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Archives for December, 2010


My 24-Hour Virtual Vacation…

I'm going away for a day. A "Be Good To Me Day" ~ we all deserve them.

Not far. But light-years from my routine.

So it's a virtual

Being able to spend one day without my brisk mandatory sunrise, afternoon and midnight 45-minute walks with my dog Riley in the Arctic deep-freeze engulfing Toronto right now will be a true vacation for me. There are no breaks for me, when it comes to walking Riley. Rain, snow,...
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You Must Be Wondering What I’m Up To…

Ooooops! I just hit publish by mistake, so I'm going to do some tweaking while this is up.

Please be patient with

As I was To put it bluntly, I'm an old-fashioned-style journalist embracing the new media.

So this week, I'm reflecting on the past while wondering about the present and where all this is going. After all, we're at the end of the first decade of a new century. And embarking on a new decade.

I'm allowed...
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“Never Assume Anything”… Two*

I told this man I wanted to impress all about my psychiatric history ~ in point form ~ leaving no important details out. The clock was

I was candid and straightforward. Quite matter-of-fact.

It never occurred to me that I shouldn't be perfectly honest and upfront. Always was. Always had been.

It never seemed to make a whit of

That's how I was raised. That's my history. My life. I was lucky.

I told J. Douglas...
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“Never Assume Anything”…

I will never forget my first day of journalism school ~ which was the second day of classes in September 1975 at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto.

Now, Ryerson is a University and the two-year postgraduate journalism diploma course I was embarking upon ~ for students with university degrees ~ would be an degree program.

A "beginning story" for the end of the

I had just spent several weeks as an in-patient at
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Don’t Believe Everything You Feel… Part 2

Bingo! Dr. Bob just gave me a brand new onion to start

Holiday Stress for the most part has turned into a media event. Great fodder for stories during those sluggish news days at this time of year.

Charles Dickens can take some of the credit, too. Essentially, this special Christmas stress was and is all created to make you spend more money. More money than you have, often. All that...
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Don’t Believe Everything You Feel ~ Especially During the Holidays…

How are you? Oh, how I have missed you. Terribly.

Well, finally, as of last night after midnight, all my grading is done, and today, my final marks went in ~ did I tell you my broken tooth was bothering me so much I missed my final exam?

Oh, well, that's old news. All is well, thanks to my very compassionate and creative chair, Claire Moane, and my sensational students.

Free at

As of this morning at 12:00 noon,...
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I’m Listening…

Whilst I research Emerging Adulthood for a new post ~ no easy feat, believe me ~ I urge you to follow the conversation, here, in our comments ~ if you do not already.

We have a fascinating and very vocal, bright, thoughtful and caring community with loads of insights and a variety of experiences.

And they love to share with us. With you!

We all want to feel we're being

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Madness, Mayhem and Merriment…

This is going to be short and bittersweet.

Right now, I'm going mad. It's end of term. Utter mayhem for teachers ~ especially college and university teachers.

When will the stress subside?

I just spoke to one of my students ~ for over an hour. He's missed a lot of classes and his final assignment, worth 30% of his mark, came in early and is substandard.

I asked him to contact me and he did. It's obvious he has...
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Lucy With Her Puppies and My Randy Dandie…

Many of you have expressed an interest in my little Dandie Dinmont Terrier bitch, Lucy, and her three new puppies.

So, here she and they are at one week old as of yesterday. They were born on Monday, November 22.

Proud mummy and her

My breeder sent this over with the following update:

"The puppies are filling out with lovely big tummies. Lucy gets three meals a day plus any dry food she wants...
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