There’s no business like shoe business

New shoes definitely give me a high. When I first bring them home, I tenderly take them out of the box, smell the leather, stroke the smooth soles and carefully place them at just the perfect angle on the diningroom table or end table in the livingroom where I can admire them like precious works of art. I may even move them to my bedside…

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Keep an open mind

That’s about as cliché a piece of advice that was ever given but it always warrants repeating. Young people are sometimes directed toward a particular career choice that may not always have available opportunities. That’s when it’s time to take off the blinders and consider something “outside the box”. This is perfectly illustrated in a recent article, “How She Landed a Six-Figure Job” in Money…

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We won the lottery

Being born in Canada with all its social benefits, economic stability, good manners and relatively boring politics is right up there with winning the lottery. It even partially compensates for our shitty winters. While we condemn our Prime Minister for his high-handed proroguing of parliament, at least our British-like system wouldn’t stand for the disgraceful goings-on that are happening right now in the United States….

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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 thing 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…

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Hormones make the world go ’round

  I have always maintained that if women ruled the world there would be no war. Women do not send their sons, husbands, lovers, brothers off to be killed or maimed in wars about power. We’d put the kettle on, make a nice pot of tea, put out some chocolate chip cookies and sort it out. It has to do with testosterone. Men have a…

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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…

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