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  • Why is Food a Hot Topic?

    Twenty or thirty years ago, who would have guessed that food would become a hot topic, perhaps even an obsession? It’s difficult to pick up a magazine, have a conversation, or open a computer/tablet without finding a reference to food. Pictures of food dominate many social media sites, specialty television channels feature cooking programs, websites […]

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  • Relationships — Establishing New Networks

    After moving to London, Ontario last year, I’m faced with establishing a new social network, not an online network, as, thankfully, this network moved with me,  but a network of real people. Previous to this move, my husband and I lived in the greater Toronto area for 26 years. After such a long time in […]

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  • Year-End Assessment

    I’ve just finished a year-end assessment. Before anticipating what a new year will bring and considering outcomes for 2017, it’s useful to look back at 2016 aspirations, celebrate accomplishments, and consider major lessons learned. As I grow older, I grow more determined to live life on my own terms. I spent the first part of […]

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  • Boxing Day — My Favourite Day of the Year

    Boxing Day is my favourite day of the year. It’s a day when I sit quietly and contemplate the holidays. Nothing must be accomplished on Boxing Day. It’s a day for sleeping in to catch up on the late nights during the hectic week before Christmas. Getting dressed is optional as there are no commitments. […]

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  • Learning How a House Works

    Since moving four months ago, my husband and I are busy learning how everything in our house works. Many contractors are available to support homeowners but, ultimately, some knowledge of rudimentary aspects of how a house works depends on the occupant. Living comfortably in any house in Canada means having, at minimum, a dependable furnace […]

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  • Moving Brings Mental Challenges

    Most people are aware that moving is a physical process; however moving also brings mental challenges. As we prepared to move, we anticipated an amount of disruption to our lives.  We expected that the process of settling in to our new home would take several months. What we did not predict was the effect of […]

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  • September — A month of New Beginnings

    September is a month that signals new beginnings.  More than January, the dawn of September feels like the start of a new year for a variety of reasons. Life settles into a routine. Vacations and lazy days of summer are over.Children and young people return to school. Days are shorter and nights are cooler. The arc of […]