Month: September 2015

Email Woes

A few years ago, Rogers lost my email. It was infuriating. It simply didn’t exist for more than two weeks and no one seemed upset about it except me. I even contacted my former (distant) Rogers colleague, now Mayor of Toronto John Tory, and begged him to get in touch with a higher-up at Rogers which he did. And that’s how I found out why no one cared too much.   …

Benched

Months ago, my sister-in-law Carolyn shared a post on my Facebook page about a Pinterest project. Someone had taken an old, wooden dresser and turned it into a bench. Carolyn had an old dresser that had been in the family for decades. It used to belong to our husbands’ maternal Grandma and it had seen better days. Carolyn suggested, half-joking I’m sure, that hubby and I take this on. We leapt at the chance! Once we ascertained that the dresser was indeed made of solid wood, we got to work, and kept at it when we had time.   …

Eggheads

As we entered the animal area of the Western Fair, I noticed a big sign for The Egg Marketing Board and a friendly-looking couple manning the booth. I had questions and they had answers.  …

Comfort Level

My radio cohost Mike has a theory. He believes that everyone gets to a point in life where they decide whether they will be a consumer or a minimalist. They either start accumulating things like toys and stuff or eschew those things. I guess I fall into the minimalist category.  …

More Than Fair

In recent years, The Western Fair has been a little tired. We always go, but it just hasn’t had the zip and zest of years past. The first thing you’d see when you walked through the gates were hot tubs and bedsheet vendors. The midway was small and the rides pretty run-of-the-mill. I don’t even ride on rides anymore and I noticed the descent.  …

World Sepsis Day

As you may know, I’m one of Canada’s advocates for spreading the word about sepsis. As a survivor of it, I’ve gotten to know the major organizations fighting to get the illness recognized by world health bodies, and to have World Sepsis Day, September 13, endorsed as an official day to alert even more people to this potentially – and often – fatal infection in the blood. …

A Bit of a Rant – Window to Anarchy

The question of right and wrong has come up in so many different issues in the past couple of weeks.  I don’t even understand the question. The answer, to me, is crystal clear. We need to decide on morals as a society. Not based on any religious-based book or perspective of some small group on the fringe, but as human beings who know, in their hearts, the differences between right and wrong.   …

Restaurant Gizmo

This was new to us. Some restaurants have iPads at the table now, where you can place your order and it goes directly to the kitchen. But where we had dinner on Saturday night in Port Huron, MI, there’s a little screen at each table for the express purpose of paying for your meal.  …