My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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cue the violins

While we’re on the disappointment trail, my friends, might as well add another one.  I was happily drinking my coffee while reading the Globe and Mail Book Review this morning when I froze – there was

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about a review

Sometimes a blog is for rambling discursions about the beauty of gardens, and sometimes, for spewing venom.  Yes, venom – well, as much venom as I am capable of producing, which is more than I’d

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of notebooks and notebooks in the garden

What a lonely few days!  I took my pretty white MacBook, whose name is MacZine, to the Apple store for repair on Sunday, and didn’t get her back till Wednesday noon.  Three days without her

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“finished enough”

This is the most beautiful spring I can remember.  Perhaps surviving the bitter winter pushed the trees and flowers, once they finally emerged, to explode.  There’s a stunning pink dogwood tree at the Necropolis, and

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There was a reassuring photo in the paper today, of a writer and filmmaker called Josh Freed sitting at his desk.  He has made a documentary about clutter, which he approves of and lives in.

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Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and here are my two Mother’s Day presents.  I emailed this picture to my cousin Ted in New York, and he wrote back, “Where did you get them?  I’ll take two.”

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All right, so spring itself has decided to take a little break and give us chilly and damp.  It’s guaranteed that the minute I put away my warm coats and boots, there’s a cold snap

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parade of pleasure

A friend just emailed from Istanbul.  We hadn’t been in touch for awhile, he decided to check my blog quickly before writing and ended up reading all the posts.  “It took me almost three hours,”

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Starting Out in the Evening

I had yesterday all planned – working at my desk, a class at the Y, more work, teaching. But then the phone rang at 10 a.m.  It was my beloved friend, writer Wayson Choy, back

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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.

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