Month: November 2016

Throwback Thursday – Righting Some Wrongs

In 1989 I put a 45 on a dusty turntable in the FM102 music library and listened to a song called Soldier of Love. It was shipped without a label, purposely, so Music Directors wouldn’t be biased before they got a chance to hear it. I declared what I heard would be a hit song, It turned out that the artist was Donny Osmond. And that’s the one and only time I predicted a song would be a hit and was right!  …

In the Luuup

Cats can be kind of disgusting. They’re more-or-less clean and rather obsessed with self-grooming but…well…if you’ve ever had a cat, you know. So when I heard about Luuup, the self-described Best Litter Box Ever Made, I had to investigate. This reads a bit like an infomercial, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not because my beta phase with this product has only just begun AND I paid full price for two of them, delivered. …

What the #*&%?

It looks like I have several friends who are near-geniuses. Let me explain. New research shows we’re wrong when we assume that someone who swears a lot has a small vocabulary and equally small brain.  …

Diss Ability

Parkinson’s has robbed my Dad of many things. He shuffles when he walks and sometimes loses his balance so he has to be watched carefully when he moves. His arms don’t always do what he tells them. He looks smaller than he used to. He’s fragile. …

Coffee Culture

A few years ago, I met a fellow author at a book-signing event at Chapters here in London. We had both been guests on a Rogers TV show called The Book Nook. Joe Ornato wrote Neurotic Money: The World of Debt & How It Has Hijacked Your Brain.  …

Joshing You

Perhaps I’ve played the proud Aunt once or twice before, and mentioned that my eldest nephew, Josh, is training on the Canadian Olympic bobsled team. Josh is an elite athlete in track and field, and after getting his university education on a U.S. track scholarship, he thought his Olympic dreams were over.  …

News is News

One of the things I try to teach my news-writing students at Fanshawe is to avoid presenting a story as good or bad. It just is. It’s up to your listener/viewer to decide whether something is positive or negative. A prime example of this is the state of the Canadian dollar. When it goes up or down it can be good or bad depending on what you want to do with it. If you want to spend money in the U.S., it’s not so good when the value of our dollar falls. If your business relies on selling goods to the States, it’s not so bad.  …