My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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keeping stuff

I’m calling Mum’s friends – Judy says, “She was the most interesting person I ever met.” Antoinette tells me that she gave Mum piano lessons – “She was so musical,” – and that when the

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collecting memories

Sunday morning: woke at 5.30 and got up at 7. Mum’s condo is something of a disaster, as all the stuff from her retirement residence, including a new bed, was shoved in here by movers.

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“War Horse”

Just came back from a visit across town with the little family. It’s amazing to see my grandson devour Swiss Chalet chicken; talk about an appetite for life. Then Sam and I went on to see “War

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Advice just emailed by my friend Stella: “Wine, water, wine, water, snacks, vitamins, bath, sleep, laugh, chocolate, cry, coffee, nature, wine.  Keep in touch.”

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I didn’t realize before how great is the disturbance in the universe when someone dies. So many have been affected by the death of an elderly woman in Ottawa – many of my friends, even

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James Joyce says it better

Nearly midnight. It’s snowing hard, the world is soft and light and beautiful. I opened the back door to watch it, and thought of James Joyce’s “The Dead,” its incomparable last line. And I thought

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first Christmas

Admiring his new day-glo aquarium from Uncle Wayson chewing his stocking  chewing his new Caillou doll not chewing (yet) his tough new bomber jacket bought in New York by his Glamma, who looks, not surprisingly,

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Wright’s Law – Video – The New York Times Just watched this and wept. My brother-in-law Don had cerebral palsy and I worked, briefly, at l’Arche, the community for adults with disabilities, so this reality

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a life

A day of fog and grief – and family and love. Blessed, truly. Two days ago, May, a friend of Mum’s, was at the hospital visiting her and called here, and I had my last

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My brother just called. Our mother died at 3 o’clock this morning.

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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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