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Boomer broad meets Bridget Jones

Last night a friend and I attended a fun event sponsored by ELLE Canada magazine and Girls Night Out Ontario wine to introduce Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason. Both books were smash chick-lit hits followed by equally successful movies starring Reneé Zellwegger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Mad about the boyA cocktail reception was held in The Burroughs Building  at Queen Street West and Bathurst in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of “Mad About the Boy”, the final installment in the Bridget Jones trilogy. The venue, trendy raw loft space with

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Succeeding where I failed

This morning’s Globe and Mail contained a supplement from a gift basket company appropriately called “Baskits”. Reading through the brochure took me back about 25 years when I was Corporate Marketing Manager for EllisDon Corporation and we were one of their first customers. Ann Kerrigan came into our Basksitsoffice promoting her fledgling business at a time when we were looking to give our corporate clients a unique seasonal gift other than liquor or wine. At the time, gift baskets were a relatively new concept. Ann customized

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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

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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. WelderYoung 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 recognize that things are different today for young people seeking employment. But on the other hand, those individuals who are willing to try something different can often reap great rewards. Many of our generation simply “got a job” without any particular career plan when we finished school. We tried different things – some of which worked out and others did not. It’s all character-building experience and ultimately worth the effort.

In addition to my many years in the corporate world, I have also worked as a waitress, a go-go dancer, a yarn spinner, a diaper deliverer, and a short-order cook, all of which taught me something valuable. Life is a lot more fun and interesting if you keep your mind open to new experiences.

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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 the year in the United States and know that the current situation is definitely not the democracy preferred by the majority. The wheels have completely fallen off. In a country with some of the brightest people in the world, how can things go so far awry?

Eric Idle of the former Monty Python troupe  posted some interesting comments on The Huffington Post. I think we all share his sentiments. Please, Uncle Sam – play nice, share your toys, and stop bullying your friends and family . The current “time-out” isn’t working and we hate to think what will happen next. It’s not productive. As your neighbours we are very concerned.

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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.

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