My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

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

Read More

pics

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

Read More

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

Read More

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,

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

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