My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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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, when I looked back at my blog posts from August 2015, when I was here with my friend Annie, I found this exact shot. Unchanged.

Silver, inexpensive silver everywhere, so difficult to choose. I bought a pair of simple earrings from this lovely couple. Later I bought a pair, silver backed with malachite, which I now learn has mystical properties. Works for me.

The courtyard of the Instituto Allende.

And now for something completely different – the Aeromexico flight back. A movie theatre shaped like a silver tube. Surreal.

I’m happy to be home, rich with all I heard and learned. Am talking to two possible social media advisors on Friday, am editing madly for my class tomorrow – back to work! – and am beginning the long complex process of applying to the conference as possible staff next year, much documentation needed.

Toronto is cold, but I have a warm coat, and the house is warm. And now time for the six o’clock news and wine and dinner. Contented sigh.

But – an argument with my daughter about the Wet’suwet’en protest. She thinks, because I disagree with it, that I’m borderline racist and wrong. I think, because she believes that Indigenous Canadians should have unquestioned control over many thousands of acres of Canadian land, that she’s unrealistic and self-righteous. So I’m feeling old. But home.



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