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good job, Trevor Noah

Last night, what joy to sit down again at 11 and turn on the TV, for Trevor Noah’s first Daily Show. It was a respectable start. I loved his intro, which hit just the right

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Supermoon, superdad

It was too cloudy to see the vast romantic orange supermoon last night, but there are fantastic pictures online. Today is gloomy and wet. Teaching tonight, so a quiet day at home. Some pictures for

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hot Sunday

A gorgeous bike ride on the Don Valley Trail this morning – the Parkway was closed, all was silent, except for the sound of summer closing down. Later: Word on the Street, this year at

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wealth beyond my wildest dreams

Another stunning day – so much more precious because we know these warm sunny beautiful days are limited. Enjoyed every minute. Here are some shots old and new – click to enlarge:  From the Cabbagetown

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love and tapes

My grandson is asleep upstairs, in the bedroom, the very spot where his uncle Sam used to sleep. Sam and I used to play a nighttime game called Lump. Why was it called Lump? The

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remarkably cheerful

Great news: Half a bottle! Be still my beating heart. AND Happy Birthday is now public domain. We can use its lyrics in our books and sing it in our films. As someone who

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the vote split on the left

Oh the confusions of democracy. I come from fierce NDP stock but have been wavering about on the left for years. Who to vote for, with Mulcair promising to balance the budget (what??!) and to

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today’s tree

A descendant of the Royal Oak at Boscobel House, Shropshire, England, in which the future Charles II hid in 1651 after the Battle of Worcester. The image is one of the finalists in a contest

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Beatles in 1965 and PETITION AGAINST SHELL

Hard to believe – can it be true? No, I guess it’s not hard to believe at all, when you look at the Harper government’s environmental track record- that is, their utter disdain for the

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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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