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Of great interest

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

As the Roman Empire gained prominence and expanded, it exported the viticulture skills and vines it had received from the Greeks and Etruscans. The major wine producers of Europe exist today because ancient Rome spread these skills. Cato, Pliny, Columella, and Palladius give their readers a well-defined picture of how wine was a daily part […]

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Roll over Gutenberg

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 8:59 am   /   Columnists

Reading books helps keep you smart, right? Well, not according to a new study. In fact, you may be better off surfing the net. The Associated Press reported recently on a four-year study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on some 2,000 over-70 adults. The authors were trying to determine whether some common mental and social […]

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Feeling stronger every day

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 8:54 am   /   Columnists

My “gym sistas” and I are on a quest. All of us have come a long way, working-out, getting fit and building muscle. Age-wise, we’re all about the same vintage and face the same issues that have been assigned to people who are “our age”. Until very recently, like many of you, we bought into […]

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2017 All-Star Game

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

For the first time in several years, I really enjoyed the NHL All-Star festivities. I have read several reports on the All-Star contests, both pro and con. One of the indications that I took from the event was that the players were having a fine time. Of course, there were one million reasons why the […]

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A perfect companion

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Fermented beverages were preferred by early civilizations because they were safer for consumption than the water of the time, they were more nutritious, and (when consumed in quantity) they could have a psychotropic effect. The discovery of alcohol offered a “safe” alternative to disease-plagued water, which extended the lifespan of our ancestors, and gave rise […]

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Learned behaviour

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Common wisdom dictates that when a child throws a temper tantrum, the best course of action is to ignore the behaviour; to avoid any response that could be perceived as a reward for behaving badly. The same advice is often used for dogs, whose psychologies aren’t too different from our own, in some ways. Any […]

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One hundred and fifty

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

So, this is the year Canada celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth birthday. In good conscience, I don’t think I will feel right celebrating Canada Day the way I have in the past. In the last decade or so, I’ve felt that Canada Day was a bit like thumbing our collective noses at the First […]

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A Political Football Game

Posted: February 3, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

The Super Bowl (Version LI) is happening just four days from now. Canadians watch in big numbers: the audience for last year’s event was estimated at over nine million, with over 20 million of us tuning in at some point. And this year we are going to watch it for a special reason. We are […]

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A fine achievement

Posted: January 27, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in London in 1969, as a training school for wine knowledge and service. It offers four levels of wine knowledge from the basic entry level to the stratospheric Master Sommelier diploma. There are only two hundred and thirty-six individuals who have acquired this prestigious award, which allows them […]

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Black and white and red

Posted: January 27, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

US politics, there is a hallmark issue upon which leaders have been taking a hard line. It is an emotional issue that leads to horrible, irrational behaviour, but somehow it all ends up black and white. When the Roe v Wade decision came down on January 22, 1973, the highest court in the land determined […]

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