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You Got Ten Grand?

“Do you have $10,000?” I was sitting in the back of an Uber when my driver grunted this muffled request through his face mask. “Sorry … what?” His piercing eyes stared back at me through the rear-view mirror. I started...

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Hello, I’m calling on behalf of my idiot husband…

I picked up the phone at my financial counselling office. It was a woman, breathing very heavily: “I need to speak to a gambling counsellor.” “Do you have a gambling problem?” I asked. “No, it’s not for me. I’m not...

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It all began with an email from a stranger

It all began with an email from a stranger: “I was walking in a park … and I found your wife’s credit card.” Interesting! However, my wife doesn’t have a credit card …  … or does she? “Of course I...

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My mother saved my life

Anna Jarvis was by all accounts a ferocious lady. In the spring of 1908, she held a ceremony to honour her late mother … and all mothers. The day was deeply meaningful for her. So much so that she crusaded...

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I tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it

I’ve never seen anything like it. Last week my inbox was overflowing, and this email, which l received from reader named James, summed up the reaction to my column on 93-year old gardening guru Peter Cundall: “Thanks for writing about...

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How to survive the coming crisis

The old man leaned in and whispered: “I’ve been preparing for a crisis like this for years.” I was talking to none other than Peter Cundall, the 93-year-old former star of the ABC’s Gardening Australia. “But then again, my life...

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