Category Archives: General Posts

“How are you doing, Mrs March?”

When I moved to Toronto to attend university, my first summer job was in the box office of a big theatre. About once a week, usually at lunchtime, a woman named Mrs March would come in to pick up a batch of tickets. We all dreaded her arrival and would scramble NOT to be at …

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The long-lost cousin surprise

  When I was a kid, my best friend was a boy called Scott. From the age of about 4 on, we did almost everything together: riding bikes, fishing, hunting for bugs and bats, building forts in the huge field behind his house, and constructing elaborate bear traps. (The only — and best, and cutest — …

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Little Garter Man: a tale of thanksgiving

For many of us, Thanksgiving and other “family holidays” are days just like any other (granted, with a slightly higher chance of having to reach for an antidepressant or a stiff drink), and the less said about that the better. My friend J., another “Holiday Refugee,” put it most eloquently this morning in her email …

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Vitex: your ticket off the Hormone Express!

I believe this is a first for me, but… TMI Alert! In this post I will be talking (tactfully but forthrightly) about Women’s Things, namely periods, hormones, and menopause. I will pause a moment and let any gentlemen and uninterested folks leave the room. <Muzak… doo doo doo… Richard Clayderman… dingle dingle, la la….> OK, …

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