The Obituaries

I'm afraid to turn to the obits section these days. 2016 is off to a sad start in the arts. What's with all the icons dying? — Read More —

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is like a bright shiny door: I'm always keen to open it and see what's on the other side. — Read More —

Happy Holidays!

Here’s wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season!  I look forward to continuing the conversation in 2016. Anna… — Read More —

My Christmas Photo Album

Back in the day, the day before smart phones with built in cameras, Christmas was one of the few times of year we remembered to take photos in my family. I'm betting it was the same at your house too. I love going back over the old pics, reflecting on the various Christmases: the meals, the guests, the presents and of course, the squabbles! — Read More —

Black Friday Survival Tips

As I head out the door in search of Black Friday deals, I thought it a good time to remind fellow bargain hunters of a few important tips and strategies to help you avoid a bad case of retail regret. — Read More —

Lessons Learned in 2015

It’s that time of year again when I like to think back on the months past, reflect, and hopefully extract meaning from my experiences. To quote Confucius, as I often like to do, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” — Read More —

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Over the last 12-18 months I’ve been full-on SOOMCZ – stepping out of my comfort zone. Why do this, you ask? To paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You want something different? Do something different. — Read More —

Waste Not Want Not This Thanksgiving

As some readers already know, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. It's all about the food, drink and fun and without the stress of gift-giving. Plus it's a shorter season than Christmas, since we've got to move on to the Halloween season. (Which is the other most excellent day of the year.) — Read More —

Your Fall “Reading” List

My love for my dog Lola knows no bounds. The more time I spend with her, the deeper my loves grows. I even let her sleep on my bed.  I would walk across burning coals for Lola and the thought of her getting old and dying makes me want to vomit. That said, she requires a whole lot of walking and I must admit to getting bored once in awhile. — Read More —

My Lucky Underpants

I was in the changing room at Zara trying to squeeze into clothes made for women half my age when a potentially embarrassing situation nearly took me down. — Read More —