Katrina Clarke | August 9, 2017 | CBC Life
When you enter a forest with Ronda Murdock, you introduce yourself to plants, you imagine your feet planting roots and you just might make friends with a tree.
This is forest bathing. It’s a meditative-like practice which involves immersing oneself in nature, sometimes with a guide, like Murdock, and interacting with your surroundings using all five senses. It has origins in Japan, where it has links to ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices and was dubbed Shinrin-yoku, meaning “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing,” by the government in 1982. There, it is now considered a cornerstone of preventative health initiatives after the government poured USD $4-million into intensive research on the benefits of forest bathing.
But what is it, really? Continue reading
Katrina Clarke | July 28, 2017 | CBC Life
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On the morning of August 21, a dark shadow will cross over North America. The temperature will drop, people will see stars and a fiery halo will appear in the sky.
No, it’s not the apocalypse – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse.
“We happen to be at a very lucky place in the universe and a very lucky place in earth’s history and time to be able to see this complete blocking out of sun,” said Jesse Brydle, a science educator at Science World British Columbia. “It’s a very rare occurrence and it happens for a very brief moment.”
Katrina Clarke | July 14 | CBC Life
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Camping… in the snow… gave me a whole new appreciation for Canada’s beauty, and as you can imagine, for Mother Nature’s extremes. After a few beers on a warm Vancouver evening, I accepted the unusual invite from people I’d just met to hike B.C.’s Mount Garabaldi. “Expect some snow,” my new friends told me.
A few days later, after driving north for two hours north and hiking uphill for four hours, we reached our campsite. It was covered in waist-deep snow. The scenic, usually turquoise Garabaldi Lake was almost totally iced over. Continue reading
Katrina Clarke | July 6 |CBC Life
Some women tense up, others moan and some… sneeze?
The female orgasm is a complex physiological process that involves everything from muscle contractions to flushed skin to hormone release. And while most women’s bodies respond to orgasm in similar ways, some experience rare reactions, including sneezing and hallucinating, according to a recent paper published in the Sexual Medicine Reviews journal.
Katrina Clarke | July 5, 2017 | CBC Life
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore with their daughter (centre) and Willis’ wife, Emma Hemming (left). (Getty Images)
Corinne Krepel-Bernatt and her then-husband, Adam, were in their 40s, together for half their lives, parents to two young kids, when they realized they were great friends but not in love.
They split up in 2013, but that didn’t stop them from remaining friends or devoted parents – a hard-fought outcome she encourages all parents to work toward.
“I’m not going to say that it’s easy,” said Krepel-Bernatt. “I know that it is difficult but people have to put their children first. They have to put the childishness, the pettiness, revenge, jealousy, obsession with material things – it has to be pushed aside.”
Katrina Clarke | June 29, 2017 | CBC Life
Photo courtesy Knixwear
You know the scene: You’re going about your day, oblivious to what’s going on inside your uterus, and – bam. You got your period.
Easing the woes of women on their periods – woes including stained underwear, stress over leaks and general discomfort – has long been the goal of the period product producers. But even in recent decades, women were limited to choices of bulky pads or disposable tampons. The need for change was long coming and, in recent years, new products have revolutionized the menstruation industry from both environmental and consumer choice perspectives.
“Part of being a woman is menstruating,” said Joanna Griffiths, CEO of Knixwear, the Toronto-based company that makes leak-proof underwear for adults and teens. “(Periods are) not going anywhere. The more you can turn it into a non-issue the better.”
Katrina Clarke | June 20, 2017 | CBC Life
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Refugee crises are unfolding across the world, but chances are good that you’re not donating to help victims anywhere. The question is… why?
The answer is a complex one; it involves bad marketing, donor fatigue and the limitations of human empathy, say marketing experts. And it’s a problem specific to refugee crises, considering people were three times less likely to donate to help Syrian refugees than they were to victims of the Nepal earthquake or the Japanese tsunami, according to GlobalGiving relief organization as reported recently in the New York Times. It seems refugee causes don’t hit the same generosity triggers.
“Promoting any kind of a charity these days is extremely difficult,” said Ken Wong, Marketing Professor at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business. “The causes are all equally good… it does end up coming down to the quality of the appeal that’s made. It is, to be crass, a merchandizing issue.”
Katrina Clarke | June 13, 2017 | CBC Life
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It’s late at night in a sleepy Vancouver neighbourhood when, in the distance, I see neon lights rolling toward me.
“Bike rave!” someone shouts out as he cycles past, music blaring from a boombox hitched to his bike, followed by some 40 cyclists decked out in neon clothes, bright lights twisting around their bike frames.
While still a relatively underground phenomenon, Vancouver bike raves have been rising in popularity over the past decade. The events are typically free, come-one-come-all street parties, where participants dress up in costume, decorate bikes with neon lights and tote around sound systems to play music. Ravers gather at a set point at a set time, usually dusk, and head off along a pre-planned route, pausing at pit stops for high-energy dance parties. It’s a party on wheels that lasts a few hours and sometimes involves drinking and drug use, according to past attendees. They’re happening in cities around the world, including Melbourne and Auckland, but Vancouver is the rumoured birthplace of the bike rave.
Katrina Clarke | June 2 | CBC Life
I’m sinking my feet into warm sand at Vancouver’s Wreck Beach on a recent Sunday when a slim, bronzed man catches my attention. I watch him, struck by how graceful, streamlined and almost animal-like he is as he darts across the beach, jumping up to catch a Frisbee … completely nude.
I remain in awe – eyes averted – of this man’s body confidence at the clothing-optional beach for the remainder of the afternoon. Was it his nudity that bred confidence? Or his confidence that bred nudity? It got me wondering: should we all be getting a little more naked this summer? After all, proponents of non-sexual nudity rave about the benefits. Body positivity advocates say stripping down can help build self-confidence, feminists say nudity can help desexualize the female form, and nudists say it’s just natural and freeing.