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Writing classes start next week

For those of you who are interested in more than my love of cheese – my classes start next week. At the University of Toronto, starting Tuesday May 5, from 6.30 to 9 at University

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the issue of truth in memoir

A terrific, very entertaining cartoon exploration of the issue of truth and fictionalizing in creative non-fiction.

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opening doors

First, most importantly, word from Kathmandu: Denis has written to us all to say that though his daughter Sarah and her kids did not lose their home, they are sleeping outside along with everyone else,

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Thirty years ago …

Eli’s Uncle Sam. (See next post for context.) Different hair colour, better eye-sight, same enterprise.

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love is

Here’s happiness. (He loves his new blue “hemoot” and doesn’t often take it off.) We played football and lined up all the toys; he made a tower of blocks with Wayson and got a dinosaur

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thoughts on home

It’s 7.30 a.m. Last night, keeping busy (including scanning the weekend papers and watching “Call the Midwife” at 8) I managed to stay up till 9.30 – 3.30 a.m. my time – then took a

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there to here

 This morning in Paris – poor suitcase. This evening in Toronto – new Provencale tablecloth from Nice.

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chez moi

Home. Sitting in the Toronto sun on my own deck IN DIFFERENT CLEAN CLOTHES with a glass of wine. Hear those birds? MY birds. Well, not exactly, but they’re in my trees and eating my

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Paris, 7.30 a.m.:Those who know me know that my friend Lynn’s oldest daughter lives in Kathmandu with her three children. She’s the head of Handicap International for the region. I’m happy to tell you that

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les copines

Got this from Denis: another view of our evening eating warm cheese with bread on sticks. Lynn and I met in 1967, and though she moved to France in 1970 and never came back to

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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.

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