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Flavour Guy: Finger lickin’ good asparagus

I wasn’t hungry this winter. Soup was good, thank you. Soup for lunch, for dinner. What the heck, as I eat steel cut oats on most wintery days, you might say I eat soup for breakfast too. Nothing wrong with a good soup. Take last night’s meal: Roast chicken, leftover […]

Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death
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Word Nerd: Homer, Queen and talking about death

“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest I recalled this droll quip that highlights the inexact language associated with death after listening to a CBC podcast titled “A Word About the […]

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Flavour Guy: The cat, the kitchen, some tofu … and me

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house. Sure, you could conceivably drown in the bathroom, and I will leave hypothetical scenarios to your imagination. But that’s about it. It is the kitchen where true chaos can reign. Knives—blunt ones—bounce off fruit and cut through thumbs; sharp ones […]

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Legal Ease: The values in this charter protect the vulnerable

As spring approaches, so do thoughts of moving. Many seniors choose to move into a private residence that offers various services. It is important to remember that such a residence is operated as a business. If it stops earning money, it may close. How do we balance the rights of […]

Smart Shopping: Subcontract the boring parts of life
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Smart Shopping: Subcontract the boring parts of life

When you want help with “stuff,” it’s sometimes easier if someone will come to you. Right now, you may be thinking about taxes due next month. You might want to consider a specialist for seniors’ taxes—there are deductions you or your accountant may not be familiar with. MK & Associates […]

Rafael spends some time with Sid Stevens and Sun Youth volunteer Freda Kopyto. (Photo by Joseph Munro)
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Here at Sun Youth: Robin des Bois to the rescue

A February fundraising dinner held in co-operation with not-for-profit restaurant Robin des Bois smelled and sounded great, thanks to Carmine Florist, which gave flowers to the ladies, and Rafael, a Dominican-Québécois singer who kept the evening hopping. Also in attendance were Sun Youth executive director Sid Stevens; Villeray-St. Michel-Park Extension […]

Adrian and Natalie flank St. Gabriel student Ryan Berry and his parents.
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Generations Foundation: Contribute to a feeling of home

Home. This word conjures comfort, calm and the nurturing of oneself and one’s family. It should always be that way, although we can find ourselves suddenly “homeless” during times of political upheaval, natural disasters or other traumas. Generations Foundation believes that by helping children succeed, they and their families can […]

Diego, right, is happy in Los Angeles with his stepbrother, Geordie. (Photo: Todd Pritchett)
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When you love someone — like Diego — let him stay

I had every intention of bringing Diego, my Chihuahua pinscher, home from L.A., where he has been living since July. We adopted Diego three years ago and he has been one of the two loves of my life. We put a lot of love and training into him but alas […]

Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors
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Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors

With icy, snowy freezing cold outside, perhaps a love picnic at home could be just perfect. No hassle about getting to a restaurant or rushing your meal because other diners are waiting for your table. Set up a romantic space with a video of a fireplace flickering on your computer […]

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Word Nerd: The crossword crossroads

We have just passed the centenary of the creation of the crossword puzzle. December 21, 1913, the New York World featured a new type of word puzzle constructed by journalist Arthur Wynne. Wynne’s puzzle differed from today’s crosswords in that it was diamond-shaped and contained no internal black squares. Wynne […]