Winter’s coming; I think I’ll stay indoors and pick plums. I found it inspiring to work on a how-to piece about growing your own tropical fruit inside your home. It’s easier than you might think. And who wouldn’t want fresh, tree-ripened, organic produce in the middle of the cold season… especially if the attractive plant also adds to your living room décor? My article, “Juicy Little Secret,” appeared in the September 23 issue of The Globe and Mail. An online version of the story is here.

If you’ve got kids, you’ve got calendars. It’s back-to-school season, and with it comes an array of new extracurricular activities. But how do you know what’s best, and how do you avoid overscheduling your kids? What should you pick? If you ask me, you should pick the September issue of Alive magazine and read my article, “Balancing Kids’ Extracurricular Activities,” for expert advice.

And if you’re finding it hard to read all those notes the school is sending home, don’t miss my story “Now Read This” in the September issue of Zoomer magazine. Learn about some of the cool new options for correcting reading vision. They’re a lot hipper than holding printed material at arm’s length!

Grocery List

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.


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