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My Ottawa: Norde Bridal

My Ottawa: Norde Bridal

I was not a sentimental bride. After my wedding, I did not lovingly have my dress dry-cleaned and boxed with romantic notions that it would be the “something old” worn by a future daughter. Even if I had had a daughter, my guess is that…

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Getting High on Skunky-Jane

Getting High on Skunky-Jane

I was at the ELEVATE Toronto conference yesterday and the people sitting beside me said I smelled like marijuana. I swear to you I had not smoked a joint before arriving at the conference. But here is what did happen. The night before, Jessie was…

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Can we trust the Globe and Mail if we can’t trust their Executives?

Can we trust the Globe and Mail if we can’t trust their Executives?

  Do you trust people who act one way in public and another in private? The helpful neighbour who shovels your walk but leaves dirty socks around the house for his spouse to launder? The leadership guru who belittles her own employees? The politician who…

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Big-Time Sister-Bonding in Small Town Chatham

Big-Time Sister-Bonding in Small Town Chatham

I always knew I had a very smart sister. But I didn’t know I had a crafty one. That’s her in the photo on the verandah of Ridge House Museum (a Victorian-era home), outside of Chatham, Ontario. We were making lavender wands and I just…

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Learning New Tricks From My Old Dog

Learning New Tricks From My Old Dog

My canine daughter, Jessie, is turning 11 in November. According to the American Kennel Club this makes her about 70 years old in human years. She looks great for a senior and gets compliments all the time. But I’ve definitely noticed some changes. Jessie is…

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Eden Baylee: Banker Turned Erotica Writer

Eden Baylee: Banker Turned Erotica Writer

It’s crazy the number of super talented and super nice women in my life. It’s like I’ve got the market cornered on “Super Nice Talented Female Friends” (SNTFF). But it’s an added bonus to not only have a SNTFF but to be able to write…

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Talking to my Sons about (Almost) Everything

Talking to my Sons about (Almost) Everything

We were in the Laurentians last weekend at a typical family gathering. There were seventeen of us at the dinner table so you can imagine the decibel level.  Add to that the  rapid fire exchanges switching between English, French, German and Hungarian. It can be…

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Doing Stranger Things in Bed

Doing Stranger Things in Bed

“I think this has really spiced things up under the covers,” I said to John coquettishly early Sunday morning. We were both basking in the afterglow of our Saturday night.   “Whoa…. that was intense,” agreed John. “There is certainly more happening there than there…

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My Ottawa: Adorit Boutique

My Ottawa: Adorit Boutique

Last month I went on a little field trip to Ottawa, my home town, to write a few profiles of business merchants in the ByTown Market area. I loved meeting Emma Inns, the owner of Adorit Boutique. She only sells clothes that are kind to…

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On Becoming a Gym Rat

On Becoming a Gym Rat

My cousin Robbie and I met for lunch recently at a Middle Eastern place on Bloor West. After we nestled into a corner table at the edge of the patio, he handed me a large white envelope. It was filled with family photos that he…

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