My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Sisyphus and the Pope

My students ask how you know when a piece is finished. I tell them what I heard Ellen Seligman, Canadian editor extraordinaire, say once: “A piece is never finished. It is finished enough.” But, I

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the glamourous writing life

The finish line was in sight this afternoon, at least, the first of a few finish lines, I thought, as I got the manuscript ready to go out to some chosen readers. I had even called RePrint

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inspired by J. K. and Anne and the gardenia

I am at the tender and terrified stage of the creative process. Here in my hands is this fragile creature, my manuscript. Maybe I’m completely delusional, and it’s a hopeless mess, a fountain of self-indulgence,

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Gorgeous Georges

Friend Lani has just written to complain about my disparagement of the name George. And she’s right. Not to mention dear cousin George Gordin in Washington. Apologies to all the Georges. I must beg to

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“Before Midnight”

So much for days of nothing but focussed work – it’s 5 p.m. and all day today, so far, has been spent on the house and garden. My dear handyman John came in the morning

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le Mas Blanc Writer’s Retreat

I’ve just posted a link to my friend Isabel Huggan’s blog. Isabel, for the few of you who don’t know, is a superb Canadian writer who’s been living for many years in the south of

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getting ready to push

It’s one of those mornings when you just can’t believe your luck, to be alive and here. At least, I can’t, why am I assuming you feel this? It’s fresh, mild and sunny, the birds

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all’s well

Almost chilly this morning, amazingly – I put on my usual little bit of something and then went back upstairs to put on quite a bit more. It’s just beautiful out now. Thank you, whoever

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remembering Linda Lewis

Okay, so the royal baby has gone home. They are a most attractive couple, Kate looked way too good for having just given birth, and the baby looks like a baby. Moving right along. An

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tonight’s pix

Writers in the garden  Garden in the dusk light Grandson in the Okanagan, visiting his grandfather’s family

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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.


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