A rose by any other name wins by a nose

Scents touch a special chord, not only in our olfactory systems but also in our hearts and in our brains. We all can relate to a certain scent transporting us to another time and place. It's a magical transformation. The smell of certain things baking in the oven may take us back to our mothers' or grandmothers' kitchens. Being near water may remind us of all those carefree days as children swimming in the lake or nearby river every summer. The fragrance of certain perfumes may transport us to memories…

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Cathy Guisewite is back with the opposite of a graphic novel . . . a narrative cartoon

There isn't a boomer gal alive who hasn't at one time clipped a Cathy cartoon out of the daily newspaper and attached it to her fridge, tacked it to her bulletin board at work, or sent it to a friend. We were devastated when she 'retired' from her daily comic strip a few years ago but she's back in the saddle with a new book that picks up where she left off. Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault by Cathy Guisewite is like reading her famous comic strip in narrative style—fifty…

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Can baby boomers literally outgrow jeans?

As if I weren't feeling insecure enough already after a recent closet purge to get rid of things that didn't "fit and flatter", I foolishly went shopping for new jeans this week. The jeans and general closet purge preceded my recent big bra purge (by that I mean quantity not bra size, obviously). Embarrassed and frustrated with a closet full of jeans that no longer fit, tops that made me look pregnant and sweaters that only flattered my lumps and bumps, I trucked bags of cast-offs to charity bins and…

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Late Night is more than a chick flick

When I left the theatre after seeing Mindy Kaling's new movie Late Night, I was struck by how much I thought boomer gals would enjoy seeing it, especially since there are so few movies that appeal to us. Then, it occurred to me that men would equally benefit from the movie's message, although don't tell them that or they'll never accompany you. It reeks of 'chick, flick' but the message is universal and delivered through clever humour. At times it was a bit soppy, but given Kaling's excellent writing, it…

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Late Night is more than a chick flick
Movie popcorn tickets border as a group of popped corn snacks with cinema ticket stubs in the food as a theatrical symbol for entertainment and the arts on an isolated white background.

“You’ve got mail” is now a ping, not a pleasure to be savoured

Call me old-fashioned but I love getting mail, the kind now referred to as snail mail. If a day goes by that I don't get a magazine or something personal in my mailbox, I can get downright cranky. Is it because my life is so utterly lacking in excitement that the mail is a big deal to me? Even my little dog jumps up and down spinning with excitement when I announce, "Let's go get the mail". She understands. Yesterday I was thrilled to find my mailbox stuffed with magazines,…

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“You’ve got mail” is now a ping, not a pleasure to be savoured
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ROCKETMAN rocked out this boomer

My girl gang went to the movies this week to see Rocketman, the biopic of Elton John, and we really got our money's worth. Encouraged by how much we enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody we expected a spectacle just as great. It was a bit of a surprise when, a few minutes into the movie, the child Reggie Dwight pulls off to the side and sings a song. So, be clear, the movie is a musical, not just a movie about a musician. Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of musicals (even though…

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