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Members of European royalty are no strangers to drama. Twice in the last 30 years they designated a certain year as an Annus Horribilis (Horrible Year). As recently as 2007 Juan Carlos I, the king of Spain, called that year an Annus Horribilis. A few years earlier Quee...

Remember when you were little and your mom hasn’t yet lost hope to instill good table manners in you, she would say: “Keep your elbows off the table” and maybe even sang you a song:

Mary, Mary, strong and able,        ...

Although this is going to be about muscles and joints, I will not bore you with anatomical diagrams. Look instead at these paintings of people socializing in large groups unafraid and having a great time.

The 17th century painting by Pieter Brueghel, 19th century canvas...

Earlier today I completed a 60 minute massage treatment, washed hands, chatted with the client, collected the payment, replaced the linens, shut the music, turned off the lights, stepped out and locked the door of the Breathe Spa, where I am employed as a massage thera...

When whole countries are on a lock-down and you can’t travel overseas or go on a cruise, when Canada cancels hockey and Costco is out of toilet paper, when schools close and your company tells you to work from home, when your neighbour is afraid to shake hands with you...

If you sometimes look at my Facebook page and the blog, you might have noticed that I haven’t written anything since November. Was it because of the holidays? Have I been boozing with abandon, while forgetting my professional responsibilities?

Maybe. But that’s not the...

November 6, 2019

In the Spanish Inquisition section of the Medieval Torture Museum in Amsterdam, among such pain tools as the Rack, the Pear of Anguish and assorted thumbscrews, there is this little doozy, used to crush wrists of heretics and others holding politically incorrect views....

September 15, 2019

Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch lived 500 years ago, but like all real art, his paintings carry their meaning through the passage of time. In this one “The Magician”, the life scene in a medieval city can be readily recognized and appreciated by us even today.

The centra...

August 16, 2019

If you can’t help others, at least don’t hurt them” said Dalai Lama. As massage therapists, we do both, and there is a fair measure of disagreement among us about inflicting pain on our clients.

What follows is my take on this subject, which might differ from the views...

The title, of course, is a reference to the Latin saying “O tempora O mores” (Oh the times! Oh the morals!), used by the Roman orator Cicero, as he proclaimed his disdain for the morals of the day. Tempora means “time” in Latin, and Temporal bones (one on each sid...

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