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…

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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…

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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 acknowledgement of my concerns. Once I even typed a nice letter on real vellum…

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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. A cocktail reception was held in The Burroughs Building  at Queen…

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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 office promoting her fledgling business at a time when we were looking to give our corporate clients…

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