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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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Can Your Relationship Handle Kids?

Can Your Relationship Handle Kids?

John’s in Vancouver this week which means Jessie (my dog) and I get the bed to ourselves. And I get to watch Netflix in bed which is an added bonus. Yesterday I watched the first episode of Master of None with Aziz Ansari (hilarious!). He…

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How Do You Tell Your Husband He is Letting Himself Go?

How Do You Tell Your Husband He is Letting Himself Go?

John and I have both changed physically in the 30+ years we’ve been together. Back then, John had a full head of curly hair, seven percent body fat and smooth legs (he was a competitive cyclist). I had really short hair, no stretch marks, and…

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Mrs. Chatelaine vs Mrs. Slob. Who Gets Your  Vote?

Mrs. Chatelaine vs Mrs. Slob. Who Gets Your Vote?

      I feel really guilty, like a really bad mother, when people ask me what my kids are studying at university. I only have a vague notion. I say, “Jake’s doing grad work in Theory and Criticism and Micah is going into his…

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