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A Search for Joy is a Search for the Truth is a Search for You

Are you happy? If you have the willingness and you have the desire to do what it takes to bring constant joy in to your perhaps drab existence,  I can tell you a way. It is not religion, it is not a healing retreat, you don’t have to go up a mountain and wait for an eclipse or a full moon, you don’t have to do a triple bonanza weight-loss toxic cleanse or a body-part enhancement, you don’t have to lay prostrate on the floor praying to your Almighty to come and deliver you although that will work in certain circumstances. It isn’t drugs or booze.

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Monday, November 12, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

John William Waterhouse: An Echo of Narcissus

A magnificent painting entitled Echo and Narcissus hangs in the Walker Art Gallery at Liverpool, U.K. Executed in the Pre-Raphaelite style by the English painter John William Waterhouse in 1903 it depicts Narcissus sprawled on the edge of a rock bank in the middle ground, admiring his reflection in the water. On the opposite bank in the foreground, a wistful Echo gazing across at him. She is suffering from what today is known as a wardrobe malfunction. Most becoming it is too, but as gardeners we are more concerned with a lack of narcissus blooms. True, at her feet, is a flourishing patch of yellow water iris – but no narcissi.

By Wes Porter - Monday, November 12, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Raisin toxicity kills

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday.  He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn’t call my emergency service until 7AM.

By Guest Column Laurinda Morris, DVM- Monday, November 12, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Why Muhammad Ali Couldn’t Sting Like A Bee

A patient of mine recently asked, “Why can’t you prescribe thyroid hormone to help me lose weight?” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard this question. In the past I always asked these patients whether they thought it was safer to drive at the normal 100 kilometers an hour (60 miles an hour) or faster. But now I’m going to ask them, “Why don’t you ask Muhammad Ali whether it’s a good idea?”

Good Dog pups help kids learn to read

imageJustin Ortiz sits on a rug in Room 202, Christy Crawford’s third grade classroom. “It’s 6 o’clock in the morning,” the 8-year-old tells Bodhi. “It is time to wake up.”

Actually, it’s 2:45 in the afternoon, and Bodhi, a 58-pound standard poodle, is awake and at work helping children improve their literacy. He’s listening to Justin read the children’s book “In the Morning.”

By Guest Column SHEILA CALLAHAN- Saturday, November 10, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Queen Rock Montreal

Those of us fortunate enough to have attended the theatrical screening of Queen Rock Montreal enjoyed a once in a lifetime thrill.  Not only did we did we get to experience the film on the big screen and with big sound, but we also got to view this fantastic concert with hundred of other Queen fans.
Now this film is available on DVD and you can watch it in the comfort of your own home.

By Larry Anklewicz - Friday, November 9, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

November Gardening

Finally fall arrives – in the gardening sense at least. November promises to be a busy month for the passionate gardener and all those truly devoted to pursuits horticultural. Warming both cheeks before the fire of life, as Lawrence Durrell once wrote.

By Wes Porter - Monday, November 5, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

Tigercity coming to Horseshoe Tavern

imageDo they love tigers? Are they fascinated with cities? Is their ultimate dream to find a universe where there is actually a city of tigers? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is all no.

“Actually, there is no significance at all. No importance… it just happened” Joel Ford, bassist for the disco-indie band Tigerctiy explained.

By Guest Column - Sunday, November 4, 2007 - -- Lifestyles

I Couldn’t Even Wipe My Bottom

Today thousands of patients are having hip and knee replacement surgery that allows them to return to a more active and pain free life. But what happens to the hip and knee can also strike the shoulder. So why is it that people are more likely to shy away from shoulder surgery when it can be a crippling condition?

Sinisterism - Secular Religion Of The Lie

Bruce Walker was kind enough to send me a copy of his book (V 3.0) and I have actually been reading it!  Note it is not a stale project, the current issue is version 3.

By Guest Column Malcolm Hedges- Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - -- Lifestyles