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Breaking up is hard to do

Bette Davis is famously quoted as saying, “Getting old is not for sissies”. Retirement is a natural by-product of getting old. For some, it’s wonderful; for others, not so much. I definitely fall into the former category but for those who are forced to retire before they’re psychologically or financially ready it can be devastating.

At the risk of generalizing, I think it’s often more difficult for men than womenhappy coworkers2 to retire. The Boomer generation and our parents’ generation is rife with men who devoted their entire adult lives to their work.

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Man cannot live by meat alone – or can he

Men love their meat. My husband and two of his friends, Dan and Dave (names changed to protect the guilty) are off for a testosterone-packed weekend closing down Dan’s cottage on a lake north of Gananoque, Ontario. The last two days have been a whirl of preparations involving grocery lists, wardrobe consultations and beverage inventories. A copy of the food plan confirmed there’s not a sprig of kale in sight. Here’s what it looks like, and I’m not making this up:

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Retail rant hits home

My recent rant about the poor level of service in the retail sector really touched a nerve with my readers. We all have horror stories to relate and retailers just don’t seem to be listening. I’ve been writing Hudson’s Bay for years about their frustrating shortage of sales personnel without any mailing letteracknowledgement of my concerns. Once I even typed a nice letter on real vellum paper, hand-inked my signature at the bottom and mailed it with an actual old-fashioned stamp to the President of Hudson’s Bay

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The solution for Canadian retailers is as easy as 1, 2, 3

angry shopperHere I am back on my soapbox because Canadian retailers do not seem to be listening to me – at their peril. Their strange and blindfolded attitude toward the customer is responsible for so many of their problems and they seem oblivious. The solution is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Let me give you a few recent examples that demonstrate my point.

Yesterday I went into Tiffany’s in Yorkdale in Toronto. I knew exactly what I wanted to see

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Boomer broad meets Bridget Jones

Last night a friend and I attended a fun event sponsored by ELLE Canada magazine and Girls Night Out Ontario wine to introduce Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason. Both books were smash chick-lit hits followed by equally successful movies starring Reneé Zellwegger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Mad about the boyA cocktail reception was held in The Burroughs Building  at Queen Street West and Bathurst in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of “Mad About the Boy”, the final installment in the Bridget Jones trilogy. The venue, trendy raw loft space with

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Succeeding where I failed

This morning’s Globe and Mail contained a supplement from a gift basket company appropriately called “Baskits”. Reading through the brochure took me back about 25 years when I was Corporate Marketing Manager for EllisDon Corporation and we were one of their first customers. Ann Kerrigan came into our Basksitsoffice promoting her fledgling business at a time when we were looking to give our corporate clients a unique seasonal gift other than liquor or wine. At the time, gift baskets were a relatively new concept. Ann customized

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