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So True recap – we done good

Well, to paraphrase Sally Fields, they liked it, they really liked it – our eighth So True reading event yesterday afternoon. People are so kind! Many nice things were said by audience members; emails flew

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Bernie maybe and Storycorps

Beautiful beautiful weather – though not really, because it’s May and it feels like July. So what July will be like … Fort McMurray, anyone? Though of course July may be snow, too, who knows

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check your passport!

OMG! My tenant and friend Carol, who lives on my top floor part of the year, makes her permanent home in Banos, Ecuador. Her mother, aged 103, is in a nursing home here and Carol

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the perfect holiday

Much popping and banging – it’s 10 p.m. and the Victoria Day fireworks are going off. There used to be a lovely neighbourhood ritual – many families would gather in the Sprucecourt schoolyard, we’d pool

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Bryan Cranston as LBJ – brilliant

That’s it – yesterday was spring, today is summer. It’s hot, the garden is exploding into green before my eyes, where’s the sunscreen? At 8 a.m. this morning, before the crowds, I bought $80 worth

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long weekend – and “Hangmen”

Beautiful – a long weekend, a sweet day of sun and cloud, and the garden exploding with green and bloom. Lucky me – the family came to visit yesterday to celebrate Eli’s 4th birthday with

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must read

Be still my beating heart. Hold Pickup Notice Hi  ELIZABETH KAPLAN, The following items are now available for pickup: Paul McCartney : the life / Philip Norman

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for your reading pleasure

And on the other hand, I saw this at Ryerson last week, the list of prize-winning students. Check out those names – not the names that would have been there 20 or 30 years ago.

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Cabbagetown house for rent July 1-6

I am going to New York in July! My cousin Ted, who lives at 77th and 3rd, has always been extremely generous with his apartment, which has made regular visits to NYC, the city of

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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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