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6.40 a.m. and yours truly is up and breakfasted. I’m even earlier than the Star which has not arrived yet, that’s how early this is. Lots going on; I awoke at 5.30 with my head buzzing with lists.

But first, a theatre review: I went Saturday to see “Middletown,” a superb Shaw Festival production playing here at Crow’s Theatre, a sleek new East End theatre. As you know, if I can ride my bike there, it’s my favourite place. “Middletown” is by Will Eno, a hot American playwright, and it’s unusual and gripping. The actors mingle with the audience before it starts, it’s played in the round, there are dazzling effects, great acting and characters. It’s about middle America, a small town, life and death. Though I loved it and was glad I’d seen it, it didn’t move me much, the dialogue just a bit too clever, perhaps. But an excellently done, very satisfying piece of theatre.

Yesterday – a lovely warm sunny day – listened to my blog friend Theresa Kishkan being interviewed on CBC’s Sunday edition, more packing, arranged for the movers to pick up some of my aunt’s stuff in Ottawa, and went across town to help Anna, who’s recovering from the flu, with Ben. Who, I decided, will not only be a mountain climber and an Olympic gymnast but a hypnotist. I’ve never met a child with huge eyes that bore into you like his. He decided he did not like my sneakers and didn’t want to see them, but forgave me when we played bash the balloon. A quirky, fascinating individual.

And then Sunday night TV, “The Life-Sized City” and “My Brilliant Friend,” both brilliant as ever.

An article in the NYT on hobbies says that journal writing “can boost mindfulness, memory and communication skills…It can aid sleep, build the immune system, boost self-confidence and raise I.Q… It may even help wounds heal faster.” I assume that includes blogging. YAY! Watch my confidence and my IQ increase! Wait – surely I’m at capacity by now, after a lifetime of journals and then blogs. Nowhere to go but down.

It is interesting, though, that here I am, very early on a Monday morning with a raft of things to get done, and the first thing I do, after breakfast, is write to you. It’s simply a compulsion, a necessity, to take you with me wherever I go, however mundane my day may be.

Ah well. It’s now 7 a.m. and I have the whole day in front of me to improve my brain and my confidence. Onward.



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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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