There’s no business like shoe business

New shoes definitely give me a high. When I first bring them home, I tenderly take them out of the box, smell the leather, stroke the smooth soles and carefully place them at just the perfect angle on the diningroom table or end table in the livingroom where I can admire them like precious works of shoes2art. I may even move them to my bedside table so they will be the first things I see when I wake up in the morning. By the end of wearing them on the first day, however, my heels and baby toes are plastered in Band-Aids, the balls of my feet are screaming “fire” and my back gave up around 10:00 a.m.

Back in the “olden days” in the 60s and 70’s when I was in my 20s I wore high heels (more…)

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Keep an open mind

That's about as cliché a piece of advice that was ever given but it always warrants repeating. Young people are sometimes directed toward a particular career choice that may not always have available opportunities. That's when it's time to take off the blinders and consider something "outside the box". This is perfectly illustrated in a recent article, "How She Landed a Six-Figure Job" in Money Sense magazine about the niece of a friend of mine who went from ho-hum jobs to a surprisingly satisfying change of career. As Boomers, we…

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We won the lottery

Being born in Canada with all its social benefits, economic stability, good manners and relatively boring politics is right up there with winning the lottery. It even partially compensates for our shitty winters. While we condemn our Prime Minister for his high-handed proroguing of parliament, at least our British-like system wouldn't stand for the disgraceful goings-on that are happening right now in the United States. They seem determined to internally combust. It's the old story of the tail wagging the dog and it's not a pretty sight. We spend half…

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Hormones make the world go ’round


I have always maintained that if women ruled the world there would be no war. Women do not send their sons, husbands, lovers, brothers off to be killed or maimed in wars about power. We’d choc chip cookiesput the kettle on, make a nice pot of tea, put out some chocolate chip cookies and sort it out. It has to do with testosterone. Men have a lot more of it than women and as a result they do stupid things.

Take starting a business. When men decide to start their own business, they lease a Lexus, rent some swanky office space with a perky young receptionist, invite their cronies for expense-account lunches and wait for the business to pour in. (more…)

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Scary Halloween faces

When I tuned in to The Marilyn Denis Show yesterday, I was shocked and horrified when Suzanne Somers came on to be interviewed by Marilyn. I’ve always admired Suzanne Somers’ energy and resourcefulness but her face looked like she’d had a bad reaction to some kind of medication orSusanne somers had perhaps been stung by the world’s largest bumble bee. And her neck was even worse than mine even though we’re exactly the same age – 66. Swollen face and multiple neck folds – totally incompatible. (more…)

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There’s something about Mary . . . Walsh, that is

Mary Walsh is one of my favourite people in the media. On Monday night I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the Toronto Reference Library. The library has an ongoing program of speakers and events that are enormously interesting and they’re free. Interviewed by Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian, Mary reminisced about her childhood, her start in the entertainment business and (more…)

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