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surviving the polar vortex

Surreal days. It’s the polar vortex out there, freezing, bitter winds, tons of snow, Torontonians huddled together at the streetcar stop trying to survive. You’ve gotta be tough to be Canadian, as I reminded my

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despite the storm, your inspiration for today

Major snowstorm today – blowing snow, high winds, bitter cold. I was complaining to Ed, a man of few words who was putting up drywall upstairs. “This is Canada,” he replied. Nothing more need be

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Black Earth Rising – and snow

A perfect winter day – bright sun, fresh snow. Went for a walk to the Necropolis, to commune with Toronto’s dead and with my own – a few years ago, I scattered most of the

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Esi Edugyan and her editors

Last night, a really interesting event produced by the Editors Association and the writing department of U of T: hugely successful novelist Esi Edugyan and four – count them, four – of her editors, with

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The Bruce McMouse Show at 20 below

Bitter cold outside. I’m sitting in the unbelievable jumble of my office, until yesterday the desk covered with tablecloths to keep off the dust, which is all over the floor. So much for needing tidy

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1979 in the snow

My idea of heaven: listening to Randy Bachman in my warm kitchen on a cold snowy Saturday night, with good TV coming up and an interesting library book waiting. No electricians, no Kevin or Ed

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working in chaos: it’s fun!

Electricians still here, poor souls – I think they’re afraid they’ll never get out. Always some new complication. That’s my house for you. It’s almost comical, the scene here – the chaos upstairs, the shouts

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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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