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The unhumbling world of e-narcissism

WHEN did we start to live so loud? What made us decide that attention was the ultimate commodity? Maybe it's another unfortunate modern phenomenon that we can blame on Madonna.

WV seniors live longer than peers in region

Last time in this column, I featured a profile of the seniors population in North Vancouver.

Boxes spark controversy

B.C. wine laws move in mysterious ways. Just when the Hired Belly thinks things are getting better, we wind up scratching our head . . .

The silence of the dogs: worth imitating

AS I sat on the deck of my girlfriend's place sipping an ice cold, um . . . lemonade, we watched her ailing senior dog nap in the shade of a maple tree.

The scoop on dog breeds

- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. By Joan Palmer. Chartwell Books; $14.95. THERE is a wealth of information on various dog breeds in this book.

Columnist captures the highs and lows

THE anticipation of this year's B.C. Bike Race was huge for me. I've been involved since its inception five years ago when Dean Payne (dressed in a suit) hosted a mini meeting for prospective sponsors and people close to him.
2011 Nissan Murano: Nissan's knockout cross

2011 Nissan Murano: Nissan's knockout cross

Fashion file

Chic Mid-Summer Soiree: Unity Clothing Inc. will celebrate the opening of its Lower Lonsdale boutique with a party on Thursday, Aug. 18, 6: 30 to 9: 30 p.m.

A tale of 50 designs

- 1 Brief, 50 Designers, 50 Solutions in Fashion Design, by Natalio Martin Arroyo (Rockport Publishers, 384 pages) $44 FOR anyone who is interested in how fashion designers come up with their creations, this book will give you a view into that world.

Cool layers for chilly nights

DEAR Mattie: Can I wear summer clothes in the fall? Savouring Summer in Dundarave Dear Dundarave: Now that summer is almost over, creating the right transition wardrobe can be challenging. I say hold on to summer as long as we can.