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The day the music died

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 6, 2015 in Middle Age

About 60 years ago the world changed. And not because that was when Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was brought to market, almost eradicating the danger of juvenile paralysis or because it was when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened up commercial shipping between Montreal and Lake Ontario. It’s because that’s when ‘rock and roll’ was officially [...]

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Predictions for 2015

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 30, 2014 in Middle Age

In the grand tradition of looking forward into what the new year will bring, here are my predictions for 2015. 1. There will be no decisions about how to fix the transit situation in Toronto. Council will decide to swap subways for RTs, then decide to un-decide and perhaps go with horse drawn carriages (much [...]

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Clearance sale

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 25, 2014 in Middle Age

At the end of each season it’s time to clear out the old stock and bring in the new. This is especially annoying at this time of year when stores feel compelled to clear out the winter boots, which are only just becoming useful, to make room for racks of bathing suits and other summer [...]

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We are the world

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 2, 2014 in Middle Age

It seems like no one is ever happy these days. I think we can blame this on Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, although apparently he never depicted his theories in pyramid form. But I digress. Maslow theorized there are basic and essential needs that must be met before we can turn our attention to [...]

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I’m a Barbie girl

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 18, 2014 in Middle Age

It wasn’t only bad news for oil on the Stock Markets this week, it was also very bad news for Barbie. Apparently retailers are still clearing out dusty Barbies from last year’s Christmas season, leading to a 21% drop in global sales this quarter, which is the fourth straight double-digit decline. And of course as [...]

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Rockin’ around the Christmas tree

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 22, 2013 in Middle Age

Almost every year around this time there are hot commodities on the Christmas shopping list that are in short supply, either because people fall prey to marketing hype or generally lack imagination. I never did have a Cabbage Patch doll, Beanie Baby, or Tickle Me Elmo. But I did have a pet rock, although it [...]

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Tea for two

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 6, 2013 in Middle Age

Although we may like to think we invented it in the 1960s, the t-shirt is in fact 100 years old. Come to think of it, this should not be a surprise because I have a few that look at least 100 years old. Its longevity certainly makes sense as there are many things that would [...]

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My dancing career Part 2

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 18, 2013 in Middle Age

I was watching the movie ‘All that Jazz’ on the plane the other week (the Classic movie genre being the only respite for frequent trans-coastal fliers who have already mined the not so deep depths of the new release offerings). Anyhow, it reminded me of how good a movie it was. And also of the [...]

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Another year over and a new one just begun

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 31, 2012 in Middle Age

At this time of year, everyone is obsessed with two things: what happened this year and what’s going to happen next year. I have no problem with the rehashing of the events of the previous 12 months, except for the lame attempts to pick the ‘winner’ in various categories (e.g. worst mayor, most tragic tragedy, [...]

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It’s worse than that, he’s dead Jim

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 26, 2012 in Middle Age

Apparently there is a Star Trek movie coming out shortly. I think it is another ‘youthful’ Kirk, Spock etc. plot line. Truthfully, I find most things about Star Trek dumb, so in fact this is a small sample of some of the particularly stupid stuff. There are no hair stylists in space. Or perhaps there [...]

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