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Lady Luck in 2015

Yesterday, I went to one of my least favourite places on earth, the vast Eaton’s Centre mall, where I returned the sweet gift of diamond stud earrings from my son, which I don’t need, and

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next year’s news

Gifts. Yesterday, I received a small package from Zurich; on the custom’s form was written “Music for a kindred spirit.” Inside a CD entitled “Blue Suburban Skies” – a compilation of songs appreciating the Beatles,

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Gerry Caplan nails the CRA

A superb article by the always superb Gerry Caplan that has my heart pounding with rage. He’s writing about the environmental and social justice organizations perceived to be on the opposite side to Stephen Harper

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Matisse and Robin Hood

Two treats to tell you about: yesterday a documentary called Matisse: The Cut Outs, about one of my all-time favourite artists, and today a play called The Heart of Robin Hood. Very different, both wonderful.

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Chrystia Freeland in the NYTimes

Terrific article in the NYT by Chrystia Freeland, a journalist and Liberal politician who is my MP.  Maybe, as some of the sour comments afterward point out, she’s a little dewy-eyed about Canadian multiculturalism –

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Jenny Offill and Colum McCann

I’m looking at my daytimer – and today’s blank, except for “Carole boot camp Y 9 a.m.” Dear Carole is teaching a tough class at the Y in half an hour. I will not be

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Been there, done that.

Of course it’s overload. Christmas is exhausting and fraught at the best of times, let alone that I am commemorating the second anniversary of my mother’s death this day. So – some tears, especially when

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Merry Everything

Dear friends, it’s nearly midnight Xmas Eve and a wild rain is lashing the windows. The pageant at Riverdale Farm was its lovely friendly hokey self – and we were very lucky, the weather was

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Who is this Pope guy anyway?

Never did I think I would be reposting a quote from the Pope. But here you go. This guy is something else. I saw what he’s talking about up close today – made the mistake

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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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