The Season of the Witch

Do you remember the 1980s? I do, and I can tell you with certainty that "beautiful" usually meant bouncy blonde hair, blue eyes, small features, and a wholesome popular girl energy. In other words, cheerleaders were the thing. I was not a cheerleaderesque kid. I was artsy and moody with stringy black hair, large features, and dark eyes. And I sure was not athletic. … [Read more...]

Dating, Internet Style

Online dating. Those 2 words can provoke intense reactions from the women in my life! Everything from fear (the ones who've never tried meeting random strangers online) to disgust (the ones who've been there, done that, and given up) to embarrassment (the ones who met their mate there) can be expected. I sympathize. Two things happened recently to make me revisit my own gone but not forgotten days of scrolling for dudes on the interweb: a couple of my friends have asked for my guidance as they dive in and give it a try, and I attended the wedding of a friend who met her terrific husband online. Full disclosure: I did not meet my beau on an internet dating site. But I did go on … [Read more...]

Classic Books by Classy Dames

On Sunday morning as I was lolling in bed feeling half asleep and not at my best (the cliché "I can't party like I used to" had revealed its poignant truth), an interview on CBC Radio with Rebecca Solnit clicked my brain to the "ON" position. In the interview, she said that empathy isn't an emotion, it's an act of the imagination. She explained that stories are what help us to become empathetic … [Read more...]