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My son called from work this afternoon to wish me a happy new year. I told him I was on my way to a theatre matinee. “With a friend?” he asked. “On my own,” I

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bits and bobs

A great New Year’s message, from me to you, or rather from Pico Iyer to me, to you: OPINION | January 01, 2012 Opinion: The Joy of Quiet By PICO IYER Trying to escape the

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the Barbarian Invasions

Received this happy note today from a student and friend: I just wanted to share the news that a story I wrote about making soft boiled eggs with my grandfather has been selected for publication

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snow day

There’s nothing better than lying safe and warm in bed, watching snow swirling through the sky a few feet away. As I lay looking out the window this morning, I thought about life and work.

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white at last

We didn’t have a white Christmas, but we do have a white Night after Boxing Day. The first snow of the season tonight, very wet, turning to slush. I just went for a sloppy walk

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Christmas report

Wretched excess. That’s a real living blue spruce in a pot. Now to put it somewhere outside and hope it survives. Adorableness #1. Adorableness #2. Sister fell asleep with a pillow over her face, and

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Done and done

It’s finished; back to sanity. An amazingly mild Boxing Day today, with leftovers piled high in the fridge, turkey soup simmering on the stove, recycling bin stuffed with paper and ribbon, and the poor traumatized

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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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