My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

Sunny Sunday on the Toronto islands

Sunday suppertime, after a wonderful day… Penny and I were out the door on our bikes at 9.05 a.m. to make the 9.30 ferry to the islands. Ran into a roadblock – they were filming

Read More

kill the tension music

I have very few secrets from you. Okay, a few. But I was not shy about telling you a few days ago that I’d had a mammogram; I have them every year as a high-risk

Read More


Summer is the time for renewing friendships; my newest best friend Penny is flying in from Sheffield tomorrow, and yesterday, I saw my oldest best friend Ron. Ron spent his entire school career at the

Read More


I have a personal connection to the mind-numbing horror unfolding in Norway, beyond the fact that the madman actually mentioned Ryerson University in his ramblings, as a centre of Muslim domination. But also, the young

Read More

sublime sweet Sunday

Sunday morning, in a state of extreme bliss – the heat has broken, the rain has left the air fresh and new, there’s a sweet breeze, and it smells so delicious out there – of

Read More

summer miscellaneous

Backhoe in the front yard, and after- lots of water Bicycle protest – a thousand bikers gather to ride down Jarvis Street to protest the cancellation of the bike lanes At last, the black-eyed susans

Read More

my new love

I’m writing on an extremely beautiful piece of machinery – my brand-new MacBook Pro. Happy Birthday to me! Oh the tidy patter of these crisp black keys, the lustrous glow of the shiny aluminum body

Read More


This brutal, sweltering day was about survival. When I checked on-line at one point, it was 36 degrees, feeling, with the humidity, like 48. That’s 48 degrees. Record-breaking – the hottest Toronto has ever been.

Read More

water power

We’re in the middle of a brutal heatwave – apparently it might go up to 35 tomorrow, with humidity making it feel like 40. I leave my air conditioner off as long as possible, just

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.


Optional CTA Heading

Optional subheading text