It’s time up and time out for my cell phone

You'd better sit down before I say this as I don't want the shock to induce a coronary issue in any of my special Boomerbroadcast friends. I rarely use my cell phone. It's true. Survival in today's world is possible without the electronic appendage that's become so vital and addictive in everyday life today. I have a 'lite' phone plan from Zoomer Wireless (affiliated with CARP) that costs only $18.31 per month including taxes. I can text—if I knew how. It takes messages—if I knew how to set my voice mail…

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Where The Crawdads Sing educates as it mystifies

Isn't it a lovely feeling when you read a book and finish it with a profound sense of satisfaction and enjoyment. That's how I felt when I closed the cover on Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I thought . . . WOW! That was amazing. The New York Times best-seller was on my list but not a priority until my friend Nancy mentioned how much she loved it. Then I moved it to the top of the list. Delia Owens is a nature writer and wildlife scientist with…

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10 signs that baby boomers have finally hit that perfect sweet spot

Creaky joints, back pain and stiff shoulders are a way of life for many boomers as we now enter the third period of an unpredictable and tough game. Bumps, bruises and the odd metaphorical concussion over the years have taken a toll and we now rely on our innate skills of playing the game like pros to get us through each day. It takes a little more effort to hoist ourselves up from our LaZgirl chair and leaping up stairs two at a time is a distant memory. When 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.

Trump’s playing to the lowest common denominator . . . the non-thinkers

We've all been watching the bizarre reality side-show runup for presidential candidates in the United States and it's getting scarier every day. I've resisted commenting on a political situation in which I have no say, but the results could have major implications for Canada. With the leading Republican candidate promoting building border walls (shades of East/West Berlin and the Iron Curtain), halting immigration (despite the fact two of his wives have been immigrants) demolishing free trade and reinstituting discrimination and racism, we have the potential for having a very nasty…

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Let’s hear it for creativity and imagination

A recent article in The New York Times entitled How to Raise a Creative Child questions the merits of over-scheduling, over-programming and over-protecting children. Citing the emergence of natural geniuses like Mozart or Einstein, author Adam Grant questions whether their talents would have seen the light of day if they'd been channeled into strict parent-directed learning pursuits. Early displays of natural talents could be overlooked or squashed by a packed schedule of math tutoring, hockey practice or in today's world, too much screen time. Einstein once said "True sign of…

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