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smells from downstairs, in 5777

I’m in my office. My son is downstairs cooking something divine for me and Wayson, who will arrive shortly for dinner; the smell in this house is making my mouth water. Sam just shouted with

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Missing Kat

Suddenly, putting everything into perspective, we are dealing with a crisis. One of Anna’s dear friends, single mother of Eli’s friend Finn, is missing. She was depressed and in difficulty. We are extremely concerned. Finn

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Annals of Aging Part 1

Hillary continues to inspire, but the giant orange blowhole has not yet disappeared up his own @#$#. Please God make him go away, far far away forever. The editorials in every sensible newspaper are telling

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the debate! McKelsey defined.

The debate was fun, and I didn’t expect it to be – I ran home (FACT CHECK: she lies – she actually took a taxi!) from my class at Ryerson, got in at 9.25 and

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my boychik

My Vancouver Chris just sent this, saying it popped up on a site he was reading: I know that face. I know that face extremely well. He finished his job at The Gaslight on Bloor

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notes on writing

A few work related bits: This is from a student who’s a reader of this blog: Beth I want to thank you so much for your sharing the other day about the frustration of your

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A View from the Bridge, WOTS

I’ve been thinking more about what my friend Mary said – about my “efficiency” and how do I get such a lot done and get around so much? And there are two very big reasons

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autumn begins

Yesterday, the autumn equinox, was still summer – hot and beautiful. But today it’s fall, dank and cool. The authorities say this summer was the hottest on record for Toronto; my tomatoes are proof. Now

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Finding the Jewish Shakespeare hooray

Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin Thursday November 17 $4 Drop-In Writer/actress Beth Kaplan shares an inside look at the life and creative achievements of her great-grandfather, Jacob Gordin, the

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Ellen Seligman

Just back from Ellen Seligman’s memorial at Koerner Hall – a huge concert hall full of book people, there to honour the life of Canada’s most famous fiction editor, whose authors won innumerable prizes, including

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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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