Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new level

The latest version of this popular and functional health tracker has a number of new features, including longer battery life

Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new levelIf you want to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions or seek a great health and tracking gift, check out the Fitbit Charge 3. This reboot of the tried and true offers a number of new features and enhancements, the biggest being that it’s now waterproof. You can wear it 24/7 except for when…

Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new level

The latest version of this popular and functional health tracker has a number of new features, including longer battery life

Waterproof Charge 3 takes Fitbit – and its users – to a new levelIf you want to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions or seek a great health and tracking gift, check out the Fitbit Charge 3. This reboot of the tried and true offers a number of new features and enhancements, the biggest being that it’s now waterproof. You can wear it 24/7 except for when…

How to avoid being the competent jerk at work

A "competent jerk" runs the risk of losing out on opportunities and being ignored

How to avoid being the competent jerk at workHow easy are you to work with? It's worth asking and, even better, checking. To paraphrase Bobby McFerrin of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (remember that tune?) fame: In every work day we have some trouble. When you're difficult to work with, you make it at least double for your colleagues. And if you're considered a…

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treat

Behaviour therapy is generally the most effective treatment for this type of personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treatDependency and co-dependency are psychological catch phrases that seem to come up a lot these days. It is common to hear these terms in every day conversations about relationships. But what is the actual psychiatric definition of a person who is dependent to the point of disorder? When does dependency change from being within the…

A sedentary lifestyle is worse for you than smoking

Leading a sedentary lifestyle is equivalent to having a major disease

A sedentary lifestyle is worse for you than smokingThe United States is considered a sports mad country. But the reality is that Americans enjoy watching sports, reading about them and talking about them. When it comes to the actual sweating part of sports – you know, participating – we’d rather sit on our couches, remote control in hand. As a whole, the United…

The clear and present danger of climate change

Who best to convey this message of impending calamity in contemporary society?

The clear and present danger of climate changeWhat’s the best way to ensure that humanity gets the severity of our impending climate crisis and acts to forestall or prevent its full-scale onslaught? The question is particularly pertinent given that the science is well founded and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is well informed – even while the oil and…

Christmas dream routes through East Germany

Erfurt, Potsdam and Rostock, in East Germany, rival many of their big city cousins, especially during the Christmas season

Christmas dream routes through East GermanyLike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, emerging from a world of black and white, East Germany has been transformed into a Technicolor version of its former self. While relatively unknown to those outside of the country, the cities of Erfurt, Potsdam and Rostock have been transformed into vibrant tourist hot spots that rival many…

Try Greek Salad with a Maple Twist

Greek Salad is one choice I might make when out for dinner or a quick lunch. But today, I thought, why not try to make it at home?

Try Greek Salad with a Maple TwistRomaine lettuce is one ingredient I love to use in many of my salads - in fact I truly enjoy a good Caesar as a side or main dish. However, with the E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated lettuce, my thoughts turn to another I enjoy - Greek Salad. This is one choice I might…

Shop local: the value of an enriched human nudge

To make shopping local the norm, we need to think less about transaction efficiency and more about enjoyment

Shop local: the value of an enriched human nudgeChances are you’ve seen or heard some sort of promotion about the value of shopping local – especially with so many of us in gift-buying mode now. Business improvement areas, chambers of commerce and other organizations tell us when we buy from shops near home, we’re voting for our community. The logic is generally sound…

VW Passat GT is more than a family sedan

In every way, it’s a mainstream family sedan and as comfortable and civilized as anything in this corner of the market – and it’s sporty

VW Passat GT is more than a family sedanAside from a minor – and welcome – blip with the CC version, Volkswagen’s Passat is arguably the most North American-flavoured model the company makes. It’s the company’s biggest sedan (for the time being), has the largest engine, has the most nondescript styling in VW’s entire lineup and is built in Chattanooga, Tenn. The aforementioned…

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posers

Teaching Country Dance for Beginners to actual rural folk proved to be an eye-opener

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posersBack in my not-so-halcyon days of youth and yore, when I practised the challenging social craft of ballroom dance instruction, I accepted a contract to teach 'Country Dance for Beginners' at a community centre in the small hamlet of Thorhild, Alberta. I had taught at various community centres in and around Edmonton to urban posers,…

Why Santa Claus matters, regardless of your faith

If we share peace and goodwill with others, we find them growing within us. If we share kindness, we become more kind

Why Santa Claus matters, regardless of your faithThough it’s technically the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ for Christians, many traditions merge to form what we call Christmas. Some traditions are indeed Christian but others aren’t. Some date from eras before Jesus was born and some are more recent. One of the most endearing today is that of Santa Claus, the…

How to shake off your Christmas stress

People who have a calm perspective make better decisions than those who are stressed. And stress behaviour is self-perpetuating

How to shake off your Christmas stressIt’s almost that time of year again – the shops are filling up, along with the roads, and people’s stress levels are increasing. Christmas is a time of tradition. Some people have huge family gatherings with relatives from all over the place, others prefer a quiet evening – fireplace, wine, blanket and time off work.…

Are you one plum pudding away from a Christmas meltdown?

The pre-Christmas preparation can turn the jolliest of elves into Scrooges

Are you one plum pudding away from a Christmas meltdown?I have a holiday cocktail napkin that reminds me to keep a sense of humour during the busy weeks leading up to Christmas Day. The napkin depicts a spotless 1950’s kitchen where a mother and daughter are preparing to take Christmas dinner out of the oven. The little girl looks excited about the feast ahead,…

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t like

Social and cultural change is most effective when it employs persuasion as opposed to heavy-handed tools such as censorship

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t likeThe removal from air play of the newly controversial 1940s hit Baby, It’s Cold Outside represents a noteworthy shift in the way media companies defend artistic freedom in the eight years since the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing was banned in Canada. The Dire Straits tune, a monster 1985 hit, was forbidden from broadcast…
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