My Life as a Tomato

Tomatoes love the sun. It’s in our genes. We once grew wild in Peru and Ecuador, in blazing colours varieties and flavours. The Spanish conquistadors came in the 16th century and were knocked out by our gorgeous colour, appealing shape and unique fragrance. They uprooted us, took us to their ships, and we began an adventure that made us world-class cuisine stars. We bombed in Spain. So they took us to Morocco and billed us as pomi di mori or Moorish apples. We opened in Naples as pomodori, Golden apples. In France, we brought the house down as pommes d’amour, love apples, and were given aphrodisiac status. They pooh-poohed us in the British Isles. Our family cousins, Belladonna, deadly nightshade, are well known poisons. Only our leaves are toxic. Still they admitted we were gorgeous and used us to decorate arbours. By the 19th century, we were superstars, the core of Mediterranean cuisine. Continue reading “My Life as a Tomato”

Chasing Happiness in Antigua

I arrive on a Sunday and head over to Shirley Heights Lookout on English Harbour to watch the sunset. The sounds of a steel-drum band are mesmerizing and suddenly I’m swaying to the music. The crowd on this plateau is in the hundreds, and there’s a sense of camaraderie and fun. Everyone knows that this is the best barbecue on the island. The aroma is intoxicating. I pass my plate to the grill man, and he piles on ribs, chicken and fish until I say stop, then with Rum Punch in hand, I squeeze onto a bench at one of the picnic tables and gaze out at sea and sky. “You’re a long way from home, Sara Waxman,” I say to myself, and I know that my vacation has begun. Continue reading “Chasing Happiness in Antigua”

Staying on Track With Your Fitness Plans

Okay. You’ve joined the gym and created a program for yourself. You’ve packed the workout essentials you need for the gym. You imagine a new, tight, sleek body for the summer season and a barely there wardrobe. You begin with great zeal and go to the gym regularly, do your workout and follow a healthy food plan. You see some results, and then, you slack off. It seems that it is never the right time: too early, too late, too busy, too tired, and then, you just stop thinking about going. Motivation has vanished. You pay your monthly fee and try to forget. Why? Why? Why? Continue reading “Staying on Track With Your Fitness Plans”

Reveling in Ravello

We begin to understand Italy’s five minute rule. By the time we reach Ravello, we’ve been in Italy fourteen days, and something has become abundantly clear. Everything is five minutes and nothing is five minutes. There is a chasm between our driver’s interpretation of imagined time and real-time, but no matter, there is no need to rush. Continue reading “Reveling in Ravello”

Spicy Jamaican Lemonade

We Called Her Sexy Lexy

An exotic creature who came to our Manitoba town from Paris one summer. She knew everything there was to know about beauty. She always took lemons to the beach. We, of course, copied everything she did and by mid-July we all had wonderful golden sun streaks in our winter brown hair. We didn’t know then that lemon oil contains furanocoumarin compounds that act as photo-sensitizing agents, which increased sensitivity to ultraviolet light. We only knew that it bleached our hair in a most natural looking way. Sexy Lexy even understood aromatherapy before it had to name. The handkerchief in the pocket of her pedal pushers was always scented from rubbing it over of fresh lemon, extracting the aromatic zest from the tiny oil globes in the rind. She’d touch her hanky to her nose. “It clears my head and makes me feel good,” she’d say. “It helps me make up my mind.” Continue reading “Spicy Jamaican Lemonade”

Ask Sara: The Axe is About to Drop

Tormented? Perplexed? Issues have you tossing and turning? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind. Or wait! Ask Sara…


I received an internal memo from my boss that was intended for her boss. In the note she indicated that a co-worker, who is also my friend, is about to be fired. Should I let my pal know the axe is about to drop?
Mulling over Mixup


My dear Mulling,
Do the right thing. As for the privileged information you inadvertently received, erase it from your memoryscape, and anonymously redirect the memo to the intended recipient. By telling your colleague, you could be violating internal company procedure. Have you considered that you are being tested? If she sues, you might wind up testifying in a wrongful dismissal case. And, stranger things have happened, what if the powers that be change their minds? To compound being a tattletale, you could lose a friend. It’s human nature to shoot the messenger. Actually, it’s none of your business. Resist the urge, because despite your good intentions, you could create a mess that could also cost you your job. She will know soon enough, and as a friend, you will be there with a shoulder to cry on.
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Ask Sara: How Can I Get My Man To…?

Tormented? Perplexed? Issues have you tossing and turning? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind. Or wait! Ask Sara…


My boyfriend hates giving oral sex, but I have a difficult time reaching an orgasm during intercourse. We’ve been together for almost a year now. Should I just let this go?


My dear Unfulfilled,
Trust me. Just take these three easy steps. First, call the best Spa in town and make an appointment for a Brazilian. Second, soak in an aromatherapy tub. Third, entice your man into bed. Think feline, and don’t be surprised if he’s swept away in a sea of passion. On the other hand, you may not get to him that way. Try some earthy sex chat. Use your imagination to its ‘enth degree. The last resort, have a serious talk about “you Tarzan, me Jane,” and find out what is at the core of this. Be honest.
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Health Matters: Is Diet or Exercise More Important?

Diet or Exercise? What Works?

This interactive infographic from the Pritikin Longevity Centre has taken all the key scientific findings on successful weight management and distilled them into an engaging, easy-to-understand format. Continue reading “Health Matters: Is Diet or Exercise More Important?”