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the Angel Orensanz center

A quick word, before I head out into a very cold New York City. First, all is well, my health is fine, the trip was fine; the flight was so seamless I knew something would

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off to la Grande Pomme

Big snowstorm last night, but – hooray! – it’s over this morning. Lots of pretty snow on the ground, but I gather the flights are moving. So far. I am at the island airport way

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the big fight

My body is at war with my spirit. A bug or a virus is trying to get in, and I am trying with everything in my power to keep it out: rest, chicken soup, oil

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I had to laugh at one point last night, imagining my son at this event – “Baryshnikov/Brodsky” at the Winter Garden. My dear friend Lynn was offered two free tickets and invited me – who

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January 20, 2009, a great day

I didn’t march today. Last year’s march was inspiring and ennobling, and I’m sure today’s was too. But I was busy this year. Just happened to open one of my first books – “Yours Truly,

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new driver in the family

Great excitement today: Anna passed her driver’s test on Wednesday, and today we rented a car together – she can’t rent one till she gets a credit card, which is coming – and she drove

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The Post

On the weekend I went to visit dear friends, a couple who have been swept away by a tide of misfortune – and are fine. He was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo radiation

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warmest Jan. 11 on record – we’ll take it

Toronto weather just broke another record. Jan. 4 was the coldest on record, and today, Jan. 11, was the warmest – over 12 degrees! The temperature jumped 35 degrees in six days – and will

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The Florida Project

Dear students and writers, if you are considering taking my advanced course at U of T, I ask you to sign up immediately, because a few more are needed for the course to run. The

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Toronto the filthy but great

Went to the Y this morning. For the 20 minute voyage door to door by streetcar, I wore: long johns under cashmere leggings with thick socks and boots, an undershirt, t-shirt, sweater, and puffy vest

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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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