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My Big Fat Thanksgiving

Why my family plans Thanksgiving five months in advance

thanksgivingcook living ocondonwebFor most families, Thanksgiving is merely a holiday to transition into Christmas and eat your weight in flightless birds. Not for my family. I come from a place where a 38-pound turkey might not leave any for leftovers and where the pumpkin pie is worth getting into a fistfight over.

Since I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been our biggest holiday celebration. My mom and her youngest sister credit distance as the main reason. With most of my family living in, around and outside of Calgary it can be difficult to make it to see all members of the family at Christmas and it was decided early on that Thanksgiving was close enough to make it work.


Children of Alienation: The battle between feuding parents

Courts have no penalties for divorced parents who ignore child access rulings, leaving some parents with few options to see their kids.

Christine GiancarloParental alienation is a well documented but poorly-recognized form of child abuse. It happens when one parent denigrates the other in order to turn their children against that parent.

It's a serious issue because children alienated from a parent with whom they had a positive, loving relationship are more likely to be truant, drop-out of school, suffer poor health, and engage in at-risk, antisocial behaviours. The tragic result is known as Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS).


Journalism student reflects on how fitness saved his life

Max Foley shares how committing to exercise has had a positive effect on him as a person

rsz opening imageConsider this: Out of everything you've ever done — every habit you've established or kicked, every experience you've had, every memorable part of your life — what has changed your life the most? What has had the most positive effect on your life?

For me and countless others, the answer is exercise. Fitness. Athletics. However you label it, physical activity has changed lives for the better since the Greeks and Romans discovered the benefits of intentional exertion. Socrates said, almost 2-1/2 millennia ago: "No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable."


Calgarian Trinity Tratch representing city at War Amps CHAMP seminar

Teenage amputee has achieved great success despite disability.

IMG 9292It's fair to say that some of us take the simple task of walking for granted.

For others, like young Calgarian Trinity Tratch, it represents a difficult challenge to overcome. The 15-year-old wears prosthetics on his two legs to assist him everyday with walking. He is an below-right-knee and above-left-knee amputee.

Along with trying to deal with the physical challenges that come with being an amputee, Tratch says it's a challenge to deal with the constant questions he faces from people that may not understand what he is going through.