Weekly Thoughts and Observations

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July 15, 2018

Rejection doesn’t have to be a dream squasher

One of the most difficult things about being a writer is dealing with rejection. The important thing is not to let it defeat us.

June 3, 2018

The day t he elevator gave me the shaft

In this post, I share one of the most horrific experiences of my life, getting stuck in an elevator.

May 21, 2018

Royal Wedding quite the fascinator

The crown jewel of the Victoria Day long weekend.

May 2, 2018

Six Degrees of Separate Bedrooms

A look at how today’s parents of adolescents and young adults are relaxing the rules about overnight guests.

March 12, 2018

How I Became Ambidextrous

How dealing with injuries forced me to take a different side.

February 25, 2018

Turning the page on how to spend free time

In this post, I talk about doing something I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever do – stop reading a book before it was finished.

January 22, 2018

Names in Address Books Go Down in History

Every book tells a story – even your address book!

December 30, 2017

The Wedding Speech Writer

A story about a writer with an unhealthy obsession.

November 12, 2017

Old World Thinking Meets Modern Day Action

Sexual Harassment: As old as it is wrong.

November 2, 2017

It’s a Shoe-in!

It’s just a material thing, but treating yourself to a new pair of shoes can be a real mood elevator.

October 9, 2017

Accidental Wash-Up Flushes out Mystery

Sometimes, one thing really does lead to another.

September 29, 2017

Older Generation Keeps Me in Shape

Active seniors make me want to lace up my running shoes!

September 7, 2017

I’ve Hunned It Up to Here!

Why being called “Hun” feels sickeningly sweet.

August 15, 2017

Confessions of a Daily Tuna Eater: My Road to Mercury Poisoning

What’s your favorite lunch?

July 31, 2017

Common Courtesy Not So Common

Putting “common” back in courtesy.

June 27, 2017

Taking Away Bread a Crummy Thing to do

Restaurants’ nickel and diming tactics make me lose my appetite.

June 2, 2017

No Rhyme or Reason

A poem in loving memory of my dear friend David, who passed away suddenly one year ago today.

May 24, 2017

Working from home not just another day off

Today I talk about some of the benefits of working from home and offer some advice on how to make the most of it.

May 9, 2017

Incarceration Jubilation

Sometimes human nature is a poor excuse for cruelty.

April 6, 2017

Mother Hen or Spring Chicken?

How a compliment paid to one person felt like a back-handed insult to another.

March 6, 2017

The Lights Are on but Non-one’s Home

In this post I share my concern about people’s lack of regard for their own safety.

February 11, 2017

Sanitary Doesn’t Always Smell Good

Food item doubling as cleaning supply okay if you can stand the smell.

January 11, 2017

Swearing: Lewd or Liberating?

Does swearing make your hair stand on end or do you sometimes find it liberating?

December 22, 2016

Time to Dust off and revamp for the New Year

I don’t know about the rest of you but for me, the New Year can’t come soon enough!

December 6, 2016

Less than perfect sound system is music to my ears

When my iPod recently broke it really took away from the fun of going to the gym. After much research and frustration, I’m finally plugged back in and enjoying my workouts again.

October 26, 2016

No Time for Part-time Job

When getting paid feels like selling out.

October 10, 2016

Hard to Keep Our Cool during Fridge Fiasco

How what should have been a simple repair turned into so much more.

September 10, 2016

Back to Reality

The harsh reality of reality TV.

August 4, 2016

Sad Endings, New Beginnings

When one person moves on, another moves in.

June 27, 2016

Tears and Rage after Heartbreaking Loss

Thank you for reading this post and letting me vent some of my feelings over the unexpected passing of one of my best friends.

May 30, 2016

Worries Washed Away in the Bahamas

Price of vacation is money well spent.

April 24, 2016

Eighty Ways From Sunday

In honor of my dad’s upcoming 80th birthday, I thought I would share with you some of his famous, original sayings.

April 13, 2016

A Grave Mistake

How a visit in my sleep made me wake up and re-examine my own actions.

April 2, 2016

Feeling Less than Fabulous about Turning Fifty

Sometimes a milestone can feel more like a weight.

March 7, 2016

Put a lid on it!

One small piece of clothing can make a big difference.

February 9, 2016

An Artist in Sheep’s Clothing

How being the victim of copyright infringement left me feeling violated and betrayed.

January 19, 2016

Tenants burning after high-rise fire

Apartment building mayhem leads to heated reactions from residents.

December 22, 2015

How Working in Retail Made Me a Better Customer

How working in a store one Christmas season gave me a new appreciation for what those who work in retail go through on a regular basis.

December 13, 2015

Leftover Surprise

Don’t feel like cooking from scratch? Sneak in some leftovers and they won’t know the difference!

November 29, 2015

Brown Bagging Saves on Green

Buying lunch at work takes a bite out of more than just your wallet.

November 6, 2015

Milking it for all its worth

How putting silly hang-ups aside can help stretch your dollar.

October 18, 2015

Vote with confidence -but keep it to yourself!

Given tomorrow’s election, I thought I would bring back an article I wrote which was published in the October 2014 issue of the East York Chronicle. This article had to do with the past mayoral election, but the message is the same.

October 3, 2015

Put the Word Out

Book and magazine festival worth setting the alarm for.

September 15, 2015

Trashing Litter Bugs

Littering says more about a person than one might think.

August 11, 2015

The Icing on the Cake

Is this a joke or what?

July 17, 2015

B-List Buddies

If you are not worthy of weekend time, it might be time to move on.

July 1, 2015

Cold Sweat

Real life drama more exciting than a movie!

June 17, 2015

Buy Something or Forever Hold Your Pee!

Should people have to spend money in order to be able to use the washroom?

May 17, 2015

No Date, No Dice

No escort could mean “no” to invitation.

May 2, 2015

Don’t let a step back keep you from moving forward

When something we were counting on falls through, it is important to stay positive and keep going.

April 11, 2015

Going through the motions

Warning: Get the kleenex for this one!

March 13, 2015

“Excuse Me” – There, was that so hard?

Not a week goes by when someone does not bang into me when I am out walking. If only they would say “sorry”, it would really ease the pain.

February 27, 2015

Quit Kidding Around at the Gym

When it comes to safety, perhaps the gym is not the best place for kids.

February 20, 2015

Close the Bathroom Door

Going to the washroom should not mean completely letting yourself go!

February 6, 2015

Hey Wait a Minute – Am I Middle-Aged?

How middle-age crept up on me without my having noticed.

January 21, 2015

Hang Up on Speaker Phone

Slamming the receiver on bad phone etiquette.

January 8, 2015

You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Good Taste

You can dress them up but you can’t take the denim out of your jeans.

December 22, 2014

Seal up the Mailbox!

A note on a mailbox can say a lot about who’s behind the door.

December 4, 2014

If We Haven’t Done the Talking, Don’t Bother Knocking

The most welcomed guests are the ones who are invited.

November 21, 2014

Just Call Me Officer – Ballot Officer, That Is

Read this week’s post to find out about my experience working at the October 27, 2014 Toronto mayoral election.

November 11, 2014

Half Baked

Getting a rise from unbaked baking.

October 29, 2014

Paid or Played?

As a writer, will you take a job no matter how low it pays?

October 16, 2014

The Mad Rush

Sometimes, rushing can actually slow you down.

October 7, 2014

Bag This!

Sometimes it’s not the price, it’s the principal.

September 24, 2014

Just Park It!

For peace, tranquility and creativity, look no further than your nearest park.

September 9, 2014

Mind Your Own Lunch

Have you ever had your lunch stolen from your office fridge? How did you feel about it?

August 21, 2014

You Don’t Say

I wish people would stop constantly saying things they don’t mean.

August 12, 2014

It’s the Little Things

What are some of the little things that make you happy?

July 28, 2014

Will it Rain or Shine? Make up Your Mind!

This summer, it is hard to keep up with the weather.

July 3, 2014

Please, Don’t Give Me the Finger!

How a near miss made me wake up and pay attention.

June 20, 2014

Save Some Room for Dessert

Some things make life just a little bit sweeter.

June 7, 2014

There Are Some Things I Just Can’t Hack!

How a computer virus nearly made me sick.

May 27, 2014

This Summer Leave the Baggage at Home

The one thing you don’t want while travelling this summer – a boyfriend!

May 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

Don’t leave the fate of your birthday in anyone’s hands but your own.

April 22, 2014

No Coffee; no Way!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

April 10, 2014

Not in the Cards

Thinking of what to say on a card is sometimes my most daunting writing assignment.

March 30, 2014

Don’t Let the Gossip Mill Get You

If there is one thing everyone wants to talk about, it is other people’s business.

March 12, 2014

Not All Housework is Time Washed down the Drain

Creativity can be sparked in the most unexpected places.

February 28, 2014

Is Your Oscar Acceptance Speech Ready?

Does your imagination get carried away when you watch the Academy Awards?

February 13, 2014

Mind Your Own Mammogram

At what point is well-intentioned advice crossing the line?

January 29, 2014

It’s Carolyn, Damn It!

Sometimes the only hope of getting people to stop mispronouncing your name is simply not to answer them.

January 22, 2014

Hook, Line and Soap Opera

Reality TV may be the norm in modern-day viewing entertainment, but there are some of us who still enjoy escaping in a good old-fashioned soap opera.

January 10, 2014

Calling in Sick – What a Sick Feeling!

It’s the first day back to work after the holidays and you’re sick – oh no!

December 20, 2013

I will be taking a two-week break from my blog over the holidays. Please check back with me in the New Year. Thanks to everyone for all your support this past year. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014!

December 13, 2013

That’ll Be Cash Thank You

When it comes to holiday bonuses there is one gift most of us can never get enough of.

December 6, 2013

Renovation Abomination

A shared complaint can turn out to be a real  ice-breaker.

November 26, 2013

What’s In A Name?

Do you still think women should automatically be expected to change their last names when they get married?

November 11, 2013

Morbid Curiosity Might Be Just Plain Morbid

Sometimes habits need to be broken before they turn into obsessions.

October 27, 2013

Smart Phones – Not So Dumb After All

Modern technology is great as long as we don’t get carried away.

October 15, 2013

Restaurant Condiments Come in Handy in a Jam

There are some privileges that only come with age.

October 1, 2013

Oh Rats!

If it makes people run screaming it might be time to rethink things.

September 16, 2013

Un-stung Hero

The smallest creatures can sometimes instil the greatest fear.

September 4, 2013

To Pee or Not To Pee

Does the constant need to pee interfere with your day?

August 20, 2013

CNE – Right of Passage or Just Passé?

It is sometimes surprising when a tradition you thought you could not live without becomes something you could take or leave.

August 6, 2013

Little Words, Big Impact

It is surprising how much our words – positive or negative – can change the course of someone else’s day.

July 24, 2013

The Deen’s List

Although there is no denying that celebrity cooking maven Paula Deen erred in using a racial slur many years ago, perhaps the consequences she has suffered as a result have been a bit too harsh.

July 17, 2013

Am I Getting Paid? Why Do You Ask

While travelling on the road to success, some things can be just as rewarding with or without being paid for them.

July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

I will be taking a two week break from my blog. Please check back with me in mid-July for new posts; in the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying the summer.

June 24, 2013

The Fear of Pressing ‘Send’

Have you ever hesitated to submit your writing for fear of a less than kind response?

June 13, 2013

Old Books – Give Them Away or Shelve the Idea?

How far would you go to de-clutter your home?

June 3, 2013

Champagne, Flowers and Family Ties

With wedding season upon us, will you be walking the red carpet?

May 22, 2013

Leafs’ Loss – Are You Kidding Me?!

This might be a bit overdue but it has taken me some time to compose myself enough to talk about it. How did you feel after the Toronto Maple Leafs’ catastrophic loss in the Playoffs?

May 13, 2013

The Library – My New Book Store

Recent bedbug reports notwithstanding, I have nonetheless developed a new appreciation for my local library.

May 1, 2013

When to Walk Away From an Editor

As difficult as it may be for a writer to accept, there are times when the thrill of being published comes with too high a price.

April 19, 2013

One Year Later

It is amazing how much life can change in just one year.

April 9, 2013

Guess What, I Own A Mirror

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know when I don’t look my best without anyone else having to point it out to me.

March 25, 2013

Self-Talkers Anonymous

Some say that the only people who don’t talk to themselves are those who won’t admit it. Are you a self-talker? Let me know what you think of my article Self-Talkers Anonymous.

March 13, 2013

A Perfect Ten, Seven Times and Counting

Join me this week for a special tribute.

March 1, 2013

Style, What Style?

A change in career or lifestyle often comes with a change in wardrobe.

February 18, 2013

I Want A Fun Job

Does such a thing truly exist?

February 4, 2013

Wacky Workouts

Observing other gym members’ techniques can sometimes make for a more interesting workout.

January 16, 2013

Done Like Dinner

Where do we draw the line when it comes to paying ridiculously high restaurant gratuities?

January 7, 2013

A New Year Of Acceptance

Accepting ourselves as we are is just as important as accepting others.

December 20, 2012

Check back with me for new posts in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

December 12, 2012

Performance Reviews – The Adult Report Card

Well folks, it is coming up to that time of year again when many of us feel anxious about our upcoming performance reviews.

How do you feel when you receive a less than perfect review at work?

December 5, 2012

The Art of Looking Busy

When one is bored at work it is important to appear busy in order to avoid being given tedious “busy work”. In this week’s post I offer some tips for looking busy at work even when there is nothing to do.

November 28, 2012

Do You Mind? My Mouth Is Full

There are some of us who become anxiety-ridden by the mere thought of going to the dentist. Being scolded about flossing only makes it worse.

November 21, 2012

Invitation Or Obligation?

Tired of the obligations that come with insincere invitations, I decided to take a stand.

November 13, 2012

What’s Your Name Again?

As someone who prides myself on having an exceptional memory, the one thing I find it impossible to remember are people’s names.

November 6, 2012

A Broken Bone, A Welcome Break
A couple of years ago I suffered a severe broken ankle. In this week’s post I would like to share some of my experience with you.

October 30, 2012

The Ladies’ Room?
A Disturbing Look Into the Secret Conduct of Women in Public Restrooms

October 22, 2012

Hold Your Nose and Your Tongue
Is the smell of marijuana really the worst thing apartment dwellers have to deal with?

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