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Hiker Girl in a Fur Hat on a Cliff
After the jacket, the hat is an absolute must-have for winter, a great way to keep warm when the mercury drops. Some people, however, are reluctant to cover up their noggin when the chill hits, not wanting to mess up...
Julie photo JJ RBC 09
Almost everyone uses Julie Cole as an example of someone who pushes life to its limits. It’s not just because she has six kids (yes, six) or is a co-founder of the wildly successful Mabel’s Labels company, it is that her energy and enthusiasm is a constant force whether it is in her family, business or blogs. Emma: I have to get the most obvious question out of the way. Six kids? Why? Julie: I didn’t set out to have six kids; we knew we would have more than two. And after each kid came along we thought this is going well, let’s have one more. We both come from...
Discover-The-Art-of-Greek-Hospitality-
“An act of hospitality can only be poetic”—Jacques Derrida When was the last time you had strangers over for dinner or to spend the night? As far as I can remember, I’ve never done such a thing, and I don’t think many people have. Why not? Probably because it’s not part of our upbringing or culture. On the other side of the pond, however, philoxenia or Greek hospitality is tradition, often described as “love of the stranger.” Back in the days, hospitality was a religious obligation associated with charity. It was a social obligation you couldn’t say no to, something you did without thinking twice. Nowadays, being hospitable is a...
How To Play a Role In Supporting Heart Health
Heart disease is a health concern that has touched many families. You may wonder how you can help sponsor the research that provides hope and solutions for those people who need support. Below are five ways to get involved from donating time to donating money—choose from make a one-time contribution or become a regular volunteer. Donations: You can choose to donate in a few ways, all available on-line. You can make a one-time donation or be a regular contributor. You can also choose to make a “celebration gift” for a special occasion such as someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary and you can also make an “In memoriam” gift in the...
Andrea Tomkin
Andrea Tomkins, better known as Miss Fish to her loyal readers at A Peek Inside the Fishbowl was one of the first “mom bloggers” to hit the World Wide Web. She started journaling her life as a new mother in 1999, a time when few of us even knew what a weblog was. Since then she has grown her readership and freelance business while at the same time raising her two daughters and dog in Ottawa. Emma: You are known as a passionate Ottawa blogger with a tight community. Why is that? Andrea: I do write about getting out in Ottawa a lot. I’m an advocate for getting out with...
When Friends Help Us Live Healthier
The first day I met Sofia, she walked into my yoga class one morning, rolled out her mat, introduced herself to me and said she was there to be “more flexible” and to “learn to relax”. It was her first class, ever. Although she struggled through most of the poses and, within minutes, had beads of sweat on her forehead, she finished the hour. Something was motivating this woman! A couple of days later, Sofia surprised me and returned to the gym, but this time to one of my fitness classes. “I want to be strong,” she told me, “for my heart” and then, “I really want to be around...
Greek Coffee
When I travel, I like to try typical local foods and attempt to adopt the culinary traditions of the country I’m visiting. To become even more immersed in the culture, I also try to get a feel for the pace and lifestyle of the locals to better understand the country and its people. Unfortunately I haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit Greece, but I had fun researching the distinctive features of the Greek lifestyle so that I could present them to you here. Let’s take a quick look at what I discovered. A typical day in Greece starts very early, i.e., around 7 a.m. after a quick breakfast. The...