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Gabe’s big bushy red beard

Gabe’s big bushy red beard

My older son, Jake, met a friend called Gabe in university residence this year. Gabe is a colourful guy, dresses like a lumberjack, and always has a prank up his sleeve. You can spot Gabe a mile away – his distinguishing feature is a big…

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Fifty shades of failure

Fifty shades of failure

I have never been a very deep thinker. Given the choice between reading People magazine and The Economist, I will opt to dive into the life of Kim Kardashian any day of the week. Thus, I was curious about the runaway bestseller 50 Shades of…

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Stand by your man?

Stand by your man?

Too many people are feeling sorry for Huma Abedin, the wife of ex-Congressman and current New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Mr. Weiner was first disgraced a couple years ago for sexting with someone other than his wife. If that wasn’t enough of a knucklehead…

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May-December romance: Should we care if he’s not in it for the conversation?

May-December romance: Should we care if he’s not in it for the conversation?

Annie Hall was on TV the other night. I have seen this movie classic about 28 times but it still cracks me up. As funny as Woody Allen is in character, I find him way more intriguing in real life. Take his marriage to Soon-Yi…

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Wake me up before you go-go?

Wake me up before you go-go?

A relatively recent Supreme Court of Canada decision has ruled it is a sexual assault to initiate sex while your partner is sleeping. Needless to say this has sent shock waves through my household. While I understand the decision in theory, I have a number…

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Jessie’s Boy

Jessie’s Boy

I bought my husband the funniest New Yorker cartoon birthday card. A middle-aged guy is hunched over on the edge of a bed in a hotel room speaking to his wife on the phone.  It is late at night, he is still in his shirt…

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Not on the same page

Not on the same page

The New York Times arrives every Sunday. I madly rifle through all the sections in search of the only one that matters. Sunday Styles. And, it’s not even the entire section that I crave with the frenzy of a meth addict. My weekly fix is…

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Blue, pink and rainbow work

Blue, pink and rainbow work

I’ve always been closet jealous of my lesbian couple friends. A lesbian partner doesn’t have to translate that “please don’t get me anything for my birthday” really means “surprise me with something big”; or beg their partner to stop for directions when they have unintentionally…

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Should there be a participation medal for marriage?

Should there be a participation medal for marriage?

I read a heart-warming story in the Toronto Star earlier this year about a couple Flo, 89, and Willem, 94. They were about to celebrate seventy years of marriage at the same church where they were married in 1941. Reading their story made me smile….

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Appending the launch letter to my son

Appending the launch letter to my son

Last September, our eldest son left the warmth of our family nest and flew east to university. In my launch letter (that I tucked into his suitcase) I gave invaluable motherly advice to eat well, study hard and pursue extracurricular interests beyond beer pong. But…

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