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My Riverdale: The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings

My Riverdale: The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings

I interviewed the brother-sister owners of The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercings, for one of my stories for Yellow Pages. I have pierced ears, which is probably about as “crazy” as I’ll ever get. I did make an appointment to get a belly ring once….

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My Break-Up with the G&M (And What Happened Next)

My Break-Up with the G&M (And What Happened Next)

I can’t remember which smart person said it but these words have stuck with me: “You learn more about a person at the end of a relationship than at the beginning.” This is true of couples as well as organizations. Last month I broke up…

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The Perfect BFF Get-Away

The Perfect BFF Get-Away

I went to Niagara Falls years ago when my kids were playing competitive basketball. Perhaps it’s not the best “mommy” behaviour to admit that I don’t hold any nostalgia for those weekends away. Staying in discounted chain hotels with hundreds of teenagers, eating at family…

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3 Communication Tips for your Long Distance Romance

3 Communication Tips for your Long Distance Romance

Listen to this. A sociologist in 1932 looked at thousands of marriage licenses in Philadelphia and found that close to 40% had lived within a 20 block radius of each other before marriage; one out of eight had lived in the same building. Other sociologists…

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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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