Sight-seeing in the Paris Métro

Life below the streets of Paris is almost as fascinating as it is above, as evidenced by the Arts et Métiers Métro station (pictured above) which resembles a glistening copper cauldron. After purchasing a card loaded with ten trips (a carnet) and a quick tap and go at the turnstile on Paris public transit, I descended into the massive complex of tunnels and underground walkways….

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I went to Paris and all I bought was . . . almost nothing!

I tried. I really tried to spend money in Paris while attending a week-long women’s writing retreat this month. After all, at my age, there aren’t many years left to treat ourselves to something we’ve always wanted. This summer is a big deal in our house. I turn seventy-five; my husband turns eighty, and we celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary so I thought a splurge…

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Political correctness has made me afraid to ask a simple question

In Serra Hamilton’s First Person essay in The Globe and Mail, Working With The Public Is No Picnic, Hamilton claims to love her job as a Guest Experience Leader at McDonald’s but she balks at people assuming her Asian features put into question whether she belongs in this country. I now question one of my favourite activities. Is it now politically incorrect to ask someone…

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Join me to see what Paris is like in June

I’m taking a couple of weeks off from BoomerBroadcast but it’s for a good cause. I’m attending a women’s writers’ retreat in Paris—yes, the one in France, not southern Ontario. We’re staying at a boutique hotel in the Marais district and doing daily excursions to writers’ haunts to practise and hopefully improve our skills. While I’m away, I’ll be posting a few pictures on Facebook…

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A new novel by Miriam Toews is always a reason to celebrate

Canadian authors, particularly female authors, have a unique voice that is always such a pleasure to read, even when the subject matter is not exactly uplifting. Miriam Toews deserves to be heralded right up there with the Margaret Atwoods of our country because her work is guaranteed to touch the hearts and minds of Canadian women. It isn’t just the geographical references or the idiom…

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