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Stratford hooray

Just back from a marvellous overnight visit to Stratford. My beloved friends Lani and Maurice are selling their Stratford house and moving 40 k. away to another small town. I’ve stayed many times with them,

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Obama = heartthrob city

Friend Margaret called from Vancouver with early birthday greetings – the big day is Monday, no no, please, absolutely no telegrams or gifts – well, if you insist, a nice bottle of rosé never goes

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The Democrats and show biz

A friend today quoted Margaret McMillan, the famed Canadian historian, as saying the world is in the same kind of upheaval now as it was in the years before the first world war. Now that’s

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Michelle Obama for President

It was a scary start to the Dem convention last night, with disgruntled Sanders people shouting their anger and booing Hillary’s name. I was distraught at the thought of the Democratic Party disintegrating before our

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Go Democrats.

A full day writing workshop in the garden Sunday – 9 writers, 4 from my classes, 5 complete strangers, gathering in the morning, writing through the day with prompts from me and a very big

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the magnificent Ursula Franklin

It is with great sorrow that I heard about the death on Friday of Ursula Franklin, one of Canada’s greatest citizens. Ursula, a scientist and Holocaust survivor, was a dear friend of my parents who

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music and roses

A few more from Thursday:  Show offs.  Before the party – we’ve never managed to sit a large group down in the garden before. Thanks to Jean-Marc and Richard’s portable table, we did. And the

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garden party

Barely moving this morning, but happy. We celebrated neighbourhood in style. And then after everyone left, unfortunately my son turned on the television and there he was, the giant orange blowhole, Casino Mussolini, as Sam

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gimme shelter

Last night I went comedian-skipping – from Samantha Bee to the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and then the best of all, Bill Maher. Comedians are having a grand time putting on special shows about 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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