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This past year, my grandchild was seeing her biological parent, then having night terrors, accidents, later going after my animals. Life is not easy. During March, when my mom was hospitalized a lot, my fiancé called me to express his great anger at his father (they never had a great relationship). Their argument escalated, my […]

Q: I’m a retired divorced/widower. I’d dated quite a few women prior to meeting someone who I thought was special, a year ago. Our feelings were mutual, and we’ve been spending a lot of time together. The affection and intimacy are still great. But her jealousy borders on paranoia. She gets hysterical, disrespectful, abusive and […]

Beef and Tomato Rice Casserole 1 onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil 1 lb (450 g) lean ground beef 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) chicken broth 1 can (14 oz/398 ml) diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cups (345 g) basmati rice 3 cups (360 g) green beans, cut into […]

Like many little girls, I used to love watching my mother do her makeup. I’d study her every move, imbued with a sense that I’d one day repeat them: the way she sucked in her cheeks when she swirled her blush or how she raised her left brow when she looked in the mirror. But […]

Margaret converses with fairies and conquers devils deep inside the 700-acre Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She is a figure of the region’s myth and legend, and the central character in “Foresta Lumina,” an enchanted experience winding along a 2.5-kilometre trail through the woods. Its Montreal-based creator, Moment […]

At a time filled with the pure, life-affirming joy of the arrival of a royal baby, it feels (extra) squirmy to be talking about a rumoured royal affair. But talk about the allegations of Prince William cheating with a friend of the couple’s, Rose Hanbury, we must, because even as Will and Kate presented a […]

Move over, chicken. There’s a new bird in town. Duck is starting to flock onto Toronto menus after decades of being relegated to Chinese barbecue restaurants and Continental dining rooms. Duck is redder and richer than chicken or turkey. The flavour is excellent, with added succulence from the waterfowl’s insulating fat. When raised for foie […]

When Dave Kranenburg heads to farmers’ markets he spends most of the time fretting. Every hour in the sun means one less day his mushrooms will last and increases the chances that his coolers of poultry will defrost, so the owner of Kendal Hills Game Farm in Clarington, Ont. packs plenty of ice and pushes […]

The Meghan Markle effect, the Markle Sparkle, whatever you want to call it, when Meghan Markle wears something, people pay attention (and the item almost inevitably sells out immediately). The latest label to be swept up in the Duchess of Sussex’s spell? Wales Bonner by U.K.-based designer Grace Wales Bonner, the brand new mom Meghan […]

Q: When I was about five or six I remember faintly my grandfather watching me. He was a bad alcoholic. I don’t remember if my parents went out, but I remember the room. He was pacing outside the living room and masturbating and he made me help him. I don’t remember if it happened again, […]