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I’ve just come out of a week-long fog caused by a nasty flu bug that has been circulating and am just beginning to feel (somewhat) normal. Being saddled with the flu is like spending weeks planning for a party only to have that annoying neighbourhood kid show up and ruin everything. He wrecks all the [...]

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The day before last I finally completed the 2011 Census and I think it was the short form for all of those who remember the hoopla of the long versus short form. Anyway it’s really easy and you can do it online. Right after I was asked to participate in another voluntary household survey and [...]

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My high school was a huge brown building with loads of kids and very few windows. It was a place that was both formidable and exciting to a young whippersnapper at the tender age when we leave the cushiness of elementary school behind and become thrust into teenage life.   Once you arrived you learned [...]

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I can remember loving fairy tales in childhood, especially the Disney versions. There was  always the added magic of being able to talk to cute little animals and the village breaking out in a song that still gets to me (much to my husband’s chagrin, I love the musical!) but it was also the somewhat [...]

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I have loved animals since I understood what love was. To me there has always been something special about them and I’ve nurtured many of them; birds, fish, dogs, hermit crabs, turtles and even a lizard. Sure I’ve anthropomorphized them, attributed personality traits to each and gave them all names and acknowledged birthdays and the [...]

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I should tell you up front that I am fairly excited about this post as I’ve had the opportunity to chat with the author of the book I plan to review on the same day! How great is that right? (Not to fret I will be sharing part of our conversation with you dear readers-see [...]

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I love living in the suburbs. I’m not afraid to admit that although I know I run the risk of being labelled: No longer cool and hip Some title that begins with “desperate” a *gasp* yuppie I personally think I am still rather cool (at least in my way of thinking if not evidenced by [...]

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Everyone was moving slowly this morning. Perhaps it was the early presence of the oppressive humidity that turned everyone to sloths or perhaps commuters were readjusting to working after a summer long weekend. Whatever the case it seemed like people were floating off the train at a languid pace, no rush, no rat race. I [...]

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This morning I was grumpy. I was scowled with tea in hand to the train section and slumped in my seat, perturbed that the guy beside me immediately changed seats (did I smell or something?) In fact, I was ready to bark at anyone who looked at me sideways when the woman beside me complimented [...]

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In my day, when school let out for the summer we were off. Sure there was summer school for the unlucky few but mostly days were filled with bike riding, lounging with a book under a tree or frequenting the local public park or pool. Ah the good old 80′s! Now kids have access to [...]

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