Jennifer Pellegrini
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Jennifer Pellegrini is a former reporter and editor and is currently working in communications in the public sector. She is also a freelance writer based in Fort Erie, Ontario, and has been nominated for three Ontario Newspaper Awards. She likes to think she's cool, but never got out of the 80s .Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/plsplstellmenow.

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After 51 Years Together, This Man Dies Five Hours After His Wife's Funeral

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:39 AM

You've read these stories before. Elderly couple have been married for years, first one takes ill, then the other and they inevitably go within hours or days of each other.

This is one of those stories. But read this one anyway, because although the ending is...

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This World Teachers' Day: Reflecting on the Power of a Great Teacher

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 1:58 AM

Perhaps it was the 1976 Olympics, when Nadia Comeneci was so perfect at, well, everything, that got my friends and me so obsessed with gymnastics in the late 1970s.

They were natural athletes. I was not. They tumbled and flipped with ease. I worked for everything I learned to do....

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So You Think You're an Expert: Why it Pays to Hire a Pro

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:54 PM

We all know someone who thinks they can do anything, even though there are perfectly well-trained, experienced and knowledgeable pros who are ready, willing and able to take on a job. The results can go from the hilarious to the horrifying.

So it is with marketing...

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Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 12:12 PM

When I was 15, my parents took me "back home" to Scotland.

The quotes are for emphasis. I was not born there, my brother was. But I grew up hearing Scotland referred to as "back home," and often (and still, sometimes) forget that I am the family's one and...

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Reporter Covers Her Own Marriage Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:58 PM

In April, a strange thing began happening in Welland, Ontario: Little white signs with a single pink heart drawn on them began popping up along the side of the road throughout the city.

Bereft of any message, they quickly caught the attention of a community not-yet in the grip of...

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Ask These Questions Before Your Teen Goes to Party

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 10:14 AM

It's some pretty basic math: One 5,000-square-foot semi-finished mansion plus 2,000 teenagers invited via various social media platforms equals $70,000 in damage following an epic rager.

Hosting a party for the ages may be every teenager's Project X dream, but it's a parent's worst nightmare.

Yet that's what happened in...

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Spanking Your Kids Doesn't Make You a Child Abuser

(23) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Apparently, I'm a victim of child abuse. And a child abuser. How did that escape me? At least I might be, if you believe a new study that redefines what it means to be abused -- and an abuser.

According to the study, made public in the...

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What Peaches Geldof's Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Body Image

(8) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Poor little Peaches Geldof. And her poor, poor family.

It's heartbreaking to hear about people dying young. And, at 25, Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof was most certainly too young.

While the medical examiner looks for a reason why a young mother should suddenly die on a Monday afternoon in...

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What a Difference a Year Makes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teen

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:41 AM

A year ago, I sat at my laptop at the dining room table and hammered out a long list of things I thought it was important for my daughter to know.

When I gave it to her the next day -- embarrassed that it was printed out on an...

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Mother Nature Gives Back: Stunning Ice Caves Form Following Months of Harsh Winter Weather

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 11:53 PM

I confess to having something of a complicated relationship with winter.

I view it as the houseguest that often overstays its welcome. I'm happy to see it when it first gets here, begin to weary after a few weeks of the work it leaves behind for me...

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Dear Winter, How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away?

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Dear Winter:

I've been meaning to write this to you for some time, but to be honest, I've been so huddled up under layers of sweatshirts and blankets that it makes using a keyboard difficult.

I suppose all that's really done is prolong the inevitable. But our time has come.

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Hell May Have Frozen Over, but Niagara Falls Did Not

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:01 AM

The tweet from the Ontario Newspaper Awards caught my attention on a frigid Wednesday night: RT@marthamaiingan: "@ChicagoPhotoSho: Niagara Falls has frozen over today. pic.twitter.com/eyyMqqQoE9"

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The Best (and Worst!) Christmas Music

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 1:02 PM

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with just under two weeks until the Jolly Old Elf arrives, it's really beginning to sound like it, too.

It's at this point in the year that I really begin to enjoy Christmas music (for the most part, anyway), and love...

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A Canadian's Guide to Black Friday Shopping

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:24 PM

So, it's Black Friday week.

It used to be a day -- Black Friday, so-named because American shoppers spent so much money Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving that companies literally went from being in the red to being in the black in a single day. But now it's...

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Advice From a Psychic Medium

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Seances, trances and channelling the dead may be a fun way for some of us to celebrate Halloween. But for Gordon Ellison, it's all in a night's work. Gordon's a friend of mine, as average as they come. He's married, a dad and has a day job with the government....

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Miley Cyrus Has a Solid Case of the Emperor's New Clothes

(7) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 10:47 AM

It's been quite the few weeks for Miley Cyrus.

From her bizarre performance of "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke, the terrifying teddy bears, a foam finger and her tongue at the Video Music Awards in late August, to her split with fiancé Liam Hemsworth, subsequent...

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What to Do With Your Child's Broken Heart

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:57 AM

As parents, we experience many firsts in our child's life. First smile. First tooth. First steps. First haircut. First day of school.

Today, we are dealing with another first: First heartbreak.

Our daughter is 15, so the drama is huge. She really liked this boy she met in Grade 9...

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How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 1:36 PM

So, that's it. Summer is over and the kids are back in school. It's always a shock to the system: Lunches to pack, homework to oversee and the myriad activities begin anew.

While we get caught up in the pressure of our day-to-day doldrums, we forget that our kids are...

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When Friendships Flourish -- and Fail

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:13 AM

Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately.

My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by the wayside this summer, while an old one that lay dormant has been renewed. I'm sure new friends will be made as classes begin...

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Stop Wedding Battles Before They Start

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 8:41 AM

I had the opportunity to talk to a young bride-to-be the other day.

As any of us who has been there knows, planning a wedding is all about striking a fine balance between the vision the bride and groom have for their special day, and the equally important (although often...

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