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Author: Patti Shales Lefkos

Fair Trade?

It’s a perfect Saturday afternoon for window-shopping along Main Street in Penticton. I spot a string of Buddhist prayer flags poised above Asian clothing in a window display and step into Red Bag. Instantly I’m engulfed in a kaleidoscope of hand-loomed silk and cotton scarves and hand-knit outerwear. Strings of gaily-coloured paper lanterns, crafted by a women’s co-op in a high-ceilinged new building in the Kathmandu suburb of Bhaktapur, crisscross the store above racks of striped Nepali homespun clothing and piles of yak-leather purses. It’s one of the busiest stores on the street. A tall teen is trying on...

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Tea party

Nothing political about this soothing cuppa "Where there’s tea, there is hope.” Printed on a sedate black and gold magnet, this quote by 19th century British actor and playwright Sir Arthur Pinero holds a place of honour on my fridge. Tea time has forever served my family well, particularly at our Ontario island. Construction projects, swimming, waterskiing and gardening come to a full stop at three each summer afternoon. Steeped in tradition, the significance of our daily respite crashed home after a single windstorm felled more than 250 trees on our paradise. In five terrifying midnight minutes cottages were...

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gen Z

Whazzup with today’s youth? Seems like they’re always texting or listening to music, earbud wires dangling, a distracted look on their faces—or glued to the screen of a laptop in some bustling coffeehouse. Do they spend more time with friends electronically than talking face to face? What lies ahead for this Internet Generation? Sometimes referred to as digital natives, most of today’s high school, college and university students can’t conceive of life before computers and instant communications. Their earliest memories include playing Super Mario and Nintendo Games and learning All The Right Type and Paint on boxy home and...

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Love the outdoors but tired of roughing it? Glamour camping is the latest al fresco indulgence and may be just what you’re looking for. Enjoy nature, while pampering yourself just a little. I open my eyes. A narrow strip of sunlight sneaks through the slit between the tent flaps, canvas dust dancing in its rays. The first thing I see right above my head on the roof of the tent is a hairy brown dock spider. It’s bigger than my four-year-old hand, even with my fingers stretched out as far as they can go. The thinning damp grey canvas...

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