Fittingly, the acronym spells "SAD" - Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It's real and you may get it and you might not even know you have it.

SAD is a type of depression that comes on around this time of year.  You may find yourself feeling drained and you may be moody.  Some people fall into a deep depression.

If you find you don't have much energy and you struggle to get motivated, you may need to take some steps to ensure your mental health is stable.

If you find yourself with a prolonged case of what we used to call the "winter blues," you can find a way out.  The experts recommend we do our best to get more sunlight or, if that's not possible, get a "daylight" light bulb or two and enjoy the brightness!

Regular exercise, a visit with friends and taking a road trip, they say, will all help you cope.  However, if you do have trouble making it through the day, you may need some help.  

Remember, your family doctor is a good first step if the situation is urgent but, you can also turn to the Canadian Mental Health Association for assistance.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day.

It's an emotional time for many as we take time to remember and recognize those who have served us in times of war.

My late father, George, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He volunteered on his 18th birthday in 1942. He didn't see combat action and, you know, that bothered him until the day he died. 

That was something I didn't understand as a boy and we discussed it. I told him I didn't think I'd have the guts to volunteer and serve in the military. 

My dad told me I would if my family and friends were joining and going to war. 

And so, on Remembrance Day, I think about my dad and my family and their friends, our friends, who served, fought and sacrificed for me, for us. And I silently thank them in my own way for what they did so that I was never faced with that decision.

CHAB at 95

There have been brushes with fame and conversations with stars.  There are the interviews with the Prime Minister and world-famous athletes.  You've heard them all and we've done it all on CHAB over the course of 95 years.

But, you know, as we came together this fall to share memories of CHAB's history, I found that you and I remember the same things.  Nobody's talking about the famous people.  We're all talking about the LOCAL people who were featured on the radio from the early days of live, musical and theatrical performances to guesting on the old Mail Bag program.  Local people remember those occasions.

I'll never forget interviewing a man by the name of Miles Huntley, shortly after he turned 105 years old.  He told me the secret was lots of fresh air, regular exercise and a balanced diet.  

I'll never forget Mac "Lucky" Wilson telling me about his battles on the ground, overseas, during World War II.

Those were special conversations with local people sharing their stories on the local radio station.  Happy 95th birthday, CHAB.

CHAB at 95

To be humble, I believe, is a good quality for a person to have.  By definition, it means "having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance."

I think about that today as I listen to messages left on our listener line from local and area people who have a special place in their hearts for CHAB Radio.

As we celebrate 95 years on the air I'm listening to people talking about how CHAB has always been there for local information, entertainment and music.  

When you come to the radio station and prepare the local content each and every day, sometimes you lose perspective of how important this work is and the impact we can have on local people.

Yes, we've got satellite and cable television, the internet, telephones with Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook but you can always count on CHAB for current, local information delivered with a focus on being family friendly.

We are, after all, the original social media.

CHAB at 95

It was a lesson learned for me in my first year at CHAB.

We had a number of characters from across the country working here as announcers at the time including a young man who went by the name of "Andy Shack".  He had the all-night shift and he liked it.  He was creative and funny and seemingly very happy.

He had long hair.  It was dyed two different colours and he'd put gel in it and spike it up all over the place.  His jeans were ripped and custom-embroidered.  He dressed like a rock star.  He lived in a run-down, old apartment building in downtown Moose Jaw.  I assumed he was a poor kid with his first job, just trying to make a living.

One day I heard he beat a guy up on Main Street in broad daylight.  He admitted to it, saying the guy was teasing him about his hair and he wouldn't let up.

I told Andy he didn't look like a fighter.  Andy told me he had his black belt in Karate.  He then told me he went to college on a football scholarship and earned a degree.  He was just in Moose Jaw to have a good time.

The lesson?  Don't judge a book by its cover.  

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