Don’t get trapped in web of misinformation

More and more these days vets and other professionals rely on new technology to communicate with, and educate our clients. Our practice now uses a combination of email and internet technology for the majority of our communication and information sharing both with clients and colleagues. Gone are the days of photocopied handouts and lengthy answering […]

All the news, all the time – for free

A few months ago, The Toronto Sun (unsolicited by Dianne or me) began dropping its Sunday paper on our front porch. This works well because The Globe and Mail, which we do subscribe to, does not publish on Sunday. Since The Sun is – how to put it – not as sophisticated as The Globe, […]

Reduce, reuse and upcycle

Spring is the time when garage sales pop up like tulips and daffodils! They are great places to find all sorts of bargains, and a great way to recycle your ‘stuff’. I used to think I was ‘cheap’, but it seems that I am really actually ‘green’. Beach Metro News has listings for all the […]

Let go of stuff and open door to new spirit

The season of spring always heightens my awareness of how much I appreciate openness. I emote something positive when I see signs that say “Open for business,” or when I think about the ‘open road’ or hear the musical ‘heart beat’ intro to Tom Petty’s ‘Into the Great Wide Open’.  Opening buds and blooms, open […]

Glenn Cochrane: Where never is heard an encouraging word

Sturdy Gert McCurdy is just back from her old stomping grounds in the frozen north, and she is positively brimming with news. She was invited up to the town of Miserable Lagoon to officiate at a Polar Bear throwing contest which, as it happens, was won by a local athlete named Big Bad Eddie Warburton. […]

An early dispatch from the moon

“This place is the moon,” said an experienced civil servant to a room full of rookie MPs, myself included, gathered on ‘the Hill’ in Ottawa.  “Back home in your riding, that’s earth.” As this column goes to print I’ve made my third lunar landing since May 2.  My trips to date have been for the […]

Bottoms Up: Wine terms you should know

Here are some wine terms you may encounter on labels or in your wine tasting. Old Vines Occasionally a wine label will state that the wine within is made from old vines. Sometimes it’s right in the wine’s name like Old Vine Zinfandel. What up with that? After grape vines reach a certain age they […]

The Main Menu: For the beef eater on Father’s Day

Typically Dads enjoy beef. On Father’s Day (June 19) serve any one of these three recipes to please his inner meat eater. Of course, the premium cuts – strip loin and tenderloin – are delicious but costly. If you decide to splurge, buy the cuts from a reputable butcher and inquire about the length of […]

Today’s container gardens have so much variety to offer

Container plants have made the big time this year—literally. For me, the memorable part of Kate and Will’s wedding wasn’t the dress or even the sweet pageantry. It was those 25-foot trees in planters that turned Westminster Abbey into a leafy green park.     (Note for enviro-fans: My sources said the trees – English maples and […]