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Finally! A movie baby boomers can appreciate.

Whenever Tom Hanks stars in a movie, you can be assured it’s worth the price of admission. Currently in movie theatres, A Man Called Otto is no exception. There are no superheroes, enemy aliens, interplanetary threats of annihilation, monsters, or weapons-toting bad guys. It’s a wonderful character study of a man our age who is facing everyday life challenges. Hanks plays a curmudgeon called Otto…

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Books: The best gift ever!

Your blogger had a very successful day this week selling my three books at an arts and crafts show at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte, Florida. It was lovely to be back in the saddle after being so constricted in our social lives by COVID for more than two years. Amidst tables of creative artwork, jewelry, paintings, sewing, Christmas decorations, woodwork, and other amazing…

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Double your pleasure; double your fun with two great books about buying a rural home in France

Have you ever dreamed of buying an old farmhouse in France and spending your summers there? Many people have done just that but no one describes the experience as wonderfully and with as much humour as Mark Greenside in his book I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do. The book was published in 2008 and written when French currency was in francs but…

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Two memoirs. A Gen-Xer and a baby boomer. Different stories. Different countries. Similar challenges.

Memoirs by women who have overcome adversity always rise to the top of my “To Read” list. I’ve just finished reading two books by very different women from different generations who share a common challenge. Both Laura Chinn and Vicki Laveau-Harvie rose above being raised by difficult or indifferent parents to become successful women in spite of their lack of parenting—one American, one Canadian, one…

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I stepped outside my preferred reading genre to see what all the fuss was about

When an author has captured four spots on the current New York Times ten best-sellers’ list, then I figure it’s about time I read one of her books. Colleen Hoover must be a good writer to achieve this incredible accomplishment. Right? The problem for me is her genre. While I do enjoy a good suspense novel from time to time, I am not a fan…

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Domestic violence is an old, ongoing and potentially fatal problem

I was so keen on reading The Castleton Massacre by Sharon Anne Cook and Margaret Carson that I drove two hours east of Toronto to attend an author talk at Warkworth Public Library in August. The book is a recounting of the true story of the murder of four members of a family in nearby Castleton, Ontario in 1963. It has taken nearly sixty years…

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