“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
Do you have a passion that drives you, fills your days, and is often top of mind for you? Is your job or career your passion? Was raising your children your passion? When younger, was it a sport or hobby that you pursued with dogged determination? Or is volunteering your passion? Volunteering with an organization that you believe so strongly in that you gladly dedicate hours of your time helping that organization? Continue reading Finding a passion→
Don’t you just love the autumn time of year, the way the colours of the trees and shrubs make such an impact on our beautiful landscape? Gone are the stunning displays of the annual flowers and the perennials; now is the time for the oranges and Aztec colours. The autumnal period has moved into our lives.
With all this in mind, my thoughts always turn to what is ready for harvest in the garden. The fresh spring cabbages and early-harvesting foods have all gone, but that leaves this period open to Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cauliflower, squash and a good deal more. That being said, what to do with this bountiful crop? Continue reading Roast the bounty from the garden, then savour its splendour→
Lyme disease, carried by black-legged ticks, is on the rise. It can have a serious outcome. Protect yourself with socks, light-coloured clothing and bug spray armed with 10 per cent Deet, or higher.
As the warm days of summer begin to fade and thoughts of autumn leaves replace them, we tend to forget about the annoying and dangerous presence of insects. This was a very good summer for (lack of) mosquitoes, allowing us to truly enjoy outdoor activities. Continue reading Be on the safe side with insects→
Can’t stand the odour of artificial air fresheners? You are not alone. Nor are you crazy. The toxic chemicals they contain can cause all sorts of allergic reactions in sensitive people – in addition to cancer, early puberty, autism, birth defects, as well as reduced lung function and increased asthma rates.
Artificial air fresheners contain phthalates, now being phased out in the manufacture of children’s toys in the United States due to these concerns. There are over 350 different chemicals and allergens in these products, including benzene, formaldehyde and the above-mentioned phthalates. Continue reading Freshen your air – naturally→
A landmark international study shows how we can get started
It’s a prediction we are unlikely to have heard before. We, as individuals and as societies, can take action now to prevent or slow down the spread of dementia in our population – a looming opportunity that would mark a turning point in mankind’s search for ways to tame this feared disease.
In England last month the Lancet Commission – an international panel of prominent disease experts, released a landmark study, Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, to consolidate and bring more insight to the vast amount of information produced in recent medical research. The panel found that “huge strides” had been made in expanding knowledge of the disease. Continue reading It’s time to fight dementia’s onslaught→