Adele Blair

Features Writer

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Adele is a graduate of Carleton University and enjoyed careers in both education and social work, which spanned 52 years. She has three cherished adopted adult children, 4 beloved grandchildren, and a 6-year-old canine companion named Bailey. Recently retired, she enjoys writing as a hobby and is active in almost everything going.
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Heart to Heart with Adele: Children’s birthday parties

Heart to Heart with Adele: Children’s birthday parties

Question Dear Adele, My question deals with children’s birthday parties. We have a toddler, a six-year-old son and an eleven-year-old daughter. In our suburban middle class neighbourhood, birthday parties have become enormous monsters, capable of eating up to $1000 by the time parents pay for [...]

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Heart to Heart: New Ottawans and racism concerns

Heart to Heart: New Ottawans and racism concerns

Question: Dear Adele, We are a professional mixed race family, new to Ottawa, and are concerned about racism. We do not want our children to experience it and we also want ideas about how to ensure they do not become racist in their thinking or behaviour. We would appreciate your ideas. Grateful New [...]

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Retirement with a capital R

Retirement with a capital R

Is the big R word entering your vocabulary a little more often these days? Is it causing you a bit of apprehension, or maybe even abject terror if truth be told, when your friends start talking about their big R parties? Do you sometimes get those yucky, down-in-the-gut kind of nauseous feelings about [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Gratitude

Heart to Heart with Adele: Gratitude

Dear Adele, The holidays have come and gone, and my teenager has yet to send one thank you note to his grandparents, to his aunts and uncles, or to our friends who have so generously remembered him at Christmas this year, with gifts like snowboards, computer games and tickets to an Ottawa Sens home [...]

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Thank you

Thank you

Well, we have all survived another one! The tree has been disassembled and put back to bed for an eleven month snore in its cardboard box until December 2020. The friends and family visiting have kissed their kisses, hugged their hugs and left us with fantabulous warm memories along with a horrific house [...]

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Heart to Heart: French immersion?

Heart to Heart: French immersion?

Question: My otherwise well adjusted daughter is attending a French Immersion program in second grade. She often does not want to go to school, feins tummy aches or headaches to stay home and turns into a ‘wild child’ in the evenings when I try to help her with a bit of homework. What should [...]

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‘Little Things Mean a Lot’ — Unsung heroes of kindness in Ottawa

‘Little Things Mean a Lot’ — Unsung heroes of kindness in Ottawa

Kitty Kallen recorded a pop song in 1953, which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1954, and was ranked as the number one tune of the year. Written by lyricist Edith Lindenan and composer Carl Stutz, it was recorded, translated and remade time and again by famous artists for decades after. [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Bullying

Heart to Heart with Adele: Bullying

Question: Dear Adele, Our middle school daughter has recently become somewhat non communicative and sullen. She seems to avoid opportunities to attend activities she used to like and has told us a few adolescents in her class have been mean to her, excluding her at lunch and spreading lies and gossip [...]

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A teacher extraordinaire

A teacher extraordinaire

PHOTO CAPTION: Teacher extraordinaire, Buse Laphia Simbonge (LEFT) is pictured with Adele Blair. Ontario teachers are making a point. They are protesting, withdrawing services and dealing with stressful heavy demands in their classrooms. Many of them are among the brightest and the best workers we [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Navigating single motherhood

Heart to Heart with Adele: Navigating single motherhood

Question: I recently have found myself a single parent with three small children. I am not yet thirty years of age and now regret that I did not finish my education. I am very worried about the long road ahead ensuring that my children have what they need to grow into healthy, happy, independent adults. [...]

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