My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Successful aging

By chance, I turned on TVO’s “the Agenda” with Steve Paikin tonight; I rarely watch though it’s always interesting – and it was about successful aging. His panel of experts told us that the curve

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Beethoven’s piano

A former student with whom I worked for a few years on a memoir, now a beautiful book, gave me a gift certificate to Koerner Hall as a gift. Yesterday afternoon, the first concert: Louis

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getting through

I often think of pioneer women, on the frontier 150 years ago, trying to raise families and feed their children during the long hard winters. How did they survive the isolation, the cold, the deprivation?

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Anna disses this “vile” government

So despite the cold, my rabble-rousing daughter was on the front lines of the teachers’ strike yesterday, at one demonstration and then another, with her boys and two kids she was looking after for the

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Cabbagetown Youth Centre crisis

10.20 a.m. Saturday morning, and it has just started, the snow, as they predicted. We’ll get a lot today, so a hunkering down kind of day; it already feels muffled and shrouded out there, with

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advanced class Life Stories II, and dancing

My advanced class, Life Stories II, starts next Thursday at 12.30 at U of T, and there is still room. It’s for students who’ve taken my class at least once and would like to suffer

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and furthermore …

Forgive me if I mull over that rejection again. I was awake in the night – well, in fact, I’m awake most nights, this is the time of my January insomnia. I’m never a great

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The Grizzlies and the Two Popes

Apocalypse: at 4 p.m. it’s pitch dark and has been pouring all day. Apparently we’ll get more rain today than is common for the whole month of January. I worry, as usual, about the basement

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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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