From the Editor
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.