This month saw the release of my first story in the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, the publication for the Canadian Society of – you guessed it – Medical Laboratory Science. My feature article, “Blood on the Move,” explores our healthcare system’s decision-making process when Canada’s donor blood supply gets critically low. It was fascinating (and reassuring!) to take a peek behind the scenes.

Optimism could be the theme of my two articles in the new June issue of Zoomer magazine. In this issue, I share hopeful breakthroughs about earlier cancer detection in “6 New Ways to Find Cancer Sooner” (page 53). Then I list six approaches that can increase your dining pleasure while you adhere to your pesky dietary restrictions (“Vive La Différence!”). Whether you’re on a low-sodium diet, you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome or you’ve been newly diagnosed with lactose intolerance, you’ll find helpful tips here, starting on page 56.

Learning Lessons

One of the many rewards of freelance writing is an opportunity to educate the next generation. My quiz in the May 2016 issue of OWL magazine, “Finding Inspiration,” focuses on biomimicry – clever inventions that copy nature. Examples include an invisibility patch for soldiers, inspired by the camouflaging abilities of the jumbo squid, and a self-cooling high-rise building, inspired by termite mounds! I’ve also contributed to a new Scholastic Canada book about consumerism that’s aimed at students. My piece discusses the lives of child garment workers. The book, called The Best Buy, is part of a Scholastic Canada series on social justice issues.

As I write in my opening paragraph: “One in five Canadians will experience mental illness at some point, and chances are good they’ll be on the job when they do.” If you have a mental health condition, how do you tell your boss about it? And should you? For insights from experts, check out my article “Should I Tell My Boss about My Mental Illness?” on the Canadian Living website.

I’m very pleased to announce that my Today’s Parent story, “More Than Able,” has been reprinted in the new April issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. I was delighted to get to know these four Canadians with disabilities, who spoke candidly about the joys and challenges of their parenting experiences. Now their stories will be spread even more widely.  (Speaking of kids, if you happen to have one, and you catch her doing the “What’s Your Planet-Saving Personality?” quiz in the April issue of OWL magazine, be sure to look for my byline!)

Want to straighten your crooked teeth, but less than keen on flashing a mouthful of metal to the world? These days there’s more to braces than traditional train tracks. Check out the new March/April 2016 of Best Health magazine for “Brace Yourself,” my article on orthodontic treatment options for adults.

If you haven’t stopped by my 50 Good Deeds blog in a while, perhaps it’s worth a visit. Recent posts cover a cheeky character who shaved off his epic beard for charity, research on empathetic yawning, and a teenager-inspired Valentine’s Day surprise for an older lady who’s young at heart. Come and be inspired!

Family Circles

Need tips for parenting? How about tips for dealing with your parents-in-law? Two of my recent magazine stories will help you with your family connections. My article on what to do when your toddler tells lies is in the February/March issue of ParentsCanada magazine. (Comforting news: fibbing at a young age is a sign of strong cognitive skills!) My story on why you need your in-laws, and how you can improve your relationship with them, appears in the new March issue of Canadian Living magazine. Both these magazines are currently on newsstands.


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