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Writer's Bloc

Stress, the silent threat

Aug 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Michael van Soest We all experience stress and we all experience it differently. Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences —...

Picking teaches life lessons

Jul 17, 2020 / 11:44 am

By Raina Dawn Lutz Picking fruit used to be a rite of passage for young people in the Okanagan. It can be again; this year, it needs to be. Farmers got hit hard...

Going to the birds

Jul 3, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Dianne Bersea What do you do when a pandemic shuts down your normal activities? You put on your walking shoes, grab your binoculars and go birding —...

Hwy expansion way behind

Jun 19, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Greg Kyllo The first of three phases of the long-awaited Salmon Arm West highway expansion project has finally gone to tender – three years behind...

The secret I heard last night

Jun 15, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Rabbi Shmuly Hecht An Open letter to my beloved community: Long ago, when I just started on my way, There was light, I felt Joy, It was a time I called...

America has lost its way

Jun 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

By David Crawford At the end of the Second World War, during the Nuremburg war crime trials, it was learned how soldiers and guards at extermination camps felt...

Small business is key

Jun 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Greg Kyllo Over the past few weeks, we have heard a great deal of talk about economic recovery and the government's re-opening plans in British Columbia....

Oil is NOT dead

May 22, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Tim McMillan Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May recently said “oil is dead” and her “heart bleeds for people who believe the sector...

500-year-old plague advice

May 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel It has been said that there are no atheists in a fox hole, and I can’t help but wonder if we on planet Earth aren’t in a...

A deficit of empathy

May 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Matthew Rigby Never. That’s how often you should read the comment section on a parenting blog. This is probably true at the best of times, but I think...

Family escapes to Canada

May 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel A threatening letter anonymously sent warned the Gonzalez family that they were targeted for kidnapping. It was the last straw, and so...

Helping hands in a crisis

Apr 24, 2020 / 4:30 pm

By Dorothee Birker It’s National Volunteer Week and there is no better time to acknowledge the value of volunteerism than right now. Volunteers are the...

Travel amidst COVID-19

Apr 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

By Rachela Pollock The current state of travel is something that we have never seen before. COVID-19 has brought travel across the world to a shattering halt,...

The impact of isolation

Apr 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Fiona Patterson Upon my return to my practice after the spring break that never was, I found myself asking the same simple question to my clients: what is...

Pregnant in a pandemic

Apr 13, 2020 / 7:43 pm

By Kate Dalton Pregnancy is difficult at the best of times, let alone during an international crisis. They say expectant mothers get this radiant glow, but...

How's your immunity?

Apr 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

Looking at our immune system holistically By Raina Dawn Lutz Our immune system. Our food intake and diet. Our digestion and our stress levels. So many...

No longer winning

Mar 31, 2020 / 4:00 pm

By Matthew Rigby I’m not sleeping well, friends. All this past week I’ve been receiving thoughtful messages asking how I’m doing. And...

Keeping anxiety in check

Mar 28, 2020 / 4:00 pm

Managing stress during these challenging times By Jennifer Kirkbride As a clinical counsellor, I want to contribute what I can during this challenging time. I...

Hey, look out for me!

Jan 31, 2020 / 6:00 am

By John O’Flaherty Hello, I am a school bus. I am big, yellow and black, and I carry children to and from school. I have red lights flashing both front...

Practising the pause

Jan 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

By Matthew Rigby You need to take a moment. I know, I know. You don’t have a moment. You’re multitasking. You’re stressed. All of life’s...

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