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Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time
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Word Nerd: Debunking the whole nine yards, one cubic foot at a time

In 1997, in his Encyclopedia of Words and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson’s entry for “whole nine yards” states: “The expression did not arise in the garment industry but among construction workers, the nine yards referring to the maximum capacity a cement-mixer truck can carry—nine cubic yards of cement.” Hendrickson was […]

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Our Man in New York: Adventures with a real standup guy

I took the Big Leap last month. Not sky-diving, not bungee-jumping, not leaping in front of a New York subway. Instead, I stood up in front of a crowd of about 60 strangers, most of them half or one-third my age, and told a five-minute story. The technical name for […]

Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef
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Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef

So, a man walks into a bar and says … (and at this point, dear reader, you can supply a favourite story). Actually, a man opens a refrigerator and says: “What can I make for dinner?” This is different from a woman opening the refrigerator and asking: “What are we […]

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Financial Fitness: Estate planning isn’t just about dollars and cents

When people hear the words “estate planning,” they often assume it’s an activity only for retirees or near-retirees, but if you have a family, it’s never too soon to create your estate plan. Estate planning can seem like a daunting task, but you’ll find it easier to handle if you […]

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Legal Ease: Homebuyers, be aware of municipal improvements

It’s April. Spring has arrived, the crocuses are in bloom and it’s time to go hunting for that perfect house. You find it, study the details contained in the listing and make an offer to purchase. A purchase price is negotiated, a mortgage is obtained and the date to complete […]

Let’s Talk About It: Rescuing Nana: A grandchild’s instinct
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Let’s Talk About It: Rescuing Nana: A grandchild’s instinct

Please welcome guest columnist Mikaela Sandler, daughter of regular contributor Bonnie Sandler. This winter, my instincts saved my grandmother’s life. I belong to a close-knit family, and my maternal grandmother is our matriarch. From the day I was born, she and my late grandfather played a crucial role in my […]

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First Person: New friends discovered at B’nai Brith House

After being on the waiting list for several years, I got the call in May that there was an apartment available for Marvin and I at the B’nai Brith House at Westminster and Côte St. Luc. Two years previous, I refused to move because I thought I was too young. […]

Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof
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Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof

Many of us worry about parents living alone and their ability to get assistance should an emergency situation occur, such as a fall. If you look closely you will see many seniors wearing help buttons around their neck or on their wrist like a watch. While these alarms only work […]

Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too
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Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too

Homes need makeovers, just like us. As you look around and notice scratched wood surfaces, overstuffed closets, messy offices or laundry rooms and garages in the throes of chaos, don’t despair. Help is available at many service companies, which can reorganize or redo your space and your life. You’ll be […]

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Central Station is a castle to the homeless

A Senior Times issue about homes? How about a 48-acre piece of land, and a one-room home measuring 84 metres long, 37 metres wide and 33 metres high and a gorgeous, crazy view of the heavens? It’s great if you don’t mind being interrupted each day by 700,000 passengers, and […]