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the best city in the world!

CITY    Toronto ranked the best city to live in the world Posted by Derek Flack / JANUARY 29, 2015 323 Comments Toronto has been ranked the best city to live in the world by the Economist. The ranking

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my travellin’ shoes – Ferragamo?

Okay, now it’s real so I can talk about it. You know I usually go to Europe between terms, at the end of March through April. My beloved, inexpensive and perfect apartment in Paris is

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garden writing workshop – in the house

I know this is short notice, but I’ll post anyway – for those of you living in the Toronto area who would like to discover your inner writer – here’s your chance. Tomorrow, Sunday, is

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the comforts of storytelling

An interesting Atlantic article, forwarded by Juliet in Paris, again outlines the importance of narrative to the human soul. Especially the list of seven major plots… Author Christopher Booker claims there are only seven basic plots, which

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Oscar’s short films

Bitter out there – oh my God Canadians are brave. We survive. With two months to go, at least. Last night, my home class was here, wonderful writing, people sitting in my living room telling

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a student success story

A student worked with me at U of T and then privately, labouring on her memoir. She’s in high level finance, a Vice-President who’d never done any creative writing, but she had a powerful story

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a writer talks frankly about money

At the bottom is an important article by Ann Bauer about a writer’s finances. There’s a chapter in “True to Life,” my how-to-write textbook, about money – how incredibly little most of us make writing,

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Cathy Gildiner on writing memoir

A terrific piece from today’s Globe – though it fizzles at the end, perhaps was cut? – about the importance, the difficulty and the pleasure, of writing memoir. I’m especially interested because I recently

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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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