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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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My Riverdale: New York Cafe

My Riverdale: New York Cafe

I don’t go out for breakfast very much because “dates” with my husband, friends or professional peeps lean toward lunch or dinner. It’s too bad because hands down breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. And I’m very particular about how I start my…

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The Last Word: My Eulogy for My Dad – June 8, 2006

The Last Word: My Eulogy for My Dad – June 8, 2006

I get a free subscription for This magazine because I’ve contributed stories in the past. I’m always excited when it arrives in my mailbox because there is often a byline from at least one of my talented writer friends. What caught my eye in the last…

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My Happiness Project

My Happiness Project

I went to see a documentary last Friday night, The Happy Film, with my friends Alison and Bea. When we got to the cinema there was a long line-up and a sign at the entrance that the film was sold out. Disappointed, I suggested that…

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Why I’m Happy My Husband’s Running Away

Why I’m Happy My Husband’s Running Away

I’m driving John and Renee to the airport in a few hours for their passionate get-away to Cape Breton. This makes me a very understanding wife, especially since it’s my anniversary in two days. Our upcoming anniversary (28 years!) is something John reminded me of…

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Here’s How To Talk To Your Partner About A “Dry” Topic

Here’s How To Talk To Your Partner About A “Dry” Topic

Last year, Huffington Post commissioned me to write a story on how women can successfully broach the topic of vaginal dryness with their partners. They published it as a service piece in a series of slides which was a good summary of what the experts…

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A Fabulous Victory for Older Women (Thoughts on the Story behind the Story of the French Election)

A Fabulous Victory for Older Women (Thoughts on the Story behind the Story of the French Election)

I am all of a sudden keenly interested in French politics. Yes, it’s a relief that the centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated crazy-cakes (or should I say “fou-gateau”) Marine Le Pen a few days ago. And, I am certainly enjoying what will likely be only a…

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How Dora’s Affair Started

How Dora’s Affair Started

I am going to see Every Other Couple at the Hot Docs Festival today. This documentary from Finland profiles couples who vowed to be together forever but are now picking up the pieces after their divorce. A number of years ago, I interviewed Dora (not her…

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