My past is now officially an historical site

You know you're old when the once-modern building where you landed your first job has been designated an historical site. On Monday, July 5th, 1965 I walked into the shiny marble lobby of the Maclean-Hunter Building at 481 University Avenue in Toronto to begin my first full-time job. Bell Canada leased space in the building and they'd hired me to start work as a clerk-typist, beginning the week after I finished high school. I was 17 years old and wore a pink and white gingham dress and new white high…

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The Alice Network shines a light on women’s bravery during both wars

It's natural when we enjoy a book to follow up by reading another book by the same author. After reading Kate Quinn's The Huntress I couldn't wait to dig into her earlier book, The Alice Network. Quinn has a gift for being able to weave real historical events into fictional accounts with characters based on real-life individuals and composites. The story spans a period of several decades with most of the action taking place late in World War I and the years prior to and just after World War II. The plot…

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Chelsea Handler is getting ready for love

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 affected comedienne, writer and late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler so profoundly she altered her entire life to cope with the implications. If you've ever watched her late night show Chelsea Lately, listened to her standup routine or read any of her books, you'll know Handler is smart, beautiful, opinionated and abrasive. Turning forty and the election of Trump forced her to address an inner turmoil that she'd been ignoring her entire life. She suddenly realized that America and herself in particular were…

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What do you do when your dongle dies?

The first time the word dongle came up in conversation was a few months ago in relation to my Firestick streaming device. Prior to that I didn't even know I had one. And I giggled like a little boy when he hears the word 'boobies', or that old sixties joke about the angle of the dangle. Anyway, I'd like to think I've matured a bit since then, but apparently not. Then, I heard the word dongle again this week when I took my laptop in for service. It's actually the…

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Should we allow Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to get off with a time-out?

When I saw the picture in The New York Times of the "Day Spa" where Patriots' football team owner Robert Kraft met his Waterloo the other day, I was amazed at how innocuous the storefront appeared. Situated in a nondescript suburban strip plaza, the spa advertised waxing and facial treatments as well as the more nebulous services of massage therapy and body treatments. Yikes! I could have easily entered such a place to get my eyebrows waxed without knowing it was fronting a "rub n' tug". Life's full of risks.…

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Should we allow Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to get off with a time-out?
It's not easy getting a date when you're the billionaire owner of an NFL team.

2019 Super Bowl vindicates this non-fan of football

Let me be absolutely clear right up front; I have zero interest in and no knowledge or understanding of football. In my opinion it's a violent, concussion-inducing game right up there with cage fighting. Any time I've tried to watch a game I'm bored to tears within four minutes watching overpaid fat guys run a few yards and fall down, or more often, get knocked down—then, get up, only to run and fall down again. I can think of four hundred things I'd rather be doing with my time than…

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