Ivy Johnson is a very smart lady

Reading Sole Connections by Ivy Johnson on the Facts and Arguments page of today’s Globe and Mail made my heart sing. Ivy, who has what I presume is a fine arts degree from McGill University works as a shoe shiner in the bowels of Bay Street’s office towers. She concedes that there is not necessarily a direct relationship between hard work and success. I remember…

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Father knows best??

I just discovered that for the past three years my husband has been putting powder dishwashing detergent into the rinse agent receptacle of our dishwasher instead of the detergent receptacle. That probably explains why I have a white powdery residue on the inside of my dishwasher. I could trade him in but he cooks two nights a week so he comes with benefits.

Hearing voices

Is it just me or does anyone else find the female voices in media hard to listen to? Whatever happened to professional delivery, modulation and enunciation? While everyone can’t sound like CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, I think a few lessons at the Lorne Green School of Broadcasting for some would be of great benefit. Like many Boomers, I now wear teeny tiny expensive hearing aids and…

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My kinda’ gun control

Oprah Magazine (http://www.oprah.com/omagazine) recently featured an article about a novel approach to gun control. The City of Newark, New Jersey joined forces with a jewelry designer to recycle the metals from guns collected during a paid gun amnesty program and create bracelets made from steel and brass gun parts. Each bracelet has the serial number of the gun inscribed on the edge. A portion of…

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It’s all about being organized

As a Virgo I naturally love stores like The Container Store (www.containerstore.com) in the U.S. and Solutions (www.solutions-stores.ca) in Canada. All those endless bins and organizers appeal to my innate sense of order. I could (and have) spent hours fingering the jewellery hangers, the belt racks and OMG the kitchen wares. But a lot of my organizational tricks are practically free and work beautifully at…

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Rising above adversity

The 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…

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