Ice bath

By Laurie Sweig I’m seeing quite a few social media posts with people sitting in incredibly cold water. Sometimes it’s a bathtub full of ice, sometimes it’s a chest style freezer full of water or…

A story behind the storybooks

By Jim Poling Sr. There is a story behind every published story, and a really interesting one behind Treasures from the Deep, a new children’s book by Minden-area author Irene Davidson Fisher.Treasures from the Deep…

Balance test

By Laurie Sweig Stand on one foot. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Hold that position as long as you can. Now, stand on your other foot. Is that harder or easier than the…

Broken bricks, twisted timbers

By Jim Poling So many people are dying in California.Almost 30,00 people in the state have died from Covid-19. Three dozen or more perished last year in the state’s 9,000-plus wildfires. Then there’s the roughly…

Magnesium’s magic

By Laurie Sweig Our bodies require both macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to function.  When we’re lacking in any one of the nutrients the body cannot perform optimally. All of…

Bright days and deep lessons

By Jim Poling Sr. This first full week of the New Year is the most important week of the year.It is the third week following the winter solstice, a celestial phenomenon during which we turn…

Call a friend!

By Laurie Sweig Welcome to 2021. It’s a new year. For many there’s a feeling of starting anew. Making commitments, setting goals. I always find it exciting to set out a plan for a change…

O Holy Night

By Jim Poling Sr. My most cherished Christmas moment comes when I sit quietly and recall the Christmas Eve when I heard an angel sing.Fresh-fallen snow protested beneath my gumboots breaking trail down the unploughed…

The trees of hope

By Jim Poling. Sr. It’s time to hike out to the shed and fetch the artificial Christmas tree.It is not a huge task. Wrestle the box off the top shelf, pull out the three tree…

Comfort Zone Part 3 – Nutrition

By Laurie Sweig This week’s truth is: You are what you eat. That goes along with the statement “garbage in, garbage out.” I apologize for being harsh but the facts are the facts. Our bodies…

Canada’s lost humanity

By Jim Poling Sr. One delight of living in Vancouver many years ago was dinner at the On On restaurant in Chinatown.The food was fabulous and plentiful, and sometimes we walked it off with a…

Size doesn’t matter

By Jim Poling Sr. The next time someone calls you a bird brain, take it as a compliment. That’s become a cliché as scientists discover more evidence that birds are smarter than we believe.Birds do…

Comfort zone

By Laurie Sweig The term comfort zone is used quite a bit these days. One definition I found for it is: A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.…

America and The Old Man and the Sea

By Jim Poling Sr. My fingers caress a well-aged copy of the novel The Old Man and the Sea. I thumb to the first page.“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff…

Laughter in the gloom

By Jim Poling Sr. Late autumn can be a depressing time. Early November sunshine and warmth give way to cloud and cold. It’s a down time waiting for good things to begin – things like…

Burpees – revisted

By Laurie Sweig I have written about burpees in the past. They still are not a favourite exercise for anyone that I work with. I’m hoping that by changing the way they are done, an…

A sad loss of trust

By Jim Poling Sr. It seems that you can’t trust anyone or anything these days. And, that has become a serious, but much overlooked problem for our so-called civilized society.A recent Pew Research Centre survey…

Improve your balance

By Laurie Sweig It’s getting cold outside. That means snow and ice are a reality in the not too distant future. Now is a great time to take your balance to the next level. It…

Control

By Laurie Sweig One definition of the word control is “to have power over.” Here’s a little secret for you … as living beings on this planet we have very little control over anything. That…

Worry over Frost Centre lands

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s official. The “For Sale” sign is up at the Frost Centre on Highway 35 just south of Dorset.Workers were out early last Saturday morning assembling a huge sign offering the…