I used to sing in a school choir. Invitations to entertain outsiders were exciting. I can imagine how thrilled we would have been to perform a song in a film. Here is a story of a ch...
I was the kind of girl who was programmed to see tools as a variation of "rats and snails and puppy-dog tails," something only boys were made of or for. That notion was reinforce...
I went to the Omni Hotel Monday night to see Stephen Harper kick off his Quebec campaign. The room was packed with hundreds of happy people, and if you were gauging Harper's prospect...
Naming the animals was Adam's first task, so we know that the act of naming is a grave responsibility. My father-in-law understood this. When my husband was born, "Steven" was the an...
Dating and relationship-building are in steep decline amongst today's young people. According to a teen interviewee in a recent New York Times Magazine article on teenage sexual habi...
Sexual modesty is an inborn, self-protective reflex in girls, especially at the threshold of puberty. "Good girls" were not suppressed; they were shielded from emotional injury at ...
Today marks the 100th anniversary of "Bloomsday." On June 16, 1904, James Joyce's unlikely hero, Leopold Bloom, made his way through the streets of Dublin in the novel Ulysse...
It happens time and again. You're watching, say, Paula Zahn on CNN interviewing Israeli and Palestinian representatives after a West Bank raid by the Israeli army. The calm Palestinian spo...
MONTREAL - On Monday night, I went to bed stunned and depressed. I really thought this time we would throw the bums out. Pundits and pollsters fed my rosy illusions, and I'm sure their pro...
Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day elicited several columns comparing our respective ideas of patriotism. Most agreed that Americans don't brood over patriotism's meaning, they j...
I remember childhood summers for the freedom to read what I wanted for however long I wanted. For years, I was hooked on girls' series books: Apart from universal favourite Nancy D...
MONTREAL - One hears that the scourge of political correctness has peaked, and is even on the wane. But an unsettling episode in my Montreal synagogue around the subject of gay marriage has ...
I started using e-mail about 12 years ago -- tentatively at first, and only to communicate with a close friend who'd moved overseas. But within a year, I got hooked on what I now consi...
  In the last days before the Democratic National Convention, John Kerry and John Edwards adopted a campaign slogan: “Let America Be America Again.” They wer...
  I didn't watch most of the Democratic convention in Boston last week. If it's scary political brainwashing I'm after, there's always the new version of The Manchurian Candidate...
Halle Berry wants a baby, but intends to wait until she is 40. That's a foolish decision: The odds of conceiving at 40 are low. Indeed, her attitude is telling of the general ignoran...
Several commentators have noted that Canada spends far less on sports than many other nations. Rather than spending more, as is generally suggested, we might be better served by simp...
As the Summer Olympics unfold in generally disappointing fashion, many Canadian hands are being wrung over the meagre funding of our athletes. But elite athletes are trees in a sport...
A week ago, if you had asked me if I was an avid reader, I would have unthinkingly replied that of course I was. But, according to a recently released U.S. government study titled Re...
Last week, Britain's House of Commons adopted legislation to ban fox hunting in England and Wales in 2006. (It is already banned in Scotland.) The Queen is not amused, but polls indi...