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Kindness, Civility, and a Little Respect

It’s January. For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, that means winter. And for those of us who live in the north of the northern hemisphere, that means lots of darkness, and cold, and whatever precipitation our …

books

Mystery Lovers Anonymous

Remember the good old days? When P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill, or Colin Dexter published a new mystery novel, and you’d rush to the book store to buy it, or put yourself on a very long list at the …

life

Time for Change. And I’m Not Talking About My Hair.

You might already know this, but I think of my hair as a metaphor for my life. Seriously, I do. Let me explain. Back when I was a little kid, my mum struggled with my long, thick hair. She scraped …

fashion

Ski ou Après Ski

Hubby and I will be heading out for a few days of skiing in a week or two. Maybe. Hopefully. Fingers and toes crossed. We’re not making firm plans because, well, snow. Or the lack of snow, more like it. …

life

Meandering Into 2019

Are you bursting to begin the new year, leaping into January with a brisk clapping of hands, resolutions written down, and a detailed plan of how to achieve them? Ha. Me neither. I am definitely not leaping into 2019, my friends. …

fashion

Reflections on 2018… Wardrobe Wise.

The week between Christmas and New Years is a good time for reflection, don’t you think? And for the past couple of years I’ve spent some time doing just that during this week of metaphorical treading of water, this week of …

life

Merry Christmas, From Us

  We’ve had some Christmas tree controversy in our house this year, folks. I’ve struggled trying to decide on a name for our tree. It’s an adorable little tree, perfectly round, and sweetly shaped. I initially decided to name him Boris.   …

life

Over the Backyard Fence: Musings on Friendship.

  When I was a kid, my sister used to laugh at how much my friend Debbie and I talked on the phone. She was right; we were always on the phone. Through elementary school, and most of high school, …

fashion

Going Cold Turkey: Two Weeks Without Eye Make-up

It’s highly ironic, I’d say, that just when I get my make-up professionally done, learn new tricks to help my aging skin look brighter, purchase a few new products and learn new ways to use the old ones, including eye …

travel

Travel Without Breaking the Bank

When I was young, I always thought how wonderful it would be to travel to far away places. To hike mountains in another hemisphere, ride a camel, or sail around tropical islands. To walk the cobbled streets of towns and …

fashion

New Tricks

Be honest. How do you feel about running a brush through your hair in the morning, maybe gathering it into a ponytail or stuffing in under a toque, then pulling on your clothes, and heading out into the wide world …

fashion

The Accidental Shopper

    This year, I accidentally shopped the Black Friday Sales. Really, I did.  I’m usually anti-Black Friday; I’ve even written about it here on the blog. I abhor the whole frenzied shop until we (or the sales staff) drop …

life

A Little Bit of Canada This November Morning

So. Late the other night, replete with good food and good conversation, I drove home from my book club meeting. My headlights piercing the darkness, I watched for black ice created by snow blowing across the open fields, and listened …

fashion

The Long and Short of Personal Style

There’s so much talk these days about the difference between fashion and style, personal style. How women needn’t be slaves to the most recent trends, how we should dress to please ourselves, how style is what we do with the …

books

Teaching Empathy in the Age of Trolling and Scrolling

Still at Mum’s this weekend. Just finished reading a book that partially dealt with a daughter helping an aging, irascible father to cope with his altered state in life. And listened to a CBC radio program yesterday about caregivers for …