Who’s afraid of dying?

Back in the olden days (the seventies), when I still had a waistline, I read a popular book by Erica Jong called Fear of Flying. All I can remember about the book is that I found it overrated and I really didn't enjoy it. Am I the only person who didn't find the book worthy of the accolades it earned at the time and confirmed over the decades. Jong has now published another book that is particularly relevant to Boomers. Fear of Dying a work of fiction about Isadore Wing's…

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OKA speaks my kinda French

OKA Cheese is rerunning a commercial on television that cracks me up every time I see it (copyright prohibits me from attaching a link). It shows a couple dining in what appears to be a quaint French-Canadian inn or restaurant overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The man asks the waiter for some more of that wonderful cheese "that's dans my wife's bouche". It's a joy to see someone speak French with the same level of proficiency I possess. After five years of agonizing French classes in high school and more…

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Voicing my opinion on voices

  One of my first blog postings two years ago (http://boomerbroadcast.net/2013/09/18/hearing-voices/) was about the changing speech patterns and diction used by many people today, particularly young women. Unfortunately, media is turning some of these people loose on the public and it hurts to listen to them. At the risk of generalizing, young women are particularly guilty of speaking with squeaky little-girl voices that make my ears bleed. I know that Melissa Rauch's voice (she plays Bernadette) on The Big Bang Theory is part of her character, but I can't stand…

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24 Sussex Drive? Git ‘er done!

Although I have yet to be personally invited to the Prime Minister's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, as a partial owner (one-thirty-three-millionth of it is mine as a taxpayer) I feel I have a stake in how it's managed. It's scandalous that the wiring hasn't been updated since the 1950s and the entire structure is in need of a complete overhaul. I do find those portable air conditioners hanging from the third floor windows a bit unsightly but considering the home has no insulation, I can sympathize.…

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Mirror mirror on the wall. . .

The purchase started out as a cost-saving measure. Our bathroom is not particularly well-lit and when I gently suggested to my honey that we install a series of modern puck lights in the ceiling to even out shadows and provide better overall lighting for makeup application (a time-consuming and onerous task at my age), his response was predictably male. He immediately detailed the tiresome list of potential problems that could arise. We'd have to completely tear up the ceiling and lord knows what horrors that would uncover. We'd have to…

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