No more alarm clocks

Retirement brings so many delights it's hard to count the ways, but one benefit is particularly sweet. Since I retired I can't recall a single time I've been shocked awake by the clock radio before my body has determined it's ready to get up. Fortunately my honey is a morning-man so if I do have an early appointment I can count on him to wake me up. Monday, January 14, 1980. Pickering, Ontario. 6:28 a.m. Snuggled under the duvet in my bed on a cold dark winter morning, dreaming sweet…

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Timothy Caulfield challenges Gwyneth Paltrow

According to, Canadian author Timothy Caulfield is "a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health as well as research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. In recent years he has led and collaborated on a number of research projects having to do with the social challenges associated with genomic technologies, stem cell research, and the application of ethics in health sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of…

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Millennials know this much to be true

The Globe and Mail's Careers section recently featured a piece by Nicole Gallucci entitled, "Five things I learned from millennials" that warrants a closer look. While acknowledging the level of comfort millennials have with technology and their forthrightness in insisting on authenticity and integrity in friendships, Gallucci's entitlement versus enlightenment debate leans heavily towards enlightenment and I don't entirely agree. Let's take a closer look at her five items: When in doubt, Google it: No problem here. But it isn't unique to millennials as Boomers do the same thing. How…

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Lena Dunham IS that kind of girl

I should say up front that I was a Lena Dunham fan long before I read her book "Not That Kind of Girl" so I approached it with a sense of eager anticipation. Prior to publication, Dunham received a hefty advance which generated bitchy comments suggesting that the book was probably over-hyped and would not deliver. After all, she's only twenty-eight years old and writes, directs and stars in her own HBO series Girls but how much does anyone really know at that age. So the content may be considered…

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We’ve been published – again

My recent blog about how much I enjoyed the March issue of ELLE Canada was the result of how relevant and well-written their articles were that month. The March issue was dedicated to feminism which is a subject dear to my heart and I appreciated their coverage. So I wrote them a fan letter—actually I sent them a copy of my blog posting (You can't always judge a magazine by its cover) and they printed an excerpt as their "best" letter on the May 2015 issue. If you subscribe  to…

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Diapers – there is a better way

It doesn't take a genius to know that disposable diapers are not a good thing for every reason except convenience. They take up to five hundred years to decompose in landfill (yuck!) and cost parents in the neighbourhood of $1,000.00 per year per child (yikes!). Those reasons alone are enough to discourage the use of disposables but the convenience factor still outweighs the downside. There has to be a better way. This morning as I was reading the paper I spotted something that caused my jaw to drop and I…

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