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I flunked jury duty before I even went to court.

When an official summons arrived in the mail addressed to me from Brampton Courthouse the other day, I immediately panicked. Am I in trouble? Did I accidentally speed through an amber light or jay-walk? Did they finally find out about that piece of licorice I shoplifted from the Beamish Store candy counter when I was a kid? When I opened the envelope and discovered I…

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Remembering those who put their lives on the line so we could live in freedom and peace

Like many baby boomers, my family has a large veteran component who served overseas during WW2. Most of the people I went to school with from our small town also came from families with veterans, including some who never came home. As school children, we trooped to our local cenotaph every year for Remembrance Day services. Each one of us remembered the familiar faces of…

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The grocery store treasure hunt has become our pandemic entertainment

When you need to shoo your bored husband out of the house for a while, consider sending him to the grocery store. It’s also an excellent way of cutting that umbilical cord he’s grown to CNN over the last few months. Admittedly, guys come home with all kinds of strange, exotic and usually unhealthy food purchases, but it’s often worth the entertainment value. Who knows…

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Here’s how we break the Trump and COVID-19 two-issue news cycle

Remember when we used to get news from around the world? About all kinds of different issues? Is there still a functioning world out there? I’m starved for news on Harry and Meghan (well, not really, but you know what I mean), or what is the latest scientific evidence on cancer-causing teas or breakfast cereal. What’s happening in Europe? Is Brigitte Macron still wearing her…

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COVID-19 pandemic reaffirms the lessons of our parents, if only we’d listened.

The baby boomer generation grew up in times of prosperity and economic growth. We often reflect on how different our childhood was from what young people are experiencing today in terms of materialism and lifestyle. Conversely, boomers had so many more advantages than our parents, most of whom grew up during The Depression and carried that experience with them throughout their lives. They instilled in…

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