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FROM THE EDITOR: The Flowers of May

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      Monty Python, that eminent group of British philosophers whose work was so influential in the late 20th century, reminded us in the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian to “Always look on the bright side of life.” This cheerfully profound bit of existential advice is, of course, closely related to the famous “Every cloud has a silver lining” and the immortal “April showers bring May flowers.” (I regret somewhat having remembered that last one—now I have Al Jolson’s voice stuck in my head.) If you’re wondering why I’m torturing you with a chorus of clichés, it’s because...

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Chuck Berry Rocks On

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“If you tried to give rock and roll another name,” John Lennon once said, “you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” When Berry died March 18 at the age of 90, the music world mourned a legend with a checkered past and celebrated the incredible music he gave us.Now almost 40 years after his last album, his record label, Dualtone Records, has announced the posthumous release of a new Chuck Berry album. CHUCK isn’t the cash grab we often see after an artist’s death. The 10-track album of new music features eight songs written by Berry himself and guest appearances from...

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Mexico Tops List of Spots to Retire—Again

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By Lola Augustine Brown Photo: iStock/HotHibiscus.   If winter’s finally getting to you and you’re thinking of retiring somewhere warmer, you’ll be interested to learn that for the fifth year in a row Mexico has placed first on International Living’s annual list of the world’s top retirement destinations. It’s been among the top 10 for the past 14 years. Wait…Mexico? What about all the crime? The statement announcing the list acknowledged the country’s reputation and admitted, “there are parts of Mexico we don’t recommend. But,” the release went on, “this is a big country.” As reasons for the recommendation, International...

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Anti-Age Your Body for Spring

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By Lola Augustine BrownPhoto: Fotolia/Studiovespa.                       Shedding layers of winter fleece and wool can lead to feelings of dread. You wonder, How did my skin get so dry? Can I really show the world these legs? When did I inherit my mother’s décolletage? Fear not, there are ways to revitalize your body that will leave you looking and feeling fabulous.   First Things First Before anything, you need to exfoliate and moisturize. Allison Hegedus, president of Vida Spas, which has five locations in Vancouver and Whistler, BC, says that when...

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Understanding Sepsis

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It’s the most prolific killer you’ve never heard of—and the lethal weapon it uses to attack is your own body’s immune system By Wendy Haaf Photo: iStock/Squaredpixels.   One day 3½ years ago, Shirley Hill of Chatham, ON, then 61, was undergoing a routine outpatient procedure to break up a kidney stone; the next day, she was in the intensive care unit, fighting for her life. Rhea Copeland’s life-threatening battle began after routine surgery to fix a failed hernia repair at age 75, but the Thornhill, ON, woman, now 82, remembers nothing between closing her eyes in the O.R. and...

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