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How to survive a kitchen renovation, or The end is never nigh

by Barry Lazar The theme of this issue is either housing related or, as we are approaching Halloween, something scary. From the Flavourguy’s perspective, however, they are the same. Let’s start with the home. Nothing says home ownership like renovation. Ours is limited to the kitchen. We started in the […]

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RESPs make valuable gifts for grandchildren

by Deborah Leahy If you’re a grandparent, you already know the pleasures of having grandchildren in your life. And like so many grandparents, you may be looking at ways to help your grandchildren get the most out of their lives. Perhaps the most valuable thing you could give to your […]

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Quebec tenants should be aware of Civil Code rights, obligations

by Joyce Blond Frank A few months ago I wrote about certain provisions in the Civil Code of Quebec pertaining to notices to be given the landlord when a lease has to be cancelled, because of the death of the tenant or because the tenant moved into a residential or […]

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Word Nerd: Don’t read this if you have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Four score years ago, minus one, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Well, it appears Roosevelt was wrong. The site phobialist.com lists more than 500 phobias that might plague someone. Some aren’t widespread, such as cherophobia, the fear of gaiety; leukophobia, the fear of […]

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Julia and Jamie vs. The Kitchen — which one takes the cake?

BY: BARRY LAZAR When I cook, there is often a battle between my two masters—the mentor and the teacher. My cooking mentors speak to me in volumes. They are wonderful practitioners with lots to convey. They inspire me. They are alert to correct but don’t intrude. I open their books […]

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Inner artist should be given a chance to blossom at any age

BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. Many residences have beautifully equipped art rooms with wonderful works of art decorating the walls. Visitors express disbelief that these creations have been produced by people with little or no background in art who may have cognitive deficiencies. Choosing an inspiring activity and hoping that it […]

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Bullied into a life lesson

BY: BRENDA HENRY The movie Bully, a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America, shows punishing scenes of young students being kicked, poked and stabbed with pencils, knocked off bus seats, ignored and isolated. When I was 14, my father bought me a brand new J.C. Higgins bike: south-sea […]

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Estate planning could include gift-giving

BY: DEBORAH LEAHY Many people have discovered that gifting assets while they are alive is a valuable estate-planning technique for passing wealth on to their adult children. One of the most important benefits of making a gift—which can be defined as a voluntary transfer of property to another made without […]

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Prepositions? What are you talking about?

BY: HOWARD RICHLER Freshman: “Sir, can you tell me where the dining hall is at?” Professor: “Don’t you know that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition?” Freshman: “OK, can you tell me where the dining hall is at, asshole?” From the time we entered high school we were […]

Sonya Thomas proves she can eat with the big boys, strapping on a hot-dog belt. Photos: Neil Abramson for Major League Eating
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The hot-dog days of summer

BY: HARRY ROLNICK I once asked the late Sir John Gielgud why he appeared in such a crummy movie as Satyricon. “My dear boy,” he said, “one can’t play Hamlet every night.” Or resist participating in an ancient Roman orgy-cum-food-fight, where, as the philosopher Cicero noted, “One slave wipes the […]