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Ricky and me

Posted by Marlinee on May 17, 2012 in Middle Age

Ricky, who died last week, was the longest lived of any of my cats, which was definitely an accomplishment (and not a testament to my dubious cat parenting skills). He is also the reason for my decidedly racist views on the most desirable cats. If you look carefully at virtually any cat food packaging, cat [...]

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To Serve and Protect

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 21, 2012 in Work

Hopefully there is a statute of limitations on non-disclosure agreements, although I think I am okay because I didn’t sign one and the company that did is long gone, and there was no murder involved that I am aware of. Anyhow, this tale falls into the truth is stranger than fiction category. Several years ago [...]

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Whiskey in a jar

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 17, 2012 in Middle Age

You may not know this, but St. Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in Newfoundland. No, honestly it is. I only know this because of the time well wasted I spent with a motley assortment of Newfoundlanders when I attended Dalhousie University in Halifax. I guess in Newfoundland culture, going to Nova Scotia to get [...]

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Baby you can drive my car

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 4, 2012 in Middle Age

When you grow up in a small town best described as on the outskirts of nowhere, you don’t need much more than two wheels or your own two feet to get around. That is, unless you wanted to go somewhere exotic, like a place that had more than one clothing store. Back in those days [...]

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Dickens and me

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 7, 2012 in Middle Age

Apparently, a short 200 years ago Charles Dickens was born. This has prompted all manner of hoopla, including Prince Charles cutting a birthday cake at the Dickens Museum (although the recipient was hardly in shape to partake) and Ralph Fiennes reading from Bleak House at Westminster Abbey. I must confess that Bleak House is the [...]

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Why do the Mayans need to go and spoil everything

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 5, 2012 in Middle Age

Here we go again: another year, another end-of-the-world prediction. To save you from wasting your time getting ready for the world to end, here are the top ten reasons why the world will definitely not end in 2012. 1. My unlimited yoga studio pass does not expire until a year from now. The world may [...]

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Dumb food things

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 2, 2011 in Middle Age

In case you missed the news, bacon jam has now arrived at a grocery store near you. Although I acknowledge that bacon is nature’s perfect food, it somehow escaped my notice that I was lacking an essential manifestation of bacon. Here are some other dumb food things I have run across over the years. • [...]

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My address to the graduating class of 2011

Posted by Marlinee on May 27, 2011 in Middle Age

As difficult as it might be for you to believe, the road ahead will not be smooth sailing. That’s the bad news. The good news is the bumps will often be the best part of the adventure, at least about 20 years after the fact. Here are some predictions about what you will experience that [...]

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Zombies are doing it for themselves

Posted by Marlinee on May 20, 2011 in Middle Age

Just when I thought that Judgement Day was the worst of my worries, imagine my dismay that the Centre for Disease Control is warning us to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse. Really, talk about a way to spoil a long weekend that was already threatened by global destruction. Apparently the literary subtext of a [...]

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Waiting for the Judgement Day

Posted by Marlinee on May 11, 2011 in Middle Age

In case you missed the news, Judgement Day will be May 21, 2011. Apparently what will happen is a worldwide earthquake and a not very fun time for those of us who have not been raptured, which definitely includes me. Near as I can tell this has something to do with May 21 being the [...]

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