Why Set Up a Fish Tank?

Kribensis Fish (0026)

By: Mike Magnum

You’ve been to the pet store and noticed the fish tanks and thought “maybe I could do that”. Guess what, you can “do that” and it’s not nearly as difficult as you may think.

The tropical fish keeping hobby has come a long way over the past decade thanks in part to advances in aquarium equipment and the plethora of readily available information. There are many outstanding fish and aquarium books available as well as an abundant amount of information on the internet, forums and discussion groups. Running your own tank is way easier than it was just 10 years ago.

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I am a Christian

A friend shared this clip this morning and I felt to share it. I really fell it sums up very well how I and many others who call on the name of Jesus Christ feel and believe.

When I say that “I am a Christian,” I am not shouting that “I am clan living.” I’m Whispering “I was lost but now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say “I am a Christina, “I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say “I am a Christian, “I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need his strength to carry on.

When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success, I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean up my mess.

When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but believes I am worth it.

When I say “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain. I have me share of heartaches, so I call upon his name.

When I say “I am a Christian,” I’m not holier than thou. I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, Somehow!

New York’s Reproductive Rights Law – an Abomination

I remember so well when my wife was expecting our son. To see him growing in his mothers belly. To be able to see the outline of his foot, elbow or hand move across the inside of the womb. To see him react to different music and sounds outside the womb. Those were exciting days of joy, expectation and prayer as we wondered what kind of man he would grow up to be.

We rejoiced as much to see him grow in the womb as we have in the 30+ years since he was born.

Life is precious and begins at conception regardless of what kind of word games the pro-abortion crowd want to through around. Caralyn at beautybeyondbones.com writes a very thoughtful and articulate article on the new law just signed into law in New York. Please check it out.

A letter to my daughter

By: Garret Belisle

In writing
Source: Flickr

We are all looking to find that special person to share our lives with through the ups and downs and everything that comes with it and hopefully that person has a positive outlook and will truly love us for who we are.

Always remember that you can’t have the sweet without the sour as it were.

When you say I love you; make sure you mean it because to say it and not mean it is truly the most painful of all lies.

Listen to your heart and not nay-sayers, our futures are defined by our choices and not by chances we may take along the way. Everyone in your world may have an opinion but the fact of the matter is that only we can decide where we want to be. What will make us happy.

If you make a mistake have the courage to admit it, it doesn’t matter if you are forgiven or not, what matters most is that you took responsibility.

Always remember that no matter how bad of a mistake you may make, no matter how much pain and regret it may cause, the people who truly love you will see past it because you matter to them more than you may fully realize.

Live each day as if it were your last. One day it will be.

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London police officer helps woman on very cold snowy day

I love reading good news stories like this. To all of the members of our police, fire and EMS services thank you. You are an important part of making our safe, happy and vibrant. #ldnont

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for stigmatizing mental health

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Research shows we all hold negative stereotypes; once we accept this, we can start to making positive change. Shutterstock

Javeed Sukhera, Western University

Stigma is everywhere.

We have come a long way in understanding mental illness and addressing the social stigma that affects those who suffer. Stigma is a negative stereotype, in this case about mental health. National and international public education campaigns are helping to bring the topic of mental illness out of the shadows.

Unfortunately, despite widespread recognition, and significant investments in anti-stigma campaigns, the problem of stigma remains. Those who look for help for their mental illness or addictions encounter a system that can make them feel blamed and shamed.

In my own lived experience as a psychiatrist, and with recent evidence I have gathered as a stigma researcher, I have seen the damaging effects of stigma. When a young person builds up their courage to ask for help and share their story, how the health system responds can have a profound impact on this young person’s future.

I have also heard from many health professionals who want to be better at helping those with mental illness, and are genuinely interested in reducing stigma. Consider the following example: when teaching medical students about stigma, a student once asked me, “Why is psychiatry the only rotation that gives us wearable panic [alarm] buttons?”

Responding to this question in a safe, non-judgmental and open manner is essential. If we challenge health-care professionals too aggressively, we may worsen their feelings of guilt, and shame.

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How to reduce your risks of dementia

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If you engage in cognitively stimulating activities in midlife, such as reading and playing games, you can reduce dementia risk by about 26 per cent, according to research. (Unsplash/Rawpixel), CC BY-SA

Nicole Anderson, University of Toronto

Many people do not want to think about dementia, especially if their lives have not yet been touched by it. But a total of 9.9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with dementia each year. That is one person every 3.2 seconds.

This number is growing: around 50 million people live with dementia today, and this number will rise to over 130 million worldwide by 2030.

You do not have to wait until you are 65 to take action. In the absence of treatment, we must think of ways to protect our brain health earlier. This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness month — what better time to learn how to reduce your risk of dementia, whatever your age?

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