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This Beautiful Wedding Took Place At A Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Last fall, Adrian's father Anthony started complaining of abdominal discomfort. Within a matter of weeks, Anthony was admitted to the Sunnybrook palliative care unit. Adrian and Rika knew his illness was becoming more severe, so with Anthony's blessing, decided to get married at the hospital.

How To Be Yourself So You Can Be Genuinely Loved

Sarah Scott | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Scott

A while ago I wrote a blog post about authenticity, you know being your true self no matter what. I worked on it off and on for a few days. Edited s...

My Mother Taught Me Living To 100 Is All About Attitude

Beverley Golden | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

When people ask what her "secret" is, she laughs, as she honestly cannot believe she is 100. That's a big part of what aging well looks like, too. Of all the lessons my mother leaves those who know her, is her love of living and desire to be here. To be active, to contribute and to live life to the max, regardless of your circumstances.

Teaching Kids About Sex: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Lyba Spring | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lyba Spring

Let's teach young people about emotional and sexual intimacy, so that when they are ready to engage in more sophisticated sexual activity, they are able to be present, find connection, take risks, experience erotic intimacy, communicate their desires, explore and be authentic.

How Dating Can Be A Spiritual Experience

Rachel Scott | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

Whenever we meet someone, some deep part of our psyche perks up and says, "I don't know why, but this person that I just met is incredibly important and they could be the absolute key to my happiness and well-being for the rest of my life." The endorphins kick in, the toes start to tingle and pretty soon we've imagined the relationship, the marriage, the kids and the divorce before the second date.

The Biggest Lie We Can Believe Is That We Are Alone

Shawna Scafe | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

This lie shuts us down, blocks out others, isolates us, shames us and perpetuates those heavy feelings and weight of our already hefty burdens. So don't make another excuse not to call. Pick up the phone, my dear friend. I will listen to your story one more time, and one more time again.

Why I'm A Conscientious Objector To Valentine's Day

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 02.14.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

I'm all for feeling and expressing love, but the idea that we need an official day to remind us to do so is a bit sad. Really, Valentine's Day -- regardless of the saint behind it -- is a commercial construct whose purpose is to wrestle money from our guilty wallets, as we try to make up for the other 364 days we feel we failed to express our feelings sufficiently.

5 Relationship Types Proving There Really Is Someone For Everyone

Collette Gee | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

As humans we share an innate desire to connect with others. However, not all people seek to connect for the same reasons, or in the same way. Some people choose to connect a little. While some people need to connect a lot.

How To Win The Heart Of A Mother This Valentine's Day

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

As a busy mom, I don't value the standard gifts of Valentine's Day the way I did as a young bride and I think many women out there think the same way. We don't need the extra calories of heart-shaped chocolate or expensive, cut flowers that wilt and die in a few days or a store-bought card that lacks originality.

4 Types Of Friends A Widow Needs

Her Magazine | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My husband Matthew passed away from brain cancer last August. He was 39 years old. I now find myself a single mother of 3 young children. As I've started to heal over these last 6 months, I've been thinking a lot about friendship and the different people in my life.

Married After One Date

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

That's right! My husband and I had just one date before our wedding. Wise men say Only fools rush in But I can't help falling in love with you I'd n...

For A Happy Valentine's Day, Forget The Romance

Rachel Scott | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

You heard me. Set romance aside with all of its ideas about candlelit dinners and flowers. Think about what you love to do. Rock climbing? Great! Museum-crawling? Delightful! Let go of the traditional and think outside the box.

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

The Perfect Valentine's Day Menu (From An Executive Chef)

Stephen Perrin | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

As an executive chef at four restaurants, V-Day allows me to get playful in the kitchen. A Valentine's dinner needs to be pretty -- a visual feast as well as culinary. It should quench one kind of hunger, and hopefully replace it with another. Consider food and drink part of foreplay. It's all part of the seduction.

A Swoon-Worthy Valentine's Day Menu To Impress Your Love

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Opt for a few aces up your sleeves this Valentine's Day. To add some context to this statement, I reference a timeless adage: "The way to someone's heart is through their stomach." There's no denying the truth in those words. Attaining culinary success in spades can guarantee you affection in return.

Learning A Language Is Like Falling In Love

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

I'm enjoying carrying on an affair with you and really don't expect anything in return. But I know from experience with other language affairs that I get more out of my relationship than I put in. The rewards are personal, cultural and even professional. The rewards are immense.

These 'Romantic' Gestures In Media Can Be Abusive In Real Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

On TV and in the movies, we see men and women exhibiting terrible behaviours, but the characters on the receiving end most often react as though these actions were reasonable and acceptable, giving the viewing audience the wrong message about how to go about their own relationships.

5 Ways For Single People To Have More Love On Valentine's Day

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Even if you feel lonely on Valentine's Day, you can bring more love to yourself and to others. And who knows, with all this love in your heart, you might just attract a new partner into your life in the coming days. Here are five ways to do just that.

Texters, Daters And The Challenges Of Modern Love

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In speaking with numerous women over the past several years, I've heard all sorts of dating stories, and it seems that there are two types of men, these days: men who want to meet in person and men who don't: the daters and the texters.

Dating Dos And Don'ts In The Age Of Jian Ghomeshi

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Today, more than ever, a woman needs to know what to look for on a first date; the things that would make it great, as well as the red flags she should be aware of, in order to be safe.

Life After Losing A Mom

Oendrila Majumder | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Oendrila Majumder

In 2013, my mother died. The moment when the doctors asked me to "pull the plug," I knew my life would never again be the same. Her death hasn't addressed any questions or fears I had about dying, but it's given me new insights on how to move forward with life.

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe ...

Turn Your 2016 Bucket List Into A Love List

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Whether your heart's desires are world travel, writing a book, creating a blog, speaking to groups, starting a family, rock climbing or attending Burning Man, turn them into a love list -- and toss away the bucket.

8 Relationship Resolutions Every Couple Should Make

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, we all love a fresh start, don't we? But between charging up that new Fitbit and vowing to stay on budget, be sure to make a few promises to your sweetheart. Here are eight relationship resolutions every couple should make.

Explore New Female Erogenous Zones

Her Magazine | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

Despite what porn and Hollywood lead us to believe, women's erotic networks of nerve endings, erogenous zones, and pleasure options are more complicated than for penises. While erotic hotspots and pleasure techniques in men are generally more universal and consistently popular, the sources of arousal and pleasure in women are more varied from person-to-person.