Back in the saddle again

Did you miss me? The reason I haven't been blogging this week is because I've just lost six days of my life thanks to a vicious virus that had me laid up in bed for longer than I can ever remember. It started with a sore throat on Monday morning and by noon I was flat-out on the sofa, moving later to my bed where I've been holed up in the dark for almost a week. Everything hurt. My hair hurt when I brushed it; my armpits hurt when I…

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Growing old is getting even better . . . if you live in Mississauga

Mississauga City Councillor Carolyn Parrish was positioned to win the hearts and votes of thousands of Mississauga seniors and Boomers who are soon-to-be-seniors this past week by introducing a one dollar transit fare for seniors. But the motion was held over to a later date. I'm surprised our ninety-four-year-old ex-Mayor Hurricane Hazel didn't come up with that one but she would probably have been attacked by her critics for conflict of interest. Imagine life for Mississauga Boomers if this deal goes through. There's a bus stop at the end of…

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March Madness explained

Thought you'd enjoy this reposting of a piece from a year ago. Please tell me I’m not the only person in the world who thought March Madness was about special annual retail sales—like Black Friday. For weeks leading up to the big event and for the duration, I kept waiting for the flyers from my favourite retailers to arrive in my mailbox. With visions of bargain-priced sugar plums dancing in my head I couldn’t wait to hit the mall to stock up on half-price underwear and my favourite jeans. Surely…

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Dog, forgive me, I knew not . . .

Every once in a while when I'm grocery shopping, I throw a couple of huge bags of premium dog food and treats into the cart and then drop them off at the animal shelter. Makes me feel good and helps them out. I thought I was doing a good thing by selecting Nestlé Purina Beneful until I read more data on the issue of dog food products and once again you can't believe what the package says. I've written previously about the dangers of pet treats imported from Asia.  While…

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What would Steve Jobs say?

Arianna Huffington made an interesting comment on Real Time With Bill Maher this week that echoed something I had been giving a lot of thought to lately. All the hype around the launch of the iWatch left her wondering what Steve Jobs would have thought about Apple's latest release of something "we didn't know we needed". In an earlier blog posting (Feeling uninspired, take a nap) I championed the merits of down-time. Experience has proven that we get our best ideas and think more creatively during periods of idleness or…

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