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Emotional tone

Jack’s funeral is over, and the NDP, according to one of the papers, is already squabbling about the future. Let’s pray that an iota of the past week’s stunning idealism and brotherhood remains in us

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thinking of Olivia

In recovery mode, on this serene Sunday during which Hurricane Irene’s bad weather decided, after a gloomy beginning, to pick up and go somewhere else … We had sun this afternoon, and a sweet breeze.

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watching the funeral

Drained, my eyes puffy, drinking a cold glass of rosé in an attempt to recover. I cycled down to King Street this afternoon, to be with many thousands of others, standing in the street watching

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Yesterday I lost a hero Today I learned about love, hope and optimism Tomorrow I finish what Jack started Jack’s coffin being lifted out The crowd of thousands, many in orange

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At City Hall

Immensely moving – the whole square is covered with chalk, and people on their hands and knees adding messages. The line to sign the book of condolences goes around the building. The bottom shot is

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wearing the orange

A confession: I’m a hypocrite. This morning I decided that if possible on Saturday, rather than watching Jack’s funeral on television, I’ll go down to Roy Thomson Hall and stand outside with the, I’m sure,

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messages at City Hall

Friend Jason just sent these from his iPhone – the concrete ground and ramps at City Hall, covered with messages. How beautiful.

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dreaming in Jacknicolour

And still, the papers are full of Mr. Layton. A beautiful obituary by Michael Valpy in the Globe yesterday; today in the Star, a front page picture of the messages of gratitude and grief that

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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.

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