My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

Beth Kaplan logo

more Festival

I just went for a bike ride down Parliament Street – 8.30 on a beautiful evening and the street is impassable. And what a crowd – they say that Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in the world, and I can attest that Parliament Street, at this moment, is the most ethnically diverse street in the world. Every type of headdress possible – headscarves of all sizes and types, devout little hats on men, complete hijab, people of every colour from every country, all enjoying the music and street food right now. It’s the closest I’ve ever felt in Canada to what I experienced in India – the noise and crowding, the assault of it all – a block away from my front door. Quite amazing.

The soul group outside the liquor store

Watching the salsa drummers outside the gas station

The fire juggler outside the pharmacy

And the wild rock and rollers (the lead singer with a beard to his solar plexus) outside the Wing Machine a block from here.

And then I saw poor silver Elvis pack up his gear and begin to trudge home, still silver, after a hard day’s work.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.