Ooooh boy – back in my day . . .

The differences in parenting styles between how we Boomers were raised back in the olden days and the approaches TVby today’s young parents always makes for lively conversation. I can’t believe we’re actually saying things like, “Back when we were young,” but it truly is so very very different from today. I won’t detail all those differences here as most of us are now grandparents and first-hand witnesses to the contrasts.

Surely we were as precocious and entertaining as kids today are. We must (more…)

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Who do you think you are

Canada’s own Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is just about the most exciting thingAlice Munro that could ever happen in the literary world. As Canadians, as women, as readers we’re thrilled that she has been recognized on such a prestigious level. But the best part is that her writing  celebrates simple, every day life in southwestern Ontario.

I’m looking forward to going back and re-reading her stories, particularly (more…)

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Fed up with food

Last night CBC’s Fifth Estate did a program on the evils of sugar that scared the crap out of me. And I keep reading about the horrific effects of my personal drug of choice Diet Coke. Gluten is the current villan in the tricky world of food. Carbs are known killers, but who among us knows the difference between bad carbs and good carbs. Eat local. Eat seasonal. Coffee has rebounded from being a suspected carcinogenic to “some coffee is a good thing”. Red meat is a reviled source of protein but we supposedly need some animal protein – although vegans and vegetarians will disagree with this.

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Only the strong survive – or do they?

I had just finished ordering Malcom Gladwell’s new book, David & Goliath from Chapters on-line (taking advantage of a 40% discount) when I decided to check out Geoff Smith’s blog. Geoff is the President & CEO of my former alma mater, EllisDon Corporation and his blogs are always insightful and inspiring. Both Malcolm GladwellMalcolm Gladwell and Geoff Smith have addressed a subject (more…)

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New and improved

31235531I didn’t think it was possible but my Mississauga Library card (mentioned in an earlier “My Favourite Things” post) just got even better. Using the Zinio app I can now download magazines – free!!  For someone who subscribes to 17 magazines a month, that’s a very big deal. While it’s tempting to let some of my subscriptions lapse, there’s nothing like being able to (more…)

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Rising above adversity

Product DetailsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is one of my favourite non-fiction reads. Although it’s been out for several years now, I’m still inspired by the book’s message. Despite having a totally disfunctional childhood with shockingly incompetent parents, she grew up to become what today’s society deems “a success”. When I asked her at a book launch for her second book, The Silver Star, what made her different from other people (more…)

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