These shoes were made for . . . social distancing? I don’t think so.

Another first-world problem has emerged during the current health crisis. I know it’s frivolous but at times like this, we have to lighten up or we’ll go crazy. This past winter I bought some new shoes. Actually, I bought more than one pair of new shoes (the actual number will remain our secret in case my husband reads this). Is there anything in the world…

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Pandemic reveals the secret side of first-world problems

The bald guys are laughing their asses off. Who cares that barbers, hairdressers and nail salons are closed until further notice? Not someone who does their hair with a razor every morning in the shower. However, there’s a ginormous portion of our population that depends on the regular services of hairdressers and nail technicians to keep us presentable enough to be seen in public. Baby…

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There’s a glint of silver lining behind that COVID-19 thundercloud

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is without a doubt a grave and horrifying situation. We’ve been watching the news and reading the papers, talking to friends and family about what to do and generally pulling together while keeping our distance. We keep hearing “We don’t know” from the experts while we muddle through washing our hands fifty times a day while singing Happy Birthday To Me and…

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Clementine Churchill was a formidable force behind famous husband Winston

One important thing I learned while reading Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict is that her name is pronounced in the British style to rhyme with Josephine, not the American pronunciation which rhymes with Maritime. It was nice to return to my favourite genre, historical fiction, especially since I enjoyed the same author’s earlier book, The Only Woman in the Room so much. Winston Churchill has…

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Should we mourn the loss of bricks and mortar retail stores?

Were fashion retailers reading BOOMERBROADCAST and actually paying attention? A recent full-page writeup in The Globe and Mail, Video Fashion, by Odessa Paloma Parker got me thinking that somewhere, someone might actually be recognizing that consumers are where the money is in retail. It’s a shocking realization, don’t you think? In the six+ years that I’ve been blogging, retailers and department stores, in particular, have…

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Shades of Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Paris

In a replay of Angela Lansbury’s Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris movie, I’m thrilled to report that Mrs. Davis is also going to Paris. Yes! It’s true. In June of this year, I’m heading off for week-long writers’ retreat and sight-seeing trip to Paris (the real one, in France, not Ontario) and I’m beside myself with excitement. I’ve signed on with a small group of 8-10…

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