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How are baby boomers adapting to the rising cost of living?

Our Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently made some wise suggestions on how Canadians can save money during these challenging economic times. In her own household, she took the brave step of canceling her children’s Disney+ streaming service, suggesting her children are too old for it anyway, which helps soften the blow. That Marie-Antoinette-inspired gesture alone saved her $13.99 per month. As seniors…

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His and Hers: The key to a happy marriage!

Bette Davis once commented that having separate bathrooms was the key to marital happiness. While I appreciate where she’s coming from, not everyone can afford real estate with His and Hers privies. Most of us, however, can afford other everyday conveniences that are used separately by couples who are cohabiting. I was reminded of this just today when I reached into the kitchen drawer to get my can opener…

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The challenges of aging are mounting and so is my level of frustration

Do childproof caps sometimes defeat you or is it just me? It’s one thing to not understand how to operate all our electronic devices but when childproof tops become insurmountable we could have a problem. It happened to me this week when I tried to clean my toilet. I’ve had this problem before and usually manage to eventually figure things out but not this time….

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Double your pleasure; double your fun with two great books about buying a rural home in France

Have you ever dreamed of buying an old farmhouse in France and spending your summers there? Many people have done just that but no one describes the experience as wonderfully and with as much humour as Mark Greenside in his book I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do. The book was published in 2008 and written when French currency was in francs but…

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Time is running out for off-loading our life’s treasures

Tick, tock. Time is flying by and I still haven’t summoned up the mental and physical energy required to purge my belongings. It’s not as if I expect to die next week (fingers crossed!) but who knows? During the pandemic, many conscientious boomers used the downtime to clean out their basements, closets, garages, and various hidey-holes of unused ‘valuables’ and ephemera. Sadly, I was not…

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Two memoirs. A Gen-Xer and a baby boomer. Different stories. Different countries. Similar challenges.

Memoirs by women who have overcome adversity always rise to the top of my “To Read” list. I’ve just finished reading two books by very different women from different generations who share a common challenge. Both Laura Chinn and Vicki Laveau-Harvie rose above being raised by difficult or indifferent parents to become successful women in spite of their lack of parenting—one American, one Canadian, one…

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