It's that time of year again. A new leaf turning, and with it comes vows of self-improvement: less of this (eating junk food, drinking), more of that (exercise)...
But this time last year a 24-year-old DJ from Winnipeg had a unique spin on resolutions. He publicly announced his plan to give up sex. For a whole year.
Incredibly, what seemed like a publicity stunt for Marcel 'No Sex' Williams, from the hip-hop station 104.7 Streetz FM, turned into a lesson in self-respect.
Williams, whose blog about his experiment included a countdown timer, thought he would crack at the first temptation. Fortunately for Williams the clock stops ticking on New Year's Day. As of this week, the site has had nearly 630,000 hits.
For those of us who can hardly resist chocolate for a full month, let alone a year, Williams has the following advice:
"Stick to a resolution, if not for yourself, maybe for the world you raise a child in," he says, concluding his blog. "You may not influence a vast population, but if you can help one person, whether it be yourself or someone else, it'll have all been worth it."
This begs the question: did his abstinence 'help' women across Canada?
I was under the impression that resolutions were all about giving up something in order to improve yourself or your quality of life, not simply depriving yourself of something you love. That's called Lent. I think Williams might have got the occasion confused.
Either way, sex is hardly something we need to sacrifice. If anything, we Canucks (31 per cent of whom claim to have a virtually nonexistent sex life) should resolve to get those endorphins dancing and have more sex, since it is hugely beneficial to our physical and emotional wellbeing.
Are resolutions worthwhile or doomed to failure? Have you ever made any changes that actually stuck? How did you do it?
Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), and Build-A-Bear Workshop® Inc. have jointly recalled the "Colorful Hearts Teddy" stuffed animal, as the eyes of some of the bears can be pulled out, posing a choking hazard to children.
For more information, consumer may contact Build-A-Bear Workshop® at 1-866-236-5683 between 8AM and 6PM CT Monday through Friday or between 9AM and 4PM CT Saturday or by email.
From April 2011 to December 2011, approximately 13,000 of the bears were sold in Canada, and approximately 287,000 in the United States.
Talk about modern miracles. Seven years ago a tsunami destroyed an Indonesian village, sweeping away a girl named Wati. Incredibly, according to Antara News, she finally made her way back home.
The village of Ujong Baroh, located in West Aceh, was devastated by the waves on 26 December 2004. Wati's mother struggled to save her children, leading them to higher ground. Wati, swept away by the rushing waters, was presumed dead, even though her mother and siblings all survived.
No one in her village ever saw or heard from again—until last week.
Accompanied to her grandfather's house, Wati claimed she had travelled to Meulaboh by bus from Banda Aceh, but could not find her way home. She apparently couldn't remember her parents' names, except that she had a grandfather named Ibrahim.
The 15-year-old was found sitting alone in a coffee shop. After talking to her, the acquaintance believed the girl might be Ibrahim's long lost granddaughter.
Ibrahim contacted Wati's parents who then identified their daughter by a mole and a scar on the girl's body. It's thought that she had been begging to survive all these years.
An estimated 150,000 people 11 countries, including Indonesia, were either killed or missing during the 2004 tsunami. One of the most devastating natural disasters the world has seen.