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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Should privileged university students be punished for the sins of their parents?

As if there's not already enough bad news in the daily paper to get my blood boiling, the latest scandal about wealthy parents paying bribes to get their offspring into prestige American universities just sent my blood pressure off the Richter scale. Hollywood celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are just two of dozens of people indicted for paying vast sums for fake credentials to ensure their under-achieving, entitled millennial lieblings could attend upper-crust universities like Yale, University of Southern California and Georgetown University. Huffman's husband, actor William Macy recently…

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Nazi hunters pursue The Huntress in tale of revenge

As a fan of historical fiction, I just love it when I get my hands on a book I can't put down. That was the case with The Huntress by New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, who also wrote The Alice Network. The story links three disparate female characters and a British journalist from different backgrounds in a series of events that take place between the early 1940s and early 1950s. The author has drawn from the lives of real people and events to create a mystery that gets resolved by…

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How to survive a man-cold

Every woman knows what it's like when your husband or partner has a man-cold. They require all the care and attention of a newborn. My friend Gail dusts off her black mourning dress and prepares for the worst. While it's tempting and seemingly easier to just divorce the old boy, I have some startling news. Women get man-colds too. In fact, I'm just recovering from one and thought I'd share my coping strategy. I have to preface this piece by saying that I'm not a wimp. I have a high…

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Fannie Flagg is more than Fried Green Tomatoes

Most boomer gals loved the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. In fact, many of us have watched it several times since its original release in theatres in 1991 (Yikes—nearly thirty years ago!). With stars that included Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sally Field and the wonderful Kathy Bates, the movie was a screen adaptation of an original book by Fannie Flagg. It was based on a real-life railroad whistle stop restaurant owned by her late aunt. Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't realize Ms. Flagg had written several other books…

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