Debbie Smeaton

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My Double Life As A High-Functioning Alcoholic (And How I Finally Found Happiness)

For most of my mid-30s and early 40s, it looked like I had it all together.<p>I had a six-figure dream job that allowed me to work from home and travel …

Alcohol

The Kindness Diet

A new study found that women whose friends and romantic partners were accepting of their size lost more weight than those whose loved ones were critical.<p>The greatest aphrodisiac, according to pop culture, is to be told never to change. Everyone from Bobby Vinton to Billy Joel to Bruno Mars loves …

Kanye West

Most girls can remember a time when boredom in class lead to doodling on your knee or painting your fingernails with Wite-Out, but most were never more prolific than a one dimensional heart or a daisy. Take a look at this budding artist's dermal drawings: http://cbc.sh/yTFrinX What do you think of her unique canvas?

Tech ignorance not bliss for bosses

Kim Peacock was only a few weeks into her general manager's job at Edelman public relations in Vancouver when she noticed that an employee had retweeted one of her Twitter posts with an unfamiliar #FF hashtag.<p>Having just arrived from a management position at social media company HootSuite Media …

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Avocados

<i>Photo credit: Tashka2000 via Getty Images</i><p>You know they make a killer eggocado and are beloved among guacamole aficionados. You might also know you can feel good eating one, thanks to healthy fats and loads of nutrients. But the mighty powers of the avocado stretch farther than you probably</b> …

Why every worker needs to construct a backup plan

In popular culture, we love the backup boyfriend.<p>You know the type: the romantic interest waiting in the wings, leaving the audience to wonder which guy our beloved protagonist will choose. Will it be the obvious match or the unexpected one?<p>So what about backup careers? Many of us secretly harbour …

The man who showed two journalists an alleged video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was arrested during a series of police raids in June. Read more: http://cbc.sh/s4vaMhD (Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

Water levels reach record lows in Ontario cottage country

<i>Part of Liquid State, an occasional series on our relationship with water.</i><p>The bigger boats no longer show up at the marinas. Where people once were able to scoop pails of lake water, there is now just wild grass and pebbles. Gentle waves used to lap on cottage docks, but they have been replaced by …

Great Lakes

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Canadian Food: The Most 'Canadian' Foods Include Bacon, Poutine And Maple Syrup

When people think of Canadian cuisine, sometimes it's hard to get past the stereotypes of crispy bacon and sweet maple syrup — believe it or not, …

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Fat-Burning Yoga

Stockbyte/Thinkstock<p>You contort into all kinds of wacky positions wriggling into those skinny jeans. Bend and twist on a regular basis and that might not be necessary. An active sequence of yoga flows — a form called vinyasa — burns more than 450 calories an hour, according to Sara Ivanhoe, host of</i> …

Orwell's Perfect Cup of Tea, a Beer Bottling Party, Summer Slow Cooker Recipes, One-Minute Omelets, Whipped Cream in a Jar

Happy Saturday! Popular posts this week on The Kitchn include a George Orwell essay on the perfect cup of tea, 10 meals you can make straight from …

Whipped Cream

FYI: Does The Komodo Dragon Really Kill With A Bacteria-Filled Bite?

Surprising facts about the world's largest lizard.<p>Based on a single observational study from the 1970s, published in 1981 by biologist Walter Auffenberg, we've long assumed that Komodo dragons cause fatal infections in their prey by gifting prey with scary bacteria that lives in the mouths of the …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

Ever wonder what kind of germs may be lurking in pools? Read these safety tips before taking a dip this weekend: http://bit.ly/12x3Eid

Canadian ePassports arrive

New ePassports feature electronic chips, other security features<p>Come Canada Day, Canadian travellers will have a more high-tech and high-priced …

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Machete-Wielding Savages: Edmonton Flood Comparison Lands National Post In Hot Water

A satirical comment in the National Post, while southern Alberta deals with the aftermath of a devastating flood, has infuriated many.<p>While …

James Bond’s amazing Lotus Esprit ‘submarine car’ is headed for auction

If you’ve ever seen the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me,” you might recall the famous scene where 007 drives a sleek Lotus Esprit into the …

Classic Cars

Peter Sena - What Makes an Infographic Cool?

Guest Post by Peter Sena<p><b>Infographics, another problem solved through design</b><p>As a designer, everything I see is a form of an infographic. Whether the …

Facebook removes ads from controversial pages to avoid boycott

<b>Facebook has announced a major revamp of its advertising systems in an attempt to deal with concerns about content considered offensive.</b><p>There will now be new restrictions on where adverts appear on the site.<p>Marks and Spencer and BSkyB were among companies to suspend advertising after complaints …

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