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Jennifer Pellegrini

Dispenser of wisdom and opinions - not always in that order.

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, and is the author of Something You Should Know: A Gen X Mother's Guide to Life for Gen Y and Z Daughters. She likes to think she's cool, but never got out of the 80s .Follow her on Twitter at
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A Lifelong Duran Duran Fangirl's Hunt For Her Dream Interview

I had it all figured out. I was going to move to New York or L.A., or wherever TB HQ was located, and I was going to stake my claim as the confessor and confidante to the stars. I was going to be besties with the Brat Pack. I was going to go clubbing with the Culture Club. I was going to discuss the literary merits of The Magus with Simon LeBon and be one of the few to know what The Reflex really is. Or not.
03/29/2016 12:14 EDT
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I Hope That All Dogs Go To Heaven

A friend and I took him for one last walk down to the beach he loved. For an hour, he ran free, met a few other dogs, rolled around in the snow (and on a dead fish), and then let us know he'd had enough. Just before 4 p.m., my husband and I put him in the car for one last ride.
01/25/2016 11:12 EST

Trying to Make Sense of the Tragedy in Virginia

We will think about Alison Parker and Adam Ward for a few days, and then we'll move on to the next tragedy. It's the nature of the beast. For most, they will be a footnote in the Great American Conversation about gun control and mental health. But their friends and loved ones and colleagues will carry the scars of this day for the rest of their lives.
08/27/2015 05:33 EDT

Lose the 'Suck It Up' Mentality When Talking About Mental Illness

That's the thing about depression. When you're in the thick of it, you don't realize how far wrong things have gone; which is why it's important for all of us to look out for each other, and to watch for those subtle cues and clues that something is amiss with the people we love. It's hard to ask someone "Are you in trouble?" or "Do you need help?" and even "Are you OK?"
01/29/2015 01:43 EST

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

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.
09/29/2014 11:55 EDT
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Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?
08/02/2014 11:13 EDT

Ask These Questions Before Your Teen Goes to Party

While the house party that was recently broken up by police in Brampton had some expensive -- and terrifying -- lessons for the families involved, they're teachable moments for the rest of us. So, here's a checklist of what to ask your teen before they hit the party circuit this weekend or this summer.
05/18/2014 09:14 EDT
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Spanking Your Kids Doesn't Make You a Child Abuser

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. I can tell you for certain is each of the times I used corporal punishment, it was in those moments that I failed most as a parent. But does that make me an abuser?
04/24/2014 11:58 EDT
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What Peaches Geldof's Tragic Death Can Teach Us About Body Image

At 25 and a new mother, Peaches Geldof should have had a few fleshy parts that would eventually gone away as she chased her toddlers through the park this spring and summer. Or they may not have. And it should not have mattered to Peaches Geldof or anyone else if they were there through the fall and into the winter or the middle of next year.
04/09/2014 12:47 EDT
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Hell May Have Frozen Over, but Niagara Falls Did Not

The tweet from the Ontario Newspaper Awards caught my attention on a frigid Wednesday night: "@ChicagoPhotoSho: Niagara Falls has frozen over today." It seemed like a credible enough source. The ONAs, as industry folk call them, are widely respected. But Niagara Falls did not actually freeze.
01/10/2014 12:13 EST
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The Best (and Worst!) Christmas Music

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. As it is every Christmas season, there are a few songs I've already heard one time too many, some that seem to be on the low-rotation list, and a couple I will never hear unless I download them myself. Here's my definitive list of Christmas song winners and sinners!
12/11/2013 01:07 EST
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A Canadian's Guide to Black Friday Shopping

This year will be my seventh Black Friday shopping adventure. And on Thursday, my shopping buddy, another friend and I will hit the 1-79 for Erie, Pennsylvania. Yes, that's right. We go to the States. Whether you're a Canadian hitting the new Black Friday sales here, or you're venturing Stateside for a touch of that madness, here's some advice from someone who has been there many times before.
11/27/2013 12:24 EST

Advice From a Psychic Medium

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. He's also a psychic medium. He offers this advice to people who want to see a medium.
10/31/2013 12:02 EDT