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For the past few months I’ve been writing regularly for Canadian Grocer, a national trade magazine. Within the last three issues I’ve covered the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards (August), the Canadian Grocer Star Women Awards (June/July) – recognizing some pretty impressive leaders in the grocery industry – and a special report on new products in the cleaning category (May). This month I’ve also added a couple of new clients to my roster, with readers at both ends of the spectrum (small kids, and highly educated M.D.s!). This job never, ever gets boring. Ever.

Calories and Crisis

Do you enjoy a hearty portion of food TV? If you serve yourself cooking shows on a regular basis, beware of the potential impact it can have on your BMI. You may benefit from a few insights and health tips in my new article, “Are Food Shows Causing You to Gain Weight?”, published on the Best Health website. And in the July/August issue of Zoomer magazine, I explore what it means when your partner has a mid-life crisis. Must it wreak havoc on your relationship… or might it bring renewal?

Typically I’m working on magazine stories long before they are published, so I’ve had a while to get excited about the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, which will be hosted in Toronto starting this week. Months ago I was writing an article for OWL magazine exploring the games, the individual events and even some of the athletes. My feature, “PanAm Games Preview,” appears in OWL’s June issue. (And in case you’re wondering, yes, I have bought my event tickets!)

Want to extend your life to 120? Almost 60% of Canadians say they would, if science allowed it. In the new June issue of Zoomer magazine, my feature “You Will Have a Long and Happy Life” explores some fascinating – and rather zany – ideas and innovations for adding years to your life. (One takeaway message: Just say no to cryo!) In the same issue, I explore the issues faced by cancer survivors who are ready to get on with the rest of their lives. And then there’s rice. Health food, or glycemic nightmare? Get the goods in this edition of Zoomer!

I’ll bet that got your attention. I’ve started writing for The Mid, a humour site for parents who grew up in the eighties and are now raising their own school-aged kids. (Note: I should probably say “humor,” not “humour,” as this website is based in the U.S.) One of my first The Mid stories outlines the strategies I’ve been applying to try to keep my teenager from abusing drugs and alcohol. The jokes may be funny, but the advice is real! Check the story out here.

Do you post photos of your kids on social media? Is it a brilliant way to keep in touch, or an extraordinarily bad idea? In the newest edition of Parents Canada magazine, I share my opinion about why I’m all for Facebooking your baby’s photos – as long as it’s done with thought and care. Read both sides of the issue here.

And if all that debate is making you hungry, head over to the Best Health website for my recent article on cooking oils. Which ones are healthiest, which ones are hyped, and how can you get the most out of the oils you’re using in the kitchen? You’re sure to learn something new here.

Worried you may be holding onto a little too much stuff? Has the word “hoarder” crossed your mind? Help yourself to the May issue of Zoomer magazine. My story, “Let It Go,” has tips for getting rid of what you don’t need – and warning signs that you might need extra help with your extra stuff.

Plus in the Spring issue of U of T Magazine, I share fascinating new research about what might be causing many cases of dementia, and how it can even be prevented.

Last but not least, thank you to everyone who has been ordering copies of my new book, Magic Moments: Twelve Little Stories About Disability, Family and Fairly Normal Life. I also want to issue a special shout-out to the reader who posted the book’s first online review! You can read this customer’s lovely five-star review here.

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