Georgie Binks

Respect those on the frontlines of customer service

Remember when working out relationship woes involved visiting a therapist who taught you stuff like, “I hear you saying this,” or “When you shout at me it makes me feel sad.” So why is it when most of us show up at the returns counter or put a phone to our ears, with a customer care rep on the...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 11:03 AM

Divorce as a blessing in disguise

I remember years ago a very wise man telling me, “Divorce is all some people have to look forward to.” At the time, I thought divorce was sad. It was also before I’d been married and divorced. The actual truth about divorce as Mary Jo Eustace, author of Divorce Sucks, whose husband (Dean somebody...

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 11:03 AM

Divorce sucks – but it doesn’t have to

I remember years ago a very wise man telling me, “Divorce is all some people have to look forward to.” At the time, I thought divorce was sad. It was also before I’d been married and divorced. The actual truth about divorce as Mary Jo Eustace, author of Divorce Sucks, whose husband (Dean somebody)...

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:55 AM

Who Put Grandma on Facebook?

For years my parents have yearned to know every little thing about their grandkids’ lives. However, phone calls were unproductive. “Yes, yes, no. Bye grandma.”Emails were even shorter. “Luv u 2.” So recently, I suggested my mom (not allowed to reveal age) get a Facebook account.Sooner than you can...

Friday, November 6, 2009, 11:03 AM

New musical detour

When Ron Myhr invites his buddies to his Pickering, Ont., home for a night of folk music, they can always count on first rate entertainment.Performers like Juno award-winner Cara Luft or Canadian Folk Music Awards’ contemporary vocalist of the year Tannis Slimmon are just two musicians who have...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 7:02 AM

The new workplace is not for the elderly

As a freelancer sequestered in my basement for the past 12 years, the outside work world has been looking increasingly attractive. The lure of paid vacations, workplace gossip and seeing what other people are eating for lunch is strong. Until last night, I envisioned returning to a job where people...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 10:32 AM

There comes a time to eventually cut the cord

I remember my dad asking me after university why I wasn’t moving back to the family home in a cosy Ottawa suburb. An obnoxious 20-something, I chirped, “Can I have guys stay over?” “Of course not.” My parents took my departure well. All my friends fled their homes back then and their parents were...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:18 AM

Dreaming of a date with George Clooney

Every year on a sunny September day, I doll myself up in an understated way, head down to Yorkville and accidentally bump into George Clooney at the Second Cup. Overwhelmed by my wit, depth and unusual looks (so different from the women he dates) George immediately falls for me. We play hide-and-...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 10:33 AM

Love’s complicated course

When Chastity Bono, now Chaz, announced several weeks ago, he’d be transitioning to male from female, I immediately wondered how his girlfriend would take it. That’s because Chaz’s sex change means his girlfriend, who previously had a girlfriend, now has a boyfriend. Come to think of it, Chaz’s sex...

Friday, August 14, 2009, 11:14 AM

Technology and spying go hand in hand

Recently, a woman brought her car into one of those newfangled surveillance shops, convinced her husband was spying on her. Sure enough, a quick peek underneath the frame turned up a tracking device. Was divorce next? Nope. She simply had it removed — c’est la vie for the course of love these days...

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 11:24 AM

Your cheating heart

Last week, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to an affair, the second American politician to go down, so to speak, in the past few weeks. Nevada Senator John Ensign (the first) must be relieved the public’s guns are turned elsewhere momentarily. The media asks whether either of these guys...

Thursday, July 2, 2009, 11:29 AM

Men: Give gifts a little thought

What is it with men and gifts? How can a man who has written poetry for his lover, feted her with engraved trinkets suddenly show up with kitchen ­gadgets? A blip on the radar, but mention this to other women and immediately the taps start flowing. “At least you got something,” moans one. “My last...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:32 AM

Mother and daughter relationships – revised

Is it my imagination or are there more mother/daughter duos out there these days who more closely resemble daughter/daughter teams? The only way to tell them apart is by their foreheads. Mom’s brow is firm, courtesy botox, while her daughter can still scrunch hers up in displeasure.With nips, tucks...

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 11:25 AM