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ranting about Republicans, adoring Jon Stewart

In praise of the kindness of handymen: 33 degrees out there, and there are two sweating men on my roof repairing windows, painting, filling with wood filler … while up there doing something else, they noticed

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chez moi

 On a walk, I saw maple leaves starting to turn. Mon pays, ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver …  Home. The shining grey of Toronto. Incredible – the rebuilt bedroom, now green. No bugs

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Van Gogh’s cherry blossoms

It’s been a summer of tossing and turning through the night; I know these times of extended insomnia as the shifting of internal tectonic plates. A grandson who has overwhelmed me with love, a mother’s slow

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the meaning of old

Writing from my mother’s room at the “retirement residence” – which was called in my youth an old folk’s home – as she sleeps before dinner. She slept after breakfast and again after lunch, did

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eating, drinking, talking, walking

The poor man on the left has a hand growing out of his shoulder. Those of you who follow this blog know, perhaps, that my dear friend Chris, who was adopted as a baby in

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Sunday in Montreal

Chris and I had not factored in a heat wave. The weather reports did not warn us that it would be 32 degrees in Montreal, feeling like more. Yesterday, in Old Montreal, there were hordes

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summer pix

The stripey twins at Schwartz’s on the Boulevard St. Laurent – Mr. Diet Coke – And Ms. Smoked Meat. And below, what I left behind: bedroom reconstruction, and the cutest baby in the history of the

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This is it, my summer vacation – three days in Montreal with almost no agenda, away from chaotic house, family, work. And what better place – how I adore this fabulous city. Chris and I landed

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busy busy busy

I have to say that this week has been, perhaps, particularly stressful. I know, not ill health or family emergency, far from it. But today – mon dieu. My best friend Chris has arrived from

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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

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.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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