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Lena Dunham IS that kind of girl

I should say up front that I was a Lena Dunham fan long before I read her book “Not That Kind of Girl” so I approached it with a sense of eager anticipation. Prior to publication, Dunham received a hefty advance which generated bitchy comments suggesting that the book was probably over-hyped and would not deliver. After all, she’s only twenty-eight years old and writes,…

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We’ve been published – again

My recent blog about how much I enjoyed the March issue of ELLE Canada was the result of how relevant and well-written their articles were that month. The March issue was dedicated to feminism which is a subject dear to my heart and I appreciated their coverage. So I wrote them a fan letter—actually I sent them a copy of my blog posting (You can’t…

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Diapers – there is a better way

It doesn’t take a genius to know that disposable diapers are not a good thing for every reason except convenience. They take up to five hundred years to decompose in landfill (yuck!) and cost parents in the neighbourhood of $1,000.00 per year per child (yikes!). Those reasons alone are enough to discourage the use of disposables but the convenience factor still outweighs the downside. There…

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If it stars Helen Mirren, it must be good

Whenever the names Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith or Judi Dench appear to be starring in a new movie, we can be pretty sure the movie is going to be worth the price of admission. Woman in Gold is based on the real experience of Maria Altmann played by Helen Mirren, a wealthy Austrian whose aunt Adele was the model for Gustav Klimt’s famous painting (originally titled …

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This parrot is definitely not dead

John Cleese may not technically be a Baby Boomer (he was born in 1939) but his entire life’s work reflects the Baby Boomer’s credo of challenging the status quo and turning the mirror on our idiosyncrasies. I read his new autobiography, “So, Anyway” with a smile on my face the whole time. Not because every line was a joke but because I understood and appreciated…

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Is God really the way?

The April 13, 2015 issue of Maclean’s magazine features a cover story that is both thought-provoking and brave. Entitled “Jesus Saves!” the article written by Brian Bethune puts forward the theory that religious faith may ultimately prove to be the key to happiness. Since my own feelings on organized religion have undergone a major change in the last few years, I approached the article with…

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