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a visit

You know what really helps with grief? Writing. It’s what I teach. It’s what I do. 7 a.m. on yet another bleak, grey, chilly morning, and I sit here in tears. People have been sending

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Still in shock. One dark thought passed through my mind in bed last night: it has begun. The losses of aging and old age – the gradual disappearance of loved ones – it has begun.

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Uncle Wayson

 The loveliest picture ever – 2012, Eli had just been born going through junk, as always, as our favourite store, Doubletake the little aquarium was his Xmas present to Eli Uncle Wayson The worst picture

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cardinal love, coming home

There’s a wonderful scene outside: I propped a long mirror against the south wall in the garden, thinking it would go somewhere eventually – and now I see that the cardinal has fallen in love.

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another note from a satisfied customer

For some reason, the numbers for both my classes, so far, are low. Maybe it’s because I dropped out during the winter. In any case, I hope the numbers jump next week. As if to

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letter to the editor

Just like old times here today – Dan painting in the basement, Ed fixing things and putting up pictures; Kevin dropped by to see Ed, Evan dropped by to use Kevin’s saw which Ed was

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coming together

The most wonderful thing happened today: I rode to the Y to do the usual Wednesday lunchtime class – Carole is away but someone always subs for her – to find that all the classes

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note from a grateful student

My classes start soon – Ryerson next Wednesday and U of T the Tuesday after that. There’s still room. Scroll down to the post from a few days ago for more information and links. These

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shelves of glory

Things are settling, I’m feeling more in control of my life and my home, and my cold is fading, so this morning, for the first time in months, I sat down to begin writing work. Then I noticed

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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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