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Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:01 -- Anna Moscardeli

Well, 2019 has begun.  We’ve all managed to survive the first month of the year.  Some will have already fallen off the wagon of “2019 New Year’s Resolutions.”  Ah heck, that’s ok.  We all fall off the wagon.  In fact, some of us more than others.  You just have to get back up and try again. That’s my motivational speech for this month.  Now, on to my column.

Workplace violence and harassment

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 14:20 -- Anna Moscardeli

Workplace violence and harassment.  It’s a wonder how frequently we hear the term.  Do you ever stand back and just watch?  Facebook is a lovely place to get a great glimpse at it.  Facebook is just one area that brings out the worst in people.

It’s a wonder how many people will sit back and praise those who have done wrong to others, yet on the other hand they will share media reports on someone that he or she knows nothing about.  I have always been one to say, “because the media writes it, does that mean that it is accurate?”

Turning something tragic into something wonderful

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:34 -- Anna Moscardeli

It was a night that no parent should ever have to face. A precious life taken too soon.

Noelle Pacquette. She was an amazing, brilliant, talented and caring young lady who always gave. She had lots of smiles for friends, family and for the children that she taught.  She was beautiful both inside and out.

New Years Eve will bring about various celebrations for many, yet for the Pacquette family, New Years Eve six years ago changed their lives forever. It shocked the small Sarnia Lambton community and made news headlines across the globe.

Bull Crap!

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:05 -- Anna Moscardeli

Have you ever wanted to say something but couldn’t because you knew if you did, boy oh boy, look out for the consequences?  Well that’s how things are sometimes in many occupations.  Speak out and be prepared to face the rath from the opposing side.  It’s what you call a “dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t” situation.  Government agencies are always one area that comes to mind.

Political Musings

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:20 -- Anna Moscardeli

Love him or hate him, he’s in, and no we are not talking about Mayor Mike.  I’ll leave that to Chris Cooke and some of the others.  Doug Ford is who I’m talking about.

It’s great chatting with people to hear how they are feeling.  Some complain about the cost of everything and when things get cut, they still complain.  So which way do you want it?  Unfortunately, we can’t have everything we want.

My top peeves

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:36 -- Anna Moscardeli

You want to know what sucks? Number 1, people leaving shopping carts anywhere rather than going a couple extra steps to place them in the designated areas. I sound like a broken record, but for those who leave their carts anywhere but in the corral, may karma make that cart roll over and smack your vehicle.  Maybe then you might place the cart where it belongs.  

Number 2, slow drivers in the fast lane.  Get over to the slow lane if you feel like having a Sunday sight-seeing drive moment.

The Media got it right

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:04 -- Anna Moscardeli

Well once again the media got it right.  They said Andrea Horvath and Doug Ford were running neck and neck.  “Looks like we are going to have a minority government in Ontario.”  Aren’t we all glad we rely on the different forecasters and polls?  At the end of the night it didn’t seem to be “neck and neck”.  Doug Ford cleaned up and some have already said that we are in bad shape.  Are we?

Politics and Real Estate

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:24 -- Anna Moscardeli

Hummmmm....This month do I talk about politics or do I talk about a recent home sale.  Although First Monday has monthly columns focusing on real estate, I decided that I would talk about one of my recent home sales with my seller’s encouragement and permission to write about it.

Do you ever have one of those nights

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 13:02 -- Anna Moscardeli

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t sleep?  I hate when that happens.  It’s 3:11 am, and Rick Mercer was the first show I watched on TV.  Next it was something that I used to love to listen to—Question Period.  For those who may not be familiar with that program, it is a one hour show in which politicians battle it out in Queens Park.

Nothing is for free

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:36 -- Anna Moscardeli

Over the years the competition bureau has gone after companies for questionable practices against consumers.  It’s all over the internet… the Competition Bureau has accused furniture stores of deceptive marketing practices, along with certain gas stations for colluding with other gas stations for “price-fixing.”  There are even stories of consumers paying a much higher price for concert tickets than advertised.  It’s something that many tend to question.  


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