Robert Brehl is a writer in Port Credit, Ont., and can be reached at bob@abc2.ca.

Driving home after returning a second new dehumidifier that wouldn’t work in less than a week, I couldn’t help thinking about the so-called “good old days” when things were built to last.

Comment: When good fortune smiles, sharing follows

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One Saturday night years ago, my mother won a trip to Monaco and the French Riviera in a raffle. The next morning, I remember her putting more money in the collection plate than usual.

Comment: Nun’s murder filled with unsettling twists in new Netflix series

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As a fan of murder mysteries, I was drawn to a new Netflix series entitled The Keepers, a true-crime story about the murder of a popular young nun who was a high school teacher in Baltimore.

Comment: No bond is stronger than mother and child

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This being Mother’s Day weekend, an editor asked if I’d like to write about it. Initially, I decided to pass because I’ve written about my wonderful late mother many times.

Comment: Uncle Bill brought out the best in family

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It’s been said family can provide us with great strength and expose our greatest weaknesses. Or, as comedian George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

Comment: Education is the best way to tackle bigotry

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“What good can this wretched intolerance and religious bigotry effect?”

Comment: Talk of married priests is all about the math

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The Pope’s recent musings about the possibility of older, married men someday being ordained as priests is all about math, not theology, doctrine or politics.

Comment: Sts. Perpetua, Felicitas’ martyr story is both horrific, inspiring

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March 7 is the feast day for Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas — the patron saints of mothers and expectant mothers — and the story of these two courageous martyrs is appropriate to reflect upon.

Comment: Plenty of smoke but no fire at the Vatican

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The headline on the front page of the New York Times last week about Donald Trump’s key advisor was ominous: “Steve Bannon Carries Battles to Another Influential Hub: The Vatican.”

Comment: More to Malta Affair than meets the eye

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One must wonder whether the rather bizarre clash between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta — a Catholic humanitarian organization with diplomatic ties to more than 100 countries — is really about distributing condoms as part of an aid project.