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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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.

Story of Lithuanian struggle after the war is a fascinating read

Whever I read a book like Under Ground by Antanas Sileika  I'm reminded that we won the lottery being born in Canada. The rights, freedoms and privileges that we enjoy as Canadians are shared by so few in the world. After World War II, the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were basically abandoned by the Allies and left to be plundered by the Russians. After being pummelled both physically, morally and politically by the Germans during the war and then the Red Army, Lithuania was a country…

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The perils and pleasures of being a helicopter pet parent

This is really embarrassing to admit but the other day my honey and I had an actual disagreement about the intelligence of our dog, a 3½ pound 7-year-old female Yorkie called Sassy. I truly dislike the name she came with but she'd been named when we got her. She'd been returned by her previous owners who found her energy level unsuitable. I like a name that denotes gender and one that's easy to yell so I wanted 'Stella' (think Streetcar Named Desire). He couldn't come up with anything better that…

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Do you “get” fashion magazines like Vogue or InStyle?

I've added a new section to Boomerbroadcast called My Favourite Things to the menus at the top of the page. One of the subsections is Fashion Favourites which I intend to expand as I discover fashion items friendly to boomers. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I've also included Links I Like for blogs and Facebook sites for baby boomer women's fashion advice I enjoy following. There's such a dearth of inspiration out there for baby boomer women in the world of fashion, that we have to share…

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Do you “get” fashion magazines like Vogue or InStyle?
Exactly who are they serving? I have no idea.

Who was the woman in Hitler’s bathtub and how did she get there?

Elizabeth "Lee" Miller was a fascinating woman and I love books about fascinating women. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer describing the life of Lee Miller in the city of light is such a book. Miller's glory days were spent in Paris between the wars when she was the lover, muse and assistant to the famous artist and photographer Man Ray. In a classic tale of servant becoming the master, the author takes us on a fictional journey based on Miller's real life—historical fiction, my favourite genre. Lee Miller was born…

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Who was the woman in Hitler’s bathtub and how did she get there?
At the end of WW2 Lee Miller was famously photographed taking a bath in Hitlers bathtub.
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