I have occasionally been accused of being a grumpy old fart. The odd, “harumph” notwithstanding, it might have some validity. I wonder why, as we get older, we sometimes take on this grumpy air? It’s not necessarily a baby boomer thing as I remember my Dad being a bit grumpier as he got older, too and have seen this phenomenon in many others along the way. Apparently it is important to investigate this matter and bring the cause out into the open so we can all understand. Your faithful scribe has taken on this task and my report follows: research grants have been awarded to study what is now labelled Irritable Male Syndrome (consider the use of perfectly good money to create a name for that which is quite normal). My grumpiness showing?  Maybe, but read on.

There are a number of triggers for this state of being including, politicians, economists, talking heads, so-called experts, and various and sundry other self appointed interpreters of the state of the world being. The underlying cause in all of this is the repetitive nature of their constant opinions and bullshit. Yes, our BS meters become far more sensitive as we age. We can get sick and tired of the same old ideas presented with different words. Take for example, the politicians of every age and persuasion who have always been telling us that the opposition is bad for us and that they will now make changes for our benefit. The old regime was a negative force in our lives and if we just vote this new flavor into power, all will be right with our world because only the new group represents the best interests of the populace. Have you ever heard that before? Of course you have, and repeatedly, ad nauseum. Four years later, the same BS gets repeated again, and again, and again. No wonder we get irritable – we’ve heard the same BS for so long that we no longer believe any of it and long for the fresh air of truth.

However, after much research on your behalf, and the sharp eye of my cousin Sally Weaver, I have found the cure for grumpiness and we will reveal all right after this musical interlude.


The Mar-Keys released a song in 1961 called “Last Night” that I’ll bet none of you remember but for some strange reason became one of my favourites. It hit # 3 on the Pop charts and #2 on the R& B charts. It’s an instrumental and one of the things that makes it unique for the time is that there is no guitar in the tune. Give it a listen and then come back for the “grumpy old fart” solution.

And now that you are all “tuned up,” let’s proceed to the solution to “grumpy old fart syndrome”. This is ground breaking research painstakingly undertaken by an expert in her field. I would like you to pay particular attention to benefit # 7 as this gasses any previous reasons to hold in your feelings.

Farting: 7 Surprising And Spectacular Health Benefits


Don’t get me wrong, I understand the appeal of maintaining an air of mystery. Still, sometimes you just have to square your shoulders and tell it like it is.

I think this is especially true when it comes to information on leading a healthy lifestyle.

Health, even at it’s very best, can be kind of messy and gross. That’s why it’s so important to have these frank conversations from time to time.

Whether you’re touching on why it’s healthier to sleep in the nude, or assessing the shape and consistency of your, um, BMs, it’s all valuable information.

Today’s topic? Flatulence. Farting. Passing gas. No matter how you put it, it doesn’t get any prettier, but it can have a dramatic influence on your health.

Scroll through the gallery below to learn about a few of the stunning health benefits of letting one rip.

Gas 101

Gas 101

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First and foremost, passing gas is a totally natural bodily function.

It’s a necessary and normal part of digesting food; as your stomach and intestines break down chow for nutrients, a certain amount of gas is the inevitable by-product, according to WebMD.

Absolutely everybody in the whole world has to do it for their digestive health; it would be much more worrisome if you didn’t fart.

Benefit #1: It Reduces Bloating

Benefit #1: It Reduces Bloating

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If you’re feeling bloated after a big meal, unreleased gas may be one of the culprits at work.

For most people, bloating is a feeling of bodily swelling and temporary weight gain that isn’t dangerous, but might make those new jeans fit a little tighter.

Some of it is caused by water retention, where your cells hang onto extra water for one reason or another, but that feeling of fullness and discomfort in your belly?

That’s gas, waiting to escape. Letting it fly will instantly reduce your bloating and discomfort.

Benefit #2: It’s Good For Your Colon Health

Benefit #2: It’s Good For Your Colon Health

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You know how your mom told you when you were little not to “hold it?”

That piece of common wisdom should be taken seriously; holding in anything for extended periods of time isn’t good for your health.

While occasionally clenching to avoid an embarrassing toot isn’t an issue, if you have other digestive issues, holding in your gas can potentially cause medical troubles for your colon, according to Women’s Health Mag.

Benefit #3: It’s An Excellent Early Warning System

Benefit #3: It’s An Excellent Early Warning System

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Farts are one of those bodily functions that you just can’t escape.

While you may resent it somedays, you might be grateful when you realize that your gas can occasionally predict major health issues early, giving you a sign to get to the doctor and have yourself evaluated.

Extreme smells, increasing gas frequency, and strange gas pains can alert you to conditions as mild as lactose intolerance, and as extreme as colon cancer.

Benefit #4: The Odor Is Good For You

Benefit #4: The Odor Is Good For You

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Yes, you read that right, sniffing farts may actually be healthy for you.

It sounds weird, but bear with us; studies have indicated that a compound we produce in small quantities in our gas, hydrogen sulfide, might actually protect us from later illness.

This gas is the “rotten egg” smell often present in digestive gas, and is toxic in large doses, but in small doses may stave off cell damage and prevent strokes and heart attacks down the line.

Benefit #5: It Can Help You Balance Your Diet

Benefit #5: It Can Help You Balance Your Diet

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We all need a balanced diet to stay healthy, and your farts might help clue you into what foods your gut needs.

Different foods produce different kinds of gas, letting you know what you may be missing from your diet, or overindulging in.

For example, if you rarely pass gas, you probably need more fiber and foods like lentils, beans, and kale in your diet.

Eating too much red meat, meanwhile, can produce a deeply unpleasant smell later, which tells you that you may need to cut back your consumption.

Benefit #6: It Indicates Healthy, Happy Gut Bacteria

Benefit #6: It Indicates Healthy, Happy Gut Bacteria

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All right, here’s a slightly unpleasant truth: slimmer, healthier people often fart more.

In other words, the price you pay for better overall health might be a slightly stinkier digestive system.

That’s because the foods that feed your microbiome and encourage more efficient digestion are foods like cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts, according to NPR.

These leafy greens kick your gut bacteria into high gear, which means both better digestion, and more gases produced.

Benefit #7: It’s A Huge Relief

Benefit #7: It’s A Huge Relief

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Let’s face it; there is no better feeling than releasing a long-held fart.

Sure, the actual act of farting might be embarrassing if you’re caught by the wrong person, but the relief of passing gas is worth it.

Holding in gas can make you grumpy, uncomfortable, and snappish; reasonably, releasing boosts your mood considerably!

Were you surprised to learn about the hidden benefits of this stinky bodily function? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to SHARE this frank and honest health guide with friends and family!


Time seems to be a subject that keeps finding me this week. I read a brief article about how one of society’s biggest challenges is not having enough time in our days and so I began thinking ( I know, a dangerous situation). Whether we are baby boomers or young couples with growing children, time is an element we all struggle with. Something connected popped up when I saw a video about how to create an extra 15 minutes per day to do with what you will. How do you do this you ask? I think it’s pretty simple; either set your alarm 15 minutes earlier or…and I witness this every day, get up when your alarm goes off. So many people that I sleep with (that was supposed to be funny) set their alarm and hit the snooze button and then simply lie there listening to the radio prattle on while pretending to get a few more minutes of rest. What could be more un-restful than snooze alerts and radio voices. Constantly tossing to try and get a few more ZZZZ’s and knowing the end is near – yuck. OK, so the method of finding 15 more minutes is easy – get out of bed, but to me, the bigger issue is now that you have created an extra 15 minutes – what do you do with it?

So, I started with a list of things NOT TO DO. No TV, no email and no social media – my gawd how will you survive??? Keep going dear reader, the answer awaits. My friend Howard Parsons, The Reinvention Equation, would highly recommend meditation and what a change that would create in your life – incredible. But there are also other pursuits like some stretching or yoga that would produce positive results in your life, too. Some of us might use the time to write – aha! Would that make a difference in the world?


While driving home the other night, this song came on the radio and it’s one of the greatest party songs of all time. As I was singing along I realized that, other than the chorus, I have no idea what the lyrics are and I doubt that you or anyone else (including the band) does either. I googled the lyrics when I got home and they make no sense but that does not diminish the greatest party tune ever. Give it a listen and I know that Bruce Mazur and I could still sing the hell out of the chorus, couldn’t we Maze? Come back afterwards for more thoughts on time.

Louie Louie

 Just before you started dancing and singing I was talking about how to make use of your extra 15 minutes and how you can use it to make a difference in the world. Regular readers of this corner will remember the series of posts that I did about creating the story of your life – your Legacy Bio. Yes, you could use your 15 minutes to start working on that. Think that creating and sharing your story would not make a difference in the world? You would be so wrong. I promise that creating your story will change your life and the lives of your family and friends. Want proof?

Jillian Lee is a mother, wife, library manager, and a very talented filmmaker. In addition to that, she is one of the most courageous persons I know. She has spent much of her time telling the stories of others and has now decided that she must share her own story as well. As followers of this blog, you know how I feel about the importance of recording your story. You know that it will bring completion to your life in addition to the possibility of offering so much more than mere cold facts to your family and friends. I generally talk about writing your life story but there other ways to do it and other reasons to do it too. Sometimes there are parts of our lives that we need to face that become cathartic when revealed and allow us to heal ourselves. That takes tremendous courage and even more so when you are brave enough to let it help others by “putting it our there.”

To see and hear courage in action, I suggest that you view Jillian’s YouTube video and subscribe to her channel for updates. It may inspire your next step to offering your own life story for your benefit and the opportunity to make a difference to those you love.

Jillian Lee

And finally, time sometimes creates a sadness and loss for us. This past week, a friend from Winnipeg of almost 40 years passed away. Pat Pinchin suffered a serious heath issue for many years but I can honestly say that I never once saw her without a smile on her face. I’m sure there were moments when physical pain took a toll on her but she suffered in private and never let it affect her friends. RIP Pat and much strength and peace to Rick and Jeffrey.

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Super Bowl weekend is upon us and it carries the rank of being almost a national holiday for millions around the world. This is the 51st edition of this sports extravaganza and, sad to say, I actually remember the first one. Holy Crap! (thus the reference to toilet bowl above). We’ll have the game on (because nothing else will be broadcast at the same time) but I have to admit – sacrilegious as it may be – I don’t spend a whole lot of time watching the NFL. I don’t participate in any fantasy leagues and I can’t remember the last time I sat down and watched an entire NFL game beginning to end. I know, I know, my manhood may be in question. I am, without question, a homer. I watch the Flames and the Stampeders, Calgary Pro hockey and football teams only. That’s it. I can find time to do that but I just cannot seem to generate the free time to watch other leagues or teams other than the Blue Jays if they are in the hunt. Yep, a confirmed homer am I.

Not sure what dinner delight I will prepare for the Super Bowl but I have found a recipe online that I am making tonite. At one time, I was going to organize a cookbook of favourite recipes for our kids but it is so much easier to just go online these days and try something new. Sometimes they work out and sometime they don’t but, what the hey. Here’s the one I’m making tonight:

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole – it’s cheesy, it’s comforting and it’s made in one pot. It’s dinner!
Servings: 6
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into small cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup rice I used Basmati
  • 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and cubed chicken. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until the chicken starts to brown a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until garlic gets aromatic.
  2. Add the rice, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. Start with 2 cups of chicken broth and if more is needed add more until rice is fully cooked. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook over medium heat until the rice is fully cooked, stirring occasionally, should take about 15 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  3. Add the broccoli florets and half the cheese then continue cooking for 2 more minutes, until broccoli softens a bit. Sprinkle over the top with remaining cheese and place the skillet under the broiler for a couple more minutes, just until it melts and starts to brown a bit.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

My friend, author and former book writing client Joanie Hebert Lalond came across this incredible website with videos of some of the all time greatest songs ever. One of my favourites of the golden (oldie) age of music is this one:

And based on the following video and the reference to Trump’s chief strategist, maybe I will change back to my birth name for a little while. Look at that, I almost made it through the entire blog without a political reference!