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cottage love

Yes, now I understand what the cottage bug is all about. Especially when you’re a guest who doesn’t have to buy the place, renovate it, keep it running, pay the taxes, and bring in everything

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cottage bliss

I’m in paradise – sitting on a deck in the sun on an island in the Muskokas. When my friend, neighbour and student Ruth read about our unfortunate cottage experience of a few weeks ago,

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Southside with You + Macca and puppies

It’s National Dog Day! And here’s Macca with his best wishes for the day. Be still my beating heart. Speaking of the world’s most attractive men, Ken and I just went to see “Southside with

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cucumber query

An important question for my gardening friends: as you may have noted, this year I am inordinately proud of my cucumbers. But several of them have turned out not green, but yellow and sour. I

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catching up

A friend just wrote to point out that I have not blogged in days, am I all right? Thank you for your concern – yes, fine this end, just busy and a bit lazy. Summer

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celebrating Gord and the Hip

It’s 9 p.m. Saturday night and I am, of course, along with much of the rest of this country, watching the last concert of the Tragically Hip on CBC TV. What a profoundly moving experience,

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praise for “All My Loving”

Received this wonderful note from a former student and friend, a very accomplished woman who took my class at least ten years ago, and would like to share it with you. Does a writer’s heart

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home three days early

Hello internet, glad to have you back in my life! Hello garden, hello house, hello major modern metropolis. Happy to be with you once more. Home three days early. Perhaps that tells you all you

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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

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