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Obama and Harry in Toronto: swoon

Wednesday, so scorching hot we could hardly breathe. Thursday, temperate. Today, so wet and chilly that I turned on the furnace. That is something of a record, that huge a switch in temperature in 48

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some crazy stuff

The weather has turned, praise be – it’s normal out there, lovely, sunny with a bite in the air. I just sent the manuscript to an agent. So am feeling that bite in the air

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and now for the good news: Macca in NYC

We are living, my friends, through a time surreal with horror, when the base side of human nature is not only disclosed but encouraged and lauded. A time when citizens respond to inevitable change not

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reasons to drink

Love this press release from the White House: Melania Trump embarked on her first solo overseas trip as First Lady when she attended the Invictus Games in Toronto on Saturday.  Melania visits Canada, that great

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Word on the Street in the heat

Again, I apologize for the blowing-own-horn that follows, but what I received today via email is so beautiful and means so much to my battered writer’s heart that I must share it with you. I’ve

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hot, with cucumbers and a rant

It’s the autumn equinox, first day of fall, and tomorrow there’s a heat warning in effect; with the humidity, the temperature will feel like 39 degrees. It’s a full-on heatwave in Toronto, after a mild

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the reality of real estate

Wow, interesting. Just read my friend Kerry Clare’s fascinating post, to the left, under “Pickle Me This”; apparently celebrating not buying a house is a controversial opinion in Toronto and provokes furious reactions. If people

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the best tabbouleh recipe

One of those blessed days, rare in a busy life – no obligations, no company, nothing but the sun, the garden, my own little life to tend to. Anna and the boys are still away,

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nearly there, I think

We’re having summer now, in mid-September – hot hot every day, stunning. The roses have decided it’s July and are out again in full glory, and so is the fall-blooming clematis, like a swath of

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Cabbagetown Festival

What a weekend. I see that Angelina Jolie is in town at the film festival with all her beautiful children, the wonderful Helen Mirren too and George Clooney and all kinds of other stars. Somewhere

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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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