Anti-vaxxers are testing our limits

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Outwardly, I am a kind person.

I try to treat everyone with the utmost respect and kindness, and for the most part “outwardly” I succeed. I try not to talk about kindness. I just try and be kind.

The essence of kindness, however, is deeply personal. What matters is what is in your heart, on the inside, and only you can know. These days it’s here where I fall short.

I fall short because, in my heart, I detest what anti-vaxxers are doing, and I am not kind about it.

In Canada, where I live, my educated guess says there…

Practical advice in difficult times.

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Anyone can have a crappy day — or week, or month. But there are practical and readily available solutions to get to the other side of a bad day.

Perhaps we are similar? I consider myself fortunate, resilient and optimistic. But I have never witnessed a tougher two years. This week alone, I am having a hard time keeping up with all the dramatic and upsetting news out there. …

Number One

How do you compare?

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In 2020, for the fifth year in a row, Canada was the #1 country in the world for Quality of Life. I hope our status will remain in 2021.

Canada also ranked as the fifth-best country in the world for women, third in business, and second in terms of citizenship. I wasn’t surprised to read this. As a Canadian, I consider myself very fortunate.

This leads me to ask — who are the happiest people in Canada?

We happen to know. Léger, the largest Canadian-owned survey and research company, has been tracking happiness in Canada since 2006, and they publish…

What will be your legacy?

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When I came across this quote, it struck a chord.

“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

My local Montreal newspaper has been running the story of Dr. Nadia Chaudhri, a Concordia University neuroscientist diagnosed in June 2020 with metastatic ovarian cancer, who chose to chronicle her journey on social media.

Where language divides us

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The dog days of summer are supposed to be slow news days and yet they are anything but. The whole world seems to have fallen off its rocker.

In Montreal, we are finally able to gather with friends again and share a meal. Even though there are lots of topics and world events to talk about— including the election in Canada — we are back to discussing language. Heated discussions. And the dinner conversations just got more intense.

In the 30-plus years I have lived in Quebec, it feels like we have had only a few breaks from the usual…

The benefits of taking action when this happens

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Good question, eh? Today is the second anniversary of doing something about reaching my lifetime quota.

But any drinker knows that I reached my quota long before I actually quit.

It doesn’t matter what kind of a drinker I was. There is no one size fits all type of drinker or way to get sober. I never compared myself to anyone else. I never thought, “Oh my God, at least I don’t drink as much as her.” All that mattered was I always thought about quitting because it was affecting my life.

It was monumentally hard to quit — alcohol…

Gamechangers for your writing

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Each of us writes for a reason. Some of us want to quit our day jobs and earn our livelihood writing; for others, it’s a source of additional income in uncertain times; and for some it’s part of the job — reports, proposals, emails, letters, and internal communications.

The tedious task of editing and proofreading our writing usually falls on us because we don’t have the time or luxury of hiring a professional editor.

As writers or professionals, we know readers lose interest when something is poorly written. In a business setting, sending off a proposal or report with typos…

This could be a break-up story

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My dear friend,

I haven’t written to you for a while, and it’s been even longer since we have seen each other. In fact, I think it has been over five years. That seems like a particularly long time since we once had a hot relationship, and we saw each other regularly. We had a special bond and I would love to rekindle our cozy relationship.

It thrilled me to learn this week that you can visit me here in Canada starting August 9, when our border opens back up to you. Of course, you can only come if you…

Because helicopter parenting was not invented.

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I rarely saw my parents. My father had left for work by the time I got up to get ready for school. My mother pushed me out the door at 8:45 with a quick peck on the forehead, admonishing me to hurry up and not be late for the 9 a.m. school bell.

At the end of the school day, I was free. If it was rainy or cold, I watched my favourite TV program Razzle Dazzle (a Canadian program in the 1960s starring Howard the Turtle who told jokes called groaners) and played with my dolls or got lost…

Hint: it has nothing to do with healthy eating or saving money

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My mother was an awesome cook. Among her friends, her dinners were legendary. But she didn’t teach me a thing — not even how to boil water.

The kitchen was her domain, and she was too impatient to explain what to do or wait while I chopped veggies, never quite exactly the way she wanted them. So I learned to stay out of her way.

Even though she didn’t teach me anything in the kitchen, her love of cooking taught me a surprising and valuable life lesson. In fact, it was a priceless lesson about friendship and relationships.

You see…

Alice Goldbloom

Woman of a certain age. On a good day I am 12 feet tall.

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