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Annals of aging, part eleventeen

First, good news, FYI, the garden workshop is sold out. Second, it’s hot but not as hot as France, and it smells glorious here on the deck because it poured last night. Everything is fresh

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Downchild Blues

When I saw the Toronto Jazz Festival was producing a free concert on Saturday – the Downchild Blues Band with guest Dan Aykroyd – I couldn’t imagine where it was. The map showed somewhere on

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Write in the Garden July 21

Just received this email: I attended a lovely summer writing session in a garden in the east end of Toronto years ago, I’m thinking in 2012 or 2013. After some sleuthing online, I think you

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marketing summer

Spring is over; it’s summer, it’s hot, and Toronto is overflowing with activities: this weekend it’s Pride, plus the arts festival Luminato, plus the Jazz Festival and God knows what else – a superabundance of

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So this is something that has been reinforced this week: that we all pay a price for our decisions, one of the most important of which being where we live. My friend Chris has peace

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Conference finale

A quick word – I know this is Sunday, and it’s still June, but otherwise I’m lost in a fog of conference. At the moment, though, in a UBC dorm living room looking out at

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We are the champions!

Too much excitement. A fabulous dinner in a UBC pub tonight with a group of fellow writers; we sat outside as far from the Raptors noise and excitement as we could – but by the

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our creative nonfiction conference launched!

Sitting at the registration table at UBC, waiting for our writers to arrive. The weather is beautiful, our lanyards are laid out, the programs are gorgeous, and we are SET. It starts tomorrow, but we

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another day in paradise

I could not live here, I know that; it’s an island, and islands make me claustrophobic. There are too many trees, which make darkness and shade. But Gabriola is, no question, paradise. My hardworking creative

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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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Chris Walks
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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.


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