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18 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: The Dry January edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading|Yaktivism

Some of my Twitter and Facebook friends are probably already aware that I’m in the middle of a Dry January. No beer, no cider, no wine, no alcohol whatsoever, for the entire month. So far so good! :) I’ve been doing a lot of reading about what alcohol does to our brain and body. If […]

11 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: January 11 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

This is A+ >> Could I go a year without buying any new clothes? https://t.co/pbSAUTsToD — andrea tomkins (@missfish) January 11, 2020 How you attach to people may explain a lot about your inner life, theguardian.com Who killed the Knapp family, nytimes.com Here’s what 20 years of work can do to your body, fastcompany.com Snøhetta […]

04 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: January 4 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

“They could be the only 48 words of health advice that you’ll ever need,” writes @YoniFreedhoff https://t.co/4Rusa2ZbBE — New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 3, 2020 A Quirky Collection of Cat Whiskers Diligently Cataloged in a Handbound Book from the 1940s, thisiscolossal.com Bizarrely decorated home owned by Dr. Phil trust hits the market, latimes.com Can […]

21 Dec, 2019

Weekend reading: December 21 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Feeling the Christmas spirit loading up gifts from ?@shoeboxcanada? to bring to clients of ?@TheRoyalMHC? #MerryChristmas ????@missfish? ?@CourtneyHWright? ?@suewalton86? pic.twitter.com/iUZYAk9kgL — KMonaghan (@KMonaghan) December 20, 2019 Giving back to the community, terra20.com Parent Tip Sheet: Surviving the gimme season, mediasmarts.ca The age of Instagram Face, newyorker.com For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care, nytimes.com How […]

07 Dec, 2019

Weekend reading: December 7 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Thanks very much to all of the volunteers who came out bright and early on this sunny Saturday to help unload 1000+ (!) trees from and set everything up. For sale hours and prices go to https://t.co/ggM6p7uE5w. #ottawa #ottcity pic.twitter.com/L5WW3bueWs — The Royal Mental Health Centre (@TheRoyalMHC) November 30, 2019 What Kind of Christmas Tree […]


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