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 Monday was summer – hot and sunny. Tuesday was fall – cool and drizzly. Today is both – this morning grey, this afternoon lovely and bright, with showers of leaves. Autumn in Canada!  Let’s not

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Pierre Trudeau made me cry again today.

 Pierre Trudeau died on this day twenty years ago. Not long after, I wrote a short essay about his death which I didn’t send anywhere, so am posting it here. And in fact, I did

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Musing in the heat

A sublime day – 26 degrees feeling like 31. So much more appreciated than summer sun because – we know why. A perfect day, though I am sad. Went for a bike ride – Safe

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saying goodbye to Lola

Yesterday a very moving experience: a memorial event on Zoom for Lola, who died this year at 98 – my father’s cousin, a painter and jewellery maker, born in New York in 1922 two months

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on the deck in the sun

They say there are two seasons in Ontario – winter and road work. So today, for some reason beyond comprehension, the city has decided to repair two minuscule patches in my street’s sidewalks. This entails

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reviews of the book coming in

This is the strange interlude in the life of a writer, when the book is out and people are still reading. But I’m getting wonderful reviews, even from people who haven’t finished it yet. And

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Mourning RBG, fear for what’s next

 NOOOOOOOOOOOO! That was the sound last night from millions of mouths when we heard about RBG. How could such a tiny slip of a woman matter so much to so many? Because she had a

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Back to basics

Today things feel joyfully normal – well, not normal, but routine. I went to the Y for the first time since March. They discontinued our membership fees, but I just realized they’d started them again

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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

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Carrie Snyder
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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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