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Gum disease is really an issue. Receding gums is among the very first indications of gum disease. Receding gums have been really an issue forever. Receding gums can definitely sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. Receded gums are measured with regard to attachment loss. This results in further gum recession.

Most individuals need a better degree of gum care. If you have one or more teeth that appear longer compared to the same tooth within the opposite phase of the mouth, it could be afflicted by the recession. This is a typical condition for adults over the age of 40.

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I’m here to let you know, there is not anything to growing your own comfrey. There is a broad range of treatment alternatives available for addressing this issue. Unfortunately, gums do not typically repair themselves. The principal source of gum recession is a result of gum disease.

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  1. Antibiotics shouldn’t be a very first choice in gum care. In many cases you can’t re-grow gum tissue all on your own. Yes, deficiency of several vital nutrients inside your body is, in addition, accountable for poor oral health and receding gums.
  2. Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing all-natural remedy with plenty of uses. Hydrogen peroxide is quite a safe, effective all-natural sanitizer. See, oil is viscous, therefore it’s sticky. The result is really a dark-brown, not particularly awful tasting tea. Mouthwash isn’t viscous in any respect.
  3. Coconut oil may be used every single day for a preventative way of receding gums and also for general oral hygiene.
  4. Green tea reduces inflammation of the gums as well as assists in destroying the bacteria within the mouth that can result in periodontal difficulties.
  5. You too can utilize aloe gel for mouthwash every day morning and following meals to shield your teeth and gums from decay and protect against receding gums. It can help lower the inflammation within the gums.
  6. Use Nature’s Smile Gum Balm that has more than 7 herbs that are proven to eradicate periodontal disease with a few days.

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You ought to take proper attention to your mouth to not just prevent gum recession, but likewise to protect against any other type of oral disease. The truth is that it’s also a great cure for growing back receding gums because it stimulates the development of new gum tissue.

It is often tough to be entirely sure that somebody’s receding gums are because of gum disease. Many people believe this condition occurs on account of the loss of gum tissue within the oral cavity. However, the gums could be brought back to their original degree of attachment on the tooth, so the root portion of the tooth is not exposed. So as to surgically treat receding gums, tissue is typically taken from a different location then put in the area needed as a way to repair receding gums. This isn’t an issue with natural teeth as they have soft tissue in the root that functions as a shock absorber. For this huge group of people, there’s some excellent possibility that their receded gums could be stopped from further degradation.

When folks take antibiotics, the very good bacteria is often wiped out along with the terrible bacteria. Temporarily eliminating the symptoms does not cure the illness. Symptoms are frequently not noticeable until the disease is advanced. It needs to be effective at managing the root problem bacteria. You can Now stop and regrow healthy gums tissue in a couple of months without a risk with our unconditional 100% guarantee. It may likewise bring about the destruction of the roots.

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Looking at the growing instance of receding gums in increasingly more people, it appears useful to take precaution and begin taking care of your own oral health. Many at home along with professional treatment alternatives are available which will block the progression of the disease. Gum graphs have problems with low success rates not to mention the pain as well as the cost for this kind of ineffective treatment. However, if you lost gum tissue due to aggressive brushing, which isn’t accompanied by bone deficiency, you can find that fixed using a Periodontist. If at all possible, use mouthwash after each and every meal. Many medical care professionals now recognize that is donen’t strive for healthy gums solely for the sake of your own mouth and smile.

Preventing flexing and wear connected with teeth grinding can lessen the dangers of gum recession. Redness And Swelling in the event your gum recession is connected to gum disease or periodontitis, there’ll be some inflammation and swelling related to the subject of gum recession. It is really an effective germicide and so kills each of the germs inside your mouth to safeguard you from oral diseases that result in gum recession. The very best prevention plan will be to utilize a daily oral hygiene program which includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing. This could preempt further gum recession.

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Roasted veggies you MUST try

I was checking out my Twitter feed a couple days ago and one of the people I follow (LittleBeeHats, check out her stuff, it’s amazing) tweeted what she was making for dinner: roasted veggies and balsamic chicken. I asked her for the recipes and they sounded absolutely mouthwatering.

Last night I made both dishes and it was one of the most delicious meals I’ve put together in quite some time. Everything was so flavorful and we just didn’t want to stop eating.

My veggies needed another 15 minutes in the oven but I got a late start on dinner and we were all starving. If I’d left them in, they would have been darker and crispier, but they were delicious anyway.

The roasted vegetable recipe is from Jamie Oliver. Try it the next time you put on veggies – you will be glad you did. Oh, and be sure to eat the garlic. It’s so sweet and mellow when it’s roasted like this.

We had this yummy balsamic chicken with the veggies. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of bone-in chicken and it was just so moist and juicy and delicious.

What a heavenly meal.

A little red wine and some fresh baked bread…definitely a restaurant-quality meal.

Delicious ham & potato frittata recipe

After all the rich, fattening foods we’d been eating over the holidays (and to prevent interfering with the hard workouts I’ve been doing) this week we’ve been eating much lighter.

I cooked up a ham the other evening (with a glaze of maple syrup and grainy mustard) to go with some boiled potatoes and you know what happens when you cook ham – you have a ton of leftovers!

The potatoes I had were from a 2lb bag of minis; blue, red and Yukon gold potatoes. They’re so pretty besides being yummy and quick-cooking.

I decided to make a frittata from my leftovers for lunch and it turned out just beautiful – especially with the pink ham and purple potatoes!

Frittatas are basically omelets that are cooked in the oven instead of on the top of the stove. I like frittatas better than omelets because they’re easier to cook. You don’t have to watch a frittata like you do an omelet. Plus, they’re a great way to use up leftovers and because there’s no crust, they’re much lighter than a quiche.

Ham and potato frittata recipe

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup (or so) of diced, cooked ham
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 or 4 boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. In a cast iron or oven-safe skillet, heat oil and add onions, cooking on medium heat until they’re translucent. Add potatoes and ham, cook just until warmed through.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and add salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes and ham and leave it alone until the eggs are just set.

At that point, sprinkle the cheese on top and pop the pan in the oven until the cheese is melted and the frittata is golden on top. This should take about 10 minutes.

It should slide right out of the pan onto a plate when it’s done. You can slice it with a pizza cutter if you want to be fancy, or just grab a fork and dig in like Jason and I did :)

Enjoy with a salad and some multi grain bread!

First attempt at making meat pie

So yesterday while I was at the grocery store I noticed meat was a really great price. I got a small pork roast, a small beef roast and a whole cup-up chicken and decided it was a perfect time to make my first meat pie.

Now, meat pie might not be very common where you live but here on PEI everyone has their own idea of what a good meat pie is. For some people it’s ground beef, for others it’s a mixture of vegetables and meat but for others (like me) it’s juicy, shredded meat lightly seasoned in a yummy soft crust.

I’ve watched my mother make meat pie before and I stole a crust recipe from a friend who posted it on Facebook. Then I just followed my nose and my mouth, tasting as I went along until I created my very own version of meat pie!

I made a small batch, just enough for three large pies and one small one (two of them are in the freezer). One entire pie disappeared at supper time last night between three adults and my very carnivorous three-year-old.

Meat Pie “Recipe” (makes 3 pies)

Ingredients for filling:

  • Small pork roast
  • Small beef roast
  • Small chicken
  • Summer savory
  • Salt & pepper
  • Onion
  • Worcestershire sauce

Ingredients for crust:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder (don’t be stingy)
  • 1 cup reserved juices from meat
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter/margarine/shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3 disposable deep-dish pie pans with lids for easy storage/freezing

Put your meat in a large pot. To cut down on cooking time, I cut my roasts in half so it wouldn’t take all day to stew them. Cover the meat with water, add a handful of summer savory, a cut up onion and lots of salt and pepper. Bring almost to a boil and then simmer for 3 or 4 hours or until the meat falls off the bone.

With a slotted spoon, remove the stewed meat from the pot and place it in a large bowl to cool.

Skim the fat off the top of the juices. When the meat is cooled enough for you to handle it, remove the bones, fat and other yucky bits, placing nice pieces of shredded meat in a large bowl.

After the fat is removed from the broth the meat was cooked in, add a few ladles full of the juices to the shredded meat. Don’t drown it but just make sure it’s nice and juicy. This is also where you season the meat to your personal taste. I added a couple really good splashes of Worcestershire, almost a tablespoon of salt, a couple tablespoons of summer savory and a lot of fresh ground pepper. Stir it up and start on your crust.

To make the crust, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in the fat (I used margarine this time) until the mixture is crumbly. Add in 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of juices (I put mine through a fine sieve to keep out small bits of onions and meat), and a beaten egg. Stir with a fork until a dough forms. If it’s too sticky, add more flour.

Roll crusts out to 1/8 of an inch or more depending on how thick you’d like your crust. Line the bottom of the pans with a crust, top with meat, top with a spoonful or two of broth (don’t make it soggy, just keep it moist) and top with another rolled piece of dough. Crimp the edges and poke holes in the top.

Bake at 350 until golden and beautiful. I put mine in the oven for 30 minutes and they were perfect.

It didn’t taste exactly like my mothers. I used less summer savory and the Worcestershire gave it a different taste. The result reminded me of home, but made me feel like I created my own thing. In any case, it was delicious!

Do they look perfect? Not really. I had a hard time getting the crusts just right but that’s okay. It was my first time! I have a feeling this recipe will evolve over the years and hopefully one day it’s something that reminds my kids of home.

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Are you here to outsource writing tasks in order to save your sanity?

I have to know – is all this stress over writing really worth it?

Because life is too short to be doing stuff you don’t want to do.

Besides the fact that you’d rather do anything (clean the toilet, play with your kids, sit on your bum and watch TV) than sit down to write, if you’re not a strong writer but you write your own stuff anyway, you’re probably making yourself look pretty bad.

And you do realize if you’re doing all your own writing you’re overspending…right?

You see, you’re an entrepreneur and your time is valuable.

What is an hour of your time worth, anyway? $75? $250? $500?

Let’s say you’re worth $250 per hour. Now pretend you’ve spent ten hours (cursing, pulling out your hair, drinking) trying to come up with some content for your website.

And the end result is practically useless because you don’t know anything about SEO or the formula you should use when you’re writing website copy. (Sure you know your business and you know your customers, but you really don’t know how to write to draw them in, do you?)

That means you’ve just wasted ten hours of your time – approximately $2500 – writing useless website content. You didn’t think you’d actually be saving money by doing it yourself, did you? (Sorry to burst your bubble.)

Do what you do best and outsource writing projects to a professional writer.

Because it turns out there’s a trick to this copywriting thing (contrary to what some people think, a monkey could not do this job) and if you don’t really know what you’re doing, you’re not getting in the mind of your customer like you could be if you’d finally outsource writing these items to a professional.

All you should be worried about right now is finding the perfect person to capture your voice and sell your service or product. If you want that person to write compelling copy in a friendly, conversational tone with some humor sprinkled throughout…well I think you’ve found her (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

A Birth Plan? Or a Plan for Disappointment?

A Birth Plan? Or a Plan for Disappointment?

Dec 11th, 2010 | By Amy Matthews | Category: Featured, Health

Editor’s Note: As Amy neared the birth of her second child, she offered to share her experiences as she tries to figure out a birth plan, questioning her first delivery experience and the impact that would have on her second birth. This article is divided into two parts: one written 3 months before her second son was born, and one written 5 months after.

Part I: Pre-Delivery
April 2010

As I approach the birth of my second child, I realize I am more confused now than I was while planning the birth of my son 5 years ago. Labor and childbirth follow a fairly routine process that women have been going through since the beginning of time. However, a family seems to have as many choices and decisions to make regarding their birth experience as visiting a local Starbucks to order a coffee—it may sound simple, but the options are endless and often confusing.

When Jack was born in 2004, for some reason I didn’t do any reading other than the standard booklet that the Calgary Health Region passes out and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I am due with my second child in July of 2010 and have really taken advantage of my local library and read several different books about childbirth. I thought this would make me more confident in what I wanted this time around. Instead, not only do I doubt what I want this time, but have concerns about what happened during Jack’s birth.

The first book that I spent time with was Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I was anxious to hear her opinions since she is considered one of the experts in natural childbirth. I found this book just okay. While I did enjoy many of the birth stories that women shared about their birth experience on Ina May’s farm, what I did not care for was the criticism of doctors in the rest of the book. I completely lost interest when I began reading the chapter on “Orgasmic Birth.” Apparently, some women have experienced this, and volunteered to have their pictures taken for the book in the mist of said orgasm. I followed this book with a handful of others and noticed a similar format—they all seemed to begin with something a doctor would do, then explain why they thought it was wrong, even in regards to certain aspects of pre-natal care such as ultrasounds and/or blood work.

I may not have agreed completely with what I was reading; however, it did give me doubts as to what actually happened when I gave birth in November of 2004 and a longing for the quiet and control that the mother-to-be seemed to have regarding her care in a home birth or birthing centre experience. Jack’s birth from start to finish was so fast that sometimes I still wonder what happened! My labor and birth took exactly 8 hours which is extremely short for a first birth, but it was quite traumatic and left a bad taste in my mouth even to this day. I was treated like livestock during my entire experience and felt no one listened to my concerns or had any regard for my feelings.

I was told that because Jack’s heart rate kept dropping, the cord must be around his neck which meant I had to get him out immediately. This required the assistance of a vacuum that was stuck to his head so the doctor could pull while I pushed—painful stuff since there was no time for medication. The post-partum unit treated me no better and I was up the entire night, crying periodically because this birth was nothing like I had hoped for, I was lonely, and I felt like my presence was a huge inconvenience for the nurses. Everything went wrong including my husband fainting as my son was born . . . we laugh now and know the goal was having a healthy child, but at the time it just added more drama to a already crazy situation.

I did have a birth plan when I had Jack, but I don’t think it actually made it out of my backpack that day. In fact, I don’t think my bag even got opened until after he was born. I am terrified that if I make one again, I will be getting myself ready for disappointment. After reading these birthing books, I am also confused as to whether all the hysteria in the delivery room that day was necessary.

I don’t think I want to go the home birth route because I do like the idea of lifesaving measures being close-by.  However, I really don’t know who or what I should believe anymore. I am 6 months along right now and have decided to put away all the pregnancy books for awhile because I really don’t need the stress. In the end I think I will make a list of some things I would like to happen this time around and just hope that I have the courage to stand up for what I want. Until the time comes when I want to look at this in more depth, I will go to my local Starbucks and order myself a drink that requires 4 different decisions that can’t be overturned by the barista.

Part II: Post-Delivery
December 2010

Wow…I read that now and feel so sorry for that woman who was so scared and confused.

Unfortunately, more was to go wrong before my due date came that really caused me to lose confidence in medical professionals and created much more stress. Now that my son is almost 5 months old I really don’t feel the need to re-visit the last trimester of my pregnancy. I will only say that every doctor appointment that I had during my last few months were full of needless drama. During each visit, I was threatened with a new possibility of something wrong with the pregnancy and “more tests” were always needed. Gestational diabetes, breech presentation, and low amniotic fluid to name a few were brought to my attention. Each one involved extra tests that I really believe were done for the sole purpose of covering the doctor’s butt, but I am not at all bitter . . . well, maybe I am a little.

I wrote the original article about 6 months ago and remember how upset I was while I was writing. If only I could have seen into the future! I would have told myself that everything was going to be okay and that I was really going to have the positive birth experience this time that seemed to be only a pipe dream back then.

I won’t go into every detail of the birth, but I will share the highlights of the arrival of my second son. To start…it was amazing. It was almost everything I had dreamed regarding how a birth should go. Greg was a week late, so I was pretty cranky, but had decided to put all the bad experiences of my last birth (and of my last few doctor appointments) behind me and focus on the present. What a great decision this turned out to be!

I had a couple of false alarms before Greg made his late arrival, but when the morning came, I went to the hospital with a clean slate and  a happy mind, and just let things happen. I had the best nurse who listened to me and completely respected my wishes for a calm, quiet delivery room and minimal “assistance” during my labor. I believe there were 30-minute periods in which there was no talking. She just listened to my breathing and used a fetal heart monitor to check the baby’s heartbeat after every two or three contractions. I even remember smiling a few times at my husband because I didn’t feel like talking and I was so happy with how calm everyone was and how naturally everything was progressing. I hadn’t wanted an epidural, but decided to have a couple of “hits” of narcotics during the early parts of my labor. It didn’t take away the pain, but it did help me relax my body to make the contractions a bit less intense. When the time came to push, it was all natural and it hurt a lot, but the pain was only temporary. There was some crying (and yes, begging and screaming for it all to stop), but I believe that is normal when you have the sensation of a bowling ball traveling down your uterus.

I really couldn’t have asked for a better birth experience and 5 months later, it still brings tears of happiness to my eyes. My little Gregory arrived safe and sound, plus my husband didn’t faint—bonus! I remember thanking my nurse for her wonderful care and understanding of my birth plan which asked for things to be as natural as possible. She replied that she had really enjoyed it, too, and I that I made her job very easy that day. It’s funny, after the traumatic birth of my first son I never thought I would put myself in that situation again, but after the awesomeness that was Greg’s birth I couldn’t imagine not having a third child . . . perhaps some of those narcotics are still running through my system yet!

Amy Matthews is a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Jack (age 6) and Greg (4 months). She resides in Calgary, AB and when she is not busy with her kids she loves to read, fence, bike and run.

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Welcoming 2011 with open arms

It was the year I started sleeping through the night again after five or so years (thank you daughters) and in turn, I actually feel like I got my ’self’ back. Only, my 31-year-old self seems way better than my 26-year-old pre-baby self. For the first time in my life I actually feel comfortable in my own skin. Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds (especially now that the holidays are over) but I’m healthy and happy and my husband doesn’t seem to notice (or care) that I’m not physically perfect. I guess to him, I am.

In 2010 my business sky rocketed. I had a steady amount of work and never once felt desperate for writing work.

I started getting out again last year. I’ve been out for dinners and drinks, lunches and meetings. I’ve worn heels and lipstick. And it feels wonderful.

I found my soul mate in 2010 and it just so happens that my soul mate is a woman. No, soul mates don’t have to be romantic lovers. They can also be friends. We started a new business together and we’re already booked up until spring.

My children are getting easier to work around every day. That might sound cruel but when I started my business, I was dealing with an infant. I’ve been working from home with an infant, then a toddler and an infant, then a preschooler and a toddler, now a preschooler and a kindergartner. Every day it gets a bit easier and when things get frustrating, I remember my mother telling me to take comfort in the fact that ‘nothing stays the same.’

I’m so looking forward to 2011 and everything it holds for me and my family.

This blog was ignored (not on purpose) for the later part of 2010 but I’ll be blogging regularly again. My business and my life have gotten a lot busier (in a good way, I go out and do stuff now!) so I will only be posting two or three times a week.

Thank you for hanging in there and coming back to read my ramblings. I sincerely appreciate the fact that you take the time out of your day to read what I have to share.

Now I’m going to share a few goals that I’ve set for myself for 2011:

  • Finish Insanity (Holy crap that’s a great exercise program!)
  • Finish filling out the girls baby albums
  • Get a better backup system for my computer
  • Transition to using all natural and earth-friendly beauty and cleaning products
  • I’m going to get my first facial
  • Get more manicures and pedicures
  • Do more entertaining
  • Use moisturizer everyday (I’ve never been good at that)
  • Build a better wardrobe (buy more shoes)
  • Have regular dates with my husband
  • Finish the quilt I started last summer

There they are. I’ll check in at the end of 2011 and see how I did.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year?

It was the year I started sleeping through the night again after five or so years (thank you daughters) and in turn, I actually feel like I got my ’self’ back. Only, my 31-year-old self seems way better than my 26-year-old pre-baby self. For the first time in my life I actually feel comfortable in my own skin. Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds (especially now that the holidays are over) but I’m healthy and happy and my husband doesn’t seem to notice (or care) that I’m not physically perfect. I guess to him, I am.

In 2010 my business sky rocketed. I had a steady amount of work and never once felt desperate for writing work.

I started getting out again last year. I’ve been out for dinners and drinks, lunches and meetings. I’ve worn heels and lipstick. And it feels wonderful.

I found my soul mate in 2010 and it just so happens that my soul mate is a woman. No, soul mates don’t have to be romantic lovers. They can also be friends. We started a new business together and we’re already booked up until spring.

My children are getting easier to work around every day. That might sound cruel but when I started my business, I was dealing with an infant. I’ve been working from home with an infant, then a toddler and an infant, then a preschooler and a toddler, now a preschooler and a kindergartner. Every day it gets a bit easier and when things get frustrating, I remember my mother telling me to take comfort in the fact that ‘nothing stays the same.’

I’m so looking forward to 2011 and everything it holds for me and my family.

This blog was ignored (not on purpose) for the later part of 2010 but I’ll be blogging regularly again. My business and my life have gotten a lot busier (in a good way, I go out and do stuff now!) so I will only be posting two or three times a week.

Thank you for hanging in there and coming back to read my ramblings. I sincerely appreciate the fact that you take the time out of your day to read what I have to share.

Now I’m going to share a few goals that I’ve set for myself for 2011:

  • Finish Insanity (Holy crap that’s a great exercise program!)
  • Finish filling out the girls baby albums
  • Get a better backup system for my computer
  • Transition to using all natural and earth-friendly beauty and cleaning products
  • I’m going to get my first facial
  • Get more manicures and pedicures
  • Do more entertaining
  • Use moisturizer everyday (I’ve never been good at that)
  • Build a better wardrobe (buy more shoes)
  • Have regular dates with my husband
  • Finish the quilt I started last summer

There they are. I’ll check in at the end of 2011 and see how I did.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year?

Edwards Magazine Turns 5 Years Old!

Happy Birthday Edwards!

Five years ago I was 26 years old. I was newly married. I was excited to embark on a career path. I hadn’t yet had my daughter, but I did give birth to my other baby. Edwards Magazine was first published on December 6, 2005.  Five years ago . . .

As I sit here trying to reflect on the past five years, I can’t help but shake my head, bulge my eyes a little, and have what I’m sure will be a similar reaction when my daughter turns five: how did that happen? Where did the time go?

Five years ago I welcomed you all to the first issue of Edwards Magazine.

I actually want to take a moment and share with you the first letter I wrote as Editor of Edwards in December 2005:

Hello and welcome to Edwards Magazine!

One of the greatest benefits of an online publication is its ability to draw people together from across the country and around the world. We want to create a network of people willing to recognize and stand for change, a network of people who are making a difference, whether it be globally working in national and international organizations, or in the quiet of their own personal homes. Edwards exists to inspire, inform, and celebrate.

Recently I found myself standing in line for a washroom in a Toronto-based MacDonald’s restaurant. It was during the very popular downtown Santa Claus Parade, and there must have been at least 20 women standing in line. Noticeably, there was no line-up for the men’s washroom (why is that?). So we stood and shifted position and as the minutes passed, we began to laugh at our predicament, exclaiming frustration that our gender warranted such waiting times. We began to share our stories. I found myself telling the person in line behind me all about why I was visiting Toronto and the things I hoped to accomplish while there. She, in turn, began to tell me about herself.

Why were we doing this? Yes, sure, most of us were bored and needed to take our minds off of the fact that we had a long wait ahead of us before relief was to be found. But we all had a common goal, bonded by the need to pee. Quite frequently, women are accused of back-stabbing each other and not coming together. I couldn’t help but notice that our common goal united this particular group of women, and I couldn’t help but smile and hope that this connection was found more often.

Coming Together. Being United. The goal can be as simple as wanting to use the washroom, or as complicated as trying to reduce poverty. Regardless of the desired purpose, something magical happens when people come together, and that’s what I hope Edwards can achieve.

As we continue to form and grow, we will be expanding our selection of articles, offering regular columns on health, politics, society, and business. We hope you like Edwards and find something in it that speaks to you. We hope we can help people unite and reach a common goal of inspiration, information, and celebration.

I hope I have fulfilled all those promises.

We’ve done a lot at Edwards. We’ve had themed issues. We launched a Book Club. We added a huge environmental theme to our mandate, and we even started talking money issues. We tackled issues many shy away from and we also shared more than a laugh or two along the way. We changed from publishing issues with all new content, to publishing articles as soon as they were ready, reflecting the need of readers today to keep sites current and changing. We formed connections with local schools and national publishers to encourage reading in our school-age children, and we furthered this promotion of literacy by getting the kids themselves to write reviews and engage with other readers.

Over the years, our face has changed (literally: we went through a couple of makeovers). I have found myself stepping back, not having my voice as prominent as it once was, in order to highlight our talented writers. Our volunteers have changed over the years, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the loyalty to the magazine; the dedication of my volunteers; the kindness of our readers.

I know Edwards isn’t like most magazines. It’s online, for one, and doesn’t quite fit into a neat little category. Is it a newspaper? Is it a blog? It doesn’t have a regular publication schedule—we used to, back before most of us had kids—, but I think it’s the irregularity of it that makes the publication that much more special. It shows that everyone involved cares; that, despite all the busyness of everyday life, we still want to connect.

And connected we are. I’m proud to say that five years later, we continue to have readers and writers from all over Canada. We’ve expanded our connections, too, through the power of social media. We can now be found on twitter (@edwardsmagazine) and Facebook (facebook.com/EdwardsMagazineandBookClub) and we enjoy the various conversations happening in each medium.

In recognition of our launch date (December 6) and our continued promotion of women’s rights, I would like to end this reflective piece, not with my words, but with our contributors’. Please find some links listed below to stories based around what December 6 means to young Canadian woman.

Thank you for your support of Edwards. Thank you for reading, for writing, for encouraging, and for passing the word along. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Let’s all go and eat some cake now.

http://edwardsmagazine.com/2005/12/15/we-are-not-feminists-the-legacy-of-the-montreal-massacre/

http://edwardsmagazine.com/2006/11/15/a-look-back-at-the-persons-case/

Christine Gordon Manley tries to update Edwards Magazine as often as she can, given her hectic employment schedule (managing editor of two academic journals, communications person for UPEI Faculty of Education, one half of the brain genius that is Manley Mann Media, and marker for a business communications course) and her other commitments including an energetic three-year-old and two less-than-energetic (but darn cuddly) dogs. She doesn’t wish to discuss the fish or the plants.

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