My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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R.I.P. Ann Ireland

My boss at Ryerson for 20 years was Ann Ireland, a writer who handled her literary career and a big academic job with patience, grace, and humour, dealing with university administrators’ bottom lines and complaining

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French friends in Trawna

Busy! Busybusybusy. House guests, and not just any house guests, but Lynn and Denis, guests from FRANCE. This means things need to be right. What to do with a couple who have visited most countries

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the ten minute hurricane

Terrifying – another violent thunderstorm, pounding lashing rain, cracks of thunder – at rush hour. I am in my house wondering again if the sump pump and downspouts will hold, but many thousands of my

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I know life is not going to get easier. The world is in a horrendous mess. I’m 68 and health will at some point start to go wrong for me and for my friends. I

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raining in my heart

A dark wet day – more flooding in Toronto, what is wrong with our city fathers, haven’t they heard of drains? But it’s blessedly cool, and the garden is grateful. Spent hours yesterday and today

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Mourning Aretha

They’re playing that glorious, rich, incredible voice over and over on the radio, and I am weeping. It seems she has always been there, her strength, her dedication, the soaring instrument that could do anything.

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midsummer day’s dream

8 a.m. on a beautiful, sweet morning, a reprieve during this sweltering summer. Yesterday, I was in the garden, listening to the cardinal heckling me – where’s the @#$#@ seed, slowpoke? We’re waiting! So I

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Kenojuak Ashevak’s owls

An unexpectedly enjoyable Sunday morning. I was up early so decided to go to the Runfit class at the Y. Friday I set off for there midday, and the weather was so beautiful, I turned

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after the flood

Several have written to ask if we’re safe here after the torrential rains of yesterday and this morning, that had Union Station under a foot of water and various streets completely flooded. Two men trapped

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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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