A Seder to remember: Our family’s Haggadah

Dear Wendy,

Here’s something you might not know about me: many years ago, I wrote a Haggadah—the order of service used in the Passover Seder. That’s not a remarkable feat in itself—there are many versions, most far more learned than mine—but as far as I know, mine is the only one written by a non-Jewish woman. Continue reading

Sunday videos are so…

Dear Readers,

That’s so….fluffy! Continue reading

Say again? Midlife hearing loss

Dear Wendy,

Many years ago, Mitchell had a favourite “joke” he liked to play: whenever anyone mentioned hearing loss, he’d cup his hand around his ear and say, “Pardon?” to get them to repeat what they’d just said.

Yeah, I know. A veritable laff riot. But it amused him…until his own hearing began to deteriorate. Continue reading

Oh, quack off, Phil

Dear Karen,

Have you ever heard of Duck Dynasty?  It’s a reality TV show about a family who made its fortune by carving bespoke duck calls for hunters.  They look like they’re in a ZZ Top tribute band, which is kind of cool; their beards are amazingly long, and from what I’ve seen of the series, it looks like they live in the back of beyond, near the ducks, and thus close to their customer base.


She’s got wings, she knows how to use ‘em…

I never knew that duck calls were a big money earner, but hey, I obviously don’t know everything.

As opposed to the patriarch of the family,  Phil Robertson, who apparently knows a lot about murder and rape fantasies. Continue reading

Awesome Advice Central: The sin of TMI

Dear Awesome Advice Central,

When a waiter comes to our table of 8, announcing, “Hi guys, my name is Buster, I’m your waiter for this evening, how are you all?” is it really necessary that each of us offer up a reply? Continue reading

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