My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Open Streets Toronto

Rode my bike around this morning – wonderful to have the streets dedicated to pedestrians and bikes, even if briefly – from 8 a.m. to noon today, Bloor St. from Parliament to Spadina, Yonge from

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master chef chez sa mere

The chef at work, decimating the fridge. He doesn’t cook as I do, that is, pick a recipe and get the ingredients. He opens the fridge, sees what’s there and improvises. My contribution to the

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She likes it, she really likes it

Just got this from friend and student Mary-Jane – “laugh bombs” – who knew? Hi Beth, I read True To Life in one sitting and I loved everything about it. The logical structure, the friendly

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The Lanyard

The other day, my new friend Piers told me I should send my memoir to our Prime Minister. “He’s a huge Beatles fan,” he said. “I sent him my book and he sent me a

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lovely long weekend

The bougainvillea wintered in my bedroom and was so scraggly by late spring, I wasn’t sure it would survive. Then that it would bloom. Now – let’s pretend we’re in Mexico. One of the reasons

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summertime and the livin’ is easy

Summer is vanishing. Days are whipping by, the garden is in free fall, there’s a real chill in the air. And yet today was sublime. Wayson arrived unexpectedly as I was working outside, and we

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Geist’s Postcard competition

Geist magazine, a terrific literary magazine from Vancouver, runs a competition where people are asked to pick a postcard and write a story that explains the image. This is the wonderful first place winner this

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back to school in 1970 and 2014

A funny comparison between parenting in the 70’s and now. Have to say – viz last post re neurosis – that I was more like the modern mother than the old one. Never fed my

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right now

Snapshot: It’s 8 p.m. and I am, of course, sitting by the open back door in my kitchen, my belly full of dinner, which featured cherry tomatoes from my garden. There’s a beautiful breeze. Yesterday

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information on my upcoming writing courses

Dear Grace, the very young woman who is helping me with social media and computer stuff in general, came this morning, and now I’m going to practice what she taught me – HOW TO MAKE

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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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