My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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Brian Doyle, my new hero

Major snowfall – it was spring on Sunday and now it’s winter again. We’ll continue to seesaw for some time. But the daffodils Ken brought me last week remind me – there’s hope. Yesterday, sitting

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the Bermuda Triangle of publishing

Here’s one thing I’m grateful for re the Vanier revelations: my book is not yet published. Imagine if it was on its way to publication or already out, with its fulsome praise of the charismatic,

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Jean Vanier: shocked and appalled

A horrible revelation in today’s Globe: Ian Brown reports that the saintly Jean Vanier, adored founder of the L’Arche communities for the intellectually disabled, was a serial sexual abuser of at least six women who

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the joy of produce and producing

Have been so busy since my return home to an empty fridge, I’ve been subsisting on random bits and pieces from the freezer. Finally made a quick trip to the No Frills on the corner.

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note from a writer fan

Just have to say – because I learned at the conference that self-promotion is not only acceptable, it’s necessary for us starving artists – that I brought three books to the conference and sold them

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San Miguel pix

click to enlarge The conference provided mats outside the workshop tents for people to lie down and rest. Thoughtful, no?  Streetscape. Everyone must have a hat. Colour and doors, magnificent old doors everywhere. Funnily enough,

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hasta la vista San Miguel

Posting from bed on my last night in San Miguel, after a great dinner with Cathy and Richard at the little restaurant where Curtis, Kristen and I ate the other night, my new favourite place.

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I just met a young writer from Vancouver who said, “I feel overstuffed with both food and words.” I think a lot of us agree. It has been an intense experience, and I didn’t even

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pretty nice

Images today. I’ve taken very few photos so far – too busy, also not wanting to intrude. Okay, this is the only one that will download – very slow ‘net here. This is the view

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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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