Thoughts on a trip to the mall

It's a rare occurrence when I visit one of the local shopping malls that I come home empty-handed. In fact, when I do leave without purchasing anything I feel rather virtuous and self-satisfied having once again narrowly escaped the sirens' call. Giant, shiny shopping malls that sprang up in the suburbs across the country in the last few decades are modern cathedrals—a holy gathering place where humble worshipers go to deify the goddesses of consumerism. The bright window displays of the latest fashions draw us in and tempt us to…

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Where The Crawdads Sing educates as it mystifies

Isn't it a lovely feeling when you read a book and finish it with a profound sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. That's how I felt when I closed the cover on Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I thought . . . WOW! That was amazing. The New York Times best-seller was on my list but not a priority until my friend Nancy mentioned how much she loved it. Then I moved it to the top of the list. Delia Owens is a nature writer and wildlife scientist with…

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Rachel Hollis urges us to stop apologizing . . . and more

Reading a book by lifestyle guru Rachel Hollis is like administering a massive shot of adrenaline, followed by another and another. The blonde, female version of Tony Robbins is a thirty-seven-year-old Christian mother of four with long blonde extensions, an energy level that's off the scale and a message that is relevant not only to her demographic but to old boomer broads like me. I first saw her on CTV's The Social when she was promoting her earlier book Girl, Wash Your Face. I read it last year and bought…

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Will you miss Victoria’s Secret?

The announcement recently that Victoria's Secret was one of several American retailers closing stores in Canada came as no surprise to me. The United States will take the brunt of the downsizing with 53 store closings and three in Canada. While I'll miss their bright pink window displays in suburban malls and mourn the loss of jobs for hundreds of staff, I'm afraid I must accept part of the blame for their closing because— I. Never. Shop. There. That's what happens when they target only skinny teens. The first time…

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Should privileged university students be punished for the sins of their parents?

As if there's not already enough bad news in the daily paper to get my blood boiling, the latest scandal about wealthy parents paying bribes to get their offspring into prestige American universities just sent my blood pressure off the Richter scale. Hollywood celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are just two of dozens of people indicted for paying vast sums for fake credentials to ensure their under-achieving, entitled millennial lieblings could attend upper-crust universities like Yale, University of Southern California and Georgetown University. Huffman's husband, actor William Macy recently…

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Nazi hunters pursue The Huntress in tale of revenge

As a fan of historical fiction, I just love it when I get my hands on a book I can't put down. That was the case with The Huntress by New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, who also wrote The Alice Network. The story links three disparate female characters and a British journalist from different backgrounds in a series of events that take place between the early 1940s and early 1950s. The author has drawn from the lives of real people and events to create a mystery that gets resolved by…

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