Science backs up what we all know intuitively: touch not only feels good, it is essential to our emotional and physical well-being.
Touching is fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. It calms cardiovascular stress. It evokes safety and trust. It stimulates the brain to release feel-good chemicals that we produce naturally to encourage such behaviour (serotonin, dopamine and endorphins). Continue reading Hugging regularly brings health and happiness Physical contact helps us bond with our loved ones
Life gets busy and it’s easy to neglect yourself when caught up in the endless responsibilities, social events, or problems. Yet, it’s crucial to take some time for self-care. Read some ideas from Rat Creek Press contributors.
Continue reading Taking some time to focus on self-care The importance of tending to your own needs
Karen Gunn is intimately acquainted with death. She lost her mother when she was six years old.
“I lived my whole life with people being sad for me,” Gunn said.
Continue reading Terminally ill have options with new business A Long Kiss Goodbye has end of life concierge services
Gérard Forget looks across the ice rink at his garden plot. One can imagine his mind is underneath the snow, working into the dirt with springtime dreams of peas, corn, and beans.
Forget coordinates the Alberta Avenue Community Garden-Jardin Communautaire Alberta Avenue. At this time of the year, he plans the garden and finds gardeners who want to share their passion with their neighbours.
Continue reading Gérard Forget is a man with many roles Local resident enriches community with his passions
Hollingworth’s Studio no longer exists, but photographer Hubert Alan Hollingworth left a legacy.
As a photographer, he documented life in Edmonton over three decades. As a volunteer at the City of Edmonton Archives, he also made huge contributions.
Continue reading A labour of love for the benefit of all Hubert Hollingworth is part of our local history
Farming in Colombia so near the equator sheds a whole new meaning on the cliché, “early to bed, early to rise.” The sun sets around 5:40 and rises 12 hours later, give or take a few minutes. I cannot recall the last time I was asleep by 7:30 p.m., let alone night after night. I’m here working as a volunteer.
Continue reading The work really is never done on a farm What it means to work on an organic farm in Colombia
On Feb. 10-12, Edmontonians have the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and participate in important discussions regarding institutional racism.
Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR) and Concordia University of Edmonton are organizing the Black History Month Celebration and the Social Justice Forum.
Continue reading Celebrate Black History Month This February, contribute to an important conversation
My name is Erin and I’m the new Community Safety Liaison with the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (also known as NET) for the Northwest division. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and explain my role.
Continue reading Introducing your Community Safety Liaison New NET member is ready to help the community
Hair stylist Timothie Hill has returned to 118 Avenue, and this time with a spa. Hill operated a salon on 87 Street just off 115 Avenue in Parkdale for almost 10 years. During that time, he contributed hairstyle makeovers to the Rat Creek Press.
After spending a few years on the south coast of British Columbia, Hill returned to Edmonton in 2009 to spend time with family. In 2014, he set up shop on Jasper Avenue and 117 Street.
Continue reading Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services
Next month, the building that housed Natalia’s Hair Salon will re-open as Jasmine Belle Cafe, a French-Vietnamese eatery and coffee shop.
Located on the northwest corner of 87 Street and Alberta Avenue, across from Handy Bakery, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with fare from both cultures, said owner and operator Joanna Nguyen-Savoie.
Continue reading French-Vietnamese eatery to open on the Ave Jasmine Belle Cafe to offer bubble tea and more