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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada March 2020

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.
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For many years, books had a death sentence. People were said to be too distracted to read anything longer than 10 words. The culprits were technological: smartphones, social media, virtual-reality games, you name it. Then a funny thing happened. Not only did books stick around, they’re as popular as ever. According to a 2019 report by the Pew Research Center, seven in 10 Americans say they’ve read a book in some format over the past 12 months, and the vast majority prefer their books in print. Recent studies have shown that they’re better for it: reading for 30 minutes a day makes you more empathetic, improves concentration and even helps you live longer. Everyone has their own reasons for getting lost in a book: to learn, to pass the time, to escape,…

2 min.

SAM ISLAND Illustrator, Burlington “Canada’s Funniest Family Vacations” Island knows all about family trips gone sideways—he suffers from sea-sickness, which posed a problem on ferries during a memorable 1993 road trip to Newfoundland with his parents. For this cover story, he strove to make his illustrations as fun (and nausea-free) as the stories they accompany. See how they turned out on page 36. IRMA KNIIVILA Illustrator, Toronto “Is Anybody Out There?” For this story about a life-threatening snowstorm, Kniivila aimed to show nature as a hostile force. Having once been caught herself in a snowy mountain hike where the trail was nearly invisible, Kniivila is in awe of Pam Bales, who stayed calm and rescued a fellow hiker during similar circumstances. Find out about Pam’s plight on page 58. EMILY LANDAU Writer, Toronto “Book Club” Landau decides what book to read…

3 min.

LETTER OF THE MONTH A Job Well Done I have been a Reader’s Digest subscriber for over 65 years and always welcome its arrival in the mail. During Dominique Ritter’s tenure as editor-in-chief, the magazine continued to be an enjoyable publication. I want to thank her for a job well done. It seemed to me that Ritter cared not only about the content but also about the readers. I was impressed that when I brought a discrepancy in one article to her attention, she promptly and personally responded to me by email. Thank you, Dominique, and all the best in what you do next. FRIENDSHIP AND SACRIFICE I was so touched to read the story of the late Joe Howlett (“Joe and the Whale,” June 2019), who gave his life helping to save an…

1 min.
life’s like that

Capturing the Moment —@RULINGSPORTS Me, before coffee: Ugh, why is everyone shouting? Me, after coffee: Okay, yes, I do see the fire now. —@RICA_BEE I moved in with my girlfriend after one year. Some people say we’re rushing in, but we’re both so in love with saving $900 a month. —@MONDAYPUNDAY Hard of Hearing My sister and her husband were travelling and stopped at a fast food drive-thru. My sister gave her order through the intercom but couldn’t make out what the employee was saying. She mentioned this several times, but it wasn’t helping, so she got right out of her car to speak louder into the intercom—and realized she was talking into a mailbox. —DONNA THOMPSON, Edmonton Trendy Typo Sometimes I accidentally hit “z” instead of a period and end up sending texts like “See you laterz,” like I’m a cool…

3 min.
senior moment

WHEN TOM GIBSON retired from his job as a business consultant, he was looking forward to a little downtime. But the 65-year-old soon realized that, for him, there was such a thing as too much relaxation. “I found out through retirement that I was not the retiring type,” he says. “I wanted to—and actually needed to—stay busy.” Initially, he thought he’d stave off boredom by volunteering at Community Innovation Lab, an Oshawa, Ont., not-for-profit that supports budding entrepreneurs. Instead, he ended up getting support to build a new family business thanks to the lab’s latest pilot project: the Seniorpreneur Program 4 Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (SPICE). Founded by community organizer Pramilla Ramdahani last year, it helps the growing number of people aged 55 or older who want to start their own…

3 min.
is it okay to spoil my grandchildren?

We all know that spoiling kids is a bad idea, but is it okay for Grandma or Grandpa to engage in the odd act of overindulgence? A little overindulgence is part of the grandparent’s role, but you don’t want to do anything that directly contradicts the parents’ wishes—specific rules around food, for example. I always suggest that grandparents make themselves aware of their grandchild’s interests and do something special that supports that. When my granddaughter was younger, I would take her to her art class every week and then we would have a grilled cheese. It’s a nice memory, and something that helped her to engage in her passion. What if her passion was playing Minecraft? I ask because a study from last year reported that grandparents are major culprits when it…