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Beware: churches want your organs

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Beware: churches want your organs

So I’m cruising through my morning paper when I spot one of those headlines you need to go back and read twice: “Church to hold kidney clinic.” And I thought … really? I received my last flu shot at the local drug store so I understand pharmacists will soon be performing more and more small […]

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Laughter Yoga – get in touch with your inner loon

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Laughter Yoga – get in touch with your inner loon

Would you drive seven hours from Northern Ontario to Niagara Falls just for a laugh? Kari Sterling did and she’ll no doubt do it again. As a devotee of the Laughter Yoga movement and a former mental health worker, Kari knows firsthand the power laughter has to break through to patients, to connect with them, […]

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Warning to seniors – mumbling can cause death

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Warning to seniors – mumbling can cause death

A long time ago when my mother came to live with me for a short period of time, we had some very testy moments. Margaret was 85 years old at the time and she had this harmless peccadillo … no, it was more of constant peculiarity … no, it was a bad habit … okay […]

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Dog that drives tractor into accident not charged

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Dog that drives tractor into accident not charged

I hate to say I told you so but … exactly four months ago I wrote about Eclipse, the black lab in Seattle who had been taking trips on the public transit bus all by herself. Not willing to wait for her lazy-ass owner, Eclipse was boarding a bus in front of the apartment building […]

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Pest control + humour

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Pest control + humour

Here’s how the world is supposed to work. Last fall I got a ‘pay up or else!’ call from a collection agency in Hamilton concerning a $100 debt owed to a pest control company in St. Catharines. There were missed messages and a mix up in which I thought I was owed an extra application. […]

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Deja vu – Cuban for Please God, not again!

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Deja vu – Cuban for Please God, not again!

Five months ago when I heard that President Barack Obama was normalizing American relations with Cuba I got this sinking feeling. It was like reading that Chris Brown and Rihanna were dating again. “No, don’t do it girl,” I wanted to yell, “’cause he knocked you around pretty good the last time you two hooked […]

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