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happy and yappy

Had brunch today with one of my oldest friends – Nick Rice, a wonderful actor – and his ladylove, Beth-Anne Cole, another wonderful actor and musician. Nick and I met in Vancouver in 1975 in

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Things To Come with Isabelle Huppert

Spent yesterday battling a bug, determined not to go under – my grandson is due to come for a sleepover. His brother is going off for the day so if Eli comes to me, their

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wonderful Christmastime, done and done

The dust settles. Yesterday evening, while I watched CNN’s “Obama’s Legacy,” I took the ornaments off the tree, and soon it will come down. Xmas is over. It was the best we’ve ever had. After

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Merry Christmas! It’s 10 a.m. and not a creature is stirring. This is the first time in 36 years I’ve had a silent Xmas morning. My large son is upstairs asleep, and Anna and her

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Hannah Arendt on Trump voters

It’s mild – a blessing, though there’s lots of snow, but also sun and warm wind. Today Wayson came over and drove me around C’town to get the heavy groceries – a 16 pound turkey

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my new Knotten

I’m standing as I write this – standing at my Christmas present to myself, Ikea’s Knotten stand-up desk. My young friend Cole just came over to assemble it. I’ve tried to create this sort of

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So Sad Today

Okay, not quite sure where I got the recommendation for Melissa Broder’s book of personal essays So Sad Today. It’s a mixed bag, to say the least – it turns out she is stunningly neurotic and

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Book report

Today I took back to the library a wonderful book I’d barely begun: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett. When I went to hear her talk at the library a few months ago, she said this is

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the election, torpedoing us all

Another theory – it’s the election that has upended my writing and that of many others. A great piece I just read in LitHub confirmed this. Ever since that horrible November day, I’ve had a

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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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