Why Canada should annex the United States

When Donald Trump expressed interest in buying Greenland, it was suggested that Denmark buy the United States in order to finally provide Americans with decent universal health care and an improved education system. Touché. That got me thinking about how much more practical it would be for Canada to take over the United States. We're geographically united and they wouldn't have to start a war with us over access to our Arctic shipping routes and resources. Being the benevolent beings that Canadians are, they would then be one of us…

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The Cactus is a metaphor for life in the cautious lane

Reading a good book is much like letting a delicious chocolate melt in your mouth. The anticipation alone is exciting but the real gratification begins as soon as you pop it into your mouth. Then, the pleasure mounts as you allow the outer layer of chocolate to slowly melt, revealing a creamy strawberry centre or a nutty cluster that you can chew on and make it last longer. It's an experience to be savored. Am I getting too Forrest Gump-y? I thought of that analogy when I considered the path…

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Do you ever play the grocery cart shame game?

  On my more virtuous days when my grocery cart is full of organic produce, fresh-pressed Green Goddess juice and two kinds of quinoa, I like to cast a critical eye on what's in the cart of the person ahead of me or behind me in the lineup. It's a bitchy and small-minded exercise in me getting all sanctimonious and judgey. When I see a cart overflowing with bags of white Wonder Bread, cases of soft drinks, frozen mac n'cheese, Doritos and heavily sugared breakfast cereals, I get all self-righteous…

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Do you ever play the grocery cart shame game?
You might want to avoid me in the grocery store.

Big Sky is neither a family saga nor a story about the wild west. It’s ‘way better.

Well! When I started reading Kate Atkinson's Big Sky I must confess the title led me to expect a family saga along the lines of The Thornbirds, or perhaps a story about the American wild west. Obviously, I hadn't done my homework about the author. Kate Atkinson is in fact a contemporary British crime writer with many novels to her credit that feature a recurring main character/hero by the name of Jackson Brodie. Brodie is an ex-cop who hung out his own shingle as a private investigator after he left…

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Big Sky is neither a family saga nor a story about the wild west. It’s ‘way better.
Young lady reading a book, pop art retro vector illustration. Interesting reading

NO! I definitely do not need my ducts cleaned.

  Does anyone know how to stop those infernal, annoying, never-ending calls from telemarketers trying to sell me duct-cleaning services? It's been going on for years and they nail me anywhere at any time. I was sitting in the hairdressers yesterday and ring...ring...ring. I rarely use my cellphone so when it rings it's always my husband. Not this time. After fumbling in my purse, digging out my phone from the bottom layer of purse detritus and trying to figure out how to turn it on to take an incoming call,…

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The Farewell is a movie worth going to see

  Writer and Director Lulu Wang's indie movie The Farewell has been getting a lot of media attention lately for its sensitivity and deviation from standard Hollywood themes. Filmed primarily in Mandarin with English subtitles, it's the story of a Chinese-American girl's reaction to the news her grandmother in China is dying of cancer. It's a universal theme and appeals to anyone who has lost a loved family member. The main character, Billi, played by rapper and actor Awkwafina, was born in China but immigrated to New York as a child…

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