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spring yes it is

Last night, my home class sat outside on the deck for the first time, with birdsong and the scent of lilac. John and I had spent much of the afternoon on house projects, including an

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So very True

A glorious Sunday evening, mild and quiet – no sounds but birds and scattered neighbour voices, and the background rush of the city, of course. I’m feeling my shoulders start to lower from around my

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So True

Wednesday was the electricians; Thursday was the termite guys, drilling into the foundations of my house all around the perimeter and injecting poison to keep the vile beasties out. They told me they saw a

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Harry Potter in Parkdale

Sitting here just now, home after teaching at Ry tonight, glass of wine in hand, when an enormous raccoon sidled up to my back door and peered at me through the glass. I wonder if

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celebrating green

Allen Gardens – a mass of colour. Better late than never. As my friend Ken said yesterday, I love long weekends in the city in the summer, so quiet and empty – everyone’s at the

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So True: next Sunday May 26 2 p.m.

Coming right up. I’ve been editing the pieces – seven beautiful essays with one more to come in, plus mine, which will be a surprise. Which is good since that’s the topic. A fabulous time

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rejection dejection

The sun is shining; my heart is heavy. Four months ago, I emailed my memoir, the memoir I’ve been working on for 3 years or possibly longer and have paid to have professionally edited several

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I know you will find it hard to believe that after Mr. Wu the electrician and his gang spent many, many days this winter at my house ripping walls and floors apart to fix the

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bearing witness, taking sides

I am trembling. I spent some time yesterday writing and rewriting an email, read it to friends, left it 24 hours, read it to my daughter, just sent it. There’s been a huge injustice in

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Mother’s Day?!

Do not ever remember a colder, more wet and miserable Mother’s Day. We always complain that in Toronto, we go directly from winter to summer, with a temperate spring that lasts about three hours. But

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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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