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Brain Fitness: Building Happiness Neurons!!

Sunday, August 01, 2010      10 comments

A recent blog by PUDLECRAZY got me thinking about an article I'd read on new research in neuroplasticity: our brains have huge potential to to grow and change, even as adults. If you are interested in reading the whole article, here's the ... Read more

Coffee/Dog/Book or Tea/Cat/Movies?

Sunday, July 25, 2010      16 comments

A recent comment on WALKINGANNIE's Spark Page, following up on my "Ambrose the hero hound" blog: "I often think to myself that there tend to be coffee people and tea people; dog people and cat people; book people and movie/TV people: and I'... Read more

Can I Nominate My Official Best Dog Ever?

Saturday, July 24, 2010      9 comments

Really love ANNASBF's "Official Best Dog Ever" blog: here is the link, the wonderful story of her giant schnauzer rescue dog who rescued her and her two little girls from some pretty bad guys:
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In Recovery from a Specially Busy Time

Wednesday, July 21, 2010      10 comments

After a wonderful week of holidays (an outstanding creative writing course) my work has been particularly demanding in the last short while. All-consuming, actually: much much time plus much much emotional energy. I've worked right through s... Read more

Dessert in a Cup

Wednesday, June 30, 2010      9 comments

The number of calories -- and the quantity of fat and sugar -- in a number of popular cold summer beverages is pretty shocking, at least according to a recent article in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Gotta admit, I don't have these things often bu... Read more

Five Minutes Exercise a Day Controls Weight Gain

Wednesday, June 30, 2010      5 comments

That's what a recent article in the Toronto Star claims: and it's based upon Harvard School of Public Health research. Here's the link if you want to read the whole thing:
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Saturday, June 26, 2010      14 comments

Cautiously tried a run again today and yay! was able to trot around the track for a steady 30 minutes, wearing shoes and socks, and without any significant objection from my toe! This makes me very very happy indeed. (When I tried two we... Read more

Graduation: Taking Time to Celebrate

Sunday, June 20, 2010      16 comments

Our son's graduation this past week was a specially happy occasion: the weather was gorgeous all day; the university put on a wonderful garden party with a trio playing classical music and then a parade of the gowned graduands to Convocation Ha... Read more

Benign Smiles

Wednesday, June 09, 2010      15 comments

Received the path lab results today: there was a benign haemangioma (collection of blood vessels gone wild) under the toenail -- but not (thanks, SP Friends, for all the good wishes beamed my way) a melanoma. It was not nothing at all, a... Read more

Why I Don't Cook Much Anymore!

Sunday, June 06, 2010      13 comments

I posted this comment on GEODAWG's blog, in which she describes making 70 sandwiches for a graduation party (and regrets, no kidding, not having been able to lose a pound this past week): "It's so tough to be the lady having to deal with fo... Read more

"Oh what is so fair as a day in June?"

Friday, June 04, 2010      8 comments

The next line, as I recall, reads "Then if ever come perfect days." This is one of those poetry frags which sticks in my head -- and I can't find the source with a quick internet search. Or I'd credit the author of course! ( If any S... Read more

Gotta Toe the Line . . .

Thursday, May 27, 2010      14 comments

About a month ago my dermatologist saw something she didn't like on my big toe under the nail . . . and referred me to a surgeon for a biopsy, who didn't like it either. Today was the day for the procedure; I'm hopeful that the biopsy re... Read more

Victoria Day Verandah

Sunday, May 23, 2010      9 comments

Canadians honour our colonial past this weekend with a wink and a nod towards Queen Victoria on the occasion of her "official" birthday. Our May 24th long weekend is commonly referred to as the May two-four, and for many involves at least that ... Read more

May Snow and Chestnut Blossom

Sunday, May 09, 2010      11 comments

The rain on the roof which was so pleasurable Friday evening solidified into that four-letter white stuff mid-way through Saturday. And yes, my husband remained undeterred from his golf game, his foursome as dauntless as Shackleton venturing in... Read more

Canadians are Healthier and Cultivate Their Gardens!

Saturday, May 01, 2010      9 comments

A recent article in the Toronto Star says that Canadians are healthier and live longer than Americans. Here's the link if you are interested:
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