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A cool grey Saturday of a long weekend, and it’s so quiet, it’s scary. No voices, no traffic, no sirens – just birds, and the fluttering of rose petals to the ground as the flowers

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Rules for Writers

A dark and rainy day – paradise for a writer, no temptation to go outside. I went to visit old friends this morning, came home at 1, sat in my chair and worked. It’s now

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c’est moi la terreur

Bilingual already. In this shot, believe it or not, he is spiking a fever, though his mother and I just thought it was the heat of the day. It went up to 102 degrees that

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what is a story?

Good old Toronto – from spring to blazing summer in 60 seconds. Today, 31 degrees, “feels like 36,” they say, though it didn’t to me, I didn’t even turn on my air conditioning. Definitely hot

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speaking about failure

Free Luminato arts festival events all weekend, including a Literary Picnic at Trinity-Bellwoods Park today, sixty writers reading and meeting – and the forecast is for thunderstorms. It has already poured once today. There’s such

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Still on the deck, after a day of not much – mostly mooching around. Slept poorly, feeling discomfort not from the incision but from a mouth like sawdust. Finally fell asleep, to be awakened by

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getting my brain back

7.20 p.m. I’m on the old chaise longue on the deck, beside me a wine glass full of ginger ale, a cup of tea, a glass of water, and a small bit of chocolate that

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the operation

I have to be at St. Mike’s hospital at 8.45 tomorrow morning, for surgery at 10.45. There is a benign growth – repeat, benign – on one of my parathyroid glands that needs to be

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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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