Adele Blair

Features Writer

Adele was born in Ottawa, Ontario, educated at Carleton University and enjoyed careers in both Education and Social Work, which spanned 52 years. She has three cherished adult adopted children, 4 beloved grandchildren , and a 6 year old canine companion named Bailey. Recently retired, she enjoys writing as a hobby, is active in almost everything going, and resides in Nepean, Ontario.
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The Shopping Cart ⁠— Some thoughts on parenting styles

The Shopping Cart ⁠— Some thoughts on parenting styles

Who could miss the expressions of absolute sheer pride and delight on the faces of Prince Harry and his gorgeous wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, as they showed their firstborn son to the waiting world only hours after his birth on May 6, 2019? Who among those who have been blessed to become a [...]

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Why not turn off the hose?

Why not turn off the hose?

Abortion bills are creating Mount Vesuvius eruptions across the USA. Recently, states like Virginia introduced extremely liberal legislation allowing late third term abortions. At the same time conservative states like Alabama just approved the most regressive bill in the country creating almost no access [...]

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It’s a Headline World

It’s a Headline World

I think there must be surtax on words these days! Maybe each printed word used costs money! Could it be Conrad Black has a monopoly on all the good words in the thesaurus? Everywhere brevity is in vogue! On Twitter you have a limit of 280 characters, up from 140 previously, to tweet an idea no matter [...]

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Hands Up: A suggested reform idea for teacher training

Hands Up: A suggested reform idea for teacher training

Protests about Ontario education seem to be everyday affairs! Premier Doug Ford wants cheaper teachers! Parents want better teachers! Students want inspiring teachers! Teachers want better learning conditions for their students, and many are wanting, and in fact, are leaving for other jobs because they [...]

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What matters to you, may not matter to me

What matters to you, may not matter to me

A child in the system, talks of his plight, Expressing his thoughts to another, What matters to you, may not matter to me, What I need is a dad and mother. Some think I need a father of colour, I say there are few to be had. Some say I need a father with language, I say I just need a dad. Some say [...]

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Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Photo credit: Debby Hudson on Unsplash The Tim Horton’s in my sleepy little suburb should pay a handsome commission to online dating sites for seniors! I've met a lot of amazing, distinguished fathers there while seeking a companion for the Redblack’s games. And the conversation, to [...]

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Just the right words

Just the right words

On this Father’s day I am hoping I will find just the right synergy of words and sentences to impact your thinking, your willingness to write a cheque or possibly change your life trajectory and that of a fatherless child. I dream of that perfect fusion of words that expresses my deep rooted feelings [...]

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Why a CNN junkie is also a FOX NEWS fan

Why a CNN junkie is also a FOX NEWS fan

I used to think I was a reasonably up to date ‘Classic Woman’. After retirement in 2016, I had some 60 extra hours to fill in my weekday schedule which could, much to my delight, be devoted to my feeding a voracious appetite for savouring and digesting al kinds of delectable dishes of brain [...]

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The books I read, the teachers that inspired me and the sparks that were propitious in lighting my fire!

The books I read, the teachers that inspired me and the sparks that were propitious in lighting my fire!

The stirring effect of reading great books is universally acknowledged. The upshot of extracurricular activities is also a formidable instructor and the resulting outgrowth, equally capable of propelling the trajectory of a life. However, a single inspirational erudite teacher can be the biggest catalyst [...]

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Thinking about thinking and critical thinking in kids

Thinking about thinking and critical thinking in kids

I have been doing some thinking lately. Thinking about my thinking and the thinking of others. I’ve been wondering whether or not any of us ever have an original, fact-based, solid and duly considered thought or opinion. I also wonder about original critical thinking and kids. Facebook and Google [...]

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