The Only Woman in the Room sounded familiar for a reason

Usually when I add a book title to my "To Read" list I include a bit of description of what it's about for when it works its way to the top of the list. I'd forgotten to do that when I recorded The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict but the title did remind me of all my years working in construction. As Corporate Marketing Manager for EllisDon Corporation, I was very often the only woman in the room when I attended meetings in a male dominated business.…

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Thoughts on a trip to the mall

It's a rare occurrence when I visit one of the local shopping malls that I come home empty-handed. In fact, when I do leave without purchasing anything I feel rather virtuous and self-satisfied having once again narrowly escaped the sirens' call. Giant, shiny shopping malls that sprang up in the suburbs across the country in the last few decades are modern cathedrals—a holy gathering place where humble worshipers go to deify the goddesses of consumerism. The bright window displays of the latest fashions draw us in and tempt us to…

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Where The Crawdads Sing educates as it mystifies

Isn't it a lovely feeling when you read a book and finish it with a profound sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. That's how I felt when I closed the cover on Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I thought . . . WOW! That was amazing. The New York Times best-seller was on my list but not a priority until my friend Nancy mentioned how much she loved it. Then I moved it to the top of the list. Delia Owens is a nature writer and wildlife scientist with…

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10 signs that baby boomers have finally hit that perfect sweet spot

Creaky joints, back pain and stiff shoulders are a way of life for many boomers as we now enter the third period of an unpredictable and tough game. Bumps, bruises and the odd metaphorical concussion over the years have taken a toll and we now rely on our innate skills of playing the game like pros to get us through each day. It takes a little more effort to hoist ourselves up from our LaZgirl chair and leaping up stairs two at a time is a distant memory. When we…

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Rachel Hollis urges us to stop apologizing . . . and more

Reading a book by lifestyle guru Rachel Hollis is like administering a massive shot of adrenaline, followed by another and another. The blonde, female version of Tony Robbins is a thirty-seven-year-old Christian mother of four with long blonde extensions, an energy level that's off the scale and a message that is relevant not only to her demographic but to old boomer broads like me. I first saw her on CTV's The Social when she was promoting her earlier book Girl, Wash Your Face. I read it last year and bought…

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Will you miss Victoria’s Secret?

The announcement recently that Victoria's Secret was one of several American retailers closing stores in Canada came as no surprise to me. The United States will take the brunt of the downsizing with 53 store closings and three in Canada. While I'll miss their bright pink window displays in suburban malls and mourn the loss of jobs for hundreds of staff, I'm afraid I must accept part of the blame for their closing because— I. Never. Shop. There. That's what happens when they target only skinny teens. The first time…

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Will you miss Victoria’s Secret?
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