My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

cancelling the Globe and Mail

I love much about the paper, and I did it regretfully – just called to cancel my subscription. But they have endorsed Stephen Harper as the best man to lead Canada for the next four

Read More

more wedding and election

Later… There aren’t many occasions that are fun to share with both my mother in Ottawa and my daughter on the far side of town. Both got up early, Anna and her roommate Holly at

Read More

giving in to the wedding

Confession at 9.10 a.m.: tears rolling down the face. So much for not giving a damn about the royal wedding. I didn’t get up early, just thought to turn on the TV after breakfast, at

Read More

weddings and elections

I swear to God, is there something wrong with me? I find this wedding frenzy utterly incomprehensible. People are getting up in the middle of the night to watch it; the television is crawling with

Read More

click on these

Bruce just sent me the latest entry in his wonderful blog, which recounts his 3-month journey through Europe – and now he’s up to our time together in Spain. In his posts, when he mentions

Read More

CLASSES START NEXT WEEK

FIND COMPANIONSHIP, SKILLED ASSISTANCE AND INSPIRATION ON YOUR WRITING JOURNEY. BETH’S CLASSES START NEXT WEEK: Life Stories at U of T, Tuesday May 3, 12.30 – 3 for 8 weeks and True to Life at

Read More

reading a ghost

I was just looking through my journals and found a blue notebook I started as a chronicle, not of my life but specifically of my writing. Here’s a sample: Oh, why can’t I say what

Read More

gladness

Saturday morning, to the St. Lawrence Market with my friend Annie, the two buildings jam-packed with great food and people buying it. Maybe the cheese isn’t quite as spectacular and the good bread’s more expensive

Read More

a cold but good Friday

This is the worst spring I can remember. But then, I guess it’s especially difficult to feel that sting of wind, to look at my shabby brown and grey backyard, and think of the garden

Read More

rhapsody in the key of home

At midday I went to Carol’s class at the Y, and in the gym, I thought, now I’m truly home. This event, as you know, is the anchor of my week; how glad I am

Read More

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

Optional CTA Heading

Optional subheading text