Christie Russell
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Christie started her career in finance with degrees in math and English as well as an MBA before earning her accounting designation. She was the CFO of two not-for-profit organizations in the health and science sectors. Next came 10 years of volunteer work, ranging from manager of her children’s numerous sports teams, to member/treasurer of various boards, and finally chair of the board of a local organization providing a vast array of social services to her community. After many years observing the bizarre actions of her family and that of West Vancouver, Canada’s Orange County, she decided to become an author. She currently writes about relevant social matters, has received a couple of blogging awards and attracted a diverse following at Rita’s Reflections - Keeping it Real in West Van. Her blog on Huffington Post brings a Canadian perspective to issues faced by boomers everywhere today. She has written a children’s novel The Trouble with Queenie which she is hoping to see published.

Christie was born and raised in Ontario, but has lived in West Vancouver for over 20 years.

Blog Entries by Christie Russell

Would You Leave Your Teen Home Alone?

(7) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 4:57 PM

When my husband and I recently escaped from our four month long home renovations, our teenagers, our two Labrador retrievers and the cold and wet Vancouver weather, we left our 19-year-old son home alone for two weeks. Our daughter, the Weird One, was working as a counsellor at a residential...

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Modern Family: Are You a Claire or a Gloria?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 4:54 PM

As my 16-year-old daughter, the Demon Child, is growing and maturing, her perception of those around her is also growing and maturing. This past weekend she had an epiphany. After watching back to back episodes of Modern Family, she announced, "Mom, you are SO much like the mom on Modern...

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Designer Dogs Are Us

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:38 AM

I was at the doggie park in Ambleside this week, enjoying the dogs, the ocean, and the owners. OK, so I'm the first to admit that I'm a tiny bit biased, but as an owner of Labrador Retrievers, I have to say that nine times out of 10, I am...

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Love Is in the Air... But Don't Tell Anyone

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 3:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago, my son phoned home. (he's the 18 year old Obnoxious One attending university in Ontario.) Surprisingly enough, he's actually very good about calling home on a regular basis. Anyways, this time he let a bomb drop. "Hey guys, did you know that your daughter has...

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What's Mine Is Mine and What's Yours Is Ours

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 11:46 PM

So I admit that I've uttered these words on occasion, but usually in connection with closet space; specifically my husband's closet or shelf or desk or cash or...

Imagine my shock and chagrin when I heard these words pouring forth from the lips of my daughter, the Demon Child?! Yes,...

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Nothing Comes From Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 6:53 PM

I think I must have been evil in a prior life. You know that song from The Sound of Music that goes, "Nothing comes from nothing"? (I know, this really does show that I'm over-the-hill as my kids insist.) In this life I've been pretty good, pretty boring, heck, even...

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