Borrowing and payback; how to handle (?) asparagus

Q. What do you do about a neighbor who, at least once a week, borrows some food item she needs urgently, but never pays back? After awhile, the cost adds up. I want to help her out, but am starting to resent these requests.   A. Since she is forgetting her manners about promptly ...

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The sweet appeal of kindness

Try a pineapple salsa to add a sweet and spicy flavor to a winter meal.

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight? Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.” —J.M. Barrie   When it comes to feeding our bodies, we are often not very kind to ourselves. We overindulge with sweets or stuff ourselves with salty, crunchy chips and crackers, drink too ...

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Comic mystery at Clockwork Repertory Theatre

The cast of ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ at Clockwork Repertory Theatre in Oakville; the show runs through Saturday, Feb. 22.

Even the most talented sleuth will have a hard time figuring out who the murderer is in this comic mystery. It’s even difficult to figure out who’s who in the current Clockwork Repertory Theatre (Oakville) production because what looks like a dead body one minute, shows up walking and talking ...

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2014 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring: A true driver’s car, on a budget

2014 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring

Driving aficionados who dream of owning a BMW someday, but can’t afford one in the here and now, have an easy choice. Among true driver’s cars, the Mazda3 stands out for its strong performance, crisp handling and overall refinement, at a competitive price. Redesigned for 2014, the Mazda3 is ...

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Professional courtesy?

  Q.  My wife is a doctor and has started refusing all social invitations because invariably, someone at a dinner or party will corner her and describe his symptoms and ask for her medical advice.  Is there some polite way she can deflect these questions so she can enjoy going out again? ...

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‘Chapter Two’ – A sweetheart of a Valentine

Bruce Murray and Ann Kinner in Eastbound Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two.’

It’s not easy to put on a live production of a play that has been both a popular Neil Simon romantic play and movie for years. Those who have seen the movie “Chapter Two” starring James Caan and Marsha Mason (Simon’s second wife) are not likely to forget it. The actors put their stamp on... Read More

Consciously seeking comfort

Oatmeal, winter comfort food.

“Good love is like a bowl of oatmeal.” —Robert Johnson The comforting effects of love are much like the wonderful benefits we gain from conscious cooking and eating. A solid relationship nourishes our soul, fuels our bodies with positive energy, and gives us the opportunity to share joys and ...

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