What’s the deal with selfies?

The rest of the world must have a whole lot more self-confidence than I do or perhaps they're just incredibly vain because I totally don't get everyone's preoccupation with taking pictures of themselves, a.k.a. selfies. I've tried it a couple of times and after seeing the results I needed trauma counselling. It's one thing to look at yourself in the privacy of your own bathroom mirror but something else to see yourself how others do. Unfortunately, this aversion to selfies excludes me from a number of potential career and lifestyle…

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Am I alone in my journey from the Age of Aquarius to the Age of Austerity??

Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations tend to morph together as autumn sets in. Canadians generally don't go as overboard as Americans with a front yard full of tombstones and skeletons hanging from trees (unless we still have young children at home) but we do like to acknowledge the harvest. Our front door hydrangea wreaths are replaced by fall apple wreaths and we arrange a few pumpkins on the front steps alongside a straw doll or two. A cornucopia of fake gourds and berries decorates the diningroom table and we dig out…

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Why are Americans so black and white . . . or red and blue?

The absolute and rigid loyalty of Americans to their respective political parties, whether Republican or Democrat is a mystery to me. It's just one of those things that makes Canadians different from Americans. Most Canadians will admit to voting left at times, other times for the right and most often safely down the middle depending on who is touting the best middle ground platform. We don't actually vote for our Prime Minister but instead have to consider each party's respective stand on issues we care about such as health care,…

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The experts have weighed in on the Princess Margaret show home

It's time for my annual review of the Princess Margaret Lottery's multi-million dollar show home in Oakville, Ontario. I'll begin by saying that it always puzzles me why me and my Baby Boomer BFFs are never consulted on these projects. I've written to major commercial and residential housing developers and blogged about what we like and do not like, yet they continue to ignore us. Consequently, they end up designing and building retirement condos that don't have enough closet and storage space, no balconies suitable for sitting outside and barbecuing…

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Experiencing history through the occupants of The House By The Lake

The only thing I enjoy reading more than historical fiction is historical non-fiction and The House by the Lake* is one of those rare books that keeps you turning the pages even though you don't want it to end. Author Thomas Harding (the original family name was anglicized from Hirschowitz) chronicles his family's history in relation to a cottage in Germany built in 1929 by Harding's great-grandfather, Doctor Alfred Alexander. Located on a small lake about twenty-five miles southwest of Berlin in a town called Groβ Glienicke the cottage serves…

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The hairacy of the American election is predictible

Many years ago I read that the presidential candidate with the best hair always wins the American election. The evidence confirms that no bald guys (or gals) since Eisenhower have qualified and everyone from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton seems to bear this out. More hair = more votes. There has been a lot of discussion about Donald's Trump's hair (or whatever it is) but, surprisingly, not much has been said about Hillary's hair. Ordinarily, as a feminist I would object to too much attention being…

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