My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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the good life

Blessings, blessings. I’ll call my mother today to tell her that scores of people she doesn’t know will be rooting for her tomorrow. Brucie wrote from Ravenna: At times like this I sometimes wish I wasn’t

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Madame et moi in my flat, just as I was leaving Paris My sick mother with mind like steel trap, in blue vest she knitted herself, doing the word jumble in the newspaper

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taking a breath

I feel as if I’ve spent the last days in the high winds of a hurricane, now dying down to a spring storm. From Paris to the Ottawa Heart Institute via my basement apartment will

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What a difference a day makes. First, to those of you who’ve sent me kind, heartening messages, I thank you so; what a help. But the fact is that everything shifted today. Yesterday, I thought,

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the nightmare

My mother is trapped in a nightmare, in exactly the kind of situation you do not want for your aged loved ones. She is terrified and furious. She does not want to be in hospital, and

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Beautiful downtown Ottawa

Dizzyingly surreal – from Paris, via one day in my basement, to here – my mother’s apartment without my mother in it. I spend my days driving a rented Ford Fiesta from this place, along the

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yesterday’s excitement

As I stood early yesterday morning in the long Air Canada line at CDG airport, inching toward the machines that issue boarding passes and bag tags, I kept hearing a garbled announcement in French and

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Last day

Bewitched, battered and bewildered, am I … Saying goodbye to Paris, closing down this flat, trying to keep tabs on Ottawa, checking in with Toronto where I do not actually have a home at the

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winding down

No idea how to put captions with the photos in the new Blogger, and no patience to figure it out right now. It has been a raw day, bursting into tears several times, much laughing

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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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