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It pays to listen to Boomers

At the risk of sounding immodest (who, me?), it worries me that so many major developers are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in property developments that go bankrupt simply because they didn’t check with me first. Real estate is just one of my many fields of interest. For example, take the Muskoka residential/golf communities that didn’t meet the developers’ expectations. Muskoka Bay, launched in…

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A sad legacy of treatment for mental illness

It’s not often I finish a book of fiction in only two days but “What She Left Behind” by Ellen Marie Wiseman is one of those books. The story ties the lives of two young women together despite the fact they lived six decades apart. Clara was the daughter of a wealthy but cold father in the banking industry in New York who, like a…

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We’ve come a long way baby

Fifty years ago (July 4, 1965) my parents let their daughter loose on the streets of Toronto at the age of seventeen, for good. That’s when I began life as a grownup. My parents made the two-hour drive to Toronto and dropped me and my little white suitcase off on the front steps of Willard Hall at 20 Gerrard Street East. It was a bright,…

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Buy it now. Hot off the press, literally!

When I opened this morning’s Globe and Mail (Saturday, July 4, 2015) and started browsing the various sections, my heart lifted when I saw the full-page picture of the intelligent and frankly-spoken Iris Apfel on the cover of Globe Style. I’ve long been an admirer of the ninety-three-year-old’s fashion sensibilities and overall opinions. (Click here for previous blog postings: Iris Rocks.) This week’s articles tickled…

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HOV from my POV

Being a good, law-abiding Canadian citizen can be very stressful at times. As a fairly typical Canadian I take pride in playing by the rules and obeying the law. I never drive in the outside lane unless overtaking another car; I never unlawfully rip the tags off mattresses; I waited until I was a bona-fide senior citizen before buying seniors’ movie tickets, and I never…

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