Month: April 2015

What’s Swedish for Divorce?

Maybe it’s a good thing that despite pleas from the people of southwestern Ontario, Ikea refuses to open a store in my part of the province. They say we don’t meet their criteria for population density. We might be better off because of it.  

House for Sale

No, not the one I live in. Many months ago, we joined with brother Rob and another partner in a house-flipping adventure. We bought a wreck of a place in Welland, ON and through the magic of money and back-breaking labour, turned it into a home for two families and an income property for someone …

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Run, Hillary, Run

A few weeks before Hillary Clinton officially declared her intention to run for US President, I picked up her 2003 memoir, Living History, in a used book store. It takes us through her life until she was elected Senator for New York.

Double Trouble

A woman who made a bet with friends found her exact replica in less than a month thanks to social media. Although the search was worldwide, Naimh Geaney from Dublin, Ireland found her mirror image in a stranger who lived only an hour’s drive away. 

A Slave to his Image

It came to light last week that Ben Affleck convinced producers of a PBS TV show not to reveal that one of his ancestors owned slaves. This wasn’t just a mistake, it was a missed opportunity. 

Judging the Judgers

When I was a kid I dreamed about being a lawyer. I still enjoy following trials, especially criminal cases, where too-often sleazy lawyers will do literally anything to try to get their clients an acquittal. I still don’t quite understand how that’s acceptable, but I digress. 

Cat House

It’s no secret that Spice the wonder cat, as he’s known around here, is the king of our castle. We adore him. He’s 14 now and at times he’s still as curious and playful as a kitten. 

Just The Ol’ Lady

I’ll be honest. I start to lose interest once you have five or six kids. Until that point I’ll feel genuine delight for you. But once you’ve made a starting lineup for the Blue Jays, I’m not so excited.

Drugs of Choice

Do you also have this discussion in your home: A medication will expire and one of you will want to get rid of it while the other thinks it’s a waste. 

401K – The K is for Karma

I had a lovely weekend away chez BFF Erin and BFFH Rob in their home on the lake. It just feels right to wake up and look out over the water first thing. Maybe it’s some sort of lizard-brain memory of crawling out of it millions of years ago.

Diet Obsessions

By the time a Canadian girl is 14, she has been on 1100 diets. Okay, I obviously made that up. But it seems that teen females are experimenting with hazardous eating regimens just like my friends and I did back in the day. 

A Published Twit

So, this was kind of cool. Entertainment Weekly picked up one of my tweets for a story last weekend.  

Ode to a Frozen Diet Dinner

O frozen meal, be you Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers or Healthy Choice. How do you lure me back when I know of your failings and shortcomings? You are like the rectangular mafia found in my grocer’s freezer: you keep pulling me back in.