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Snowbird of Paradise

An Albertan who spends winters in California.

Too Many Perky Pills

There’s an exercise franchise that I quite like. It uses a variety of exercise machines placed in a circle, and members spend a minute at each station. Genius. Fifteen stations, one minute each, twice; half an hour and we’re done. Bingo. Exercise guilt assuaged. The trouble is it […]

What Happens Next

A friend was recently faced with a huge disappointment at work, and her response had a big impact on me. She was clearly dismayed but accepted the new information quietly. Then, after an hour or so, she started to consider how to continue in the face of the […]

Dim Bulb

I know it’s not just me. You don’t think this ban on incandescent bulbs makes sense, do you? No, I didn’t think so. Like you, I want to preserve the planet, reduce, reuse, recycle and drive a Prius, but this bulb thing just does not compute. As of […]

The Spaces Between

This week I have attended two public events and at both there were audience members who behaved inappropriately. Generally speaking, I like people. I like people of various races and ages, abilities and educations. I like getting to know people and I like spending time with people. What […]


I recently had lunch at an Irish sports bar/restaurant, and ate a delicious shepherd’s pie. When I paid the bill, the meal had been identified as ”Sheppard’s Pie” and suddenly it had negative connotations. From the depths of my memory I had images of the Dr. Sam Sheppard […]

Mad Enough to Quit

Is there something in the air? In recent weeks, I have become aware of six people who have become mad enough to quit their jobs or to retire earlier than they intended. That’s a surprising large number from among my circle of friends and family. These are all […]