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Hospitality, healing at Canada’s only residential school resort
As my husband and I pulled up in front of the beautifully landscaped gardens and ivy-covered stone facade of the St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino near Cranbrook, I had one thought — it looks nice. Really nice. At first glance, St. Eugene looks like any other carefully renovated historic property, but its history is unlike any other hotel in the world.
Cooking Thyme in Hanna: Scotch Eggs
Emily Jamieson shared a recipe for Scotch Eggs in Cooking Thyme in Hanna Facebooks page. She noted that “traditionally, these are eaten cold as a snack, but I prefer them hot. They are excellent with a side of potatoes.” “If you’ve never had them before, they look so weird, but they are actually crazy delicious!” 250 g. sausage meat 1/4 tsp. dried parsley 1/4 tsp. ground sage 1/4 tsp. dried thyme 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. Mixed Spice* 2 tbsp. quick oats 1 tbsp. chopped green onion 4 hard boiled eggs, shell removed 1 raw egg, thoroughly beaten 1/4 c. flour with a little salt and pepper 1/2 c. bread crumbs Oil for frying In a large bowl, mix together sausage meat, green onion, oats, and spices. Evenly separate into four balls. Wrap each boiled egg in meat, roll in flour, then raw egg, then bread crumbs. Fry in oil over medium heat, making sure to get all sides, until sausage is cooked through. You can deep fry or air fry or even just fry them in a pan! *Mixed Spice is a British seasoning that can be hard to find here in Canada. So here’s a DIY version: 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2/3 tsp. ground allspice 2/3 tsp. ground nutmeg 2/3 tsp. ground cloves 1/3 tsp. ground ginger 1/3 tsp. ground coriander 1/4 tsp. ground mace Stir it all together and use as much as you need. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
Chorney-Booth: Chakalaka brings multi-culturalism to the table
The best kinds of restaurants are the ones that tell a story about the people behind the business, be it a tale about the owner’s grandmother’s cooking or a tangible reflection of a chef’s passion for specific ingredients and culinary traditions. Chakalaka, a new restaurant and bar on 17th Avenue S.W. paints a picture of owner Ronnie Mupambwa and the life he’s built here in Calgary.
Nieman: Children's parasomnia keeps parents up at night
Even though I am not a geneticist I enjoy entertaining my patients by giving them genetic advice. Two conditions come to mind: parasomnias and bedwetting. When I see a child who wets the bed or a child who sleepwalks or has night terrors, I start with the serious aspects of listening deeply, putting the pieces of the story together, and making suggestions around possible solutions. I always aim to give them hope by explaining that these conditions will pass; I have never met a newlywed couple where one of the partners wet the bed. But I tell my patients to be careful who they marry. A family history of sleepwalking, sleep talking, night terrors or bedwetting means that there is around a 60 per cent chance in first-degree relatives to have the same problem. Thus, jokingly, I tell patients who experience parasomnias not to ever get married to another person who also experienced parasomnias. It is almost certain their kids will have parasomnias, too! Parasomnias refer to behaviours at night where a child is in a deep sleep, usually in the first half of the night, and most commonly a few hours after bedtime. This is a stage of sleep known as Stage 3. The brain waves are slow waves but the child suddenly may wake up from this deep sleep and appear to be confused and agitated. Parents may find it very stressful; the child is hard to console. But the good news is that the child usually has no difficulty going back to sleep and will not remember the events the next day. Sleepwalking, in particular, is a parasomnia that may cause extra stress. The medical lexicon is somnambulism. Children wake up from a deep sleep, usually a few hours after bedtime and calmly walk around in the house. They may appear to be awake but they are not awake — they may show up at a parent’s bed and talk nonsensically; they may even open a door and walk out of the house; they may urinate in places other than a toilet; they may turn on a stove or do other strange things — all the while not being fully awake. Sleepwalking occurs in 15 per cent of children and in six per cent there is at least one event of somnambulism per week. Obstructive sleep apnea does not cause sleepwalking but it can trigger it, says Dr. Craig Canapari, a world-renowned pediatric sleep expert at Yale University. Canapari’s website provides resources on this topic and many other sleep-related disorders in children (www.drcraigcanapari.com). Parasomnias can be confused with seizures. Seizures are usually more stereotyped, each event is the same in terms of movements which are more rhythmic and repetitive. Sleep deprivation is a clear trigger for sleepwalking and thus careful attention to adequate sleep is critical. A safe sleeping environment is crucial. Canapari suggests the use of double-locked doors where one needs a key to get out. Another alternative is the use of deadbolts which are out of children’s reach. When families travel, he suggests the use of a portable door alarm. Technology such as the Lully Sleep Guardian is another useful device to consider. It was developed by a Stanford Medical School doctor. It works on the principle of intermittent scheduled awakenings to prevent parasomnias. (for more information see www.sleepgadgets.io/lully-sleep-guardian-2/). This device has been shown to reduce parasomnia events by 80 per cent after four weeks of use. For parents who want to avoid technology, waking a child up about 30 minutes prior to the typical time where parasomnia takes place may work. It has to be done nightly for one month before one may see results. It is important to wake the child up to the point where the child is able to have a lucid conversation. Night terrors occur in six per cent of children. Parents may be fast asleep and suddenly the screaming of a child at full volume causes them to rush into the room. The child does not seem to see the parents, but may scream their names; screams may turn into sobs after a few minutes and the more the parents try to comfort the child, the more agitated he or she becomes. The child has no memory of these freaked-out-family moments the next day. Sleep talking is known as somniloquy. It is more common in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Canapari previously had a video on his website of a girl saying “bless me” after she sneezed in her sleep. Parasomnias pass at some point, but meanwhile, the reduced quality of life can really tire parents out — especially at one of the weirdest times in human history where COVID chaos ripples far and wide and some parents struggle to sleep due to their own stressors. Dr. Nieman is a pediatrician in private practice. He has completed more than 100 marathons and his latest book 101 Finish Lines will be published this summer.
Robbins: The mental weight of COVID-19
In pre-pandemic times, Chris Glass identified himself first as a WestJetter, second as a volunteer high school football coach. The self-confessed extreme extrovert fit right into the bubbly corporate culture of WestJet, so when he lost both his livelihood and his passion last spring, it was devastating.
The 100-mile playground
Lisa Kadane For the Calgary Herald On their Columbia River trip, for example, the luxury of time allowed them to befriend a bird that randomly landed on his youngest son’s head. The juvenile brown-headed cowbird ended up travelling with the family for four days. It was a meaningful connection with wildlife that would never happen on your average, frantic holiday. Right now, nature is the only reliable destination, says Joe Pavelka, a professor in the Eco-tourism and Outdoor Leadership program at Mount Royal University. Last spring he conducted a study to gauge people’s travel fears and aspirations during and after the early months of pandemic isolation. “High performers” in terms of future trip ideas among respondents included road trips, camping and visits to national parks or natural areas. Nature makes a good adventure muse because she gives us agency. Not only do we get to hike, picnic or go for a mountain bike ride, but we can also do so safely. On top of that are the well-documented therapeutic and psychological benefits of being outside: time outdoors decreases stress and increases happiness. For Lisa Monforton, a multi-day cycling trip in Argentina with her husband sealed her preference for slow adventure and the connection to place it fosters.