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Reader's Digest Canada October 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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Country:
Canada
Language:
English
Publisher:
Readers Digest Canada
Frequency:
Monthly
R 45,70
R 228,97
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
survival instinct

A key ingredient of every issue of Reader’s Digest is the story we call Drama in Real Life. It’s a true tale about everyday people braving extraordinary circumstances. More often than not, they’re up against the wilderness and wild animals. (This is Canada, after all.) Over the last few months, we’ve run stories about unlucky men and women who’ve endured poisonous snake bites, grizzly attacks, forest fire infernos and freak blizzards. In one breathtaking account, a boy fell out of a tree face-first onto a barbecue skewer—and miraculously avoided certain death. In this issue, we’ve a literal cliffhanger. Brandon Hoogstra of Coquitlam, B.C., takes his seven-year-old son and six-year-old daughter hiking on a mountain. As night falls, they get lost. Hoogstra makes the hard choice to leave his kids stranded on a…

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contributors

HALEY LEWIS Writer, Ottawa “Funny Girl” Lewis’s work has been published by CBC, TVO and Broadview. She’s particularly proud of a series she worked on for HuffPost about urban Indigenous experiences across Canada. As a member of the urban Indigenous community herself, she’s interested in how city life intersects with Indigeneity. Read her story about the Indigenous comedy show Got Land? on page 8. MICHELLE THEODORE Illustrator, Edmonton “Open Up and Say Ha Ha” Theodore’s style is colourful, textured and intimate, and she often incorporates watercolour, gouache paint and pencil crayons. Earlier this year, her work was accepted into the Society of Illustrators show in New York—a true career highlight. The illustration she created for this issue is the first she’s ever had published in a magazine. Check it out on page 18. VICKY LAM Photographer, Toronto “Conquer Your Everyday…

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2 min
letters

ROOM FOR READING My husband and I have been Reader’s Digest subscribers since we married in 1984 and we love to bring the magazine with us on vacation. One of my favorite holiday photos is of me reading an issue while enjoying a lazy river in Las Vegas. I liked the peek Mark Pupo gave us into his book pile in his March 2020 editor’s letter. Mark mentioned that his list included “one or two guides to raising a preschooler.” I’d like to suggest he add the book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or Anyone Who Acts Like One), by Deborah MacNamara, to his stack. This book is a lovely companion on the parenting journey. Thanks again, Reader’s Digest, for all the books you’ve introduced to my husband and me in…

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3 min
funny girl

AS A KID, Janelle Niles loved to watch Just for Laughs on TV at home in Truro, N.S, not far from her Sipekne’katik First Nation community. If she was able to laugh at something, she felt, it couldn’t hurt her or be used against her. Now a 33-year-old massage therapy student and hospital security guard in Ottawa, she’s channelled her childhood obsession into a moonlighting gig as a stand-up comedian. But she was disappointed to be the only Indigenous comic on the bill most nights—and it didn’t take long for her to grow tired of being the “token.” Niles admired the comedian Kenny Robinson’s long-running, all-Black Yuk Yuk’s Toronto set, Nubian Show, and wondered, “Well, where’s ours?” First, she gave her all-Indigenous show a name. Got Land? is a nod to the…

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life’s like that

Community Building —SENSIBLYINTERESTING, imgur.com Why drive eight minutes when I can spend an extra $43 to have the food delivered to my doorstep? @BRANDONSLATERR The New Normal I’m okay with never shaking hands again. Never liked it in the first place. Just tip your hat at me like the young lady that I am. — MORGAN JENKINS, author I tried having my mother’s phone disconnected, but customer - service told me that since the account was in my dad’s name, he’d have to be the one to put in the request. The fact that he’d been dead for 40 years didn’t sway the rep. Then a solution hit me: “If I stop paying the bill, you can turn off the service, right?” “Well, yes,” she said reluctantly. “But that would ruin his credit.” — JEANNIE GIBBS You Don’t Know Me The…

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3 min
is it good to be sad?

In a recent livestreamed talk, you said we need sadness now more than ever. Why is that? Sadness is a feeling of futility. It comes when we stop trying to rationalize or problem-solve, and acknowledge that there’s something we can’t change. The most obvious example is when we lose a loved one—we fill that hole with tears as part of the grieving process. But people aren’t the only things we mourn. With COVID-19, we are mourning our rituals, our routines. So sadness can help us get through a difficult transition? Yes. Sadness is what keeps a tragedy from becoming a trauma. It’s a bridge that allows us to say goodbye to the old reality and adapt to the new. Adapting is different from adjusting. How so? You can proactively adjust—make changes to fit a certain…

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