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Shaena Lambert’s writing workshop

My friend the wonderful writer Shaena Lambert is teaching a writing workshop in B.C. this summer, in a stunning spot – the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Shaena is a writer of extraordinary

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Heartbreaking to sit in Paris and read, in the New York Times, about the debasement of my country by its current government. Makes me sick at heart. Check it out, if you can bear it.

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A Paris Sunday

This morning Lynn and I went to the Marché d’Aligre in the Marais, one of my favourite markets, absolutely overflowing with junk. Such a cornucopia of the cracked, broken and hideous but often genuinely old,

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O happy day

It was warm and sunny on this Paris Saturday, and my old friend Lynn and I spent the whole day walking, talking, eating, looking, walking, talking and eating, along with every single other person in

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Henri Cartier-Bresson and mustard

Visited Annie and Paolo in their small book-filled flat yesterday. I met Annie at a bus stop in 2009; the midwives of France had suddenly gone on strike and paralyzed public transport, so we started

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old friends

My friend is here! Ma belle Lynn, my friend since 1967, has come to spend the weekend with me in Paris. She had lunch first with Brian, a Canadian schoolmate she’s known since grade one

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Dad’s tree forever

(Read the next post first …) While I was on the boat, I realized that I didn’t want to toss my father into the water; that the perfect place for him would be the Jardin

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the Batobus

This morning, I set out on an expedition to visit the Jardin des Plantes, one of my favourite places in all of Paris, and then to continue on to the Seine, to scatter what’s left

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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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