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Whether we are aware of it or not, movement is a form of medicine and staying active helps reduce stress and anxiety. Getting your heart rate up and sweating once a day releases the feel good endorphins that I’m going to go ahead and say, we could probably all use right about now. 

What an unbelievable time to be alive! For the first time in over a hundred years, we are witnessing new and trying times as we step forward into the uncharted territory of a global pandemic. As a community, and in true Fernie fashion, we are coming together to support one another and make the best of an unknown situation.

You’re all doing a fantastic job. Just look around at what’s being done in our community, families reaching out to support one another, volunteers leaping to be there for our more vulnerable population, businesses reinventing themselves to not only make it through this but to be there for us during this time, the Elk Valley Hospital, City of Fernie, Fernie Food Share, Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Fernie… and countless additional organizations working around the clock to ensure we are safe, healthy, feel secure, and that we’re going to make it through this.

I had planned to write an article about trying to be greener when it comes to the products you put in and on your body, the way you consume and dispose of goods in your home, as well as examine options in health care for being a little more green. All of this has become really challenging when we are going through a pandemic.

Setting the scene: We’re in the midst of COVID-19. It’s the first Saturday of Spring Break, and in true Fernie fashion a chilly storm is upon us and it’s too cold to ski. I have a cold and am self-isolating, so am working from home. You can just imagine the state of affairs in our household. Forts abound on every floor. 

The featured dog this month is Koda! The smiley red-headed boy who has more friends than he can count on all four paws. He’s humble about it, in fact, he’s the balanced social type who doesn’t have to say hi to everyone but always gets along.

There is nothing more rewarding than watching your children thrive on the mountain. Seeing their genuine enjoyment of snow, skiing and shredding. To watch them fall in love with exactly what you love: Fernie powder.

Being a parent may be one of the most joyful experiences imaginable. Although, we sometimes forget about the joy of being parents among all the tantrums, whining and fighting. The days feel too short, we are tired and our patience level can be low.

Love. A complex emotion explored through books, poetry, art and song for centuries. Discussed and debated in depth by theologists, philosophers, psychologists, and among friends and family.

Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter, produced in the brain by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. It is perhaps best known for its involvement in childbirth and breastfeeding but its actions and potential benefits go far beyond the period of childbearing.