Two views of “Unbroken”

Movie versions of great books are usually not as good as the book. A two-hour movie cannot always capture the nuances of feelings or the descriptive words and phrases in the same way that make the book so engrossing, or the amount of detail required to truly tell the story. Last week we went to see the movie "Unbroken" and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps it was because I had read the book by Laura Hillenbrand about a year ago and found the story of Louie Zamperini…

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A Boomer Broad goes to Paris

In 2012 I read a small ad in Zoomer magazine advertising a women's tour of Paris that sounded like something worth investigating. When I did, I ended up taking the trip in October of that year and it was wonderful. I received an e-mail from Kathi Oliver, the organizer, this week and thought I'd share it with my Boomer Broad readers because the trip was a bit different and it might appeal to you for the same reasons. Kathi Oliver runs these excursions twice each year, in May and October. …

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Beware: Some pet treats can kill

It took awhile but some pet stores in Canada are finally pulling pet treats imported from China from their shelves. I've mentioned the dangers of these products in previous blogs and there has been ample evidence of their dangers covered by consumer television programs but pulling of these products should have happened years ago. Pet owners and veterinarians have reported cases of pets suffering kidney failure and other ailments often resulting in death from ingesting chicken, jerky, duck and sweet potato treats imported from China and other Asian countries. The…

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From Russia with love and deception

My interest in Russia and its people probably began when I first viewed Dr. Zhivago in English with Dutch subtitles in an Amsterdam movie theatre in October 1967. The music was haunting. The history is stark, brutal and complex. So, when I heard Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia being interviewed by Judith Regan on Sirius Radio I immediately downloaded the book onto my Kindle. Pomerantsev was born in Russia and moved to England as a child with…

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Don’t miss The Imitation Game

Alan Turing's story is a reminder of the importance of tolerance. After watching Benedict Cumberbatch portray Turing in The Imitation Game I couldn't help thinking about the losses our world has suffered because of bigotry, intolerance and lack of empathy. Turing was, without overstating the fact, the inventor of what we know today as the computer. A brilliant mathematician, cryptanalyst and logician, Turing joined the military intelligence teams at Bletchley Park in the U.K. at the beginning of the Second World War. Tasked with breaking the secrets of the German…

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