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Spring is about de-cluttering and rebirth

Spring is about de-cluttering and rebirth

By Christie Mawer

Has anyone else noticed that no matter what season we’re in, we complain about how much work we have to do?  In fall it’s all those leaves we have to rake and work we have to do to make sure our homes are ready for the ravages of winter.  In winter it’s shoveling, sanding/deicing, praying our roof doesn’t collapse and, of course, all the holiday brouhaha.  In summer it’s yardwork, opening and closing the cottage and maintaining our toys. Continue Reading

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Reviewing our local authors: CHiP

Reviewing our local authors: CHiP

Review by Derek Donais 

CHiP: A Novel      
Aviva Bel’Harold
Orange Monkey Publishing
November, 2010   
ISBN: 9780981114415              

 ”… I had broken my motto, gotten involved, and in doing that I had misled them all. Promising them something I couldn’t give: hope for mercy. I was a monster.” —Teigan Doe

Aviva Bel’Harold’s most recent novel, CHiP, is a young adult offering that takes place in a future dystopia where Advanced Research in Micro Machine Biology—ARM for short—an enigmatic, yet increasingly powerful multinational corporation, is attempting to establish a worldwide presence. Continue Reading

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The Bad Kitty Mews: Men hate women, women hate men – stop the hate!

The Bad Kitty Mews: Men hate women, women hate men – stop the hate!

By Christie Mawer

When my last article on International Women’s Day was posted on Facebook our editor-in-chief made the comment that women are already confident enough which started a storm of comments yaying and naying that comment.  This inspired me to make further comments. Continue Reading

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The Mother Load: Written in wood

The Mother Load: Written in wood

By Lori-Anne Poirier

The empty cup crashes against the edge of the dining room table – my daughter’s way of letting me know she’s finished her milk.  Continue Reading

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How to be a Hot Fox: 3 reasons you’re not achieving your goals

How to be a Hot Fox: 3 reasons you’re not achieving your goals

 By Lynnell Ible

We are halfway through march and I know that you are thinking about spring, getting outside more and enjoying the sunshine we have missed so dearly over the winter months.

I also know you would like to be able to wear shorts or a sleeveless shirt but the thought of sharing your bare arms and thighs with the world makes you cringe and wish winter would last just a little bit longer.

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The Bad Kitty Mews: Has an international women’s day made a difference?

The Bad Kitty Mews: Has an international women’s day made a difference?

By Christie Mawer

This week was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  It’s so cool that we have such a day.  However, as with any other special day (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and so on) the question becomes why can’t we celebrate and honor the same thing every day?  With Womens’ Day, there is another question as well – has it made any difference? Continue Reading

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How to be a Hot Fox: I know I’m fat but you don’t have to point it out

How to be a Hot Fox: I know I’m fat but you don’t have to point it out

By Lynnell Ible

Being fat sucks! Avoiding the mirror, covering your body in shapeless clothes, hiding from the camera, these aren’t things that make us feel better about our weight.

And sometimes the men in our life just don’t get it. They don’t understand how it feels to be overweight, they make comments thinking they are helping when, in fact, their comments hurt and leave us reaching for that big bag of chips for comfort. Continue Reading

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The Mother Load: Lessons from my grandmother

The Mother Load: Lessons from my grandmother

By Lori-Anne Poirier

It wasn’t until I became a mother, four short years ago, that I really identified with my maternal grandmother. Continue Reading

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Keep your kids safe online with our parent checklist

Keep your kids safe online with our parent checklist

By Kelly Martin

I’ve recently seen on the news that parents and their children are unaware of what is being shared over the Internet.  As a parent, it’s important to me that our kids are being safe online. Here are the top things parents must be aware of and where to check to ensure that everyone is being safe. Continue Reading

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The Bad Kitty Mews: See It, Believe it, Create it

The Bad Kitty Mews: See It, Believe it, Create it

By Christie Mawer

Last year HBO made a movie based on the life of Temple Grandin.  It won a lot of awards and gave the subjects of autism and the humane slaughter of animals a lot of press.   Continue Reading

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