Retirement definitely has its benefits

Mornings for most of the population are a stressful time. Getting yourself up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door on time is a challenge, more so if you throw school-age children into the mix. Then, you're faced with sitting in your car for an hour seething about the construction delays in rush-hour traffic or jamming your tender body onto the train, bus or streetcar with hundreds of other sweating, backpack-briefcase-tote-bag-toting bodies vying for your inch of standing room. I'm not without sympathy or empathy; I did it for over…

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McJobs – I’ve had a few

When I heard that my husband's fourteen-year-old grandson had landed a part-time job working at Kernels I was suddenly filled with so much pride in him. Apart from being a good student and an active participant in Marc and Craig Kielburger's Me to We children's charity program, he's now a working man. I'm of the opinion that early work for young people is a good thing. It not only builds character but it helps them understand the value of earned money versus hand-outs. These are valuable life skills that ultimately…

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Multi-tasking is not the best use of time

Science is now confirming what we've long suspected—that multi-tasking is not only an overrated virtue but can in fact be counter-productive. Women in particular have been brainwashed to think we should be able to juggle work, home, community and social activity balls simultaneously and efficiently without dropping a single one in order to be deemed successful mothers, wives and human beings. Well, it's all bull crap. Multi-tasking only results in an outcome that is less than it could or should be. This realization prompted me to dig up a posting…

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Well-heeled means not wearing Manolo Blahniks

Pearl Bailey once said, "I've been rich and I've been poor and honey, rich is better." I know I've certainly been poor at times in my life and it was not fun. Not having money can mean living a simple, happy, uncomplicated life but in today's world it more often means worrying about not having enough to pay our bills, how to save for a home or vacations, or the big one, how to retire comfortably. After hearing the young author interviewed on the radio, I just finished reading a…

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Support is growing for truth in advertising

Another women's fashion business has aligned itself with a growing list of companies pledging to not drastically alter images of their models in print and website advertising. On-line retailer ModCloth, based in San Francisco has promised to not "materially change the way a person looks" other than for such things as to erase flyaways in a hairdo or correct bad lighting. No longer will their models' shape, skin colour or physical proportions be altered through computerized editing techniques such as PhotoShop. Well, that's a breath of fresh air. Their clothing…

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It is written, therefore it is . . . retained

Albert Einstein was once asked a simple question for which he did not have the answer. The world-renowned genius' response was, "I don't clutter my head with things that can be found in a book.".  I knew there was a reason that story has stayed with me. And I certainly don't clutter my head with anything I can do without. The journal Psychological Science reports that tests on university students who hand-wrote their class notes instead of typing them on a laptop had better retention of what they were learning.…

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