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I know, it’s become an obsession – but the deafening noise continues from Spruce Street. Could I hate these people more? I had to go over on Sunday with my TO noise ordinance – no

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killing a garden

Yesterday, the noise from the reno on Spruce Street was so unbearable, I went over to see what was going on. Are they building the @#$#@ Taj Mahal? There was a lone man, covered in

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home in the heat

Home to a heat warning – 33 degrees feeling like 37. Where’s the lake?! Ruth and I had a wonderful few days. We fell into a rhythm that worked for us both – coffee in

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heaven in Muskoka

Reporting in from paradise: Birch Island in Muskoka. Ruth and I have settled into a gruelling regime of reading by the lake, swimming, preparing simple, delicious meals and eating a great deal, drinking also, and

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The Democrats nail it

A surreal moment last night – sitting in a rustic living-room in Muskoka, surrounded by woods and water, watching Joe Biden and the Dems save the world. Or at least give it a damn good

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Goodreads, Amazon, MailChimp, Zoom

Dear blogees, thank you for indulging me. I needed to air my insecurities yesterday and do a bit of moaning; the gremlin of self-pity jumps out every so often. As I say to my students,

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grappling with the demons of doubt

I do not have Covid-19. Found out in 24 hours, thank you very much. Suddenly, when I heard “negative,” I felt better. But not a whole lot better. These last days, as I prepared to

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Covid test

I went for a Covid test today. Yes, have a bit of a sore throat and headache, but mostly because I’m invited to go with Ruth to her cottage on Thursday and she sensibly wants

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Beth puts in a workday

Exhausted; it’s 6.30 p.m. and I actually WORKED today, worked hard. At least, hard for someone who’s usually messing around at home; even teaching is extremely easy in comparison with what most of the world

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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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