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R Wrote: I am losing my job after sixteen years of service. Plant closure. I make under $30,000 per year. I will be entitled to severance pay. I have two options: one is to take it as a lump sum the other as a salary continuance. What are the pros and cons of these two […]

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I have no idea where the inspiration for some of my recipes comes from but every now and then I come up with something remarkably simple that is so good it becomes a standard. When I describe this dish to people they kind of look at me funny. When I serve it to people they […]

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In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the University of California San Diego and the Allen Institute for Brain Science suggest that defects in the formation of particular areas of the brain in autistic individuals begins long before birth. Yeah, not so much with the vaccines, okay? Individuals with autism […]

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Selling a house? Bake some chocolate-chip cookies, or better yet fresh bread, before the open house and watch the multiple offers come in. Our sense of smells speaks directly to the part of our brain we have no control over, and it influences us to be impulsive. Did you know that we can recognize pretty […]

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Don’t Be Precious

February 20, 201526 Comments

I have a friend, we’ll call her Debbie, who is precious beyond words. She wouldn’t dream of drinking just any wine. She collects orchids, but not those ‘common orchids’ we see at the grocery store (and the only kind I can grow.) Her life is the most challenging, her children the most beautiful. Do you […]

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A Wrote: My family and I need your help desperately. How do I get you to consider us for your show? My husband and I are currently separated (he has left and come back and left again) and I am at home with 4 kids (14, 16, 17 and 26). If I don’t learn how […]

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A Painted Life

February 18, 201512 Comments

For most of my adult life I’ve dabbled with oil painting. On and off I’d grab a canvas and my heart would be happy as I spread paint, texturing and mixing colours. I never kept any of my paintings. I gave a couple away when I left Toronto, and a threw a whole bunch more […]

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Grammar, What?

February 17, 201514 Comments

As a writer – and a mother – I’m often given to fixing people’s use of the words, “Me,” and I. Maybe a million times I’ve corrected some child – or not child – who has used the phrase “Me and Mary” when they really mean “Mary and I.” No, I’m not a member of […]

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-OxladeHello! I'm Gail Vaz-Oxlade. I'm a mother, step-mother, grand-mama, friend, confessor, writer, TV host, money maven, teacher, artist, and ex-wife. I'm loud, large and laugh a lot. I'm passionate about learning, committed to sharing and hell-bent on getting people to take control of their money and their lives.

I've written 13 books on personal finance, hundreds of articles for the financial media, published a financial magazine for women, hosted three prime-time television shows and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients. (I've been busy, eh?)

My corporate projects have ranged from the design of a product knowledge and sales curriculum to cover every product sold through the branch network, to the writing of several consumer-oriented brochures, the development of web content, the on-camera hosting of consumer-oriented videos, and myriad public presentations. I can make the most complex financial topic accessible to everyone, even kids.

For those of you who have detected an accent, go ahead and guess! I immigrated to Canada in 1977, lived in The Big City for a long time and then moved to the country. I have dozens of houseplants, read or listen to about 150 books a year and I'm a fabulous cook. I’m learning to knit and dying to get a new puppy… but the time’s not quite right yet so I’m practicing what I preach and being patient.

I’m all about change, and I believe that we can have anything we want in life…anything. It’s all a matter of what’s important to us and how hard we’re prepared to bust our butts. I also believe that a well-balanced life is one of the keys to happiness, and so I strive to achieve a sense of balance.

I’m happy with my life. I am determined to do interesting work and to be useful. I love to learn new things. And I’m practicing living in The Now. I am a work in progress.

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