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Arrival and niqab

It’s a grand sight – Torontonians stumbling about in the warm air, blinking with astonishment. 13 degrees on Nov. 29th! It’s minus 13 in Britain, apparently. Here, people out in shirtsleeves and shorts. It’s a

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Quebec my country mon pays

It’s November 26th – my father’s birthday; he would have been 94 today. Perhaps that’s one reason for my sadness of late. I have much to be grateful for today, especially that my friends are

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Wrestling Jerusalem

Still sad. Still scared. Yes, the man had a meeting with the NYT, trying to win them over with his charm and wit. Ha. Yes, there’s magnificent analytical writing pouring out from newspapers, magazines, on-line,

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Bingo with Stella and other joys

It finally came, the cold. Until mid-November, our weather was unbelievable, sunny, almost hot – people out on Nov. 19 in shirtsleeves. But then on Nov. 20, it came. It’s so cosy in the kitchen

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back soon

Have just had an email query from dear Gretchen – are you okay? Sick? I realize – it’s been nagging at me – I haven’t posted here for a few days. I’m not sick, there’s

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Now I remember one reason I’m glad not to be an actress any more: tomorrow I give my talk at the Miles Nadal JCC, and today, I am utterly paranoid about my voice, my health,

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so sad

All very well to write cheerfully that “We shall overcome.” Right now, I am overcome. Watching the hundreds of thousands protesting in the States, reading an article on FB that a teacher was overheard telling

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My talk at the Miles Nadal Thurs. Nov. 17 1.30 p.m. Finding the Jewish Shakespeare: The Life and Legacy of Jacob Gordin Thursday November 17 Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm Program: 1:30 – 3:00 pm $4 Drop-In Writer/actress Beth Kaplan shares an inside look at

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It is the most heavenly day – crisp and hot, with showers of red, orange and gold leaves; the Japanese maple up the street is incandescent scarlet. There’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be

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the next world war, Cuisine, Leonard

People at the Y still talking about it. An elderly woman said, “Why should the young always be subjugated to the old and right-wing?” Another said, “We’ve already seen the world descend into madness with

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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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