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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Maud Lewis’s artwork lights up the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg

Art speaks to me or it doesn't. My tastes are not sophisticated, informed or educated. When I see a painting or piece of art that uplifts me or makes me feel happy, I like it. It's that simple. Which is why I don't like winter scenes, paintings of crowded city streets on rainy days or industrial landscapes. I'll never appreciate abstract art because I just don't get it.Canadian primitive folk artist Maud Lewis's paintings make me smile, fill my heart and give me hope, so naturally, I love her work.…

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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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Should privileged university students be punished for the sins of their parents?
How many actually earned their degrees and how many had parents who bought them?

BOOMERBROADcast is under renovation

Warning: If you encounter weird formatting and what appears to be complete chaos when you open BOOMERBROADcast, don't be alarmed. It's just this old boomer trying to improve her site. And it's hard work when you're technically challenged and learned to type on a high tech piece of equipment that looked like this: I'm trying to jazz up the look of my site, make it more interactive and easier for you to purchase some of the great books I review. In the meantime, new content will still be open for…

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Step right up and behold the wonders of the season

When I walk into a department store at this time of year I feel like a mouse standing in front of a trap loaded with lovely fresh Gruyère, wagging my cute little tail with a sense of anticipation and a teensy bit of caution. My nose and my credit card are twitching, my ears are perked up taking in the cuddly Christmas music and my belly is calling out for gratification. I want all the cheese and I want it now. The cosmetics department is strategically positioned at the entrance…

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The solution to problems at General Motors and Conde Nast

The media has been very unkind to General Motors recently, and rightfully so. They marked the American holiday of Thanksgiving by closing plants and laying off thousands of workers. While I sympathize with those negatively affected, I'm also pragmatic. I've been downsized; my husband's been downsized; nearly everyone I know, at some point has been the victim of reorganization, restructuring or whatever euphemism you wish to employ. Jobs-for-life and careers with one company are a thing of the past, gone the way of company pensions, rotary phones and carbon paper.…

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