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Downward Moose?

I was having a wonderful dream. I was playing tag with the squirrels and birds. Then after I had caught them all, all the neighbourhood boys and girls were admiring my wonderfully freshly brushed coat, taking turns rubbing my belly, scratching my ear and feeding me sweet potatoes. 

Imagine that was you for a minute. Your in paradise getting your belly rubbed…then suddenly your torn away from your dream to find dad has woken you up!

Looked like he needed some help stretching. He says he knows how, but he looked quite the amateur., so I tried to show him how it’s really done. I crawled off of the couch and showed him my ‘Go-To’. Can you guess what my “go-to” is? It’s called downward Moose. I’ve heard others call it downward dog, but that’s just some human trying to rebrand my work.

Dad was pretty bad at it, so I thought I’d help him by standing right in front of him to make sure he got the whole picture. He then said some people shouldn’t stretch even if they are tight, or do Downward Moose. Can you believe it?! Apparently he made a video on stretching your tight calf…(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhKY7hNNPyQ

Anyway, back to bed for me. Maybe you can rub my belly??


Its A Strange Old World: Bizzare News You May Have Missed

128 Hawaiian squid have been sent into space, joining a SpaceX mission to the International Space Station. The tentacled astronauts are being studied by scientists to further our understanding of how living things cope in space.

A man in Cornwall, England, had to be rescued during a day out at the beach after becoming stuck in a hole he’d dug in the sand. Thankfully, his fellow beachgoers were able to retrieve him safely.

Police in China are auctioning off 54 police dogs that have been deemed too friendly to work in the force. The canine constables are being fired for such misconduct as refusing to bite or having shy personalities.

A library in Massachusetts has had a number of books returned to them 84 years overdue. Somerville Public Library had checked the books out to Helen Godimis in 1937, not seeing them again until they were recently discovered in a box in her nephew’s basement.

Global Addressing and Life Saving Made Easier with Three Words

With smartphones and GPS mapping apps more ubiquitous than ever in our society, you may think that it’s never been easier to find a location. However, many of the most popular apps fall victim to one rather large problem, a hurdle many wouldn’t even consider until it’s too late: map apps usually rely on actual addresses.

If you get lost hiking in open country without a detailed physical map, you’ll soon find that your app provides little help. Away from the streets, most go-to GPS apps display an expanse of blank green pixels with few recognizable landmarks.

Stepping up to the stage is what3words. This app and website use a revolutionary new system, dividing the world up into three-meter squares and allocating three unique words to every single one. what3words has been saving lives since its inception eight years ago; in 2020, a group of walkers caught in a blizzard on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, were able to send their exact location to mountain rescuers with the words “tortoises,” “swarm” and “announce.” Elsewhere, coastguards have been able to find kayakers lost at sea and paramedics have been able to find the exact sites of crashes quicker than ever.

With more than four billion people worldwide living without recognizable pinpointed addresses, this simplified word-based system is also a way forward for groups marginalized by current mapping systems. With more than 130 employees and the app’s growing use among couriers and emergency services, what3words may become the default option for GPS maps in the future.


For the kind words!

“Dr Tanti is a very attentive professional who truly cares about his patients. He goes beyond and above to make sure his patients recover fast and are feeling well in the long run. In a non-creepy way, I swear he has magic hands and can put you back together in no time. Best chiropractic experience I’ve had in a long time. Also, I have to say that the front desk ladies are amazing. It’s very easy to book an appointment and the team is always willing to provide you with a great experience at the clinic. Two thumbs up!”

Mrs. Dantas


Worth Quoting

This month, some famous quotes on reading:

In honor of International Literacy Day in September, here are some quotes about books and reading: 

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Books were my pass to personal freedom.

Oprah Winfrey

To read is to voyage through time.

Carl Sagan

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King



What Underwater Sculpture Is Doing for Ocean Life

The concrete structures we humans create are all too often associated with an ugly and damaging imprint we’re leaving on the natural world. But British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor is proving that it doesn’t have to be that way, with his stunning underwater sculptures having a positive impact on the marine environment alongside their visual beauty.

Described as “ecological underwater art,” the sculpture gardens installed at the bottom of the sea in Grenada and Cancun show a wonderful symbiosis between humanity and the ocean. A collection of concrete figures built to represent people in the local community have been strategically placed on the ocean floor and, as the years pass, marine life grows on the surfaces of the structures, creating brand-new habitats for creatures of the ocean.

Nontoxic-grade cement was chosen for the sculptures, not only for its durability but also because the rough surface and small holes provide places for coral larvae, crustaceans and small fish to bed down and create their homes. The beautiful array of colors created by this “living art” represent the benefits the project is bringing to local marine wildlife and coral reefs. As well as providing a new space for marine life to bloom, crucially, the sculpture gardens are diverting attention away from nearby coral reefs, which are becoming critically endangered. Somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of the world’s reefs are believed to have died, with many marine biologists predicting they could be extinct by the end of the century.

Taylor took inspiration from his upbringing in Southeast Asia, where he’d regularly take trips to the islands in Eastern Malaysia and Thailand to snorkel among the coral reefs. Witnessing the true beauty of nature, Taylor set about creating an artistic work that could promote environmentalism and raise awareness of what we’re at risk of losing. The sheer beauty and ingenuity of this project brings a stark reminder of the delicacy of underwater ecosystems as well as inspiration for artists looking to effect positive change through their work.

I tried Calling Juan Ponce de Leon, but he wouldn’t answer

“Don’t get old”.

I hear this recommendation almost every week. The problem is, the alternative isn’t too great an idea. Even my wife’s opinion on getting old isn’t very good. I’m not sure about you, but I plan to live till at least 150. I think that gives me plenty of time to do all the things I want to do, and see what I want to see.

So what should you do to be able to ‘get old’, but at the same time feel young? Juan Ponce won’t answer when I call, so I can’t help you out with that option. 

Well, as it turns out that there are things that you can do to stay feeling young, vibrant, and healthy, and to continue doing the things that you love to do.

For example, you need to stay active. Did you know there are Canadian Activity Guidelines? Are you meeting the recommended MINIMUM levels of activity? Remember the saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it”?…I find this to be true the older a person becomes. This is why it is so important to stay active.

Go for a walk. Ride a bike. Take the dog out. Or the kids, or grand kids. Park at the back of the parking lot. Take the stairs. Join a gym. Take up a sport. Go for a swim. Aqua-size. Join a walking group. Go for a hike. The possibilities are endless.

Getting older isn’t for wimps. It ain’t easy. 

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to be as healthy as possible, maintain your mobility, strength and independence.

Grape & Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato 

Serves 4

4 sweet potatoes

2 cups seedless red grapes

1 teaspoon grapeseed oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 ounces goat cheese

Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg

2 tablespoons honey + extra for drizzling 

Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. With a fork, poke holes in sweet potatoes. Bake until tender, 45-50 minutes. Split the tops open. Let cool. 

Raise oven temperature to 450˚F. Lay grapes on baking sheet, add oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast until grapes begin to burst, 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cool.

When sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh with spoon, keeping potato intact. In large bowl, mash sweet potato flesh, 3 ounces goat cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper and honey. Scoop flesh back into potato skins. Warm up potatoes if needed, then top with remaining goat cheese. Add grapes, drizzle with honey and serve.

The Best On The Web This Month

20 Ways I’ve Simplified My Life


Modern life is full of all sorts of complications, whether it’s the endless stream of emails and texts to respond to, the multitude of companies vying for our attention or simply the accumulation of clutter as we move through life. The sheer number of distractions can cause confusion and affect your mental health, but thankfully this article provides 20 tips for bringing peace of mind through simplifying.


Borrow Books Again with Libby

Libby App

Libraries were once seen as the beating heart of public resources, yet the advent of the Internet has caused the concept of freely borrowing a book, journal or CD to fall into the background in recent years. Libby is an excellent new app available in 78 countries that shines a light back on the priceless treasure trove offered by public libraries, giving the chance to digitally borrow e-books, audiobooks and more from your local library for free.


7 Cocktails Inspired by Our Favorite TV Shows

Chloe Williams – Brit + Co

Chloe Williams at Brit + Co has come up with the perfect way to complement the thrilling experience of a great TV drama: 7 cocktails inspired by some of the best shows out there right now. From The Crown-inspired “Royal Dog” to “Polly’s Lament,” based on Peaky Blinders, have a read to get some inspiration for a tasty beverage the next time you open Netflix. 



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