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proud mama

This is an official announcement – I am now used to my son’s tattoos. They’re part of him, and they’re beautiful. Except for the sailing ship on his chest and a few bits and pieces,

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cover indeed

Beautiful weather, perfect. I am happy about many things right now: life in general; the way the So True readings are shaping up after last night’s rehearsal with an extraordinarily diverse group of great writers;

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That was spring?

That was it, folks, a few days ago – Toronto had its seventeen minutes of spring, and now it’s summer. Saturday night there was a frost warning, and by Tuesday, it was boiling hot, everyone’s

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Stephen Harper in the closet

Hooray for Ireland and its vote on gay marriage! Not a surprise, given the kindness and generosity of the Irish. Though they’ve been under the thumb of the Catholic church for so long, it is

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gay wedding, yes; “Avengers,” no

Last night a joyful event – my neighbour Rob, a lawyer I’ve lived next to for two decades and watched in and out of several relationships, and Alex, the young man he’s been living with

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So True stories Sunday May 31

On this beautiful Sunday morning of the long weekend, I’m writing to invite you to our next reading event in exactly two weeks, Sunday May 31. Eight powerful stories from eight great writers and a

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David Sedaris yes, Tom Stoppard not so much

Here is David Sedaris’s relationship advice: “My husband Hugh and I have been together for 25 years, so I get asked about it a lot,” he said. “I say, first, do NOT ever talk about

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meeting in writing class

You never know what will happen in a writing class. Mine are both well underway and already full of fascinating lives and intersections, including, in one, two Caucasians in their seventies who grew up and

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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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