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the Don Valley Trail

A bike riding weekend in the sun – on Saturday, after buying apples at the market, off to Corktown Common, a great new park at the foot of River Street – with a great playground,

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postscript

8 a.m., a beautiful, silent Saturday morning; soon I’ll go to the market and buy too many apples. Can’t wait for apples. But first … oh I slept well last night, for the first time

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do

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quitting the slough of despond

Wow – did THAT feel like a long dark tunnel. Or maybe a short dark tunnel. In despair yesterday, I called dear friend Chris in Vancouver, and after listening to me babble, he said, “Where’s the

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David Gilmour doesn’t read women

If you’d like a little controversy with your morning coffee, as well as a very large ego on display, here it is, an interview with the novelist David Gilmour, who teaches literature at U of

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“Jane, the fox and me” by Fanny Britt

Ran into my neighbour friend Richard yesterday. “How are you?” he asked, expecting the usual clichés, I’m sure. “Terrible. My computer’s not working, I have a bad cold and my back is killing me,” I

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Word on the Street

Chris, friend, student and blog follower, wrote to me yesterday, I am often surprised by how public you are with all the ups and downs in your life. I guess a blog is a diary

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Celebrities as “normal” people

Howled. Especially the Beckhams. No, Britney. Jennifer Aniston! Johnny Depp! Madonna! It’s wonderful. NYC Artist Shows Us What Famous Celebrities Would Look Like as Normal People

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“Wave” and niquab

A gorgeous day, hot hinting at the alternative. And I was inundated with good books. The young new tenant of my basement suite arrived to say hello, bringing a gift from his uncle Bruce, one of

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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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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.

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Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.

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