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Today I saw the endocrinologist at St. Mike’s. As usual, I send my prayerful thanks to Tommy Douglas – Dr. Josse and his intern Ray were efficient, thorough, personable. My family doctor had done her

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First – the big news – his mother called this morning to say that Booboo is crawling – forwards, not backwards. Immediately I went on-line to look at baby gates. Glamma must be ready. Because

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movies and memories

A bright, cold, peaceful Sunday morning. Last year from December to March, we had some sort of indeterminate season with cold bits; this year, it’s called winter and it has hit hard. Good news for

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R.I.P. the indomitable Susan Rubes

Sad news: Susan Douglas Rubes, a pioneer of children’s theatre who founded the Young People’s Theatre of Toronto, has died. She was 87. Rubes died in Toronto on Jan. 23, according to a release from YPT. An

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Big news!

Potential AIDS Cure, Discovered By Australian Medical Researchers, Modifies HIV Protein  Scientists working in a medical research facility in Australia say they may have discovered a therapy to potentially cure AIDS. Researchers at the Queensland

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thrift shop down the road

Busy is good. Classes start this week – a small home class last night, Ryerson people who were disappointed by the cancellation came to my living room instead; and today, my advanced U of T

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My eulogy

Several people have written asking me to post what I said about my mother last Friday, at her memorial. Friends know that though she was wonderful, Mum was also difficult, and we had a wonderful,

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blurry shots of Ottawa

Auntie Do – 92! – and her friend Una at the memorial for her little sister The central part of the sanctuary, when we were singing “When I’m Sixty Four” Probably weeping, I managed to

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getting home

Coming down, beginning to accept reality – my mother has been buried and memorialized, and now life without her goes on. Now we’re in Ottawa in a blizzard with powerful winds, which means our afternoon

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Up at 7.30 to take a fussy, probably teething baby away from his exhausted mother, and now, at 9.30, he has just fallen asleep and it’s Glamma who’s exhausted. My mother’s living room is a

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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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