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Chocolate bunny. Photo © Michelle (pa1nt), via creative commons and flickr

Chocolate’s dark secrets revealed

Warning: The following contains information that may be disturbing to chocolate-lovers. Reader discretion is advised. I hate to break it to you just as you nibble on your chocolate Easter bunny’s ear, but we’ve been misled. Happily and willingly misled, but misled nonetheless. Those expensive, for-adult-consumption-only Easter eggs you stashed Read more →

To eat dropped food or not: The 5-second Rule revisited

Nature Boy faced a dilemma last night. As the person tasked with the weekly grocery run, he had splurged on tenderloin steaks. As anyone who has recently emptied their wallets at the super market knows, buying high-end grilling meats these days practically requires pre-approval from a bank manager. According to Read more →

Playing on beach. Photo © Wynand Strydom, via creative commons and flickr

Play’s the thing for healthy, creative kids (and adults)

Summer calls. Many youngsters stand at the leading edge of the season and anticipate two months of endless days, sunshine, mucking around and running about. Two whole months of playing! However, many instead will endure a packed roster of prebooked, highly managed and directed activities. Many will take part in Read more →

Some of Victoria's quieter places. Photo by Andy M. Smith

An epitaph for quiet

Quiet may be extinct, I thought atop the Highlands’s Jocelyn Hill. I was far from the nearest road, but the whine and hum of traffic climbing the Malahat drifted across Finlayson Arm. And then a helicopter whirred into view below, drowning out pretty much everything else. My friend Don tells Read more →

Parks like East Sooke Park help make nearby residents happier and healthier. Photo by Logan C (flickr's LoganTech)

Parks make for happy, healthy people

Back when Nature Boy worked at a big California museum, I flew down to visit on a semi-regular basis. I remember looking out over the city as the aircraft made its final approach to L.A.’s airport. Below me stretched mile upon mile of concrete: buildings, roads freeways, parking lots. Few Read more →