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Don’t look to me for sympathy

When Boomers were growing up in the fifties and sixties, Canadians were recognized as being among the highest money savers in the world. We were frugal, practical people who regularly deposited a bit of money into our savings account or purchased Canada Savings Bonds for emergencies and retirement. It’s no coincidence that the sixties is also when that ubiquitous and self-destructive little piece of plastic…

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A Train in Winter is not an easy read

The Toronto Star described A Train in Winter by British author Caroline Moorehead as a “hard-to-put-down book”. It was also hard to pick up; I had it sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year before I was able to steel myself to read it. The story is non-fiction. The first half of the book describes the lives of women in Paris and other parts…

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Co-op programs give students a leg-up

An editorial in The Globe and Mail on Saturday, May 8, 2015 by David McKay, President and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada got me thinking about the challenges faced by young people looking for work. Entitled “For students and employers, co-op education is a bridge to a wider world“, McKay presents a strong case for the co-op education he acquired at the University of…

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I am the sum of my shortcomings

Selma Hayek and I are a lot alike. Well, maybe not a lot, but we do have a couple of things in common. In a recent interview with Oprah, Hayek confessed that she never exercises and she eats pork. Combined with her other lifestyle choices, she’s not doing too badly despite a few bad habits. Me too. I also never exercise; I eat pork, and…

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It’s that special time of year, once more

Each year spring offers up a bounty of wonderful sights, sounds and smells. There’s the bursting of new green buds on the trees, flowers poking through the warm earth and of course the welcome shedding of our heavy, dark winter clothes and boots. There’s one aspect of spring, however, that always leaves me frustrated and angry. Once the snow melts we’re once again confronted with…

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No more alarm clocks

Retirement brings so many delights it’s hard to count the ways, but one benefit is particularly sweet. Since I retired I can’t recall a single time I’ve been shocked awake by the clock radio before my body has determined it’s ready to get up. Fortunately my honey is a morning-man so if I do have an early appointment I can count on him to wake…

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