BOOMERBROADcast is now available on Amazon!

xmas tree1Just in time for Christmas and for your shopping convenience, BOOMERBROADcast has now been released on With a few clicks of your mouse you can wrap up your Christmas shopping by ordering copies to be delivered to your door or directly to your gift recipients within a few days.

Enjoy the advice, humour and frank opinions of this Boomer Broad in my first book. Packed with valuable business advice, astute observations on contemporary issues, book and movie reviews and commentary on fashion, mind and body, BOOMERBROADcast provides insights into what makes boomers tick. Reflections on life growing up in the sixties are juxtaposed with the realities of life in our sixties.

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BOOMERBROADcast goes live on CBC Radio

What she saidWe’re getting our fifteen minutes of fame this Wednesday, November 12th when I’m being interviewed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio from 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  by Christine Bentley (former newscaster at CTV Toronto) on the morning show calledWhat She Said about my newly-released book, BOOMERBROADcast.

49301906The program is on CBC Talk Radio Channel 167 for Sirius subscribers, but for those who do not subscribe to satellite radio, it will be available on two days later (Friday) at 4:00 p.m. Parts of the interview may also be posted on the show’s YouTube station.

Christine Bentley, Sharon Caddy and Kate Wheeler have been trusted news sources for Canadians for decades. They interview people for information not sensation and they let you know why you should care about the topics of the day. Whether it’s finance, family, health, estate planning, tech or sex, drugs and rock n’ roll there’s no topic that’s off limits for What She Said! Join us at 10 ET on SXM Canada Talks.

Sharon Caddy, Kate Wheeler and Christine Bentley, hosts of What She Said


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Ann-Marie MacDonald opens up

Adult onsetLet me begin this review of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s newest book, Adult Onset by stating up front that I’m a huge fan of her writing. Fall on Your Knees was an incredible and unforgettable read. The Way The Crow Flies fictionalized a very tragic event in the history of Ontario law enforcement in a way that kept me reading and trying to predict the outcome through every page. I love the way she paints the scenery, gives life and depth to her characters and spins a yarn that keeps me engaged throughout. I’ve waited for her newest book with such anticipation that I pre-ordered it on-line so I would be at the front of the line to read it when it was published, rather than wait my turn to download it from the library.

Adult Onset is transparently autobiographical. It covers a few days in the life of Mary-Rose MacKinnon, mother of two children who has taken a sabbatical from her life of writing Young Adult Fiction to be a stay-at-home mom. This gives her wife, Hilary the freedom to bring home the bacon while traveling and working as a theatre director. While she clearly loves her children and wife, Mary-Rose chafes under the drudgery of everyday life focused around raising small children, maintaining a relationship with her parents and siblings and caretaking the homefront. Reading between the lines, we can speculate about child abuse and the normal disillusionment surrounding family relationships.

The book has been on the market for only a few days now so there’s not much feedback yet. My own reaction, whether I’m in the minority or majority remains to be seen, was disappointment. While the writing is beautifully crafted the content is too personal to be of interest to anyone but the writer. In the way that cat or dog owners (and I’m one of them)  think the pictures and antics of their pet are fascinating to other people and therefore Facebook-worthy, MacDonald is a mother who is so profoundly affected by motherhood that she assumes the rest of us also care about the small dramas that constitute her daily family life. That may be harsh but I feel she turned her massive talent into a Dear Diary of boring domestic voyeurism. She’s a brilliant writer and I have no doubt that as her children grow older and less dependent on her, she’ll be able to once again cast a wider net and reel me in. Not this time, though.


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The Rosie Project is a fun, easy read

RosieImagine Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory researching the market to find the perfect wife for himself. That’s what I found myself thinking of when I read The Rosie Project by Australian author Graeme Simsion. In his debut novel, Simsion no doubt taps into much of the academic world he lives in to describe the life of Don Tillman, a quirky University Professor of genetics who is oddly unaware of the fact he displays all the characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome. He accepts his idiosyncrasies as a bit unusual and goes about his life in a state of resignation. With his life planned down to the minute and his meals organized by days of the week and sustainability, he lives with the knowledge that he’s “different” and attempts to apply scientific observation to explain his lack of emotion and empathy. While Asperger’s is certainly not to be trivialized, Simsion’s descriptions of daily life and his thought processes is a humorous read that engaged me immediately. When Tillman designs a questionnaire to canvass for potential mates, his requirements for a match are hysterical. He doesn’t plan on a graduate student called Rosie coming along to cause him to re-evaluate his entire life and question the merits of his criteria. The Rosie Project is a fast and fun read.

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Shop on-line and avoid the mall crowds.
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Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and order my newly-published book, BOOMERBROADcast. Save wear and tear on your feet and your nerves by avoiding the mall and shop on-line using the convenient link below.

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It Wasn’t Pretty was pretty good

Celebrities and movie stars are not my thing. I do not watch ET or read People Magazine (except the free copy while I’m getting a mani-pedi), and I get impatient with the disproportionate amount of media coverage they get for their contribution to life in general. While I enjoy going to the movies and have a passing interest in the industry behind it, I’m not generally a fan. Except when it comes to a few women and one of those women is Diane Keaton. I fell in love with her style in Annie Hall and I have serious respect for her life choices including the big one, which is very unusual in Hollywood—choosing not to have plastic/cosmetic surgery. If you’ve seen any of her movies in the last few years, she’s still quite lovely and despite now being 68 years old, she does not look like she’s trying to look 38. She adopted two children when she was in her fifties and is joyfully raising them as a single mother.

Keaton1Keaton’s latest book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a philosophical look life as a new senior citizen and her own life in particular. As evidenced in her movies, on one hand she’s full of insecurities but on the other hand she’s confident and secure enough to wear whatever strange and inappropriate clothes she wishes without embarrassment, much to the chagrin of her 12-year-old son Duke.

The book is a fast read with only 164 pages. Keaton addresses her personal issues with respect to her looks and I found it most reassuring to know that we share something in common. We’re both going bald. She also describes early attempts as a teenager to correct the slight bulb in her nose by trying to sleep with a bobby pin on the end of her nose to flatten it out. I also remember trying to sleep with rubber bands on my teeth to try and straighten them and being jolted when they snapped off. No matter how beautiful or otherwise we are as women, we’re always trying to fight mother nature in our own way.

She admires women for their imperfections and their courage to challenge the popular definition of beauty, citing Lady Gaga, Katherine Hepburn, Diane Vreeland and others. “I’m talking about Phyllis Diller . . . or Joan Rivers getting in the first laugh about herself. . . I’m talking about the flaws that eventually take on a life of their own. The ineptness that makes you who you are. I’m talking about women who make us see beauty where we never saw it; women who turn wrong into right” she writes.

Another experience we both share is being prejudged as a senior citizen when we weren’t expecting it. One time I was waiting in line for a theatre ticket and I was having an internal debate with myself about whether to declare myself a senior citizen and claim the discounted price. I was only 64 at the time which depending on where you are may or may not qualify you as a senior. I decided to take the high road and not go for the seniors’ discount only to find, to my horror when I got inside the theatre that the child who sold me a ticket had indeed pegged me as an old hag and automatically sold me a senior-priced ticket. When it first happened to Keaton, it happened twice in one week. “I suppose it wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it sure did feel like it” she said.

keaton2For more and better insights into her life as an actress, Keaton’s previous book, Then Again offers more information. But if you would enjoy getting a bit deeper into her brain, then Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a worthwhile read. And those ubiquitous turtlenecks she favours? She sews shirt collar stays in the seams to keep them standing up.


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