Kudos to Chatelaine and Dove soap for recognizing that all women are beautiful

When I received the June/July 2019 issue of Chatelaine magazine in my mailbox this week I was a little taken aback—at first. Featured on the cover of the annual swimsuit issue (a cliché if there ever was one) is a full-bodied woman of indeterminate age wearing a coral-coloured swimsuit, a straw sunhat, and a huge smile. The more I thought about it and went through its pages, the bigger the smile grew on my own face. It takes courage for a major magazine to turn the tables on the media's…

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Kudos to Chatelaine and Dove soap for recognizing that all women are beautiful
Different covers were released in different areas.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner's recent Op-Ed piece What's Your Favorite Book? in The New York Times questioned the validity of criticizing other people's choices in reading material. In particular, she was disappointed that Stephen Colbert made fun of the so-called bodice-ripper books by Georgia politician Stacey Abrams written under the name Selena Montgomery. When asked what book U.S. presidential candidate Mark Buttigieg would take if stranded on a desert island he named James Joyce's Ulysses. Whether he was sincere or just showing off is moot because according to Weiner whatever we…

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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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Will you miss Victoria’s Secret?
Pretty but not practical.

When fashion’s in, I’m out. When I’m in, fashion’s out

You would think by now I'd have a pretty good handle on what works best for me, fashion-wise. For the most part I do, at least with the basics. My tastes lean more toward classic with splashes out in accessories—hence the big red glasses, and blue ones, and pink ones, and tortoise shell ones with yellow arms. I'm generally not a slavish follower of trends, usually dragging my comfortable-height heels until I'm absolutely sure the trend is going to become a classic. I thought that was the case with skinny…

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10 things I wish I’d known for sure

I was going to title this piece Things I wish I'd known when I was 20. Then I realized the same wisdom applies at age 30, 60 or at any point in our lives. Knowledge is knowledge. It's all about whether you absorb it and make it work for you. I  wish someone had told me these things (and I'd actually taken it heart) when I was 20. So, Gen Xers, Y's and Millennials, this is for you. Here are some things I've learned for sure along the road of…

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