The tattoo for women

Women’s tattoos have been around for millennia. Depending on the country, tattoos took on different forms and the meanings were just as varied. In black Africa, the tattoo revealed the status of women, in Polynesia, it had the function of differentiating between social groups, while in Japan, women were deliberately tattooed in order to identify themselves as … Read more

Living with an invisible disability without isolation

A woman stands at the bottom of a large staircase. Eyes, she looks for an elevator. There are not any. Resigned, she slowly begins the climb. After four or five steps, she is already out of breath and has to take a break. She resumes the ascent and stops again. She feels on her the contemptuous glances of people who … Read more

The benefits of intergenerational housing

GEORGETTE DUCHAÎNE: France, how did your family come to intergenerational housing? FRANCE BENOÎT: This story begins with my sister Caroline. She and her husband Stéphane had decided to build a house here in Marieville where our parents would live with them. Our parents, who were 73 and 70 years old and in good health, we’re beginning to find their house too … Read more

faith that heals

The question is noble: is a more spiritualized being, that is to say, open to meditation, silence, prayer, even asceticism, predisposed to better health, perhaps to healing? possible better affirmed? As old Homer proclaimed, and as many others have done since, the greatest good there is in this world is, indeed, health. A very ancient … Read more

The art of curing cancer

This remarkable man, born in 1930, has two facets, two passions, and two lives, and each of them is crowned with dazzling success. I meet him in his art-therapy studio at the Hôtellerie de la Fondation québécoise du cancer, a studio he founded in 1997. It’s a place that exudes joy: the bright yellow of … Read more

Birdwatching in town, get your binoculars out

A manager, a water trough, a few selected seeds, binoculars, and a good guide, and you are transformed into Jean-Jacques Audubon, a Frenchman “as well known in America as Charles de Gaulle or the Marquis de LaFayette”… At this basic equipment, add a weapon: patience. Soon, you will see your yard transform into a runway-worthy of … Read more

Confidences of Anne Dorval

She admits that some mothers have more talent than others for the profession, but what really matters to her is that everyone does their best! Including the one, she plays at Radio-Canada in the TV series Les Parent. Describe the little girl you were at 5 years old. Cheerful and head in the air. I was so on … Read more

Canoe-camping and the call to adventure on the water

“ Paddle, dear comrades, paddle. / Still a long way to end the day,” sings Zachary Richard… Adventure on the water is no longer just about the past. The canoe circuits are well listed today. Not in the mood for roaring rapids or demanding portages? You can rely on topographic maps and course directories, signed by professionals who have done … Read more

White weekend: 5 places to discover

Winter sky Mont-Mégantic – Eastern Townships At nightfall, climb Mont Mégantic on snowshoes by torchlight and go to the Astrolab to observe the stars up close? To get away from the city, you couldn’t find better! In collaboration with several B&Bs and inns in the surrounding area, Parc national du Mont-Mégantic offers its visitors a tailor-made package. Including one … Read more

Who is winter camping for?

Winter camping is the perfect example of the old adage: we seek adventure at the end of the world when it is right next to us! Do we think we’ll be too cold? If we follow a few basic rules, we only “risk” finding a fun new way to spend our weekends! Pascal Dubuc, an equipment advisor … Read more