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Coffee definitely has its perks

Boy, do we love our coffee. For many of us, it’s what starts our day and provides that perfect mid-afternoon break. It’s so popular that there’s an entire culture based around it – just look at all the coffee shops out there. But do we really know what we’re getting out of it? There are […]


2016 is the year of the pulses

It’s about time – and long overdue – but finally, after years of being overlooked, the small but mighty beans that we often refer to as pulses have been spotlighted for their amazing nutritional attributes. What is most impressive is that these dried seeds from the legume family, including chickpeas, lentils, dried beans and peas, […]

Time to start preparing for Canada’s 150th

Next year, 2017, is Canada’s birthday. We will be 150 years old! What does Canada mean to you? To me, being a Canadian is the most wonderful experience and I am proud to be a citizen of this great country. What about you, my fellow Beachers and East Enders – why are you proud to […]

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Feathered friend is back in his box

I’ll ask you all a question that people have been asking me for years: if you could have any wild animal live in or regularly visit your backyard, what would it be? A deer? They are certainly beautiful to watch, though I feel they’d do a number on my gardens. A bear? As exciting as […]

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Opa! ‘Greek Wedding’ is back

What is your favourite romantic comedy? If you’re Clueless about What Women Want, try a Roman Holiday. If you’re a Sleepless Trainwreck, have whatever Meg Ryan was having When Harry Met Sally. The ‘rom-com’ genre may have lost its popularity lately, but many of us are still Moonstruck romantics who fall for a funny love […]

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Eye on Business

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock might not wear Babsocks every day – dress socks that feature a graphic image of his face – but he says he appreciates what the East End socks’ creators are doing. “I’m glad someone out there’s got a little business going and they’re making a little money,” said Babcock […]

New spirits are worth trying

Spirit lovers rejoice: there are many exciting new spirits on the market, some just released, others about to be. Some may even be available at your local monopoly. From Bainbridge Organic Distillers out of Washington State comes the world’s first non-Japanese whisky aged exclusively in virgin Japanese mizunara oak casks. These casks hail from the […]

What is the nature of a blessing?

I am drawn again and again to the idea of blessing. It is a word that I often use to close an email message. Every time I type it there is a hesitancy, as I wonder if I am being presumptuous. Does it sound as if I am trying to bestow God’s blessings? A blessing […]