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If You Dream of Happily Ever After, Your Dreams May Come True

If You Dream of Happily Ever After, Your Dreams May Come True

I was never much of a student at university. I wasn’t the one impatiently waiting for the library doors to open so I could spend the next ten hours delving deeper and deeper into the research stacks. But now I’m like a hound dog sniffing…

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Your First Fight? Four Right And Wrong Ways To Handle It

Your First Fight? Four Right And Wrong Ways To Handle It

Have you heard the term “new relationship energy”? It’s that “high” you feel at the beginning of a romantic union…it’s almost like your partner has been sprinkled with pixie dust and everything they do or say feels magical to you. This “high” is caused by…

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My Riverdale: Kelly’s Studio Esthetics

My Riverdale: Kelly’s Studio Esthetics

My aestheticians Kelly Margetis and Maria Siotis are very brave women. No task is too daunting for these business partners, and I’ve made them walk through rings of fire. Dealing with my Picasso-esque eyebrows is not for the faint of heart, not to mention my…

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Itching to Give Someone Feedback? Give Them Some A.I.R. First

Itching to Give Someone Feedback? Give Them Some A.I.R. First

Feedback.   I’ve been thinking about this word a lot lately in context of professional work I’ve done in the past. Performance “feedback” is built into the human resource infrastructure of many (maybe most) companies. I’ve designed performance management programs for several organizations in the…

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4 Ways to Fly Solo while waiting for “The One”

4 Ways to Fly Solo while waiting for “The One”

My friend Jamie married for the first time in her mid-40s. “I was totally happy and loved being single,” she told me as we chatted over coffee recently. But when she finally met her husband-to-be ten years ago, she was smitten: “He was the most…

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You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

There is a special place in heaven for people who accept that love is a “package deal”. While every relationship requires some compromises and sacrifices, dating someone with kids (a.k.a. “the package”) really puts those values to the test. Are you up for the challenge?…

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Two Little Stories After Eleanor Died

Two Little Stories After Eleanor Died

My mother-in-law Eleanor died last week. I’m still reflecting on what her life meant to me, and the lessons I learned about being the mother of sons from her strong example. I will write about all this in due course, but I’m not ready yet….

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My Riverdale: Mambo Lounge

My Riverdale: Mambo Lounge

A few months ago Yellow Pages began commissioning me to write profiles of local businesses for their digital platform. I have lived in Riverdale for almost 23 years so made the stretch on the Danforth between Broadview and Pape my “beat”. This guarantees never having…

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No Refuge for Refugees

No Refuge for Refugees

On an early morning walk with Jessie last week, I ran into a friend. We both stopped to catch up for a few minutes as she was dashing to work, and I was heading home to my writing haven. Coincidentally, we had both visited Greece…

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My Advice to Three Western Frosh

My Advice to Three Western Frosh

Jake started graduate school this fall at Western. This was the same university where John and I met as grad students in the 1980s. I offered to drive him to his new apartment in London, which is a few blocks from where John and I…

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