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Rachel Writes today may look like a "to do" list, and in a way, it is. Things to do, today. A bit of learning, a bit of fun, a bit of creativity, a bit of exploration, a bit of action. A day well done. Enjoy it!

"I get these urges and I can't stop them" - The strange world of obsessions.

Once more with feeling, the Care-Ring Voice Network has organized a tele-learning session on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Psychologist Kieron O'Connor will speak about this condition that subjects the sufferer to thoughts and behaviours that appear to be out of control. OCD can be debilitating. In order to do something about it, you first need to understand the condition, where it comes from and how it can be conquered, says O'Connor.

AMI Quebec (Action on Mental Illness) hosts this presentation on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m. You can hear it from your home either by telephone or online. The session is confidential, but participants must register as members of the Care-Ring Voice Network at

Once you've confirmed your registration for the session, you receive an email detailing how and when you can access it. Registration is free. For information call 1-866-396-2433, email, or visit

Registrants will receive the phone number that will permit them to participate.

Another option is to listen to the tele-learning session with a group at Mental Health Estrie in Lennoxville. For more information, contact Mental Health Estrie at 819-565-3777, or

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network's 100 Objects project is on the hunt for the 100th object - the best object to symbolize life today for people in Quebec whose second or third language is French, right after English. It's for a new website coming March 26, The Identity of English-speaking Quebec in 100 Objects, The website will showcase the photos and stories of the 100 objects, including one from our very own Eaton Corner Museum. Drum roll as the suspense builds...

Send your idea - a photograph of the object, a paragraph or two explaining why you think it should be the 100th object in the portrait of English-speaking Quebec, and your name and contact information - to Or mail it to 100th Object, QAHN, 400-257 Queen Street, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville) QC J1M 1K7. New deadline for receipt: February 25.

Can you write the first sentence to the worst novel ever? Just one sentence, with lots of bells and whistles! If you'd enjoy trying, the Bulwer Purple Prose Project could be your ticket to an evening of fame. This is a writing contest with a laugh, for the benefit of the Bulwer Community Centre. The short and sweet contest rules are at or email

Seize the day, as they say nowadays. A good way to start is to check out a Viactive group. It's so easy, it's so free, it's so fun. In Cookshire, the day is Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at the Loisirs Cookshire, 75 Castonguay Street, just off Principale Street East. In Bury and in Sawyerville, the day is Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street, and at the Sawyerville Community Centre, respectively. Questions? Contact the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François at 819-560-8540, option 9.

Another good way to liven up the day is to check out Myrna Lowry's Yoga Light sessions at the Sawyerville Community Centre. A 10-week series starts Tuesday, January 22, at the Sawyerville Community Centre. For more information, contact Myrna at 819-875-5393 or

United: February 17, at 11 a.m., a joint worship service with St. Peter's Anglican Church will be at the Trinity United Church, and another service is in Sawyerville, also at 11 a.m. On February 24, regular services will be at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838).

Anglican: Regular Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire, but the service in Cookshire goes on the road, a few streets over, to the Trinity United Church (819-239-6902).
Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in

English and French (819-239-8818).
Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by February 18 for publication February 27 and by March 4 for March 13.

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