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2017 New Year’s Resolution: Be Kind In Your Dating Life

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Be Kind In Your Dating Life

New Year’s resolutions don’t often win the prize for creativity. Lose weight, get organized, quit smoking. These are hard to keep so no wonder most resolutions go the way of the dodo bird before the snow melts. How about a more realistic resolution for 2017?…

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Highway to Birthday Hell

Highway to Birthday Hell

Just when I thought John couldn’t screw up my birthday any worse than he does just about every year, he really pulled a rabbit out of a hat this time. I was hoping he would take me someplace exciting for my birthday but perhaps I…

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Why My Husband and I Decided to End a 25-Year Relationship

Why My Husband and I Decided to End a 25-Year Relationship

Dear Director, Loyalty & Retention (The Globe and Mail)   Thank you very much for your letter and 2017 calendar thanking us for our 25+ year loyalty as subscribers to the Globe and Mail. As my husband John reminded me, “I’ve had a longer relationship…

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My Riverdale: Petey’s Grooming & Treats

My Riverdale: Petey’s Grooming & Treats

Every member of my family has a favourite store in our Riverdale neighbourhood. For John, that is hands-down Book City where he routinely pops in to buy the New Yorker, the Economist and Downbeat. It doesn’t matter that he is paying quadruple the price to…

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Want to be a better partner? 5 questions to ask yourself right now.

Want to be a better partner? 5 questions to ask yourself right now.

Did you ever think you were Mr. or Miss Smarty Pants about relationships? That you knew everything you needed to know about how to be the best partner ever? Guilty! But then I started to blog about them and realized that even after decades of…

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5 No-Nos For Business Networking

5 No-Nos For Business Networking

Last night I was on a panel at the Strategic Capability Network to talk about business networking. In my mind professional networking is really no different than dating (something I write about a lot)—the same principles apply. Because we all love listicles (sigh), here are…

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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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