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Animal Assisted Interventions

I haven’t written for a while, in large part because my 20 year old cat Willow passed away just over a month ago, and was ill for a short time beforehand. This was tough as she was truly a part of my family; her and I had been together for that full 20 years. Immediately … Continue reading

Why I eat more junk when I hurt

Most days I eat pretty healthy. I actually typically prefer fruits and veggies to gorging on chips and chocolate, but some days I struggle to maintain any willpower and avoid the junk. I’ve often thought that this is associated with my capacity to deal with things beyond my pain and it turns out I’m right. … Continue reading

Dilemma of an outdoor/sustainability enthusiast

In my PhD research my participants, who were all connected to outdoor education, expressed some of the conflict they feel when trying to do the outdoor activities they enjoy. I understand this challenge personally. As an outdoor person I’m inclined to run, bike, canoe, ski, etc. This is awesome. I enjoy the activities and they … Continue reading

Storytelling and your brain

It has been a few weeks since I posted. My plan is to get back to once a week. Hopefully this is the start of that. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I participated in a webinar on disruptive storytelling. One of the scientists that they referred to in this webinar was Paul J. … Continue reading

Opportunity and hope

Mark Ideson, the skip of the Canadian wheelchair curling team at the 2018 winter Paralympics talked about how watching skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery win during the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics inspired him to pursue sport more seriously. The result, for an individual who thought that their sporting days were over has been multiple Olympic medals … Continue reading

Why do they succeed or fail?

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing and I’m entirely addicted. I watch everything. Sure, I have my favourites but I will watch almost any sport. I’m always interested when they talk to athletes, both those who have medaled and those who haven’t. I want to know what goes on in their brains and … Continue reading

Science for communicators and communication for scientists

This is a short post today because I can’t say anything better than Alan Alda can. As a teacher, teacher trainer, and someone who wants everyone to get excited about science, and get moving on climate change and other sustainability challenges, I was intrigued by Alda’s most recent book “If I understood you, would I … Continue reading

Jazz and classical musicians are different

I went to two concerts by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra this weekend. They both featured the symphony playing jazz music with professional jazz musicians. It was interesting to hear the symphony playing jazz style. No offence to any of the symphony musicians, who are all phenomenal, but it seemed like some of them struggled more … Continue reading

Normalizing obesity

It’s hard not to notice the number of individuals who are overweight these days. So with all the New Year Resolutions you have to wonder if there is an increasing dedication (however temporary) to losing weight. According to a study by Snook et al (2017) probably not. As increasing body weight becomes more and more … Continue reading

Hypertension and stopping research studies early

These two topics aren’t related except that while reading an opinion article published on The JAMA Network about the challenges and opportunities of implementing the most recent guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension I learned that some clinical studies are stopped early because the study is showing positive results. Hypertension first. The American … Continue reading

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