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Remember to take time each day to find a healthy pace, and work at fun and fellowship away from the farm.

Woes of the farm workaholic

Working too much is harming farmers and their families

Sometimes the overwhelming demands of farming cause the entire body to slump at the kitchen table. Worn hands stroking greying hair and the eyes are reddened and glassy. Farming is one of those businesses where you live at your workplace. There is no line between work and home. It seems that work is always just […] Read more


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How to help your farming father be really happy

What do fathers who are enjoying relationships with their successors say?

When I first typed out the title it was, “How to make your farming father really happy,” but that didn’t sit well because I believe that each of us as emotionally mature adults gets to wake up every morning and decide what our mood and responses will be. We get to choose to be happy […] Read more



Emma Stamm loves being hugged.

Stop putting off that care home visit

Many feel uncomfortable visiting care homes but here’s some tips to keep in mind

Anna* was a farm woman in her late 70s when a major stroke put her in a wheelchair and robbed her of her vocal and written language. Before the stroke Anna was active in her church and community and enjoyed spending time with friends. Her friends don’t come by so often anymore. Anna misses them. […] Read more


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Fondest food memories

Prairie Palate: So many good memories of my mom involved food

I lost my mom this spring. She had Alzheimer’s disease so, in a way, we had lost a great part of her already. It was incredibly sad. I was assigned the task of writing her obituary for the local newspapers. As I scanned the fondest memories of my mom, it seemed so many of them […] Read more



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Baked pork chop rice — Hong Kong style

This may look intimidating to make but it is well worth the effort

Editor’s note: Amy Jo Ehman will return. We are happy to have Diana Chan as a guest columnist while Amy Jo is away.
 Sizzling fried rice and crispy breaded pork chops topped with a flavourful tomato-based sauce and gooey cheese, all baked together in the oven. Gook joo pah fan, or baked pork chop rice, […] Read more


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How to talk with your boomer parents

Seeds of Encouragement: Here’s some tips that may be helpful to do just that

As a Hudson Institute Certified coach I’ve been taught to always ask, “How old are you?” This is not rude. This is a helpful piece of information to assess what key issues need to be talked about. Scott Zimmer of Bridgeworks has helped me with decoding helpful language for communication between the generations. Here’s some […] Read more



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Ring in the International Year of Pulses with this recipe

Prairie Palate: United Nations has declared this for 2016 — and with good reason

Take your pulse. Not that pulse. I’m talking lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas. The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. That’s something we can celebrate here on the Canadian Prairies, where we grow more pulses than most places on earth. But we don’t eat them, not nearly enough. Almost all our pulse […] Read more


How to prevent divorce on farms

Divorce can wreak havoc and is one of the biggest threats to farm family legacy

A new year of possibilities. My parents married December 27, 1955. My brothers each chose to marry that same week in 1984, and 1990. I, being the rebel got married on Independence Day, July 4, 1981. Wes and I have outlasted Chuck and Di who married the same year, same month. Divorce is one of the […] Read more



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Resolutions for 2016

Prairie Palate: Because they all revolve around food they are likely to last

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, and for that I usually look to the kitchen. My resolutions always seem to revolve around food. One year I resolved to eat more potatoes. The next year, to eat more beans. The following year, to eat berries every day. Another year I pledged to make a pot of […] Read more


Carol Schroeder with her artworks.

Preserving farm memories

Home Quarter: Woman uses art and autobiography to do just that

What began as two different hobbies for Carol Schroeder have both developed into successful ventures. Her first endeavour involves using pressed flowers to make items like decorative cards. Schroeder grew up on a farm northwest of Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Inspired by her grandmothers, she loved arts and crafts, including knitting, weaving, painting, sewing and embroidery. “I […] Read more