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Vancouver bliss

What a city – in the sun, there’s nowhere like it. There are two huge sailboats going by right now, white sails billowing, seabirds calling, fresh winds blowing and the colours of spring everywhere. I

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The Stanley Park seawall is 9 kilometres of gorgeousness, and Chris and I walked it yesterday, jabbering the whole way as is our wont. I stopped to admire a thick bent cedar which it turned

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7.30 a.m. Easter Monday

Perhaps I will tire eventually of the view from Bruce’s armchair. But I doubt it. This morning Chris and I are going to walk the seawall, and tonight, dinner with Margaret and other old friends.

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settling in

It’s 10 p.m. Easter Sunday, and I am finally here. The rigid tendons in my neck are loosening. It was a busy week, finishing work, packing, saying goodbye, getting out of the house, flying to

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the Trudeaus travel

Two reflections on politics – one ours in Canada, today – is this a dream? – and the other about our friends south of the border. Is it possible he used the trendy word ‘narcissistic’

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back in Van

A wonderful journey yesterday to the ferry, across the water – sitting on deck which was cold but sunny and so beautiful – then the bus to downtown Vancouver and home to Bruce’s. And there

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Ellen Seligman, editor extraordinaire, RIP

Shocking news: Ellen Seligman, the best known Canadian editor whose edited books won countless awards, has died. She was not old, but she was wise. I quote her in So True, my book about memoir,

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Good Friday in Victoria

From Lani’s deck, 8 a.m.   Dallas Road, 10.30 a.m. What a stunning day for a Good Friday holiday. Art Gallery of Victoria, Emily Carr: “Light Sweeping Through”, 1938.

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rejecting J. K. Rowling

Never give up, writers – at least, if you’ve done everything possible to make sure your manuscript is ready. J. K. Rowling, the first female novelist to become a billionaire, has posted some of 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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