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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada September 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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1 min.
trouble next door?

Everyone’s had at least one bad neighbour. Maybe they owned a dog who always peed on your hydrangea. Maybe they put their trash out early, to be ravaged by squirrels. Maybe they were just plain grumpy. There are as many ways to cause offence as there are humans. One frequent issue of contention is noise. I’ve been subjected to the cacophony of handy-people who employ power tools at times I deem more suitable to sipping coffee and yawning. And then there’s the guy on my block who’s taken up the bagpipes (and no, he isn’t very good). I may roll my eyes—“Amazing Grace,” if played on repeat, will do that—but I know these disruptions come with living in a populated area. A few years ago, however, I did need to raise a…

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THOMAS DAGG Photographer, Toronto “25 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia” Thomas Dagg’s work is cinematic, using ambient lighting to tell visually pleasing stories. Dagg’s great aunt suffered from dementia, so taking a portrait of Dr. Samir Sinha touched him personally. Watching someone slowly forget those they love is difficult. Learning about efforts being put in to combating dementia brought Dagg hope. See his work on page 33. CASSIE BARRADAS Writer, Vancouver “I Feel Like an Unexpected Tax Return” Cassie Barradas, an improv performer, enjoys writing humour pieces that challenge her to get across funny ideas without using visual cues. Not to let the cat out of the bag, but her favourite joke she wrote for Reader’s Digest is the one about cats. And bags. Read her hilarious revamps of common idioms on page…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH The Power in Pushing Back Thank you for the excellent May cover story about women’s pain. My 41-year-old daughter could have been the subject of this article. I do wish the piece had included information about what women experiencing chronic pain should do as they wait for the medical system to improve. As the story points out, “Changes will take time to filter down.” My daughter is almost totally pain-free now, but it took me encouraging her to be firm and not to settle—to demand her doctor’s full attention and expertise. Had I not read this article, I wouldn’t have believed this archaic mentality toward women’s health existed so widely in the medical community. Thank you for further illuminating this issue. — DEBBY DENNIS, Gravenhurst, Ont. GOOD QUESTION I enjoyed…

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the next stage

THOUGH MOSTAFA ALJABER has wanted to be an actor since he was little, his inaugural foray into theatre didn’t exactly go smoothly. “My first time onstage, I was nervous and scared,” the 16-year-old Winnipeg student says. It wasn’t the first time he’d felt offcentre. Aljaber was born in Syria, but his family had to leave their homeland in 2012, making their way first to Lebanon and later to Canada. Though he took to his new school immediately and made friends, starting over so far from home wasn’t easy. But getting involved in dramatic arts—through Sawa Theatre, a program for newcomer youth in Winnipeg—has helped (that nerve-racking initial experience aside). Founded in 2016 by a group of university students and artists, some of them new to Canada themselves, Sawa is a hub for…

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life’s like that

When my girlfriend makes me angry, I look at her through a fork and pretend she’s in jail. It heals me spiritually. — @MRMAKETHINGD When I woke up today, I thought I saw a mouse on my floor. (Without my contacts, I can’t see too clearly.) So I quickly trapped the mouse with a box and put my contacts in so I could take a look, only to find out that I did not trap a mouse. I trapped my hairbrush. —CELIA GRACE DENNEY What’s in a Name? Women’s deodorant scents: rose, cotton, spring, meadow. Men’s: WINTER ICE, SHARKNADO, GLACIER PUNCH, GUN. — @SOPHIE_GADD Time Is a Construct I hate when I’m 20 minutes into my run on the treadmill and I look down and the timer says 43 seconds. — @PIPERSMITH8 Sorry, I wasn’t listening when you were…

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that’s entertainment!

THE TESTAMENTS Following Trump’s inauguration, at women’s marches around the world, people in pink hats held up signs beseeching, “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again.” But as the Toronto author has pointed out, the details she included in her famous 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale came from real events in history. And there’s been plenty more to mine for inspiration in the three-and-a-half decades since she wrote her opus. Expect shudders of recognition when reading The Testaments, her long-awaited sequel, narrated by three female characters and set 15 years after Offred was bundled off to an unknown destination. Sept. 10. THE WATER DANCER In this searing novel, one of the sharpest minds in non-fiction turns his talents to the imaginary. Set in the mid-1800s, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tale follows Hiram Walker, an enslaved boy…