Month: October 2010

Lighten Up – House Proud, Sun Media

I recently asked for ideas for my House Proud newspaper column and reader and commenter Allan came up with a few.  My Editor is a tough cookie – which is what I love and respect about her – and she is picky about offering something new and fresh in her publication.  But one of Allan’s ideas made the cut!  So read on for what I did with it.  It was published in this weekend’s Homes Extra in Sun Media. Thanks Allan!  …

Beautiful, Wise Betty

I just finished reading Betty White’s autobiography, Here We Go Again.  It was first published in 1995 but because of the recent resurgence in interest in the actress, it has been updated with a colour photo section and a new introduction. …

Behind the Vote

Every so often voters want to shake the snoglobe of their city and have everything float around the glass and land in a different place.  When I was at 680 News in Toronto and Rob Ford wasn’t much more than a bloated buffoon on council who was having to apologize for drunken outbursts at sports events, never ever would I have thought he would become that city’s Mayor one day. …

Crowded House

I would never make it in a crowded land.  I avoid department stores on Saturday afternoons and plan my mall and festival visits to avoid crushes of people.  So when I found myself in a sea of shoppers on Sunday my only thought was of escape. …

Artery Clogging and Heart Starting

KFC’s Double Down sandwich arrived in Canada yesterday.   Fast food lovers have been drooling at the border, hoping that this monolithic bread-free bunwich-without-the-bun would make it to our KFC’s soon.   They delivered a bagful yesterday and I took in a big sniff and then sent mine away while my colleagues sated their curiosity.   …

Yelling “Fire!”

A London woman is being credited by the Fire Chief for saving the life of a man whose house was burning, because she yelled and screamed and caused such a ruckus, the man came outside.  She also banged on the door of a neighbour and told them to call 911.  …

Commercial Magic

A couple of weekends ago I was so taken by a product on a commercial that I immediately went to the website and ordered it.  After all it’s “not available in stores” and the special bonus is on for a “limited time only”!  …

A Miner Complaint

“Good news judgment”.   It’s something intangible that anyone in the news game must have; the ability to judge how much weight to put on a story, its importance or lack thereof and the tone in which to deliver it.