Author Archives: Lorraine

How many details do famous people owe you about their health? None

Joni Mitchell’s recent health issues are capturing headlines. Speculation is to be expected when the person in question is an icon. It was reported she was taken to hospital a few weeks ago, condition unknown. I’ve watched concern pile up … Continue reading

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What’s a little OCD between sisters?

When you’re a kid growing up with an older sibling, you get used to deferring to that sibling. In some ways it’s just one more person giving you orders, but it’s also someone who has beaten the path ahead and … Continue reading

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You can lead a woman to the gym but you can’t make her shrink

I haven’t worked out in 6 months. I make plans, I make appointments, I make goals but mostly I just make excuses. My Year of Tumultuous Living is now months over, and I have to get back to it. Christopher, … Continue reading

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Colonoscopy prep: turning inside out, fast

“This is the GI Health Centre calling, is Lorraine Sommerfeld there please?” “I’m sorry, she’s out of town just now,” I replied. I delayed a colonoscopy for over a year. I’d been dreading the rotorooter part; I should have been … Continue reading

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When the natural look just isn’t cutting it anymore

Three times Pammy has asked me to go with her to get a manicure. Three times I’ve said yes. And three times I’ve found a reason not to go Pammy has been dating my son for 5 years. She is … Continue reading

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When having half a tail means you won the fight

Spring got here overnight. It happens inside at the same time it happens outside; we have two new kittens and they discovered squirrels at the same time the squirrels discovered tossed bread that didn’t immediately disappear beneath a new wave … Continue reading

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We may get the government we deserve, but who really deserves this?

If you follow American politics, and you really should, you might have seen the latest from one of their elected officials, Nevada assemblywoman Michele Fiore. I don’t really have to put the “R” after her name. You’ll see why in … Continue reading

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That heart stopping moment when you realize you didn’t brush your teeth

I was halfway between home and my destination, already running late, when I realized I hadn’t brushed my teeth. I don’t think this has ever happened before. Brushing my teeth is the second thing I do every day when I … Continue reading

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Freemasons and The Flintstones: At least one didn’t lie to me

As I tried to stuff Christmas decorations back in the little cold room in the basement, I saw a small box that was familiar. Opening it, I discovered a trove of pins and a tiny book. I recognized it all; … Continue reading

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My concentration is fine, thank….hey look, a squirrel!

I had intended to write a column about the anti-vaccinators shoving their children into a time capsule back to the 1800s, but I realized I have a word count and can’t just write “stupid” 600 times. Instead, I will use … Continue reading

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