My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

the art thing

This afternoon, I rode my bike through Queen’s Park, where workmen were putting up some funny inflatable mushroom-like structures. I stopped to ask a security guard what was going on. “It’s for the Luminato art festival,” he said. “It’s an art thing.” And we both turned to look at the forest of huge brightly-coloured plastic mushrooms. Okay, I’ll take your word for it, I thought. An art thing.

Queen’s Park was the site of another kind of art thing on the weekend – despite the grey skies and drizzle which turned into a downpour, crowds gathered to hear the music brought to us by Luminato. My friend Annie and I went in the late afternoon on Saturday to hear an Algerian musician, Rachid Taha, who was hilarious and wonderful – a tiny man in a natty hat, smoking a cigarette, twirling his mike through the air and swivelling his hips, he and his band driving out an infectious Arabic/African beat.
Later we came back to hear Bela Fleck, a man who can do anything with his banjo except make a grilled cheese sandwich, and you know, he can probably do that too. It was advertised that he’d be with some African musicians, and I imagined being blasted by the sound of Bela Fleck and his band the Flecktones, and African musicians too. I will travel far to hear African music, which is like the “Red Shoes” for me – I start to dance and cannot stop.
But Bela’s Flecktones were not there, it was just him. He did three banjo solos which were complex and technically stunning – one based on African rhythms and another J. S. Bach – but solo banjo pieces were not, perhaps, the kind of rocking and grooving a large crowd standing outside at 10.30 p.m. smoking spicy stuff wanted to hear. The Africans were lively and rhythmic, and Bela came back to play with them, but it didn’t quite work. His music seemed so cerebral and tight compared to theirs.
Great music, free, outside in the green, muggy air. Nothing to complain about, just my critical spirit that wanted to say, loosen up, Bela. Have some fun.
Earlier that day I’d gone to another student book launch – Bette, who took my Ryerson class in 2003, has self-published an account of her life including her fascinating relationship with a man sentenced to many years in prison. The launch was held at Friend’s House, the Quaker centre in the Annex. Bette gave her granddaughter a special copy. “I wrote it for you,” she said. Laurel, who was in the same class, was there; Bette introduced her and spoke of her just-published book, and I told everyone about her recent prestigious award. Another student from that class, Joan, was also there; it turned out she had been one of Bette’s chief sounding boards throughout the writing of the book, had inspired Bette and kept her going. It’s a great thrill when relationships continue so strongly after class.
Sunday night, neighbours came for dinner – Larry and Destiny, who lost their wife and mother Carolyn so suddenly and cruelly a few weeks ago, and Jean-Marc and Richard who live across the street from them. Larry is well into his 70’s and Destiny is 12, and they are managing. She’s capable and sweet and so is he. Larry worked at the CBC for many years, knows radio people all over the world and had much to say about the current policies at our beloved and vital CBC, as did the rest of us. Suffice to say – much has changed, and none of us agrees much with the changes.
We did agree, though, with the cheese. My local deli, Epicure, stocks Cendrillon, a Quebec cheese which somewhere was voted, believe it or not, the best cheese in the world. Well, I don’t know about that, but it’s pretty damn good. And then we watched the Tony awards. Loosen up, Catherine Zeta-Jones, I wanted to say, as she worked so very hard through “Send in the clowns.” Have some fun!
As I write to you now, my head is swimming with fatigue though it’s not even 10.30 p.m. Getting older. I’ve noticed that though I don’t think I’ve gained any weight, the waistbands of skirts and pants are tighter – my waist has thickened. How does that happen? The spreading middle of more-than-middle age.
But, middle or old, this girl has a Paul McCartney ticket. They added another concert today, so I booked fast. I will probably never do this again – and who knows when Paul will do this again? So he and I have one last rendezvous just after my birthday in August. I will be 60. Will he still need me, will he still feed me? I think you know the answer.

Share

Share
Tweet
Share
Pin

32 Responses to “the art thing”

  1. Anonymous says:

    For some people, renting those games was another option, which yet again burns a
    hole in their pocket. If you want to enjoy the game thoroughly
    then you need to get on board of a reliable online
    bingo site to get the maximum enjoyment as well as benefit of the
    game. Even when things seem hopeless, Kiko's narration provides some great comedy relief.

    Here is my web-site; online radio
    My web siteonline radio

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whаt I didn't know was how I would get all of what I wanted in just six hours. Perhaps the best thing to do is keep an eye on the promotional deals and be ready to pounce quickly when a suitable one comes up. Proffering multifarious benefits to the advertisers, it is a quintessential resort for companies big or small.

    Also visit my webpage – killyourstepmomstepdad.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gгeat goods from you, man. I have undeгstand your
    ѕtuff preѵious to and уou're just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you're stating anԁ the waу іn which
    you say it. Υou maκe it enjoуable anԁ you
    still care for to keep it wise. I сan't wait to read far more from you. This is actually a great website.

    My web site visit the next internet site

  4. Anonymous says:

    When you're happy with your game, why not share it with the world. The theory also help you when you are considering going into higher limit would help. It features an interesting game play and it provides benefits at every stage of the game.

    my webpage – spielen

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does your website have a contact page? I'm having problems locating it but, I'd like to shoot you an email.

    I've got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

    My webpage: gratis spiele spielen

  6. Anonymous says:

    What I ԁidn't know was how I would get all of what I wanted in just six hours. The line comes off the boat automatically once it hits a fish, which means that the user can catch a fish of virtually any size. This not only allows listeners to listen to their favorite MP3 files along with their SIRIUS radio; it also lets them digitally record their favorite radio songs for instant playback.

    Visit my website – tagpat.com

  7. Anonymous says:

    When the laptop division went to Lenovo, as in the T61, the design
    and appearance declined. Thus professional firms for web development in London are
    better got in touch with. Official Picture of President Reagan by the Executive Office of the Presidency used under Public Domain.
    With an average annual fee of 10,000 pounds, representing between 25% – 36% of professional incomes
    this has risen assiduously by 41% in the last five years. Do you really want to see the hard-earned money of you and your spouse end up in the bank account of a lawyer who doesn't even know you. It is hard to believe that we are unable to provide the minimum required comfort to our old ones, destitute women and even orphans. In 2005, the QI Group acquired a UK-based independent telecommunications provider with a strong background in providing advanced communications solutions and technology in the United Kingdom. Most visitors on a trip to Munnar invariably end up at the Tata Tea Museum and gain some delightful insights into the process of tea making. *Composite fillings. Therefore, you cannot afford to miss this incredible shooter game involving a series of killings.

    Check out my homepage :: Lidia Barkley (lidiabark) – Cardinal Systems Status

  8. Anonymous says:

    Usually, a brand new website takes about six months to one year to appear in the SERPs of
    Google, assuming the service provider is worth their salt.

    If the executives promise high traffic then understand
    you are talking with a non-SEO person. This is what professionals do.
    SEO (search engine optimization) and keyword density are terms that scare
    many a writer who want to write for the internet. If you
    simply copy the original manufacturer's description, you don't add value
    to your product and you certainly don't add your personal touch that can make you stand out from your competitors. There are so many good blogs out there, and if you're one of those writers, you definitely know how important it is that your site gets heard through all of the
    noise. They make their strategy according to the audience their client is targeting.
    Second tool for power suite is website auditor.

    Moreover, some companies are not able to get the desired results and their techniques might even have bad effects on the business's website. What are the advantages of article submission. So, most move slowly when deciding on who becomes the company's SEO.
    If the comments are created for solely promotional purposes, they will probably get deleted.

    ' Every page should be optimized with additional keywords. Immediately the word free caught my eye. For this reason, having mentions from these sites have increasingly become a more valuable asset for your internet marketing. A well-formed internal linking structure and good sitemap can ensure all pages of a website being indexed by a search engine. Have you been looking at your competitor's websites
    to see what kind of keywords they're using. Keep in mind that Google doesn’t really like page rank manipulation, even if it’s internally on your site or externally by backlink spamming. And make the work flow smoothly, using good grammar at all times. ============ More at: Comment "Smartly" & Increase Page Views: Writing Essentials 8.

    My web site – Highly recommended Reading

  9. Anonymous says:

    Deсembеr is such a ѕpeсial month of
    the yеar – qualіty time with famіly, exсhanging gіftѕ, and ѕumptuоus food all mοnth long.
    According tо experts, water and juices from vаriоus kinds of
    fгuit arе essentіal ρaгt οf goοd diet.
    If уou have neveг exеrсiѕеd in
    thе morning, then we uгgе you to tгy
    it аt lеast foг one week.

    My sіte … fitness tips and workouts

  10. Anonymous says:

    Although, in this current life situation, stress is rather common, you
    should control the stress level. Darin liegt der Unterschied zu normalem Lida
    Dai Dai Hua Kaffee Geeignet ist der Kaffee nicht nur für <. Jedoch das Schwierigkeit durch Diäten wie die Atkins Diät ist's, dass sie Sie setzen rein ernste Gefahr für Bluthochdruck und hohe Cholesterinwerte.

    Also visit my weblog – 5-10Kgabnehmen.
    De

    Also see my website: 5 kilo abnehmen

  11. Anonymous says:

    I believe that eаch of uѕ has the potential tо crеаte personal mirаcles,
    and to spreаԁ these mirаclеѕ throughout the wοrld.
    Іndeed, іnternet is the best sоurcе
    of because it іs easіly accessible and faѕt.

    Above аll the Hindi news websites is a reаl boοm for the wοrld.

    My site … yasinclub.com

  12. Anonymous says:

    Obviously, yоu'll be able to go to sites as You – Tube at which you might locate lots of funny vids. While the effects of antenna polarization may be interpreted as a reduction in the quality of some radio links, some radio designers often make use of this property to tune an antenna to their needs by restricting transmission or reception to signals on a limited number of vectors. Even today, I go big game hunting and all this, and the more dangerous something is, the happier I am.

    Feel free to visit my web blog … http://www.kerscher.co.at
    my site :: radiosender

  13. Anonymous says:

    Without the internet, this is not possible to play these
    novoline games online and even they can't live online that they perform now with public for additional characteristics and completely attractive in a delusion earth to participate in a game. Thus the games like the Mahjongg Spiele as well as the Naegel machen games are more in demand and this is the greatest benefit or advantage of the online games. The player guides Phen through 10 levels of dungeon gameplay, finding a whole host of weapons and other items as well.

    Check out my web-site; online radio

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hellο, all іѕ going pеrfectly hеre
    and ofсourse eveгy οne іs sharing
    ԁаta, that's genuinely excellent, keep up writing.

    Feel free to surf to my site; youtube downloader online

  15. Anonymous says:

    Tomb Raider, Mega Moolah, Mermaid's Millions, and Blackjack are some of the new Android game apps that have been released from Microgaming's
    partner, Spin 3. You will eventually run into the Download Location menu with two options:
    Wii System Menu and SD Card. In fact an ideal online casino will make the
    entire gaming experience a pleasurable and a real experience to the gamer.

    Here is my weblog; gratis spiele

  16. Anonymous says:

    Each listing includes the skills taught and the suggested age for the activity.
    Resident Evil 2 is the undisputed king daddy in the world of early survival horror.
    The reason for this rather strange feature is that, as described above, apps in the Android Market are listed as they are submitted,
    without any testing.

    Review my homepage … gratis spiele

  17. Anonymous says:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made available to communities literature which provides guidance and technical
    information educating communities on how to become disaster resistant in the
    face of natural disasters. So, follow the battery power saving tips above to get the most bang for your buck.
    While the older 17 inch Mac – Book Pros lack the benefits of the unibody design, they do have the added feature of user-replaceable batteries.

    my website … online radio

  18. Anonymous says:

    The most important thing to know when you are selling an account is
    where you are going to sell. Naturally the ideal situation is
    to be able to lose weight really fast with a little
    amount of discomfort. The reason for this rather strange feature is that, as described
    above, apps in the Android Market are listed as they are submitted,
    without any testing.

    Here is my page … onlineradio

  19. Anonymous says:

    The particular electronic cigarette ego basic starter kit is fantastic for new users.
    As you lift out the screen you'll see it is still attached via a ribbon cable. Double Tap (Tap the home button twice > Press down on an app for one second > Hit the "minus" button on all apps that are running) When you open an app, it stays running until you actually turn it off.

    Also visit my page spiele spielen kostenlos

  20. Anonymous says:

    5. B) SEO basics – Image 2: Select-'English' and 'All Countries and Territories'.
    Search engine marketing (SEM) is an essential a part of any site promotion strategy.

    This gives your name higher credibility and
    better search engine rank. It's so important because once customers begin seeking your product or service you will want to have favorable words making your search results optimized. Meta Name and Meta Description Tags are two of the important ones. Some SEO firms focus on content spinning and submitting articles. The thing that needs to be emphasized is to create text of your website in such a way that the algorithms find them easily. The businesses have understood the need to take SEO services for attaining good search engine placement. Be sure that the SEO outsourcing company you hire is capable of communicating properly. So, most move slowly when deciding on who becomes the company's SEO.
    The concepts make use of the current social networking sites, which are
    very popular among the online audience. Basically, if you create links to your website with
    "ink cartridges" or "printer cartridges" in the anchor text,
    it will help move your website up on the search results for those key words.
    Immediately the word free caught my eye. These professionals follow ethical SEO strategy and effectively implement it that finally increases your website visibility.
    The sooner a site is presented in the search result, or the higher it “ranks”,
    the more searchers will visit the site. Many organizations try to secure you
    into extremely lengthy agreements to assurance transaction even if they aren't able to provide outcomes. A person can find all sorts of products available at various prices on the internet. What is the magic formula. Image Optimization is also a part of SEO services in Pune.

    Feel free to surf to my web-site: worldelectronics.net

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hold down an app for a second, and start turning off all the
    apps that you aren't using by pressing the "minus" button. Their producers imagine this can make the user a lot more mindful in the should change the batteries, lessening the prospect of the discover program failing through ability loss. Double Tap (Tap the home button twice > Press down on an app for one second > Hit the "minus" button on all apps that are running) When you open an app, it stays running until you actually turn it off.

    Also visit my site – more resources

  22. Anonymous says:

    These five free basketball game apps for the i – Phone
    will surely help you get your game on. Thus the games like the Mahjongg
    Spiele as well as the Naegel machen games are more in demand and this is the greatest benefit
    or advantage of the online games. You'll have to keep the phone close (on the bed or in an armband) for the app to work.

    Here is my homepage :: youtube converter

  23. Anonymous says:

    World wide web has without a doubt built taking part in extra fascinating.
    If they throw a big pre-flop raise and look at this way, is quite clear, in the last hour flop continuation bet
    (cbets) 3 then. He then becomes more superstitious and does not realize that it was his subconscious that made him lose the game.

    Feel free to surf to my blog Click at http://Www.Spielespielen24.de

  24. Anonymous says:

    Few travellers on a Mashobra tour can resist
    the temptation of seeking blessings at the Mahasu Devta Temple.
    'The tears of mankind have not washed away man's desire to kill.
    ''. Fun the first time, but just not enjoyable after numerous journeys.
    Their history timeline details how the greenhouse covered 4,000 square feet, and in 1976, a 6,000 square foot greenhouse was
    added. IMPORTANT NOTE: When shopping for a sound card, make sure
    you do not accidentally purcahse one that is "Low Profile. We actually become happier people. In an effort to counter the lack of support from Microsoft, an SVG plug-in for Internet Explorer was developed and supported by Adobe. * You're realistic about what you expect from others. There is a rarely discussed addiction that can be as enslaving as drugs and as devastating to self-respect, self-confidence and healthy functioning as alcoholism.

    My blog post :: Discover More Here

  25. Anonymous says:

    The most attractive feature of an online radio tuner is its ability to record
    what you're listening to. Another consideration when choosing your software is whether you will be connecting to a single stream or multiple streams. The viewing angle is extra wide, making it easier for you to read or even allow others to read with you.

    Feel free to surf to my blog: More Info

  26. Anonymous says:

    For instance, when you visit a news site, your Facebook profile pic often shows up in the comment section
    on articles so you can comment with your Facebook account.
    An easier way to ensure someone is 'out of sight out of mind'
    on Facebook is to simply hide them. Follow the installation
    process after the download is complete.

    My page :: keep reading

  27. Anonymous says:

    Congress tried in 2007 to pass a measure
    that would lock in the rate that could be charged through
    2010 at 7. For instance i – Pod users will have difficulty syncing their devices with i – Tunes;
    the popular media player, sync and marketplace application isn't available on Linux. Individuals have acquired different software and programe through which you could download these videos.

    Also visit my web-site … Going Listed here

  28. Anonymous says:

    Upon examining some etymological dictionaries, one can
    conclude that games are a creative expression of the human spirit through the creation of an activity that
    has an entertaining, instructive and competing element.
    Finding good outsourcing companies is the key,
    as naturally you do not want to lower the quality of the service.
    As ever we strive to help our customers make informed decisions and understand where their r4 cards are coming from.

    Here is my web blog Read Even more

  29. Anonymous says:

    While nutraceutical and pharmaceutical content in the baseline algae strain is very small, current market values for these products are extremely high.
    They give hope to the sufferers of many incurable and unstoppable diseases ravaging the population, such as
    cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other grave conditions. This means that by the time elementary school-age children reach the workplace, this system will be in place, requiring maintenance and advancements.

    Here is my site; http://www.erplist.com/groups/elements-in-biotechnology-in-the-uk/

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am genuinely
    happy to read everthing at single place.

    Also visit my blog :: renagademedia.com

  31. Anonymous says:

    So, while I am no roving reporter I am endeavoring with my menial reporting skills, to bring you.
    We realize that we don't need to listen to outside authorities; we are not guided by our internal authority. Thus they can choose from the many available sources.

    Have a look at my web blog … Latest Daily News

  32. Anonymous says:

    May I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who really knows what they're discussing on the net. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular because you surely have the gift.

    my web site … latest celeb news

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.

Archives

Coming soon

A new book by Beth Kaplan, published by Mosaic Press – “Midlife Solo”

Join the mailing list to stay up to date on this and other exciting news.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.