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Supporting a friend with an eating disorder

posted Monday, February 26, 2018

by: in Mental Health / Self-Help

  This week (Feb 26- Mar 4) is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Despite popular belief, an eating disorder is not always easy to spot. There is a misconception that only thin people have eating disorders, but the truth is that you can have an eating disorder at any weight. In fact, people with bulimia […]

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A happy valentine’s day: Learning your partner’s “love language”

posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018

by: in Mental Health / Self-Help

Valentine’s Day often becomes more of an “analyze your relationship” day, rather than its main purpose of “show love to your partner” day. Stop analyzing and start loving! I recently read an edition of Gary Chapman’s ‘The Five Love Languages’. Through years of research, Chapman has identified five distinct ways to show love to your […]

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Quality Time Ideas for Active Couples on Valentine’s Day

posted Saturday, February 10, 2018

by: in Fitness / Health

When it comes to getting fit and healthy, most people tend to focus on New Year’s Resolutions or getting “swim suit ready”. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem to get much attention when when it comes to fitness and exercise. But how does that old saying go, “couples who work out together, stay together”, or something […]

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Snow Days

posted Friday, February 9, 2018

by: in Boomers

Abracadabra!, Hocus Pocus!, Alakazam, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Open sesame. A few magic words. But for ‘country kids’, the magic words were ‘snow day’.   In Durham Region once you get north of The Ridge, the weather is different in winter.  Usually, lots more snow.  In places such as Port Perry and Uxbridge a large percentage of students reach […]

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A standing ovation…sitting down.

posted Monday, February 5, 2018

by: in Humour in Life and Business

It’s amazing to think that for a small period in our lives we were applauded for bodily functions. Any parent remembers that agonizing time of encouragement and reward when our toddlers transitied from diapers to potty training. Have humans ever felt prouder of themselves? A small crowd gathered around to clap and cheer that you […]

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Mind Mapping: The best way to organize your ideas

posted Friday, February 2, 2018

by: in Mental Health / Self-Help

Mind Mapping is both a visual and written depiction of your thoughts and ideas. The practice was developed in the 1960’s by Tony Buzan, an avid researcher of the brain. In 2006, Buzan created the iMindMap– a software dedicated to capturing your mind maps electronically. Mind mapping is a form of self-expression, and although there […]

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Upcoming Events at St. Francis Centre in Ajax

posted Thursday, January 25, 2018

by: in Community

  tiff Ajax Film Circuit presents “The Divine Order”. Straining under the confines of her traditional housewife duties and the pervasive conservatism of her small Swiss town, Nora (Marie Leuenberger) reluctantly becomes the local face of the fight for women’s suffrage in Switzerland. The Divine Order charts Nora’s journey as she bands together with a rag-tag group […]

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Getting Through Winter with the help of the Toronto Maple Leafs

posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018

by: in Boomers

Winter is not my favourite season. Lots of times it’s beautiful to look at from inside but not as great from the outside. But what it does have going for it is hockey. In 1956 our family moved from England to Scarborough, Ontario. One Saturday we took the bus and subway downtown to Simpsons (before […]

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Productivity 101

posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

by: in Mental Health / Self-Help

I have to admit, I am obsessed with being my most productive self all the time. So much so, in fact, that I had to schedule relaxation time into my day…which ironically enough helps my productivity level even more. There are many books and concepts out there on productivity and how to maximize your energy […]

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Get Out and Enjoy Winter in Durham Region

posted Saturday, January 6, 2018

by: in Community

It might be cold outside, but there is so much to see and do this January in Durham. From ice fishing and tobogganing, to skiing and skating, winter in Durham is full of adventure! 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships The 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships come to the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa […]

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