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Reader's Digest Canada September 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".

Readers Digest Canada
R 45,70
R 228,97
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
yes to kindness

Canadians are well-known for our humility, our sense of humour, and for finishing every statement with a raised eyebrow and an “eh.” But we’re not as well-known for our outgoing nature. That changed this spring as we rose to the challenge of life during a pandemic. Long walks became a national pastime and even the most reserved Canadian was asking passersby how the day was going—while keeping a safe distance apart. We now talk over the fence to neighbours we’ve ignored for years. We wave to the Amazon courier. In my city and many others, the new friendliness is plain from all the drawings of rainbows hanging in windows. The rainbows originated in Italy, where the pandemic arrived early and with sudden vengeance. Kids, stuck indoors and their world upended, drew them…

1 min

KATHERINE ASHENBURG Writer, Toronto “A New Mourning” Ashenburg has had many roles: CBC producer, editor at The Globe and Mail and author of four books, to name a few. Readers were especially fond of Sofie & Cecilia, her 2018 novel. “When people told me, ‘Thank you for writing this book,’ it made me very happy,” she says. In this issue, she writes about grief and death on page 50. TOM FROESE Illustrator, Yarrow, B.C. “The 2020 Reader’s Digest Kindness Awards” Creating images that make people happy is one of Tom Froese’s favourite things to do. It’s why his illustrations include so many bold colours and quirky shapes. Froese is also an illustration teacher and speaker, and his work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Monocle and GQ France. Check out his illustrations on page 26. GENEVIEVE…

2 min

FUTURE FOCUSED “Above and Beyond” (January-February 2020), which showcased a group that provides career coaching to low-income women, was very touching. I admire how founder Lia Grimanis encourages women to look ahead and answer the question “What do you want?” This type of support empowers women to move forward with their lives. — KARI FRANTZ, Calgary WATCH YOUR WORDS “My (Brief) Career as a Food Courier” (June 2020) was a good read about the plight of those working in the precarious gig economy. But I have a concern with the way author Jason McBride described the customers who use food-delivery services. He says: “Most of the people ordering food were young, seemingly able-bodied and healthy.” As the mother of a child who appears to be, by all accounts, young, seemingly able-bodied and healthy, this sort…

3 min
rise up

CANADA’S TRANSGENDER community has made many strides in the past decade: securing rights protections, getting elected to office and seeing themselves represented by central characters on popular shows. But it’s still far from easy to be trans in Canada. According to recent reports, 74 per cent of trans youth say they’ve been verbally harassed; in Ontario, the unemployment rate for trans individuals was nearly three times as high as the national rate; and trans people earn a median income of only $15,000 per year. In 2015, three trans Montrealers, Estelle Davis, a comedian and writer; Lenore Claire, a stage performer and bartender; and Elle Barbara, a musician and community organizer, decided that it was up to them to create an effective support system for other trans people. Their organization, Taking What…

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life’s like that

SUNDAY MORNING? WHY, YES, I’M FREE Thom S. Rainer, the founder of Church Answers, an online community for church leaders, asked ministers and churchgoers alike to share the best excuses they’ve heard for skipping church: ♦ “I couldn’t get the lid off the peanut butter.” ♦ “The church is too close to drive and too far to walk.” ♦ “Both of my girlfriends attend church there.” ♦ “The pastor stays in the Bible too much.” ♦ “The pastor is too attractive. When I see him preaching, I have impure thoughts and I am distracted.” ♦ “Someone called me ‘brother’ instead of using my name.” ♦ “The worship leader pulls up his pants too often. It’s distracting.” ♦ “My wife cooked bacon for breakfast, and our entire family smelled like bacon.” ♦ “I always get hemorrhoids on Sundays.” Gimme the Scoop Just saw…

3 min
can i become funnier?

Are people born funny, or can they get better at it? You can definitely get better. If you want to, one of the basic principles of comedy you can practise is disrupting people’s expectations—they think they’re going to hear one thing but then you say something that’s the exact opposite. So maybe you make it seem like you’re about to tell a really dirty joke but then the punchline is super clean. You’ll have people laughing not just at your joke, but at themselves. Does it matter who’s the target of a joke, and who’s delivering it? Absolutely. It’s not funny if you have a joke about a poor old lady running for the subway and then falling flat on her face. However, if the same thing happens to an arrogant jerk in…