My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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new date for So True – Sunday March 5

Okay, it has happened, I’ve entered the obsessive phase when I don’t want to do anything except cradle my lovely little book in my arms and sing it songs. Pat it on the head and

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terrorism in Quebec

A shooting at a mosque in Quebec City – men at their prayers, gunned down in cold blood. One of the shooters, apparently, was named Mohamed, which makes this hate crime even more incomprehensible. There

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family and football

Blessings, great blessings. My ex-husband just went across town after four nights here, to spend a last day with his children and grandsons before flying back to Washington tonight. We hugged tightly when he left.

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marching for love

My ex-husband and my son are in the living room, riveted to CNN, as people discuss how appalling the behaviour of the President of the United States was today. A bit earlier, the 3 of

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surviving El Trumpo en famille

Sitting in the kitchen, looking at the garden where there is not a hint of snow – so far, a surprisingly mild and lovely January – while the father of my children reads the Globe

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My friend and student Ruth has written to amend something I wrote yesterday; apparently, Jordan Peterson is a rather creepy rightwing guy who sees everything as a Marxist conspiracy. I didn’t look deeply enough into

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Beth is ageist. Sigh.

A new term began last night at Ryerson – a full class, 18 writers on an evening so mild, I rode my bike to work. How I love the challenge of a classroom full of

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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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