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You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

There is a special place in heaven for people who accept that love is a “package deal”. While every relationship requires some compromises and sacrifices, dating someone with kids (a.k.a. “the package”) really puts those values to the test. Are you up for the challenge?…

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Two Little Stories After Eleanor Died

Two Little Stories After Eleanor Died

My mother-in-law Eleanor died last week. I’m still reflecting on what her life meant to me, and the lessons I learned about being the mother of sons from her strong example. I will write about all this in due course, but I’m not ready yet….

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My Riverdale: Mambo Lounge

My Riverdale: Mambo Lounge

A few months ago Yellow Pages began commissioning me to write profiles of local businesses for their digital platform. I have lived in Riverdale for almost 23 years so made the stretch on the Danforth between Broadview and Pape my “beat”. This guarantees never having…

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No Refuge for Refugees

No Refuge for Refugees

On an early morning walk with Jessie last week, I ran into a friend. We both stopped to catch up for a few minutes as she was dashing to work, and I was heading home to my writing haven. Coincidentally, we had both visited Greece…

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My Advice to Three Western Frosh

My Advice to Three Western Frosh

Jake started graduate school this fall at Western. This was the same university where John and I met as grad students in the 1980s. I offered to drive him to his new apartment in London, which is a few blocks from where John and I…

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My Aunt and Uncle Just Celebrated Their 50th Anniversary. How Did They Do It?

My Aunt and Uncle Just Celebrated Their 50th Anniversary. How Did They Do It?

How many couples do you know who have made it to their 50th anniversary? I know just one—my aunt Julie and uncle Nick. Sadly, over 40% of marriages are expected to end in divorce before they reach five decades of marriage. So finding couples who…

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Driving Myself Crazy In Crete

Driving Myself Crazy In Crete

Rather than enjoying the rugged beauty of Crete I spent the past week counting the number of shrines beside the roads. It’s a wonder that anyone makes it home safely on this big Greek island where cars pass on undivided highways with inches to spare,…

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10 Tips For A Great Coffee Date

10 Tips For A Great Coffee Date

  My pal “Sabrina” phoned me after her first coffee date with “Bill”. He seemed so promising on-line but “did nothing but talk about himself the whole time,” she complained. Bill squandered an opportunity to get to know Sabrina better, and turned her off in…

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Hey, Let’s Talk About Vaginal Dryness!

Hey, Let’s Talk About Vaginal Dryness!

My BFF Lori is my go-to-gal when I want an unfiltered opinion. She always tells it like it is, and calls me on my shit whether I want her to or not.  We had brunch last week, and in between Heuvos Rancheros and coffee I…

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Most People Lie on their Dating Profile. Should You?

Most People Lie on their Dating Profile. Should You?

Shortly after my friend Mary got engaged, she discovered her fiancé had fibbed about his age. “I was cleaning my apartment, and found his passport,” she recalls. “His date of birth showed that he was five years older than he told me he was.” Naturally,…

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