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About Saskatoon Connections

We at “Saskatoon Connections” welcome everyone! • new friends • single • dating • engaged • married • in a relationship • complicated relationship • bring your partner, bring a friend or come on your own! Accepting Canadian members 30 - 99 years. In general, here's how it works: • you join our group and invite people you know to join • those people invite their contacts to join, who in turn invite their contacts to join • and the process repeats! “Saskatoon Connections” concentrates on social gatherings, get-togethers, getaways, steak nites, camping, bbq’s, monthly birthday gatherings, dining, dancing, softball, volleyball, bowling, pool, walkathons for causes etc … who knows this may be the year you’ll find “the one”! You have the opportunity of meeting people you would unlikely have met otherwise! Remember everybody’s ideas/input are welcome in ideas/planning! We are Darlene Fultons-Group on facebook, request friend! Check back regularly for updates on Information and Events! Perhaps once each town/city has its own group we will circulate and introduce more friends! Once again, welcome and have a great time!

SPA NITE! *Make a friend…Bring a friend*

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When: Friday, April 19

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Spirit of Healing Wellness: Massage, Colon Hydratherapy, Vibrational Trainer

Spirit of Healing Wellness Center

With the Spirit of Healing, it’s all about you.

Walking With Power

This series of four workshops titled, “Walking With Power” is designed to lead the participants through a process that, in the words of those who have completed it, is transformative in nature. The process is one that focuses on knowing who we are as a unique expression of the Creator. It asks us to understand, celebrate and embrace the journey that calls us and the learning that we do on the way.

  1. Understanding Our Journey

    The first workshop “Understanding Our Journey” gives us an overview of that process and enables us to get in touch with some of the behaviours that stand in our way of making a strong and healthy connection with Spirit. It does this by creating a safe place for participants to share their lives with each other. From this secure base participants say that they feel freedom to let go of the roles that they play in favour of allowing others to see their authentic selves. 

  2. Grieving Our Losses

    Because the very first step in our spiritual journey, according to every spiritual tradition, is about knowing who we are this is where we begin in the second workshop “Grieving Our Losses”. In this workshop we go deeper into looking at our lives and understanding how our failure to grieve the experiences of the past creates the patterns or roles that we play – roles and patterns that control and determine our lives today. From this position of awareness we are able to take control of our lives in the present and make decisions from a position of power. Virtually all of the participants agree that this approach is more life giving than allowing our undealt with fear, guilt or anger determine our choices. Participants often see this workshop as the most difficult and the most life-changing of the four.

  3. A Question Of Balance

    The third workshop “A Question Of Balance” begins where the second workshop ends – with the understanding that we are creators of our own lives. In it we focus on overcoming our belief in duality as we look at what it means to work in balance in our lives. Questions such as, “What does it mean to balance male and female elements within us, to create balance between the intellectual and the creative, the spiritual and the secular, the creator and the created, the helper and the helped?” We also look at what values and beliefs best enable us to walk in a way that is life-giving for both ourselves and others. In this section of the series we will be looking at these questions by focusing on the teachings of the Kabbalah, the oral mystical tradition of the Jewish people.

  4. All My Relations

    The fourth workshop “All My Relations” deals with the seven levels of relationship that we experience as defined by Jamie Sams in her book, “Dancing the Dream”. These are as follows:

    1. The relationship of self to the Creator. 
    2. The relationship of self to self (body, mind, spirit, thought, feeling, dream and intuition). 
    3. The relationship of self to other selves.
    4. The relationship of self to nature (plants, animals, stones, water, mountains, valleys, deserts, jungles, forests, and plains). 
    5. The relationship of self to the universe. 
    6. Our relationship to the unseen worlds of awareness within ourselves. 
    7. Our relationship to unborn worlds of consciousness within us (our own evolution).

       The workshop will include a time of celebration and reflection on the question of “Where do we go from here?” It will draw heavily on the eleven years of experience and learning of the facilitator within the aboriginal community.

The fundamental understanding that we are all “One in Spirit” is demonstrated in the workshops with a preference for integration of the various spiritual traditions of mankind. It becomes very clear as we progress that the teachings of all spiritual traditions are the same, that all of them come from Spirit and that Spirit communicates to each culture and person in ways that is the most likely to allow for understanding and integration in their lives. It is the view of the facilitator that it is only when we come to this understanding that we can truly respect, honour and celebrate each others path rather than start wars over who is right and who is wrong.

Looking for Love? Wear Red on Valentines Day!


This time of year, both fans of Valentine’s Day and V-day haters are bound to have a few things on the brain.   One major association we have with the holiday is love and attraction.  Another big one is the color red, with decorative hearts, cards, clothing and candy bombarding the senses in stores across the country.  But it turns out that attraction and the color red have more in common than just Valentine’s Day; in fact, the color red may be the key to your loved one’s heart.

Simply wearing red elicits higher ratings of attractiveness, both when men rate women (Elliot, 2008) and when women rate men (Elliot, 2010).  In both studies, ratings were contrasted for pictures of people wearing red versus other colors, such as gray, blue and green, and seeing red consistently led to enhanced attractiveness ratings.  This effect is not just a cultural phenomenon; the finding was replicated when Chinese participants performed the same experiment.  The participants were also unaware that the color had an effect on their judgments, so it can’t be explained by a general preference for the color red.  So what is the source of red’s seductive powers?

Some psychologists suspect that humans place a high value on the color red for evolutionary reasons.  For many non-human species, red is a signal of physical fitness that can help attract mates, as is the case for male gelada baboons and frigatebirds, who advertise an enlarged red sac that is remarkably similar to a heart-shaped balloon:
Thus, our preference for seeing red on the opposite sex could stem from a primitive mechanism that evolved to increase mating behavior.

Alternatively, we may be attracted to people wearing red because of learned associations. For instance, in Western culture, people learn to associate red with a diverse range of concepts, from positive (romance, fast cars) to negative (red marks on failed assignments) to dangerous things (blood, fire alarms).  The story gets even more complicated when you consider what other cultures associate with red; in Eastern cultures, for example, red is considered lucky and is associated with weddings in China.  But Elliot and colleagues emphasize that context plays an important role in how red affects our perception and behavior at any given moment.  So the color red carries a different meaning when we encounter a stop sign versus a potential date.

In a recent study, Elliot and colleagues (2010) tested the theory that status may be an especially important cross-culture symbol associated with red, the color of choice for both classical Roman power players and contemporary politicians.  Specifically, the authors reasoned that women may be more attracted to men wearing red because red is a marker of high rank.  In two separate experiments, they showed first that women rated men wearing red as having higher status than men wearing gray or blue.  Second, women rated images of high-status men (as described by the experimenters) as more sexually attractive than low-status men.  Taken together, the authors claim that women prefer men who wear red because it signals high status, a quality that leads to attraction.

While this theory could explain why women prefer men wearing red, it doesn’t explain why men also prefer women in red.  Although this is an empirical question, a woman’s status isn’t exactly the first factor that comes to mind when determining her level of attractiveness.  To reconcile this issue, Elliot and colleagues suggest that men and women may both be attracted to the color red, but for different reasons.

However, another problem with the status theory is that it conflates status and confidence.  It’s possible that what both men and women are responding to when they see the opposite gender in red is a sense of confidence–after all, it takes guts to wear such a bold color.  Wearing red is a way of saying, “I’m an awesome person, and I’m not afraid to show it!”  Confidence and status are often correlated, so maybe the women in these studies were basing their judgments of attraction on how confident the men seemed, with men in red appearing more confident than those wearing more subdued colors like blue and gray.  In the end, no matter what color you’re wearing, confidence is always sexy–wearing red may just help you express that confidence.

Valentines Day Fashion

Valentine’s Day 2012 is very near, and on this love day, all men and women share some romantic moments with their sweethearts. A celebration of such days is a symbol of life and love! Valentines day is always colorful and this year 2012, hopefully you will have the opportunity to wear something special in terms of outfits and fashion accessories.

Gear up to make this day stylish, special and memorable. On this day we will be sharing something special with our loved ones, we need to look especially attractive. Here are some secrets regarding how men and women can be trendy during Valentines Day 2012



These fashion tips are provided for your Valentine’s Day 2012; after applying these tips you can have a perfect and glamorous look. So get ready to make this valentine’s day amazing!

Pink is a classic color and looks stylish, feminine and sexy. Select sparkling colors for valentine’s day 2012. Red, pink, flowered, polka dotted and striped clothing in these particular colors are great options. As well you can find some fashion accessories such as heart shaped jewellry, large flower pins, heart shaped pouches/purses all in pink, red or coordinating white etc

Valentine’s Day 2012 Fashion Accessories

First of all focus all of your attention on selecting perfect colors. A lady’s taste is revealed mostly by her style.  Valentine’s Day dress is incomplete without a stylish matching hand bag, footwear, jewellry and accessories.  Select your hand bag to suit your outfit. Also, always carry a hand bag matching your height and physique

Valentine’s Day 2012 Make Up

Stylish and fashionable makeup is very important for Valentine’s day. Hot red or pink glossed lips with a softer pink blush and smokey eyes will make you even more beautiful in your lover’s eyes!

Having s proper facial before applying makeup is extremely important. Clean and glowing skin, stylish makeup along with a new hairdo compliments your style and beauty.


Today men’s fashion is as important as women’s. The above fashion tips are the same for men, with a few small changes such as: shoes, wrist watches and other small fashion accessories.

Hair is vital to men’s fashion and should be styled according to physique and face shapes.

Follow these simple tips to have your gorgeous personal and sparkling new look for Valentine’s Day 2012!

St Valentines Day: History

Every year, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many countries, restaurants and eateries are seen to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of the day.

The reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric named Valentine who died more than a thousand years ago.

Saint ValentineIt is not exactly known why the 14th of February is known as Valentine’s Day or if the noble Valentine really had any relation to this day. The history of Valentine’s Day is impossible to be obtained from any archive and the veil of centuries gone by has made the origin behind this day more difficult to trace. It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine’s Day.

The modern St. Valentine’s Day celebrations are said to have been derived from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. As per one legend, the holiday has originated from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalis/Lupercalia, a fertility celebration that used to observed annually on February 15. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw many pagan holidays being renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian martyrs. Lupercalia was no exception. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14.

He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine whom the modern Valentine’s Day honors.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. While one was a priest in Rome, another was a bishop in Terni. Nothing is known about the third St. Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them were said to have been martyred on 14th February.

It is clear that Pope Gelasius intended to honor the first of these three aforementioned men. Most scholars believe that this St. Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time.

The story of St. Valentine has two different versions -Protestant and Catholic  Both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was executed by the latter. During the lifetime of Valentine, the golden era of Roman empire had almost come to an end. Lack of quality administrators led to frequent civil strife. Education declined, taxation increased and trade witnessed a very bad time. The Roman empire faced crisis from all sides, from the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asia. The empire had grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Naturally, more and more capable men were required to to be recruited as soldiers and officers to protect the nation from takeover. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. He believed that marriage made the men weak. So he issued an edict forbidding marriage to assure quality soldiers.

The ban on marriage was a great shock for the Romans. But they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. The kindly bishop Valentine also realized the injustice of the decree. He saw the trauma of young lovers who gave up all hopes of being united in marriage. He planned to counter the monarch’s orders in secrecy. Whenever lovers thought of marrying, they went to Valentine who met them afterwards in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. And thus he secretly performed many marriages for young lovers. But such things cannot remain hidden for long. It was only a matter of time before Claudius came to know of this “friend of lovers,” and had him arrested.

While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius. It was said that Valentine had some saintly abilities and one of them granted him the power to heal people. Asterius had a blind daughter and knowing of the miraculous powers of Valentine he requested the latter to restore the sight of his blind daughter. The Catholic legend has it that Valentine did this through the vehicle of his strong faith, a phenomenon refuted by the Protestant version which agrees otherwise with the Catholic one. Whatever the fact, it appears that Valentine in some way did succeed to help Asterius’ blind daughter.

Claudius IIWhen Claudius II met Valentine, he was said to have been impressed by the dignity and conviction of the latter. However, Valentine refused to agree with the emperor regarding the ban on marriage. It is also said that the emperor tried to convert Valentine to the Roman gods but was unsuccesful in his efforts. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully. This angered Claudius II who gave the order of execution of Valentine.

Meanwhile, a deep friendship had been formed between Valentine and Asterius’ daughter. It caused great grief to the young girl to hear of his friend’s imminent death. It is said that just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her “From Your Valentine,” a phrase that lived ever after. As per another legend, Valentine fell in love with the daughter of his jailer during his imprisonment. However, this legend is not given much importance by historians. The most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not centered on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD.

Thus 14th February became a day for all lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It began to be annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines, on this day to the women they admired. With the coming of Christianity, the day came to be known as St. Valentine’s Day.

But it was only during the 14th century that St. Valentine’s Day became definitively associated with love. UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of “Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine”, credits Chaucer as the one who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance. In medieval France and England it was believed that birds mated on February 14. Hence, Chaucer used the image of birds as the symbol of lovers in poems dedicated to the day. In Chaucer’s “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are related:

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

By the Middle Ages, Valentine became as popular as to become one of the most popular saints in England and France. Despite attempts by the Christian church to sanctify the holiday, the association of Valentine’s Day with romance and courtship continued through the Middle Ages. The holiday evolved over the centuries. By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts began to be created on this day and handed over to the man or woman one loved. This tradition eventually spread to the American colonies. It was not until the 1840s that Valentine’s Day greeting cards began to be commercially produced in the U.S. The first American Valentine’s Day greeting cards were created by Esther A. Howlanda Mount Holyoke, a graduate and native of Worcester. Mass. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. It was when Howland began Valentine’s cards in a large scale that the tradition really caught on in the United States.

Today, Valentine’s Day is one of the major holidays in the U.S. and has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are “valentine”s. The “valentines”, as Valentine’s Day cards are better known as, are often designed with hearts to symbolize love. The Valentine’s Day card spread with Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the world. One of the earliest valentines was sent in 1415 AD by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife during his imprisonment in the Tower of London. The card is now preserved in the British Museum.

There may be doubts regarding the actual identity of Valentine, but we know that he really existed because archaeologists have recently unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to a Saint Valentine.

7 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest!

Are you charting a course to fulfill your dreams? Or are you wandering around without a compass, hoping you’ll somehow find your way? If you’re stuck in a rut,  these tips will help you get back on track. 

1. Don’t Try to Buy Happiness
Would you be happy if you had a hundred new pairs of Jimmy Choos or a brand new BMW? Maybe at first you would, but as time went on you’d “just want more, bigger, better and different in a never-ending fashion,” explains Alan Gettis, Ph.D., author of The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy and Meaning In An Upside Down World. The pleasure centers in your brain come alive when you score the perfect skirt or a great pair of jeans, but the feeling fades. After all, if you could really buy happiness, everyone would have bought it already!

If you still believe money is the secret to satisfaction, consider this: According to a University of Illinois study, the Forbes 400 (the wealthiest billionaires in America) and the Maasai tribes of East Africa (simple, pastoral herdsmen) exhibit the same levels of happiness, regardless of their monetary differences. In plain English: Money doesn’t buy happiness!

2. Go for Guy/Girl’s Night Out
Could seeing a movie with your pals save your life? Maybe so, when you consider that loneliness is a life-threatening condition that can raise your risk of heart disease and depression.

Connecting with friends counteracts stress and spurs the release of oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that soothes and calms. Maybe that’s part of the reason women have been gathering in groups for centuries, grinding corn, knitting quilts or weaving baskets. “Instinctively, we know it’s good for us,” says Rebecca Radcliffe, motivational speaker and author of Hot Flashes, Chocolate Sauce, & Rippled Thighs: Woman’s Wisdom, Wellness, and Body Gratitude.

It helps to have a close group of friends, but it’s also important to interact with people outside that circle. Every kind of positive interaction, from smiling at the waitress to chatting with your neighbor, can boost your mood, says Radcliffe.

3. Answer the Call of the Wild
Claude Monet once said, “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” Take his advice and make a date with Mother Nature. It will lower your stress levels, strengthen your immune system and leave you feeling blissfully tranquil.

Can’t spare time away for a weekend camping trip? You’ll reap the same benefits from a quick stroll through the park or an afternoon spent gardening. Even a glance at a tree-lined street or blue sky through your office window will boost your mood and productivity.

4. Make the Little Things Count
So, your alarm woke you up on time for work this morning. If that thought doesn’t make you jump for joy, ask yourself what would have happened if the alarm had failed? You would have woken up late, rushed out the door, forgotten your briefcase and arrived at the office disheveled. Worse, what if you hadn’t woken up at all?

On a typical day, a million things go right, says Gettis. The shower has hot water, your car starts and your computer turns on. “We’re often on auto-pilot and don’t appreciate the good things around us,” he notes.

It’s human nature to rubberneck at the accident on the freeway. But instead of seeking out the bad, focus on the good that’s right in front of you.

5. Pursue Your Passions
“Passions ignite us and keep us going,” says Gettis. But some of us are so entrenched in our daily lives that we’ve lost sight of them. Radcliffe suggests asking yourself this question: “If God came to you and told you to go after your dreams right away, what would you do first?”

Stumped? It’s time for a blast from the past. What did you love to do as a child? Which clubs did you join in high school? When did you last feel truly happy, and what were you doing at the time? The answers can help you rediscover your passions. For more ideas, make a list of things you’ve always wanted to learn, and then learn them. Dance the tango, study German, take up rock-climbing, play the guitar, write a poem…anything goes as long as you’re doing it for you.

“Giving an outlet to our creative selves satisfies a hunger that cannot be filled in any other way,” explains Radcliffe.

6. Forgive Yourself
Airlines have a limit when it comes to carry-on luggage. Pity we can’t set limits on ourselves when it comes to emotional baggage. Dwelling on past mistakes only prevents us from being happy in the present.

“Focusing on the past is a trap,” says Gettis. The key to forgiving yourself is to understand and accept your own history and to learn from your mistakes. How have they made you stronger and wiser? Use the lessons of the past to make better decisions today.

Forgiveness is an ongoing process. It can take months, even years. But in the meantime, “focus on creating a fulfilling life in the present,” suggests Gettis.

7. Live in the Moment
Cocktail hours, social events or a day off work can be great fun. But what about the rest of your life? What about the time you spend at work or running errands? If we only have isolated moments on the calendar to live for, we’re in trouble.

Most of our lives are made up of seemingly mundane moments spent pumping gas or standing in line at the grocery store. Yet we often dismiss these moments. They don’t count, we say. They’re not a part of our real lives. With this attitude, you’ll waste 80% of your life, notes Gettis. “If there’s anything resembling a magic bullet or a key to the universe, it’s the ability to be fully present…here and now,” he explains.

What’s the secret to living in the moment? This story from Gettis’ book says it all: A Zen master lay dying. One of his disciples remembered the fondness his teacher had for a certain cake and set out to find it. He returned with the delicacy for his master, who smiled appreciatively and slowly nibbled it, all the while moving closer to death. His students asked him if he had any last words and he whispered “yes.” The students drew closer, so as not to miss a single word. He said, “My, this cake is delicious!”