If I’m ever in trouble with the law, I want Marie Henein on my case

Marie Henein is my kinda gal broad lawyer. She's the powerhouse who got former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi off on sexual assault charges. And, she's in the news again leading Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's defence team. He's the Canadian military bigwig who according to a Globe and Mail article by Janice Dickson on March 6, 2019, "was suspended as the military’s second-in-command on Jan. 16, 2017, and charged last year with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets in an attempt to influence cabinet’s decision on a $700-million shipbuilding…

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My past is now officially an historical site

You know you're old when the once-modern building where you landed your first job has been designated an historical site. On Monday, July 5th, 1965 I walked into the shiny marble lobby of the Maclean-Hunter Building at 481 University Avenue in Toronto to begin my first full-time job. Bell Canada leased space in the building and they'd hired me to start work as a clerk-typist, beginning the week after I finished high school. I was 17 years old and wore a pink and white gingham dress and new white high…

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The perils and pleasures of being a helicopter pet parent

This is really embarrassing to admit but the other day my honey and I had an actual disagreement about the intelligence of our dog, a 3½ pound 7-year-old female Yorkie called Sassy. I truly dislike the name she came with but she'd been named when we got her. She'd been returned by her previous owners who found her energy level unsuitable. I like a name that denotes gender and one that's easy to yell so I wanted 'Stella' (think Streetcar Named Desire). He couldn't come up with anything better that…

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What’s on your summer reading list?

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner's recent Op-Ed piece What's Your Favorite Book? in The New York Times questioned the validity of criticizing other people's choices in reading material. In particular, she was disappointed that Stephen Colbert made fun of the so-called bodice-ripper books by Georgia politician Stacey Abrams written under the name Selena Montgomery. When asked what book U.S. presidential candidate Mark Buttigieg would take if stranded on a desert island he named James Joyce's Ulysses. Whether he was sincere or just showing off is moot because according to Weiner whatever we…

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It’s time up and time out for my cell phone

You'd better sit down before I say this as I don't want the shock to induce a coronary issue in any of my special Boomerbroadcast friends. I rarely use my cell phone. It's true. Survival in today's world is possible without the electronic appendage that's become so vital and addictive in everyday life today. I have a 'lite' phone plan from Zoomer Wireless (affiliated with CARP) that costs only $18.31 per month including taxes. I can text—if I knew how. It takes messages—if I knew how to set my voice mail…

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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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