My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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of bicycles and Obama

More gifts.  My beloved bicycle Bluebird (named after the bluebird of happiness, because that’s what she was to me) was stolen on Wednesday – the bike mentioned in my Star article. She was locked with

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reading 1963

A great gift arrived in the mail today – my own self, on paper, from forty-five years ago.   The English friend I have not yet met, Penny the sister of my childhood pen pal

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I’ve just heard from Ryerson that my class there is nearly full already, with two weeks to go before it starts.  So strange – sometimes we don’t know until the last minute if the class

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Workshop number two

Just got a note from a student who was at the Garden Workshop yesterday:  “The day was magical for me and your garden a mystical treat.  I was still high on creativity when I arrived

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Woody scores

Saw a good movie yesterday night – “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Woody Allen’s latest.  It’s good to see him return to the kind of warm, thoughtful comedy-with-depth he made his own with “Annie Hall.” And also

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August winding down

Late afternoon, a glass of wine in the late summer tranquillity of my garden – but there are dark rumblings underfoot. My mother had heart palpitations yesterday and went to hospital in an ambulance; she’s

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Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go out for dinner, I had an email from Lori Fazari, the terrific editor of Facts and Arguments, about my piece which she was preparing to run in

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“Facts and Arguments”

I have an essay coming out in “Facts and Arguments” in the Globe on Wednesday – making it about two dozen since the first in 1994.  900 – 1000 words is such a good snappy length

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August 2008 – pictures

The woman with the brown hair (not unfortunately her own natural-born colour) has just turned 58, and the woman with the white hair is about to turn 100. It’s true – that’s Muriel, who will

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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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