Author: Christine

As The World Turns … or spins out of control!

The 45th has invaded our collective head space.  As the world turns it feels more like it’s spinning out of control.  Have you contracted #trumpitis? The time has come to focus on simple pleasures and positive actions. In the last 6 months I have felt the following;  paralyzed by constant negative news stories; shocked at the ignorance displayed by grown adults; saddened by the capacity for racism and violence; disgusted by the abuse of power;  and guilty for writing about joyful, positive, and some would say, frivolous or superficial topics. I have not written a blog post in many...

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Massage Therapy for Boomers-Pain Free Aging

While today’s boomers are generally in better health and have a longer life expectancy than any generation before them, there is also a rise in chronic health conditions.  This weeks guest blogger, Janet Penny, RMT and boomer, explains how regular Massage Therapy can help our aging bodies. “Age, eh?” Since turning 50 so  many conversations start this way.  Two simple words, so many meanings and the context ensures there is no doubt what is the reference. At the gym  this simple phrase suggests that we have to work harder to get the same results.  When uttered at the doctor’s...

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Ottawa Student Windows – The Little Window Cleaners Who Could …

Now, to me these young men look anything but little … but Matt Graves, from Ottawa Student Windows, came up with this title to describe their honorable and ambitious en-devour.  These community conscious students are all about giving back!  In 2016 they raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa through their hard work – their motto – “when many people get together, small actions can add up to make big differences in the community”. Matt wrote this blog post and Ottawa Boomers is pleased to share.  Spring is coming and your windows will need washing.  By...

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World Class Opera in Ottawa

When world renowned Canadian opera soprano Maria Pellegrini founded Pellegrini Opera in 2004, her intention was to bring opera to people who would not normally have the chance to experience this art form.  We are fortunate that when Maria Pellegrini retired from her illustrious career and settled in Ottawa, she was determined to support and provide opportunity to young Canadian opera singers. One such singer is soprano Maria Knapik, whom performed the prima donna role of Floria Tosca in the recent Ottawa production of Tosca.   Although Maria Knapik is now a celebrated opera soprano in her own right, she attributes...

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Knitting for Healthy Communities

In case you haven’t heard, knitting is the latest health craze!  No longer reserved for Grannies, there’s solid science to back up the physical, psychological and social benefits of knitting.  It can help alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, acting as a form of meditation. Knitting helps to prevent and treat arthritis.  In a group setting it can eliminate social isolation and treat social anxiety and addictions.  Perhaps, most importantly of all, knitting can stave off mental decline and help in the prevention of dementia.  Oh, it can also help kids improve their math skills! Some of the fondest...

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