Guess what folks …

… we’re not in Kansas anymore.  We’ve had a series of wake-up calls recently in Canada, but the same is true pretty much everywhere.  This may come as a yellow brick roadnasty, unwelcome surprise to a lot of people out there, but crime, drug and alcohol addiction and bad and even deviant behaviour is not the exclusive territory of the underprivileged and uneducated among us.

Easy and convenient as it’s always been to point fingers at them, while denying, ignoring and doing nothing about what’s going on behind closed doors right in our own backyards.  Yes, my dears, on university campuses, in corporate boardrooms nice, middle class neighbourhoods and luxurious penthouse apartments and sprawling estates.

Just look at our soon to be former mayor, Rob Ford.  There are videos of him drunk, consorting with criminals, buying crack, making offensive racial slurs and comments about women and even threatening to kill people.  He’s got three siblings — two brothers and a sister and each and every one of them has had involvement with drugs.

His brother, Doug, sold hash in the ’80s.  His brother, Randy, not only sold drugs, he was once charged in relation to a drug-related kidnapping.  His sister, Kathy, is an addict, among other things, and Rob Ford was caught yet again on video, while at her house, in her basement, smoking crack with her.  It was after that he finally ended up in rehab; and she’s been

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Day 1. Fifty Shades

Trust me when I tell you that I’ve not led a sheltered life.  Far from it.  But never, in my wildest imagination, would I have ever thought that we’d be discussing BDSM as openly and casually as we are.  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about you’ve got to be living under a rock.

Okay, for the three of you who have been in a cave for the past year or so, BDSM is a sexual practice that involves bondage, dominance and submission, to give you a few examples.  And the reason it’s on everyone’s lips is because of a trilogy of erotic novels (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed respectively) written by a former UK television executive, E.L. James.

According to Wikipedia, as of this month the series has sold 40 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries; and it’s set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series.  It’s being read by young women.  Middle aged women.  White haired ladies.  Sophisticated women.  Wealthy women.  Executives.  Professionals.  Stay-at-home moms.  Grandmothers.  University students.  City dwellers.  Suburban housewives.

Husbands are buying the books for their wives.  It’s on book club reading lists.  It’s being discussed on Facebook and Twitter and in mainstream media like The New Continue reading