Friday, November 15, 2019
I have a friend, an extrovert of the highest order, who will talk to a stranger anywhere, anytime; on an escalator, in a doctor’s waiting room, at the checkout line, in the stands at the ball park.
This may be an issue only a woman can understand. Men may sympathize or even offer suggestions, but unless you’ve been forced to walk in circles or jump in place in the middle of a crowd, the magnitude of...
P.T. Barnum, a 19th century circus showman, famously said: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” But I wonder if that famous quote still applies to the cynical, paranoid, anxious society we’ve become, where mass murders are commonplace and children...
The first request came two weeks ago. My friend from university wrote in our group chat that her daughter’s middle school choir was hosting a fundraiser. (Wait! Didn’t school just start?) She informed us – or...
It’s always when I’m doing something mindless like chores or paperwork that a memory reminding me of an old friend is triggered. I was looking out the window last night while loading the dishwasher when an...
Is there anything worse than traffic? I don’t mean just a large volume of vehicles – as long as it’s moving, it doesn’t matter if there are two cars or 2,000, I’m not bothered by busier...
Let’s talk work. After all, we’ve just celebrated Labour Day, which not only marks the unofficial end of summer, but also celebrates our daily grind. Labour Day is supposed to be a yearly tribute to what...
If there were ever a time we needed to believe in the redemption of kindness, in the humanity of our neighbours, surely it’s now. I don’t know of a single person, regardless of political persuasion, who isn’t left reeling by...
Another day, another example of parents behaving badly. You may have heard about the most recent college admission scandal – the latest public embarrassment but not, I suspect, the last. An investigation by ProPublica Illinois, an independent,...
Emojis are modern-day hieroglyphics, easy to use when gestures or words aren’t possible. Coming up with them must have been a fun job, right? The bursting head surprise face. The green sick face. Heart eyeballs. The broken heart. They can...


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