We did Downton and it was delightful, dahlings

For anyone who needs a break from the endless, soul-crushing media frenzy about Justin Trudeau's brownface debacle (and who doesn't need a break from that!), I highly recommend going to see Downton Abbey, the movie. This high camp costume drama set in the mid-1920s is just what we needed to relieve the never-ending onslaught of nasty, boring pre-election press. My boomer gal pals and I planned well ahead of time to be there on the opening day of the movie on Friday, September 20th. We grabbed a quick lunch at…

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Catherine Gildiner’s new book GOOD MORNING, MONSTER was definitely worth the wait

Less than a week after the release of Catherine Gildiner's new book Good Morning, Monster, it has already ranked sixth on The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star's lists of best-selling Canadian non-fiction this week. I can't wait for it to be released in the U.S. and hit The New York Times list. My friend Terry and I attended the launch on September 4th in Toronto and were thrilled to once again meet and talk to this wonderful writer. As a huge fan of her earlier books, I couldn't wait for…

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Listen up people! Concrete and cement are not interchangeable words

Every time there's a reference in the news or in general conversation to cement steps, cement porch, curbs or building components, my husband has a nuclear meltdown. We both spent our careers in construction and every time we hear the word 'cement' used when the word they should be using is 'concrete', it hits our ears like chalk grating on a blackboard, or, worse, Yoko Ono singing. This mistake occurs frequently  including several times on CTV television and their writers should know better. It's one of those petty annoyances like…

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What’s it all about, Toby Fleishman?

  Who wouldn't want to be married to Dr. Toby Fleishman? He's a successful hepatologist (liver specialist) whose only shortcoming is . . . well . . . he's short (5 feet 5 inches to be precise). The answer is . . . his wife Rachel, who had such a problem being married to him, she went off the deep end and walked out. Apparently, being married to a successful doctor who doesn't cheat and loves his children isn't enough for Rachel. In Taffy Brodesser-Akner's new (and first) novel Fleishman…

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Is the war on plastics do-able?

Every piece of plastic that has ever been created . . .  still exists. Think about that. I certainly do as I cast my eyes across all the plastic shampoo and other bottles in the shower every morning, as I look at all the plastic containers in my pantry and fridge, when I toss plastics into recycling, never sure if they will actually be recycled. Our world is built on plastic and will die from plastic overload. Each of us is trying her best to be environmentally conscientious but the…

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Is the war on plastics do-able?
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Greg Iles tells southern tales with an authentic voice

When a friend mentioned her book club was currently reading Cemetery Road by Greg Iles, it reminded me of how much I'd enjoyed reading his Mississipi Blood trilogy last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to reviewing it in BOOMERBROADcast. The earlier series was an amazing look inside complicated lives in the American south. Like his earlier books, Cemetery Road is set in Mississippi. As a native of Natchez, Iles has a deep and personal understanding of southern culture, prejudices, and social structure with all its associated values and flaws. As with…

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