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Snowbird of Paradise

An Albertan who spends winters in California.

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Embracing Change

When women go through the change of life in menopause, everyone they know goes through it too. When your co-worker keeps adjusting the thermostat in the office, you suffer right along with them. When your life partner suddenly develops insomnia, you both lose sleep. If your sister is […]

It’s life’s illusions I recall

Why do I love the soon-to-be-seventy Joni Mitchell, and somewhat resent the soon-to-be-thirty Edward Snowden?  I think it’s because Joni asked me to look inside myself and question my assumptions, while Edward hit me over the head with them. This week we celebrated two game-changers. Joni  Mitchell, famously […]

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Ma’am or Sir?

I’ve gone into a men’s washroom only once. It was at a theatre during an intermission. The lineup for the women’s washroom was enormous, but there was no lineup for the men’s. One enterprising woman enquired of a man who was leaving the facilities whether or not there […]

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When the Help page is no help

I signed on again with Match.com. I know, I know. I’ve said “never again” several times already, so I’m pretty much a lost cause, but I’m a slow learner. As before, I signed on with the most practical/affordable option, and I’m on the hook for a three month […]

It’s never enough, is it?

I have figured out what air miles are good for. They are very good for inspiring creative expletives. Years ago I realized I would never buy enough groceries to make my air miles worth anything of value. Nevertheless, they keep slowly adding up to the point where I […]