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celebrating Mike Nichols

Sometimes I am so enthralled by something on television, I think of my friends who proudly live without it and shake my head. Tonight, on PBS’s American Masters series, a portrait of the director, producer,

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today’s favourite things

Vancouver, where soon I’m going to spend a month – you can practically see Bruce’s apartment, which he’d lending me, right on the inlet in the lower left. Lived there 8 1/2 years, from 1975

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Here’s a gorgeous small girl who learned to dance from the internet – amazing. And here’s a gorgeous woman who visited today with her two children and a very welcome Wayson: Love that t-shirt:

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So True Sunday Feb. 28

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.  -Federico Fellini, film director, and writer (20 Jan 1920-1993)  This is a month away. Mon dieu, I have a lot of work to do! Mark

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Tuesday, January, keeping warm, onward

These are a few of my favourite things: This handsome bartender is a close relative. The adorable James Norton, who plays Prince Andrey in the BBC’s “War and Peace,” is unfortunately not a close relative

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“Pierre Trudeau made me cry again today”

I did find Mozart’s Requiem and will listen at some point, but right now, as I listen to Randy Bachman, I’m going through my Documents file on the Mac, starting when it does, in 2001.

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Happy National Handwriting Day

It’s NationalHandwritingDay! Hooray, any excuse for a celebration. Check out the Twitter hashtag #NationalHandwritingDay and see what people have posted, wonderful stuff. Though it’s very cold, it was a beautiful sunny bright day here in

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Lady Braindead Looselips

Just when we thought the bar could not be set lower on the Republican side of the Presidential race, along comes the queen of mangled thought and grammar, Mrs. Malaprop herself. Trevor Noah did a

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Branson is back!

Downton! So delicious. I would go on and on about it, but a NYT writer has done it much better, in a laugh out loud article: He’s right, the scene with the decaying aristocrat

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Cousin George Gordin

This dreadful January continues to cut a cruel swath through the world. I found out earlier today about the death of an old friend, Jerry Franken – and I’ve just received a phone call 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.

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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