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an amazing and beautiful story

Here, my dear readers, is an early Christmas and Hanukkah present: an amazing and beautiful story.   I’ve written here before about my pen pal Barbara who died during a heart operation when she was

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writing in November

The dark days of November are here – snow and sleet with an occasional glimmer of sun luring me outside to be sure it’s real. And yet despite the cold and dark, on this terrible

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Frugalistas unite!

Forgive me if I gloat – I’m not used to being so … so right on, so au courant. It was thrilling this morning, reading the New York Times, to discover what was chosen by

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The Bob Rae and Iggy controversy

I’ve been pondering an issue on the Canadian political landscape that’s wreaking havoc in the Liberal party – why did Michael Ignatieff, writer and intellectual, suddenly decide to muscle into the political arena that had

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Excellence from the snow zone

It snowed the other night.  Toronto was wintery yesterday, and no one was happy about it except the snow removal guys who arrived with their hearty banter and extremely loud scraping machine at 4.15 a.m., to clear

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I love Paris in the springtime

I spent time this morning looking closely at a map of Paris, locating the address where I’ll be living next year.  Hard to believe but true: I have arranged to take the spring 2009 term

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I’ve just seen an excellent film – “Happy-go-lucky,” from the director Mike Leigh.  I knew of Leigh many years ago because he started in the theatre, writing plays after intense periods of improvisation with his

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the Giller Prize and my beloved Anne

The Giller Prize for best Canadian fiction was given out last night.  Like every year, I was at home in front of the TV, Cinderella in rags with cinders in her hair, watching the literati elite

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floating down to earth

My friend Bruce has just sent the following link to a funny video about the aftermath of the election: Obama supporters having difficulty adjusting to an incomprehensible new world. This has been the

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Mr. Obama, Sir

I did reprint Obama’s victory speech here, but it was too small to read.  It’s a masterpiece, writers – I urge you to find and read it.  Oh, and Mr. B. Obama, Sir – you

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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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