From the Edi­tor

ZOOMER Magazine - - CONTENTS - Suzanne Boyd

DON­ALD TRUMP HAS at­tempted to school Justin Trudeau on tar­iffs (read what it means to your wal­let in “Trade War,” page 58), Kim Jong-un on nukes, Em­manuel Macron on the Euro­pean Union, An­gela Merkel on Rus­sia, NATO on bur­den shar­ing and the Brits on his 11 per cent ap­proval rat­ing there. If only there was a con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion course for “Leader of the Free World.” A proudly pro­claimed low-in­for­ma­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive, most adept at cre­at­ing his own ver­sion of facts, of­ten in­cor­rect, Pres­i­dent Trump has re­ferred to him­self as “a very smart per­son,” a “sta­ble ge­nius” and some­one who is his own best coun­sel. Will this 72-year-old ever learn?

Even if the spirit is will­ing, the flesh would not be weak. Re­ports from the realm of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity tell us that the brain con­tin­ues to re­new it­self un­der the right con­di­tions – a healthy diet and a com­mit­ment to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, to name two – even in ad­vanced age. But let’s not for­get that our most im­por­tant or­gan must also be ex­er­cised – mind games (of the non-fake news kind), like the cross­word and su­doku we pub­lish ev­ery is­sue, are one way to do it.

But a deeper dive into goal-ori­ented men­tal stim­u­la­tion, like learn­ing a new lan­guage or tak­ing a con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion course, is an­other route that we highly rec­om­mend. Given this is our Septem­ber is­sue, we felt it was the per­fect time for our Back to School Spe­cial, that an­nual cul­tural touch point of a chang­ing sea­son, fresh prospects and new pos­si­bil­i­ties – af­ter all, why should the kids have all the fun? Of course, many of us have flex­i­ble sched­ules and can have this ex­pe­ri­ence at any time of year, so clip and save this in-depth cross-Canada re­port. Au­thor Kim Honey delves into the why, the how and the what of it all – high­light­ing rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ences and life-en­rich­ing op­tions that could lead to dreams re­al­ized or new ca­reers.

There’s also new re­search that proves what we lake lovers have al­ways be­lieved – and felt – that be­ing on the wa­ter im­proves cre­ativ­ity, emo­tional health and re­lax­ation. Ac­cord­ing to sci­ence, the mere sight and sound of wa­ter pro­motes well­ness by low­er­ing cor­ti­sol (the stress hor­mone) and in­creas­ing sero­tonin (the hap­pi­ness hor­mone). That makes our cruise pack­age of jour­neys to three in­spir­ing des­ti­na­tions – Alaska, the Greek isles and At­lantic Canada – es­pe­cially timely. These cruises are pro­grammed with a ver­i­ta­ble buf­fet for the brain, from all man­ner of classes and lec­tures to the learn­ing that comes from sim­ply see­ing the world.

Make it your oys­ter. er.

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