Walkin’ tall with my Louis

Whoever said looks don’t count was lying. And whoever said first impressions do count was absolutely bang on. Perversely, this has proven to apply to the purses we carry. When I retired, instead of presenting me with a boring gold watch, my employer surprised me with my very first and still favourite designer purse. I’d carried a picture of it around with me for weeks before I left and planned to blow my entire last paycheque on it. (more…)

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Getting a hand job

For the past 15 years or so I’ve suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, a numbing and weakening of the hand/wrist caused by the collapse of the carpal tunnel surrounding the tendon. I thought the symptoms would ease up when I retired and wasn’t pounding a computer all day but it got worse to the point where I decided to investigate surgery. (more…)

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Ivy Johnson is a very smart lady

Reading Sole Connections by Ivy Johnson on the Facts and Arguments page of today’s Globe and Mail made my heart sing. Ivy, who has what I presume is a fine arts degree from McGill University works as a shoe shiner in the bowels of Bay Street’s office towers.shoe shiner

She concedes that there is not necessarily a direct relationship between hard work and success. I remember learning that lesson when I was in Girl Guides. (more…)

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Father knows best??

I just discovered that for the past three years my husband has been putting powder dishwashing detergent into the rinse agent receptacle of our dishwasher instead of the detergent receptacle. That probably explains why I have a white powdery residue on the inside of my dishwasher. I could trade him in but he cooks two nights a week so he comes with benefits.

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Hearing voices

Is it just me or does anyone else find the female voices in media hard to listen to? Whatever happened to professional delivery, modulation and enunciation? While everyone can’t sound like CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, I think a few lessons at the Lorne Green School of Broadcasting for some would be of great benefit. Like many Boomers, I now wear teeny tiny expensive hearing aids and the little-girl nasaly voices used by so many women in media hurts my ears and annoys me to no end.RCA dog

For example, (more…)

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