Eleanor Oliphant touched my heart

When I first began reading Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by first-time author Gail Honeyman, it felt like a riff on Bridget Jones. Right from the beginning I had a smile on my face as I read her words. The first-person narrator, Eleanor is a thirty-year-old unmarried woman who works in Accounts Receivable for a graphic design company in Glasgow, Scotland. She appears to function on the low end of the Asperger's scale as evidenced by her repetitive, boring routines and odd perspective on the rituals of life, while possessing…

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It’s true. No news is good news.

I'm surely not the only Canadian who is sickened, angered and appalled by Donald Trump's reaction to the Florida school shootings. His solution? Arm teachers, but only the ones "who have the aptitude for using a gun". And they'll receive a 'bit of a bonus' for the extra training to carry and deploy a weapon." Turn schools into a free-for-all shooting range. Imagine armed swat teams patrolling the halls of your child's school. That thinking is absolutely insane. They're also proposing that schools should be equipped with airport style security…

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It’s a two-fer: Enjoy tea and get healthy at the same time

I clearly remember my first drink of tea. When I was a little girl, we were having a family dinner at my grandmother's place and after dinner when my great-grandmother was pouring tea she asked my mother if "Lynda drinks tea?". "Oh no," my mother replied. "She's only five." When I protested that I was old enough, my great-grandmother splashed a few drops into my glass of milk and a lifelong love affair with tea was launched. So, when Erin Young, a fellow tea aficionado asked if she could write…

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The Hudson’s Bay Company welcomes new CEO and this shopper couldn’t be happier

Canada's venerable 350-year-old Hudson's Bay Company (for non-Canadian readers it's comparable to Macy's in the U.S.) is getting a new C.E.O. Her name is Helena Foulkes and she comes from CVS, a health-care company with about 9,700 pharmacies in the United States. Since January 2014, Foulkes was the company's executive vice-president and president of subsidiary CVS Pharmacy. As a shopper, loyal Canadian and feminist I'm thrilled with the news and thought I'd take the initiative on behalf of all baby boomer women and make her feel welcome: Dear Helena: Welcome…

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Praying for the victims and their families does nothing

Doesn't it just make you sick! The wave of finger-pointing following the latest school shooting with seventeen people dead in Florida is enough to whip up a hurricane. It's not guns - it's mental illness. What we need is better school security. If teachers had guns they could have taken him down . . . excuses and rationalization abounds. The Americans just don't get it and it's their everlasting tragedy that they never will thanks to their ongoing misinterpretation of the Second Amendment. Other countries have problems with mental illness.…

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Who do you love most?

Valentine's Day prompted me to reflect on the gift of love. Most of us give and receive love from family members, friends or a life partner which helps us cope with the ups and downs of life. One of the pitfalls of love when we're young is the tendency to focus so much of our devotion on our new love that we lose ourselves in the process. It's a relationship hazard stemming from lack of experience. After you've done this once or twice, you get smart and realize you're actually…

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