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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada May 2019

Canada's most read, most trusted magazine.<br><br> Inspiring real-life stories, laugh-out-loud humour, and insightful articles about health, lifestyles, and truly remarkable Canadians, Reader's Digest touches your life and connects you to the world around you -- now that's "life well shared".

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pain dismissed

For the past two years, I’ve experienced regular headaches and muscle pain. I typically pop ibuprofen and hope the discomfort subsides enough that I can continue on with my day. But it’s not unusual to find me massaging an aching shoulder or working in my office with the overhead light turned out to protect my sensitive eyes. When these symptoms first started, I consulted my doctor and we tried a different medication regimen. When that didn’t work, an interesting thing happened: I did nothing. Well, not nothing, exactly. I figured my pain was the result of aging, or that it was my own fault for not exercising enough or stretching more. So I returned to yoga, headed to the gym, got regular massages. My symptoms eased slightly but didn’t disappear, and…

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CLAYTON HANMER Illustrator, Toronto “13 Things Your Optometrist Wishes You Knew” One neat thing about being an illustrator: you can work from anywhere. Another perk, in Clayton Hanmer’s case, is learning about other professions from “13 Things.” This month, he discovered that eye doctors are the first line of defense against certain serious illnesses. Learn more about ocular health on page 16. PASHA MALLA Writer, Hamilton, Ont. “Outrageous Family Stories!” Pasha Malla knows that family members can make one another laugh. But the key to having their in-jokes succeed on the page is translating a private language into something relatable. “Maybe that’s the process that appeals to writers,” he says. “Taking the personal and trying to make it universal.” Enjoy kooky clan tales from Malla and others on page 52. JOREN CULL Illustrator, Toronto “Rules for Dating My Daughter” Joren Cull’s…

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letter of the month

Do Unto Others Your December 2018 issue celebrated nine extraordinary people, including Rebecca Schofield. In 2017, Becca gave a TEDx presentation in which she said, “Kindness is not an ability we’re born with or without. It’s more of a decision to be made. It’s so easy and satisfying.” She will live on as long as people keep doing acts of kindness in her name, because it makes us feel good. —VALÉRIEN SAVOIE, Cocagne, N.B. A HAPPY MIX Your January/February 2019 issue was one of the best I’ve read in the last couple of years. There was a good variety of health information, plus other favourite pieces, like the ones about the man who survived a shark attack and the efforts to save the Syria Civil Defense volunteers. Thanks for filling your magazine with informative,…

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the baby effect

IT’S “BABY DAY” at the Chartwell Riverpark seniors’ residence in Ottawa—a twice-monthly event Eulah Johnson, 90, never misses. “I really enjoy it. It’s a diversion from the regular routine,” says the retired nurse with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren of her own. Today, Johnson sits on a sofa in the home’s reception room and beams at a giggling toddler perched on the seat of her walker. After a few moments, the girl skips off to play with the dozen or so other small children and infants mingling with 20 of Johnson’s fellow residents. As the seniors munch on snacks and sip tea or coffee, their young guests crawl around, scribble in colouring books, bat smiley-face balloons back and forth or snooze in the arms of delighted residents. The energy in the room is…

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life’s like that

I’m just a girl sitting in front of a computer, holding a phone that is open to the same website as the computer I’m sitting in front of. —Actor ALLISON TOLMAN I try to find the good in every situation. Wait. Typo. I meant “food.” I try to find the food in every situation. @ABBYHASISSUES Tips, Please What are some cures for insomnia that do not involve drinking less caffeine and alcohol, or turning off your phone and computer, or getting exercise or meditating or reducing stress in any way? —TV writer BESS KALB Survival Skills What doesn’t kill you gives you a set of unhealthy coping mechanisms and a dark sense of humour. @POTSIEGIRLSARAH IKEA is just an escape room you don’t have to pay to enter. @_CAROLINE__28 Kitchen Rules To be clear, when I search for a recipe online, what I’m…

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that’s entertainment!

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE Frequently described as the poet laureate of medicine, neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote eloquently about curious cases and conditions, from colour-blind painters to amnesiac submarine operators to the man who mistook his wife for a hat. His accounts of medical oddities have long been adapted for theatre, ballet, opera and, most famously, film—namely Awakenings, starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. This note-perfect collection, published four years after Sacks’s death, glides gracefully from a compassionate essay about dementia’s many faces to a crankyyet-charming look at smartphone dependence. Apr. 23. POMS Last year, just in time for Mother’s Day, Diane Keaton corralled Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen to tear through Fifty Shades of Grey in the delightful comedy Book Club. This year, she trades steamy potboilers for sparkly pompoms:…