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Lessons In Empathy

When something significant happens in my life, I go to any one of my three sisters to share, ask for advice or vent. The nature of the subject matter determines who I reach out to; like if I score a designer sweater on sale or I need to talk for hours (maybe days) about that person who wronged me, I go to the ever-patient fashion-loving Amy.  Then when I need a behavioural analysis that holds nothing back, its straight to the psycho analyst Lisa. — Read More —
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The Dickie and Other Fall Fashion Flops

As all of my friends know (as do the folks at Visa), I love clothes. BIGTIME love. Others who share the passion (or disease depending on how you look at it) know of what I speak. I covet quality and beautiful fabric. I like to be well put together and I appreciate it when others make a similar effort. Unfortunately I'm not sure I'll be doing much shopping come fall. — Read More —
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The Art of Good Guesting

In my books, cottaging is a part of what defines a great Canadian summer. That is, the practice of traveling to ones own or a friend or family member’s remote(ish) cottage (or “cabin” as it is called in the west), preferably near a body of water for the purposes of relaxation and enjoyment of each other and the great outdoors — Read More —
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Time to Kill….in (sweltering) NYC

A recent getaway to NYC was an opportunity to update my list of must-dos for the Big Apple. It is a list that I am constantly curating and since so many New Yorkers leave the city to beat the sweltering heat, the summer is a good time to return to continue my ongoing research. If you plan on heading there any time soon, read on for a few dos (and one don't.) — Read More —
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Time to Kill….in Calgary

Calgary is not usually top of mind when I think of the great cities of the world; places rich in history, art, food and other exciting ways to spend a couple of days. But a recent visit revealed that, in spite of that depressing oil situation, (Or maybe because of it?) Calgary is finding a new groove. — Read More —
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Finger Licking Goodness: Overcoming Your Fear of the Deep Fry

When it comes to my diet, I live by the 80/20 rule. That is, I try to make healthy choices 80 percent of the time. With the remaining 20 percent I allow myself to be free to eat (and drink) whatever I want. And that works well for my new cooking obsession: deep frying. — Read More —
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The Beach Babe’s Shopping List

The summer months mean it's time to get your bronze on. And for those of us who were born beyond pale that means a trip to the drug store, not the actual beach. Here's my list of must have products for skin and hair to give you that gently sun kissed look. — Read More —
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Anna’s Summer Reading List

If you plan to be lazing about on a beach, a dock, campsite, boat or sofa this summer, you'll need a good book.  Here's my list of 5 to take you through to Labour Day. — Read More —
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Your Father’s Day Menu

As promised, here are my suggestions for cooking for the dad(s) in your life this Father's Day. This is a labour intensive but not difficult list of dishes so of course feel free to pick and choose and I'm including a couple of short cuts along the way. — Read More —
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Cooking With A Charcoal Grill (and other death defying activities)

There are certain things in life I avoid due to a fear of failure. And I don't mean big, death defying challenges like skydiving (check) or entering a rodeo (double check. Got the belt buckle to prove it), but rather small everyday things like cooking over a charcoal grill. — Read More —