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Summer is almost here and that means that we can finally start the countdown. I mean, I spend all year waiting for this season (as you already know)! But first, there are some exciting days approaching at the end of this month that deserve a mention.

Saturday May 27th is Sun Screen Day! Now that we’re heading into summer, there’s no better time to bring awareness about the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect against the sun’s damaging UV rays. We tend to think that on a cloudy day we don’t need protection but in fact, the ozone layer is so depleted that the rays can still do damage even when we think we are safe. So, as we say in Australia: Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on sunscreen), Slap (on a hat)!

Memorial Day is on May 29th, and it’s the day that we commemorate the men and women who have died while serving in our country’s military. For many of us, this day has personal significance. For others, we can make this day meaningful by attending a parade or ceremony, showing gratitude to our veterans with a card or flowers, visiting a cemetery to pay our respects, observing a moment of silence and a whole lot more. Most importantly, we should acknowledge this day and teach our children about its importance.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer! So this is when things get really serious. And by serious I mean that it’s time to break out the barbecue, swimwear, flip-flops, beach towel, sunscreen and your summer spirit!

Then we have Water a Flower Day on May 30th which is a reminder to water our flowers because they too need hydration! Of course we need to water them more than once a year, but it’s still good to have a reminder to take care of our plants and flowers. They provide us with so much life, beauty and color- but only if we look after them!

And finally, May 31st is World No Tobacco Day to bring awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and its addictive nature. It’s a gentle but important reminder for our loved ones to quit smoking. We forget that smoking doesn’t only affect the smoker, but also anyone who is exposed to the toxic chemicals in the tobacco smoke.

So, if we can take some pointers from these days leading us into the summer months, I think we’ll be in for a very satisfying, healthy, and fun-filled season!


So Mother’s Day is upon us and it’s definitely a cause for celebration. Being a Mom is unfortunately underrated. Somehow it seems that the women who are rushing to work and pursuing a career are acknowledged for what they do because they are juggling so many responsibilities (and rightly so!). But the stay at home Moms? Eh. But I’ve [...]

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There is no doubt about it, spring has certainly arrived. If you haven’t been outdoors yet, let me tell you that it’s worth the trip! Flowers are blooming, the trees are green, the sun is out and the air is warm. Spring is all about rebirth and renewal which is reflected in the growth of [...]

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Did you also spend slumber parties as a kid making prank calls? My memories are of a group of us huddled around the phone while one of us bravely picks a number in the phonebook, and starts hyperventilating while dialing the number. We all wait with bated breath. Someone answers the call on the other end of the line [...]

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I used to find myself looking around to see what everyone else was doing. I didn’t want to laugh too loudly if nobody else thought it was funny, I made sure not to wear white after Labor Day, and I even stopped eating my favorite foods in case it would offend the person sitting next to me. Ok, not [...]

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Is anyone else scratching their head wondering how we got to February? I’m still putting away my holiday decorations! Yes. I procrastinate like that- especially when I’m trying to avoid reality. Hey, who doesn’t need a little distraction every so often? (Ok, maybe I need it every day but that’s for another time).So February is a busy month. We’ve got [...]

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New Products from The Seattle Times

We're excited to announce that select newspaper books are now available from The Seattle Times. As part of the effort to increasingly expand newspaper titles offered, The Seattle Times has now joined all-star line up that already includes The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News.  At present, two new sport books [...]

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Welcome Back, Rocktober!

It comes every year to usher in the Fall.  At long last, Rocktober is BACK!  Who's psyched about that? Well, me for one. The fact is it's always fun to have a reason to celebrate. After enjoying a long summer, we are treated to Labor Day in early September.  November has Thanksgiving and December and January...well, holidays [...]

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“What were you doing when the first tower was hit?” A question you have likely been asked before or have inquired of someone else. I distinctly remember the chaos and confusion right when the news came in. Nobody was sure what to make of it and details were unclear- but soon enough, the painful reality [...]

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Summer's Kid Conundrum

Still a kid at heart, I very much look forward to the summer all year long. I like the heat, and the absence of coldness, of which I am not very fond. But when the summer months actually roll around, my wife and I oftentimes find ourselves a bit overwhelmed with the sheer amount of [...]

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