating Responses: LCHF

Wednesday, January 27, 2016      21 comments

No question, lots of people here are experimenting successfully with intermittent fasting and eliminating flour/sugar approaches to dealing with insulin -- all related to the leptin issue. And there's clearly no "one right way" but a whole ... Read more

Insulin and Fasting

Tuesday, January 26, 2016      23 comments
sting-makes-you-thin.html Interesting article in yesterday's Toronto Star focusing on the "intensive diet... Read more

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