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The Small Stuff-Where is it when we need it?

                   The Small Stuff-Where is it when we need it? I am watching that lady passing my house, walking her black and white Scottish-terriers. They look like poster dogs for that Black & White scotch whisky. Unfortunately, these dogs generally dump their...

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Scammer calling. Please #gofundme

Scam calls? I presume I am not the only person getting them virtually daily. Ever notice they come from a number of recurring sources?  Firstly, there is that annoying duct cleaning call. This is usually from a guy with a thick accent.  I just know the guy has...

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Apple store alert: Boomer present

As a baby boomer, I find technology, especially Apple products daunting.  Apple actually is not just a computer system; it’s a culture. For my birthday my kids got me an Apple iPad.  As I experienced little hitches and glitches, like how to operate it, I found myself...

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Tis the Season to Be…Jolly?

What is happiness? The gurus believe they have the answers.  They conduct studies asking brilliant questions such as, “Are you happy: 1) most of the time; b) some of the time or; c) leave me alone, you should only have my problems." They conclude something like...

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Le Miserable Tax

Jean Val Jean sat motionless as he waited for his case to be called before the ruthless Judge Jabert. There he sat, his heart in his mouth in infamous courtroom number seven, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) evaders' court. Jean Val Jean, unemployed for many months, had...

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Name That Election Candidate

And the winner is? None of the above. Yes! Not really. I just came across a Federal Court of Canada case launched by a University of Ottawa law student who sued the government pre- election claiming he could not express his dissatisfaction with all the candidates on...

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Getting My Uber Legs

I’m a baby boomer. I finally underwent an important a long-awaited and overdue rite of passage. I just took my first Uber ride. I did not undergo the experience lightly. I am not one to quickly embrace new routines or practices. On the old school scale, I’m probably...

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Ire, Ire, Ants on Fire

My house has been invaded. I'm under siege. If I step out onto my back patio, I risk getting mauled by red ants. Does anybody have a solution? In anticipation of enjoying my backyard overlooking a lush ravine, I purchased some new deck furniture. I took advantage of a...

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What colour is my Unicorn?

Where are the manatees? I don’t see them. I like animals and so when I travel I jump at the opportunity to visit animals indigenous to the area. However for some reason I never get to see them. For example, while in Florida recently I heard there were manatees, those...

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