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Toboggans and juicers

A world in crisis but some good times here. Anna, Thomas, and their boys came over on Wednesday afternoon. I’ve been leery of seeing them but decided – they’re careful, I’m careful, let’s risk our

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Snowing outside – how glad I am to be teaching on Zoom today. Once, when teaching at U of T at night, I took the streetcar in the dark in a fierce blizzard, climbing over

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Bernie at the fire

The fire stove men came back today. I didn’t break it as soon as it was installed as I’d feared, there was actually something loose inside. Phew. Now it’s fixed, and I’m sitting with my

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Biden time: a new world dawns

My son said it well today. “He wasn’t my president, it’s not my country,” he said, “but it was horrible knowing he was there, with so much power. What a wonderful day today is.” A

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let there be fire

A new room has opened up. Throughout my 34 years in this house, the living room has been used for big gatherings, for my home classes, and for watching TV. But in a semi-detached house,

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that was the week that was

Who would ever have believed this week? A vicious cavalcade of lies from the most powerful man on earth leading to armed insurrection and murder, the corporate world finally turning on him – Deutsche Bank,

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Radioactive Republicans

Anna wrote today on FB, “The first week of 2021 over. Only 51,000 more to go.”  My daughter-by-another-mother Holly was going to come for a visit today with Eli, for lunch and to go to

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as the dust settles

Just to clarify – yesterday’s post was written at 4 p.m., as the mob was just getting started. The rest of the day – where to begin? Where were the police, so powerfully present for

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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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