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For me, this time of year is one of reflection. Not so much on what I want to do in the coming year, but who I want to be. I’ve never been much for New Year’s Resolutions, although I do often do up a list of goals and things I want to accomplish. But more […]

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Like most North Americans, I have a lot of stuff. Like most North Americans, most of my stuff is precious. However, some is unwanted, some is disorganised, and some comprises unfinished projects that haunt my psyche and stress the Fire Marshall. For various reasons, I find that the degree of mental discipline required to independently […]

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I’ll soon be interviewing to fill a position here at Seabuckthorn International, and there’s one question I won’t be asking the applicants: Tell me your biggest weaknesses. I sometimes lose focus in hostile environments, my attention to detail can become a liability in certain circumstances, and while I work well independently, I find it challenging […]

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Remember the 80s movie Big? In it, a 13 year old boy makes a wish to be ‘big’, and wakes up an adult. In the movie, the experience was fun, embarrassing, and understandably traumatic. Imagine a magic hockey helmet that could instantly make you 10 years older? Sound fun? Well as youngster Miller Donnelly explains […]

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What’s a pretty girl like you studying math for? No, no-one’s ever said that to me. But someone said it to Danica McKellar, actress on TV’s The Wonder Years, while she was getting her math degree at UCLA. According to this recent article, Ms McKellar’s passion is acting, but she has a real talent for […]

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In six months, I went from doing battle with my reluctant dog in order to bathe her, to having her rush to the bathroom and leap into the bathtub when it looked like she was going to get a bath. It all started when my 70 lb very active shepherd/lab cross got sprayed full in […]

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According to this article, published in 2005, the National Institute of Mental Health says that in any given year, nearly 19 million adults in America have a depressive illness – more than 9% of the population. Only 23% of sufferers get any treatment at all, and only 10% receive adequate treatment.

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Alexander Kuzmin, 33, is an oil engineer and businessman who studied business administration in Canada. He’s also the mayor of Megion, in the Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia, where he’s 1.5 years into his term and determined to improve efficiency in part by eliminating the language of negativity.  The list of banned phrases includes: §         I […]

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A while ago, I came across the most amazing story, of Priscilla Houliston and her husband Morton, who are cycling around the perimeter of the continental United States, to raise awareness of the importance of daily exercise. Priscilla, who had struggled with her weight for most of her life and as of May 2006 tipped […]

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