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This is how Eli fell asleep yesterday. And later, his mother told me, he laughed for the very first time. I hope he laughs when he’s 17 and his grandmother shows this photo to his

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Backbeat the play

I’ve just returned from the musical about the early days of the Beatles, “Backbeat.” I was in cheap balcony seats and wish I’d been closer. But even from the balcony, it was thrilling. The audience

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How to write, sort of

1. How to Write Highly recommended, a hilarious article in the NYT. Take these lessons to heart, my students.  And here, found for me by my daughter yesterday, is a very funny, if profane, examination

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I went to HMV today, to find a singer called Eva Cassidy whom I’d heard on Randy Bachman’s program on CBC. I’d never heard of her before, but it turns out she has made many CDs. But

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Summer in the city – the joy of street art. Every day I ride through Allen Gardens and watch the very slow progress of a mural there. The city, to surround a huge waterworks project,

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Worrying, much phoning, but at home – home with the crabby cat. My suitcase is ready, though. A strange, tense and anxious time. Today, in response to my polite request – “I need me some

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the American connection

When I was taking an  English degree at Carleton University in the late Sixties, we studied a book called “The Theatre of Revolt” by Robert Brustein, who had a stellar lifelong career in the theatre.

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My mother/the sky

My mother’s condo faces west, and from her balcony, you see spectacular sunsets. The voice of God.

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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.

Some Blogs I Follow

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