Author Archives: Lorraine

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.. what is cat food made of?

You may have noticed that pet food is no longer just pet food. When we had our first cat 35 years ago, my mom plunked a bag of cat food into the cart at No Frills and that was that. … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in the new sex-ed curriculum

Your kids are being taught health education from a curriculum that was created before there was likely a computer in your kitchen. OK, I’ll say “sex ed” so the hat chewers can get to it. Since the last update in … Continue reading

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Unbelievably, Motherlode gets romanced by… a dog

About six months ago, Ari, 20 started dating Taryn, also 20. I was allowed to meet her, which in our household means only one thing: she’s been warned. Over the years, I’d wondered when my sons might start dating. It … Continue reading

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Two floods and a flat. Catastrophe? No, Tuesday

On a recent Tuesday morning, I sat staring blankly at my computer monitor willing words to erupt for two different noon deadlines. They were not erupting. Pammy, 23, wandered bleary-eyed into the kitchen. She is in the homestretch of her … Continue reading

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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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