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63 Up: the subject tonight is Love.

Calm before the storm – tonight I’m hosting both my grandsons for a sleepover for the first time. Till now, I’ve not felt ready to handle both bouncing-off-the-wall energizer bunnies on my own – and

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survived another one

Giving thanks for the breath in my lungs and for so much else, on this mild, gloomy Boxing Day. Anna is feeling better and has opened her presents. I just made lunch – hot turkey

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Christmas 2019 = the flu

The best laid plans etc. Thank heavens we are not a family that cares particularly about creating a perfect scenario at Xmas. Because we’re way off track this year. On Monday morning, Ben and Thomas

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it’s the winter solstice and all’s well

The house up the street. And a Cabbagetown Christmas to you too. What’s different this year? It’s Dec. 21 and I’m not frantic! And I realize – this year I’m not producing the pageant on

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Beth speaking Jan. 2 at the Yiddish Vinkl

The next meeting will take place on  Thursday January 2nd at 12 Noon  At Free Times Cafe, 320 College St.  We invite you to hear  Beth Kaplan speak about Jacob Gordin, The Jewish Shakespeare.  Beth Kaplan,

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Spongebob Squarepants

Quick update – the busy season is upon us. It’s bitterly cold out there but warming up a bit this weekend, apparently – yesterday, walking to dinner at 6.45 p.m., I wore a down coat

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Rubens and “Manon”

I was changing after a class at the Y Friday and said to a friend, “I’m on my way to the AGO to see Rubens – a bunch of corpulent naked women,” and she said,

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Knives Out

I am not celebrating the end of the hapless Andrew Scheer. It’s much better for our side to have a bumbling retrograde goof than one of the smarter and more dangerous replacements. In the meantime,

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a tiny bit of gloom

Back to reality: winter darkness, Christmas, responsibility, work. Teaching done till January, so now’s the time for writing. I feel I should be doing something about my manuscript, but I don’t know what. It went

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New York Day Four

Home. Heaven. A painless return after the shimozzle of the flight in: the 6 train to Grand Central and a short walk to the Newark airport bus. At the airport absurdly early yet again, 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.

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