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let the celebrations begin

Just back from the first Christmas party of the season – let the eating and drinking begin! I indulged in far too much of everything. Luckily I read an article in the NYT that said

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Oh, poor Snow

From “Fallen Princesses” by Dina Goldstein And this is hilarious…

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Louis C. K. my hero

Ended up somehow at a site called URL Metrics, which tells you how your website is doing. Here’s what I learned: Elizabethkaplan is ranked 10,642,346 in the United States. ‘Born to Blog by Beth Kaplan. Ten

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trying again

I am so NOT Holly Golightly, described by Capote as “an American geisha.” He wrote the character about various New York socialites and wanted Marilyn Monroe to play her in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

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rock the vote and then just rock

I was so proud to vote today, at Sprucecourt School where I have voted for the past 25 years. Hooray for Democracy. The Lib volunteers were out like crazy, knocking on my door twice to

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Holly Golightly – moi?

Scottish Book Week has launched a personality test; you can find out which character in fiction you most resemble. Margaret Atwood is like Elizabeth Bennet.http:// . I am like Holly Golightly, in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

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Support our libraries

Just back from a most heartening event – a “Save our libraries” rally at City Hall. When I arrived at 1.45, there were only a few people there, and my heart sank. But by the

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Dallas Buyers Club

It is very cold; winter has whooshed in and taken over. The streets were so icy today, I watched an NDP canvasser on Spruce Street do a balletic spill. I’m glad he was not hurt;

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a mantra for right now

Last night at my home class, I read an excerpt from an article I’d read, and they liked it so much, they asked me to send it to them. I said I’d copy and post

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standing up for the NDP

One of my most faithful readers emailed today from Quebec, to let me know she’s sorry I have abandoned the NDP, at least for this election. The political landscape has been changed here forever in

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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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