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Investment Dressing … My 5 Rules for Not Wasting Your Money

I have always been a believer in the idea that you get what you pay for…..most of the time. And I have always believed that it’s NOT necessarily a waste of money to NOT shop the sales, to NOT go for the …

life

Loose Talk … The Trouble With Twitter… Among Other Things

I wrote a blog post a week or so ago about a great book that I had just read called The Last Enchantments. You can read that post here. Then I discovered that the author Charles Finch is on the list of …

books

Enchanted By Coming of Age Novels … Whatever the Age

I love coming of age novels. Especially ones which make me feel that life is worth living. That we will struggle through difficult times, but afterward find ourselves remade better, stronger, smarter, more self aware, less self destructive… happier, maybe. …

life

The Years of Living Dangerously… 10 Death Defying Feats We Performed in Our Youth.

I know it’s not intuitive that I (a retired English teacher) might have lived dangerously in my youth…but it’s true. Because we ALL did. I grew up in the late 50’s and 60’s … I was a teenager in the …

fashion

Desperately Seeking Sandals

Whoopie… it’s truly spring! As in the weather is finally warm enough to wear spring clothes without extra layering underneath. And it’s finally warm AND dry enough to wear sandals!  We live in the country. So in early spring when …

life

Treasure Hunting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about family, about my grandmother and my mother and my stepfather. I’m not entirely sure why. It’s partly that spring always makes me nostalgic. And it’s partly because we are undergoing some home “improvements” …

books

The Wild and Wonderful Consequences of Reading

I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t read … and I mean read for pleasure, not for work or for school or for the purpose of navigating everyday life. In a wonderful Penelope Lively book …

life

Springtime in the Maritimes …. or The River Runs Through It

I’m still at my mum’s in New Brunswick. I haven’t been home at this time of year for a long time. And I’m feeling very nostalgic. The snow is melting… there was a ton of it when I arrived. I …

fashion

Passion for Vintage Fashion … A Love That Never Grows Old

I’m at home in New Brunswick this week, visiting my mum. This means drinking lots of tea, watching all of Downton Abbey Season 4, and maybe squeezing in a couple of days of power shopping. My mum is 86 and …

books

Troubled by the Troubles: On Adrian McKinty, Northern Ireland and Spring … Maybe

It’s early April and spring is trying very hard to make an appearance, not altogether successfully. There’s a cold rain falling today; the snow outside my window is dirty and receding to show wet, brown grass and muck. I’m off …

travel

Our Excellent Hemingway Adventure…in Key West

First,  you have to know that I am a huge Hemingway fan. In the 70’s when I was a teenager I thought he was an overweight, misogynist bore. Then in the 80’s I was converted by a gentle, erudite woman …

fashion

A Passion for Deconstructing Fashion… Photos

I have a passion for fashion photography. I love the fashion shoots in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, especially the ones that tell a story. Or when the photo shoot references art or literature or film. Like this story from the …

travel

Georgia on My Mind or How To Cure March Madness

Okay… everyone thinks that March Madness is supposed to look like this photo from ibtimes.com No offense meant to those Americans and Canadians (including my husband) who are glued to their televisions watching basketball. And yes, Andrew Wiggins IS a …

life

Words… They’re Just Words… Aren’t They?

source I have to admit that I can be preoccupied, maybe even bordering on obsessive, about many things… my hair, of course, good tea, bad style… to name a few. And let’s not forget words …especially certain overused words or …

life

A Hair Story

Is it just me or does everyone obsess over their hair?    Natalie Goldberg said in her book Writing Down the Bones that when all else fails…and you can’t come up with anything else to write about… “write a hair …