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Sam and Drake

I’m looking on this bug – a throat, lungs and general acheyness bug – as a gift. Instead of doing all the busy things I should do today, including the library protest rally and Authors

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Love Is, installment # 6748

Still recovering, overjoyed to be sick in my own cosy home, and to have little to do until next Tuesday when teaching starts. Have been lying in bed fiddling with my manuscript and reading, including

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Beth’s writing classes

Teaching starts next week: Life Stories on Tuesday evenings at U of T and True to Life on Wednesday evenings at Ryerson. There’s room left in the Ryerson class; please check this website under “Teaching”

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Star Wars and home

OH blessed home, the most beautiful place on earth, though Banff, Vancouver and Long Beach come close, very very close, but they’re not home. I walked into my house which was shining and warm and

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goodbye to the invisible elk

A final post from Banff – a cool drizzly morning. I just went for last quick walk in the woods, stepping over tons of elk and deer scat – but we saw no elk this

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Peter Gzowski and the planet

Last week I mentioned a beautiful video on YouTube of the earth, expanding to take in the entire universe and then compressing into our smallest atoms. My friend Lesley Humphrey sent me the link. Thank

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the naked Mountie and other stories

So much to say about the Creative Non-fiction Collective’s conference, but I’ll keep it brief. It all started from the plane, flying over the Rockies which, though shrouded in mist and cloud, were still visible

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the Icefields Parkway of heaven

No words tonight, just pictures. The conference is over. This morning, my new friend Jane, whom I’d met only briefly in Toronto before we met again here, took me in her rental VW bug up

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my two seconds of fame in Maccaland

My friend Anne, fellow McCartney nut, just sent me this – she found it on the net. The two women were sitting next to me; the blurry one is moi, heading for my seat. I’m

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Creative non-fiction at the Banff Centre

Banff. Too much to say, will write more about it all tomorrow. I’m here for the Creative Non-fiction Collective’s conference, gave a Master Class this afternoon on the Writer as Performer. Amazing people, speakers, 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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