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Direct Answers – The Circus Comes To Town (Part 2)

[To view the original letter, please go to Last Week’s Column.] Dominique, last week you told us about your 40-year-old sister, a woman who comes in and out of your life heaping her anger and abuse on you. Your family always excused this as a “personality conflict” between you two, but you believe she checks…

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Moroccan Chickpea Sorghum Bowl

There’s nothing quite like a meal bowl, filled with the goodness of whole grains, pulses, and roasted vegetables. The flavors of Morocco—spice, lemons, and olives—shine through in this easy, nutritious bowl. It’s perfect for meal prep—prepare this vegan, gluten-free recipe and pack it up for several healthy meals all week long. Or serve it for…

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7 Basic Hacks To Simplify Your Life And Accomplish More Each Day

Life is fast moving and complicated. There’s a lot you can do to simplify your life and still get more accomplished. There’s an apparently endless supply of “hacks” online. There are hacks for work, your love life, exercise, and everything else under the sun. Making it through all of the hacks requires a hack of…

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10 Little Steps to Happiness

What is happiness? Happiness doesn’t mean being joyful or laughing all day long. Although happiness should be defined by each of us for ourselves, a general understanding of it could be having more good moments and memories than bad ones and having an overall feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment. So, how can we have more…

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Direct Answers – The Circus Comes To Town

I need your feedback regarding my sister. I am pretty confident she has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). If you look up the symptoms, she checks the box on every one: explosive irrational anger, neediness, fear of abandonment, erratic behavior, depression, problems with the law, etc. (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)

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Bee Balm – A Beautiful Garden Herb Called Oswego Tea

Bee balm is a perennial herb, Monarda didyma, that is native to North America. It’s a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Bee balm is a plant that grows best in damp habitats, adjacent to rivers and back waters, near springs and ponds. It is naturally found in wetland areas, thickets and fields. (Visited 68…

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Vegetable Stone Soup

This modern twist on the classic one-pot features fresh, late-summer vegetables, lentils, barley, and herbs. Vegetables are packed with a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals well studied for their role in lowering cancer risk. AICR recommends basing meals around plant foods and aiming to fill at least two-thirds of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole…

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March in The Flower Garden

Even in the smallest garden there is always plenty to do. March heralds the start of spring when plant growth in the garden begins to accelerate. Here is a handy list of vital jobs to be doing in the flower garden during March to help you keep on top of your gardening at the start…

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How to Create a Pet-Friendly Garden

Yes, you can have a beautiful garden to relax in and a place where your pet can run and chase squirrels. Here are seven ideas for designing a pet-friendly yard, from the garden and home improvement experts at Harrowsmith magazine. (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)

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How to Detoxify Your Home for Spring

Purging our homes of winter dust and gunk is a refreshing way to welcome the season. But to help you go beyond cleaning, Michelle W. Book, in-house holistic nutritionist at the Canadian Health Food Association, says there are three chemical-laden hot-spots in your home to look out for. These areas need a detox even more…

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Direct Answers – Chained to The Past

One issue has my wheels turning. My husband and I started dating 11 years ago. Five years ago we married. Our son was born two years later. Our relationship is good as far as we are both concerned, with the usual disagreements that are common among couples, but nothing that a little talking can’t rectify….

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Stages of Dementia in The Elderly

Dementia is a degenerative disorder of the brain. It mainly affects the elderly sections of the society. The symptoms are confused with the normal ageing process and are often neglected until the condition worsens. People above 65 years of age are particularly susceptible. (Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)

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Know Your Softwoods

This article discusses softwoods used in home furnishings. While they need more care and are high maintenance, they are also cheaper. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)

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Direct Answers – Bystander

I’ve been married to my wife 16 years, together for 17. We were both young, moving from place to place with the military. She was 19; I was 21. Now we have three kids, two teenagers and an about-to-be teen, I feel our love was at the surface, not a deep love sharing all the…

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Designing a Home That Heals

Home is where the heart is; peaceful, quiet and blissfully serene. A home that heals gives you love and vibrates with your energy, designing and decorating such a home comes naturally with the philosophies of ancient spirituality. (Visited 130 times, 1 visits today)

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Top 7 Benefits of Joining a Craft Group

We’ve been experiencing a craft renaissance in recent years. More than ever, crafters are pursuing a wide variety of crafts, have easy access to high quality materials, and realize the benefits of making crafts part of their lives. For many, making craft projects is a solitary activity, often enjoyed as a stress-reducer, a way to…