My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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My Brilliant Friend and the new reality

Last night, sheer joy: My Brilliant Friend on HBO. Breathtakingly good, superb Italian actors, detailed period shots of Naples in the fifties and early sixties. In one short scene, the clever, defensive Lila, who has

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today’s excitement

Guess what happened today? A new New Yorker arrived in my mail box! Also, I received a lot of emails, including many links to articles and funny memes and music and grotesque pictures of Trump.

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the wise old woman

It occurred to me that people pay a lot of money to find the kind of quiet isolation we’re getting now. I paid, twice, to fly to the Banff Centre to sit alone in a

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a frightening wake-up call

Last night, a wake-up call, both literal and metaphoric: after my last perky post here, after a bit of TV – Steve Paikin interviewing fascinating experts on the future of our world after this crisis

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finding family

No line dancing today, but we will start it up again Monday, after learning that you’re allowed to use playground spaces but not the equipment – maintaining distance, of course. The sun was heaven today;

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the arts to the rescue!

The floodgates have opened – it’s overwhelming. Museums, theatres, film series, concerts, poetry readings, talks pouring online – we could spend the next six years doing nothing but sitting in our houses digesting it all.

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distancing day 463

The Canucks are getting tough now, weeks after many other countries have put in place necessary draconian laws: mandatory 14-day quarantine when you come back from somewhere or fines or arrest, and all playgrounds in

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“I have it yet about my heart…”

I’ve been up since 7.30 a.m., now it’s 8.30 p.m. and another day in isolation has somehow passed. Only not that isolated. But what filled those hours? I hardly know. Judy Steed offered to teach

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music and spaghetti – life is good

Grey and rainy today; no line dancing. Music was needed. I listened to Jacqueline du Pré play the Dvorak cello concerto and wept, for the glory of the music and of that frail, lovely young

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All Covid all the time around here

What did we used to talk and read about, do you have any idea? There were other crises, remember – the Indigenous blockade, pipelines, refugees in Greece and Turkey, war in Syria, the gilets jaunes

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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.

Some Blogs I Follow

Chris Walks
This blog evolves. It once was about travels. Now it’s a reason to be at the keyboard that I value.


Theresa Kishkan
Theresa Kishkan is a writer living on the Sechelt Peninsula on the west coast of Canada.


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.


Juliet in Paris, Spain and Beyond
Juliet is a Canadian who’s lived for decades in Paris and writes about her travels and the many things that interest her.



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