My lemon pie life

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You know how they say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”?  Well, life gave me some lemons but I decided to make lemon pie instead.  It’s even sweeter!

What makes a lemon pie life?  Well, it is different for everyone.  For me it meant leaving a career I no longer loved and living my retirement dream — travelling and writing — at age 43 (oh, not to mention reviewing luxury hotels around the world!).

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And for a taste of the lemons …  here’s an op-ed I wrote for the daily newspaper of Canada’s capital city, The Ottawa Citizen. It’s about the state of my old employer, the Public Service of Canada, and its lack of readiness to take on the challenges of the new Justin Trudeau government, elected October 2015:  Trudeau is ready, but the public service isn’t (online version).  Print version published October 31, 2015.

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