Listen up people! Concrete and cement are not interchangeable words

Every time there's a reference in the news or in general conversation to cement steps, cement porch, curbs or building components, my husband has a nuclear meltdown. We both spent our careers in construction and every time we hear the word 'cement' used when the word they should be using is 'concrete', it hits our ears like chalk grating on a blackboard, or, worse, Yoko Ono singing. This mistake occurs frequently  including several times on CTV television and their writers should know better. It's one of those petty annoyances like…

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What’s it all about, Toby Fleishman?

  Who wouldn't want to be married to Dr. Toby Fleishman? He's a successful hepatologist (liver specialist) whose only shortcoming is . . . well . . . he's short (5 feet 5 inches to be precise). The answer is . . . his wife Rachel, who had such a problem being married to him, she went off the deep end and walked out. Apparently, being married to a successful doctor who doesn't cheat and loves his children isn't enough for Rachel. In Taffy Brodesser-Akner's new (and first) novel Fleishman…

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Is the war on plastics do-able?

Every piece of plastic that has ever been created . . .  still exists. Think about that. I certainly do as I cast my eyes across all the plastic shampoo and other bottles in the shower every morning, as I look at all the plastic containers in my pantry and fridge, when I toss plastics into recycling, never sure if they will actually be recycled. Our world is built on plastic and will die from plastic overload. Each of us is trying her best to be environmentally conscientious but the…

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Is the war on plastics do-able?
Don't forget your reusable bags.

Greg Iles tells southern tales with an authentic voice

When a friend mentioned her book club was currently reading Cemetery Road by Greg Iles, it reminded me of how much I'd enjoyed reading his Mississipi Blood trilogy last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to reviewing it in BOOMERBROADcast. The earlier series was an amazing look inside complicated lives in the American south. Like his earlier books, Cemetery Road is set in Mississippi. As a native of Natchez, Iles has a deep and personal understanding of southern culture, prejudices, and social structure with all its associated values and flaws. As with…

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Why Canada should annex the United States

When Donald Trump expressed interest in buying Greenland, it was suggested that Denmark buy the United States in order to finally provide Americans with decent universal health care and an improved education system. Touché. That got me thinking about how much more practical it would be for Canada to take over the United States. We're geographically united and they wouldn't have to start a war with us over access to our Arctic shipping routes and resources. Being the benevolent beings that Canadians are, they would then be one of us…

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The Cactus is a metaphor for life in the cautious lane

Reading a good book is much like letting a delicious chocolate melt in your mouth. The anticipation alone is exciting but the real gratification begins as soon as you pop it into your mouth. Then, the pleasure mounts as you allow the outer layer of chocolate to slowly melt, revealing a creamy strawberry centre or a nutty cluster that you can chew on and make it last longer. It's an experience to be savored. Am I getting too Forrest Gump-y? I thought of that analogy when I considered the path…

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