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a fizzle on Friday

After that rant yesterday, I began work on an essay that was half done, and sat for six hours rewriting, shaping, adding, moving a line from here to there.  The deadline for the CBC Literary

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How I Write, by Beth Kaplan

This is what happens to me when I sit down in the morning, after breakfast and coffee, to write: if I’m not in the middle of a project, I cast about for ideas.  I try to

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words are now

It’s 7.50 p.m. and I’m waiting to hear what Obama has to say at 8 o’clock.  While I wait, the computer’s on my lap like a purring cat, and I am reading blogs, including the

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putting the champagne on ice

Only a few more days until the world changes, my friends.  Let us pray that Al Qaeda does not decide to get involved in the American election.  A neighbour suggested we gather on November 4th

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My Own Private Editor

A new calm settles into our Canadian lives, or at least into mine – I heard our Prime Minister on the radio this afternoon and didn’t rush to turn him off.   The next excitement: the

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nightmares of Stephen Harper

10.45  a.m. on Thanksgiving Monday.  O glorious day. I slept badly, tossing and turning with nightmare images of Harper’s smug face.  There’s an article in the “Star” today about what strong dislike he provokes, like

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upcoming seminar on memoir writing

I’m blogging at my kitchen counter.  I’ll get used to this.  Now I can receive junk mail from everywhere in my house!  Yay! This is a reminder about the seminar workshop on Tuesday October 14th

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giving thanks for health and technology

My technical genius friend Bruce has just set up wireless internet here – so I’m sitting in the backyard as I type.  Earlier he Skyped our mutual friend Chris in Vancouver; they both have webcams

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Anybody But Harper

My friend Margaret emailed from Vancouver today that she was going away for Thanksgiving weekend but would be back “to vote ABH.”  I asked what that meant.   “Anybody But Harper,” she wrote back, and

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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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