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I went to Paris and all I bought was . . . almost nothing!

I tried. I really tried to spend money in Paris while attending a week-long women’s writing retreat this month. After all, at my age, there aren’t many years left to treat ourselves to something we’ve always wanted. This summer is a big deal in our house. I turn seventy-five; my husband turns eighty, and we celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary so I thought a splurge…

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Political correctness has made me afraid to ask a simple question

In Serra Hamilton’s First Person essay in The Globe and Mail, Working With The Public Is No Picnic, Hamilton claims to love her job as a Guest Experience Leader at McDonald’s but she balks at people assuming her Asian features put into question whether she belongs in this country. I now question one of my favourite activities. Is it now politically incorrect to ask someone…

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Where is Bill Davis when we really need him?

Remember the good old days when a few of our politicians actually elicited a modicum of respect from their constituents? I suspect even the Liberals admired the fairness, integrity, and honest sense of public service demonstrated by such politicians as former Premier of Ontario, Bill Davis back in the sixties. As Minister of Education under Premier John Robarts, Davis created Ontario’s community college system and TV…

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What’s hiding under your man’s jeans?

Marketing types (I confess, I was once one of them,) are always looking for new and innovative ways to sell us consumer goods or services we do not want or need. Scalp exfoliators? New and improved versions of questionable face creams and cosmetics? Remember leg warmers? Well, now, they’ve decided to take on men’s underwear. They have spied a potential opportunity to convince men and…

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Social media’s mandate has gone from bad to worse. We should all be afraid, very, very afraid!

In view of billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter this week, I thought I’d republish a piece I posted in October 2021 concerning the ethics and influence of social media platforms. I’m very concerned that a private individual with dubious objectives is controlling the minds of so many human beings who may not be aware of its insidious influence. I’m hoping my concerns prove wrong…

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