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A collection of Small Stuff that drives me nuts

A few years ago, there was a popular book called “Don't Sweat the Small Stuff … And It's All Small Stuff”, by Richard Carlson. Like most books in the self-help genre, it was enormously popular, now mostly forgotten.

For Edith, it was love at first prairie sight

The Canadian prairies! Boring? Endless? Seems like I'm a consensus of one who thinks the prairies are beautiful – but if that's boring, I'll take it! My husband was born and raised in Regina; he remained stuck on boring.

Discussing the last taboo – finanial matters

A reader phoned to inquire how she could reduce her investment fees, but as the call proceeded it was evident she had another concern.

Secret ballot something of a fig leaf these days

It's offensive to see July 1 of next year set as the deadline for legalization of marijuana in Canada. Legalization has a rational basis for various reasons.

Canada at 150: not bad, could be better

Our glorious Dominion of Canada turns 150 on July 1. You may have heard about it. It's in all the papers, like this one.

How a house becomes a home

Every time I drove by, I had to suppress the urge to stop in and see our old home. But we sold it, and the new owners rented it out. It was not supposed to mean so much to me, but Canada's 150th birthday celebrations guided me there.

Everything I know about being a dad in 700 words

Last month, in honour of Mother's Day, I wrote about my mom. This month, to be fair to the much-less famous Father's Day, I'll tell you everything I know about being a father. I have about 700 words. That should do it, with a little padding.

Debt sword hanging over heads of Canadian seniors

The reader who called was 68 years old, divorced, still working full time to make ends meet and living in fear of her financial future.

Add common sense to the endangered list

The last time I looked — well, no, I didn't actually look it up but I'm confident in my guesswork — more teenagers were killed by cars than by flowerpots falling off high-rise apartment buildings.

Add common sense to the endangered list

The last time I looked — well, no, I didn't actually look it up but I'm confident in my guesswork — more teenagers were killed by cars than by flowerpots falling off high-rise apartment buildings.