Here we go again ladies

It seems they're not listening to me so I'm going to keep condemning companies that continue to glorify grossly Photoshopped, tall thin bodies as being the ideal. Not surprisingly, Victoria's Secret is taking a lot of heat about their new campaign entitled "The Perfect Body" that shows unrealistic body shapes as being the standard perfect body we should all strive for. While I never shop at Victoria's Secret as I'm not a fan of their frou frou frillies and the uncomfortable fit, I think they're losing hundreds of thousands of…

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Canadian sacrifices at Beny-sur-mer still inspire

After my recent post about the murder of Canadians at the Abbey d'Ardennes monastery near Caen, France on June 7, 1944, I received the following note from another member of our tour group. For some reason, when we were leaving the garden area, I stopped by a tree that had a Nova Scotia flag and a piece of paper in a plastic sleeve pinned on it . I was so surprised to see a copy of a prayer delivered there in 1967 by my uncle, Maj. CF Kennedy. My cousin,…

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It pays to make beautiful silk purses from sow’s ears

Derelict buildings, ruins and architectural salvage are valued in Europe to the extent that fragments of crumbling Roman walls or centuries-old buildings are rarely torn down but incorporated into new and attractive projects. In North America it seemed until recently we could hardly wait to tear down classical Georgian architecture or turn-of-the-century industrial buildings to replace them with characterless glass monoliths designed with minimal imagination and no personality. I was reminded of this recently when we visited The Britannia Mining Museum, a rehabilitated copper mine near Squamish, British Columbia that…

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Boomers pay their respects at Beny-sur-Mer 70 years later

In September my husband and I spent two weeks in France and Belgium feeding our appetites for history, French wine and travel with the emphasis on history. Until this year I had been unable to source a tour that offered visits specifically to Canadian memorial sites related to World War I and World War II. The river cruises didn't meet our criteria. After I mentioned my requirement to Lola Stoker of Cruise Holidays.com (lstoker@cruiseholidays.com)  she called me several weeks later to inform me of the perfect tour. It began with…

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Plugging small businesses by women

When I come across small businesses run by women I'm always happy to endorse them and support their growth. Therefore, today I'm introducing you to four businesses that you may want to consider using: Cruise Holidays, Luxury Travel Boutique: I first met Lola Stoker at a presentation for European river cruises when I was shopping for a tour of World War I and World War II Canadian war sites. While none of the tours she presented that day were what I was looking for, she remembered my request and e-mailed…

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Microsoft’s CEO should know better

When I read about Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella's comments last week about women in high-tech asking for raises I nearly choked on my Geritol. According to him, women shouldn’t be asking for raises. Instead, they should simply trust in the system that there’s more coming their way. I'm so apoplectic I can hardly articulate a response. If I learned nothing else during my forty years in the corporate world it's that no one is going to walk down the hall and pat you on the head for being a good…

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