World Environment Day, June 5: This day encourages global awareness and action to protect the environment.

Father's Day, June 16: Not an official holiday.

Juneteenth, June 19: A day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

International Yoga Day, June 21: Creating awareness about the holistic nature of yoga and incorporating it into our daily lives.

Take Your Dog to Work Day, June 21: Celebrated annually on the Friday after Father’s Day.

Aboriginal Day, June 21: (NWT only).

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day - Monday, June 24, 2024: (Quebec only).


In the imaginative realms of science fiction, advanced prosthetics like Luke Skywalker's iconic robotic hand, symbolize a future where technology integrates seamlessly with the human body. This future edges closer with each technological leap, notably the development of prosthetic hands that can sense temperature, marking a significant advance for amputees.

These prosthetics, equipped with temperature-sensing fingertips, bridge the gap between loss and recovery by allowing wearers to feel warmth or cold, mimicking the natural sensation of a biological limb. The innovation, known as MiniTouch, uses readily available electronic components, making it a viable option for enhancing existing prosthetic designs with heat-sensing capabilities.

As we venture into this new era, the promise of more sophisticated prosthetics looms on the horizon. The prosthetics market, already exceeding $8 billion, is poised for further growth with these sensory enhancements, turning science fiction dreams into tangible realities and improving the lives of millions.


The words of Paulo Coelho in "The Alchemist" serve as a beacon for anyone who is on the verge of pursuing a dream or has ever dared to dream: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

This profound statement is not just a piece of advice; it's a statement that speaks to the heart of every dreamer.

Imagine that every star in the sky is a guide, every breeze whispers encouragement, and every obstacle is merely a stepping stone on the path to fulfilling your destiny.

For some people, the idea that the universe aligns itself to our desires is a testament to the power of intention and belief, and suggests that our dreams might not be just fleeting wishes but, instead, calls to action — calls that pull us toward our ultimate purpose.

To live by this quote is to embrace the possibility that nothing is too ambitious, too big or too far- fetched.

It's a reminder that the journey toward your dreams might be fraught with challenges that are designed not to deter you, but to forge you into the person who can achieve those dreams.

It’s a reminder that while the path may not always be clear, and the outcomes not always immediate, there is a force greater than ourselves that wants us to succeed.


Feeling down or just in need of a quick pick-me-up? Boosting your mood doesn't always require a grand gesture or a significant life change.

Step into the sunlight. Exposure to natural sunlight can increase serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood elevation. Just a few minutes outside can brighten your spirits.

Listen to upbeat music. Music has a powerful effect on mood. Play your favorite upbeat tunes to lift your spirits and get a burst of happiness.

Laugh. Watch a funny video, read a comic strip, or talk with someone who makes you laugh. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

Move your body. A quick walk, a few stretches, or a mini dance session can release endorphins, improve circulation, and shift your mood positively.


Although magnesium is crucial for more than 300 biochemical reactions, it often goes unnoticed. It aids in stress and anxiety reduction, enhances sleep quality, supports bone health, promotes heart health, and helps control blood sugar levels. Because of its broad impact, magnesium supplementation can be beneficial, especially for people who get an insufficient amount of it from their diet, such as individuals with dietary restrictions or specific health conditions.

Although magnesium is found in such foods as leafy greens, nuts, and whole grains, supplementation might be necessary for optimal health. However, before starting any supplement regimen, consult with a healthcare professional who can offer personalized advice and ensure magnesium supplementation is safe and effective for your specific health needs.

Incorporating magnesium into your daily routine, whether through diet or supplements, can offer numerous health benefits.


This vibrant spring vegetable soup is a feast for the eyes and a boon for your immune system. Packed with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and spices known for their health benefits, it's gluten-free, vegan, and absolutely delicious.


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 cup chopped asparagus

1 cup chopped kale or spinach

1 cup of canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger, grated

6 cups vegetable broth (gluten-free)

1  teaspoon lemon zest

2  tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper, to taste

Fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish


Sauté veggies: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are slightly softened, for about 5 minutes.

Add more veggies and spices: Stir in the zucchini, asparagus, kale (or spinach), chickpeas, turmeric, and ginger. Cook for another 2–3 minutes until the spices are fragrant.

Simmer: Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Final touches: Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes. ENJOY!


With the arrival of spring, our gardens beckon us to immerse our hands in the soil and nurture life from the ground up. During this season, let's embrace eco-friendly gardening practices that not only benefit our green spaces but also the planet. Sustainable gardening involves using resources in a way that doesn't deplete them, from harvesting rainwater for irrigation to choosing native plants that thrive in your region without excessive water or chemical fertilizers.

Composting, another cornerstone of eco-friendly gardening, transforms kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil that can help reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. Moreover, adopting integrated pest management (IPM) strategies can minimize the need for pesticides, focusing instead on natural pest-control methods and promoting biodiversity in your garden.

Creating a pollinator-friendly garden by planting a variety of flowers that bloom at different times of the year can support local bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. By adopting these sustainable practices, we can cultivate our gardens in harmony with nature and foster a healthier environment for future generations.


Embracing gratitude isn't just about saying “thank you”; it's a lifestyle change that can significantly enhance your mental and emotional well-being. Studies show that people who regularly practice gratitude by acknowledging the good in their lives are happier, less stressed, and more resilient in the face of challenges.

Starting a gratitude journal, where you jot down a few things you're thankful for each day, can shift your focus from what's lacking to the abundance around you.

This simple act fosters a positive mindset, improves sleep, and strengthens relationships. In a world that often emphasizes what we're missing, choosing gratitude helps us appreciate what we have, making for a fuller, more satisfying life.


As spring heralds the arrival of a bounty of fruits and vegetables, it offers the perfect opportunity to capture the essence of the season in a jar through homemade preserves. From the tangy sweetness of strawberry jam to the savory depth of pickled asparagus, preserves allow us to savor the flavors of spring long after the season has passed.

Starting with strawberries, rhubarb, and early cherries, spring provides a plethora of options for jams, jellies, and marmalades. Embracing the art of preserving doesn’t just yield delicious results; it also encourages us to connect with our food sources, understand the rhythm of seasons, and reduce food waste.

If you are new to preserving, then such simple recipes as strawberry jam or quick pickles can be a great start. Remember, the key to great preserves is fresh, quality produce, so take advantage of your local farmers' market. Whether you're a seasoned canner or a curious novice, the process of preserving can be a rewarding way to engage with the abundance of spring.


Contrast Flavors: Combine contrasting flavors, such as sweet and sour, or salty and bitter, to create depth.

Mind the Texture: Mix various textures, such as crunchy with creamy, to enhance the eating experience.

Season Smartly: Use salt, acid, fat, and heat judiciously to elevate the main ingredients without overpowering them.

Add Freshness: Incorporate fresh herbs or a squeeze of citrus to brighten rich or heavy dishes.

Taste as You Go: Continually taste and adjust seasonings to ensure a harmonious balance in every bite.

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