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SMART MONEY: Make sense of your retirement

One day, you'll depend on the retirement strategies you develop today so it is time to give your goals the attention they deserve. Coquitlam Public Library can help.

BUZZA: What's the greatest gift of all? Well, it isn't apples

Farmer Brown was enjoying a quiet rest in his home when he heard loud arguing outside. He went to his backyard and stood back a bit to listen. It was his sheep (I called him Shawn), cow (Cassie) and apple tree (Annie) debating who was the best.

MINTER: Proper pruning does a garden good

After visiting Japan a few years ago, my perspective on pruning certainly changed. From a country where virtually every ornamental tree is pruned severely, for cultural, artistic and space reasons, we can learn many things about trimming trees.

GREEN SCENE: Investing in the planet as simple as planting a tree

Now that we have reached the RRSP season, there is much talk about making investments to be better prepared for the future.

MINTER: Spring cleaning for flowering shrubs

It's high time to be out there with pruning shears in hand, cleaning up our trees and shrubs, but we also must be a little cautious with some of our plants to make sure we don't prune off this year's flowers and fruits.

BUZZA: Lessons to be learned from a nursery rhyme with the Twelve-Step Journey

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, Couldn't put Humpty together again.

YORKE: Her boots were made for walking - all over

If these boots could talk, they would have a lot to say. They would tell you about Hong Kong, trudging through mushed-up remnants of street food on skinny side streets. Oh, those little bits of gunk lodged between the cracks in those rubber soles.

A GOOD READ: Big is beautiful in books

A GOOD READ by Andrée Duval As we head into February, the world can seem dull and grey. With a trip to your local library, you can turn the grey to vivid colours.

BUZZA: Taking the 12 steps

Imagine a boy with a kite on a string, the lightweight craft flying freely in the breezy blue sky. The kite is 200 feet above the child's head, waving wonderfully in the wind.

MINTER: Pruning persistance can bear fruit

You really don't have to be an expert to prune fruit trees - all it takes is a little common sense and a few helpful hints.