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Vermeer at the Louvre

The most perfect day in Paris ever. Ever ever. Well, I do exaggerate sometimes, but it was a pretty fabulous day. Started this morning after my friend went to work and I went out to

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Pere Lachaise

A gorgeous day, a long walk after a slow morning, off to Pere Lachaise Cemetery – because it’s in the ‘hood. Of course, once you get there, it’s extremely confusing to find famous people, you

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Shaena Lambert’s workshop on Cortes Island

An old friend, fellow UBC Creative Writing graduate Shaena Lambert, a prize-winning writer of short stories and novels, just wrote to let me know she is teaching a workshop at the beginning of June, at

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fruit, flowers, friends

It’s 5; I’m waiting for my friend to get home from work. Did nothing today except flaner, grocery shop and do errands, like buy postcards and face cream, and then a long lunch with old, old friends,

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one of the remarkable trees of France

As many of you know, I am an inveterate shopper in junk stores. Never did I think I’d live in the middle of one in Paris – one of the best-known marchés aux puces, le

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l’internet, pas trop bien

Okay, the internet was working briefly, and then it wasn’t. It turns out it’s not easy to get good connection in France. So this blog will be sporadic until I’m somewhere where the current is

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we’re baaaaack!

Our hostess had to run to the store to get a new modem – and now, we’re in touch with the whole world through the little white screen. This addict is happy. In the meantime,

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The internet where Lynn and I are staying does not work. The landlady hopes to fix it. I’m writing this on my phone. Paris is wonderful. So is lynn. More anon.

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a new woman

It’s Saturday March 25 and your faithful correspondent has had ten hours of sleep and a huge breakfast in the hotel, with chunks of the most delicious bread in the world, a lot of coffee

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jet-lagged afternoon walk

 Montparnasse’s La Closerie des Lilas – one of Paris’s legendary places for writers. Click to enlarge.  Luxembourg Garden and its palace with Eiffel Tower peeking through. The sun had vanished and it was cold and

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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

Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.


Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.


I walk on. With my feet, and in my mind as well.


Carrie Snyder
Wherever you’ve come from, wherever you’re going, consider this space a place for reflection and pause.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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