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Beyond Las Vegas with Family

by Diana in the September 2018 issue of City Parent As we head northeast from Las Vegas toward the Valley of Fire, we listen to an iPod playlist of Gram Parsons’ Ooh Las Vegas, Joni Mitchell’s The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines and Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. We are definitely getting into the mood. […]

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Luxury Escapes

by Diana in Travel Life in Spring 2018 In the spirit of indulgence, book a luxury experience on your next getaway People often equate luxury with expense. And, of course, “high end” can also mean big dollars. But it doesn’t have to. The five Canadian experiences highlighted here are about pampering, but they are also about […]

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Yoga, stretched

by Diana in Best Health February/March 2018 Had it with Hatha? Bored of Bikram? Maybe it’s time to roll up your yoga mat in search of a new way to downward dog. There’s no lack of available options. Here are a few to contemplate. | by DIANA BALLON FOR MOST OF US, THE WORD YOGA […]

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Magdalen Islands

Magdalen Islands

by Diana in September 2018 issue of Forever Young When I was booking my flight to the Magdalen Islands, my travel agent told me I should be at the airport 2.5 hours early because she thought I was taking an international flight—from Toronto. As I was soon to learn, many people are unfamiliar with this […]

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The Road to Wellness

by Diana in The READ Winter 2017–18 Melanie-Anne ATKINS’00 draws on her own experience to drive her passion for mental health literacy When Melanie-Anne ATKINS’00 got her job as wellness coordinator at Western University in 2016, she was also completing her PhD full time, singing and dancing in a Broadway show choir, and teaching dance. Her […]

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Confidentially speaking…

by Diana in June/July 2018 issue of Best Health Every woman has her secrets, bien sur. But there are times when spilling the beans is the right thing to do given that you very health and happiness could depend on it. So, when should you ‘fess up rather than shut up? Diana Ballon dishes on […]

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Exploring the South Shore of the St. Lawrence

by Diana on travelalerts.ca August 2017 Although I grew up in Montreal, I was never introduced as a child to Quebec’s rich geography, history and beauty that spreads itself like a rich tapestry across the rest of the province. But I did this summer—and I had the joy of doing this with my own family. […]

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It’s Your Move

by Diana in Best Health October/November 2017 So you’re thinking of decluttering but the idea of your stuff going to landfill is a non-starter? No worries, there are a lot of innovative possibilities. Writer Diana Ballon unpacks your options. I tried not to read into it when my sister gave me Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing […]

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Charlevoix: Between steep mountains and deep blue sea

by Diana on May 16, 2018 in City Parent Ah Charlevoix. Here is a place you can go to be seduced by beauty, immersed in culture, inspired by the art, and sated by its bounty. If you live in central Canada, the seduction can occur not far from home. Drive a mere hour northeast of […]

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Among the Poppies and Quiet Roads of the Loire Valley

by Diana in April & May, 2018 in Canadian Cycling Magazine When I left Toronto last June for a six-day cycling trip in the Loire Valley, I was feeling run down from work and battling a cold. But when I arrived in France, I miraculously started to feel better. Cycling the Loire Valley is like […]

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