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Winter break reads: From the literary to the feel-good

The weather’s warming up – but it’s still cold enough outside to spend a weekend curled up with a book. Here are three I’ve read recently – click on the links below for the full reviews: My Life in Middlemarch is one for those who want a literary meal. It’s written by New Yorker writer […]

So long pennies; my two cents’ worth

So long, penny. Here in Canada, the government has decided to put you out of production – you cost 1.6 cents to make and so you just don’t make economic sense. As of Feb. 4, 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint has stopped making you. Even though you clog up my purse, I’ll miss you. You […]

Driving pet peeves – they’re universal

There was an 80-car pile-up on Highway 401 just outside Toronto on Friday. It appears that lake effect snow squalls had a big part to play in the crash but, as one police constable told the Toronto Star, it wasn’t just the snow: “It’s obviously drivers’ reactions in weather conditions of that nature that led […]

Laugh! At Christmas, all our families are dysfunctional

We hosted Christmas day/dinner for my parents/aunt and cousins.  Perfect blog material. My parents have been divorced for 30 years. They’re only here because I began refusing to run between their two homes for Christmas. If they want to see us, they’re welcome to come to my house. So far, no one’s refused. My daughter […]

Fleeting images of the season

One of the best things about the holidays is the ability to take some time, listen to stories, visit with friends and make some memories. For me, nothing says Christmas like the late Alan Maitland of the CBC reading the O Henry story Gift of the Magi. It’s about a young, married couple and the […]

Night driving to the edge of the falls

When I want to be alone sometimes, I take a drive. One of my all-time favourites was a midnight run to Niagara Falls. Here’s a description of that drive slightly edited from an article I wrote for the Independent on Sunday. One evening, between Christmas and New Year, I wanted to escape the hustle of […]

Finding my voice, I’ve got the music in me

If you have a place on this earth where you can sing, you are a lucky person. Mine is in a pub on the west coast of Ireland. I haven’t been back there in a while. Even if I never make it back, it was enough that, once, I sang there. The west coast is […]

On a bad day, this lifts my soul

After a day like today, I daydream of mountains. Of a place that reminds me of good times past and more to come. Everyone’s got somewhere that, no matter where they are, their soul can escape to. Mine’s near a place called Dingle on the southwest coast of Ireland – the westernmost tip of Europe […]

Falling for an MGB

It was the curves that first attracted me. Standing by the curb, she had an open face – twinkling and gleaming in the sunshine. We struck up an immediate friendship. I approached her and leaned in close, afraid to touch. She was British Racing Car Green, although I didn’t know it at the time. I […]

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