My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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not a rocking chair

My beloved Paul McCartney was on the British Music Awards last night, getting a Lifetime Achievement Award and then playing a few songs. He was wearing tight black pant, a mod little jacket and Beatle

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the happiness test

I love documentaries, another form of creative non-fiction – true stories, moving, informative, well told. I watched one the other night on happiness, on CBC-TV. The filmmakers took four ordinary people and gave them a

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talk at the 92nd Street Y, April 8th

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. For those of us currently between relationships – and I have spent much of my adult life currently between relationships – it’s a bit of a

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ice fishing

Well, it’s official – we have a record-breaking snow fall this year, more than has ever been recorded in Toronto history, how about that??? We are all just thrilled; nothing Toronto likes more than breaking

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Wayson Choy: “Love has no rules.”

Wayson Choy, my dear friend and mentor, came to the Autobiography II class yesterday, and spoke with his usual passion and insight about the writing process. He suggested that we all imagine for ourselves “the

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missive from bed

The great French novelist Colette wrote in bed. So did that great Yankee Edith Wharton. (Why do only women writers write in bed? It’s hard to imagine Ernest Hemingway under the covers, tapping away at

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readin’ and writin’

The dead of winter – mountains of snow, a muffled city in the slushy cold. But there’s lots of life at my bird-feeder, and every morning, little raccoon tracks weave through the garden. This is

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

Some Blogs I Follow

Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.


Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.


I walk on. With my feet, and in my mind as well.


Carrie Snyder
Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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