My new book “Midlife Solo” is now available.

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pre-birthday rant

More from my favourite Blowing Own Horn department: U of T sends anonymous assessment forms to students when the term ends, and then forwards them to the teachers. Mine included this: What recommendations do you

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fan mail

Proud mama here – I’m watching the young male cardinal who fledged in my garden as he inspects the offerings. The bird feeder is full but he just checked out my spices on the deck,

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Hooray for beautiful Mary Simon our new gg.

I turned on CBC yesterday morning by chance and realized it was the investiture of our new governor-general, so went to my computer to watch as well as listen. It was extraordinary. Mary Simon is

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definitely not my Salinger year

Had a disturbing email yesterday from the director of the Whistler prize: she’d heard from the other finalists but not from me so was trying from a different address. It turned out that 2 weeks

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celebrating a good book, a good writer

This is as close to perfection as any experience can be: on the deck on a perfect summer afternoon – a lone cicada, a cabbage butterfly and a bee nuzzling the lavender, a cardinal fledgling

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In love with Margaret Renkl

A quick note because I share everything with you, almost, to say that I am partway through the most exquisite book. I discovered Margaret Renkl through her op-ed columns in the NYT, so ordered her

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a Zoom memorial for Patsy

An extremely moving event yesterday: a Zoom memorial for Patsy Ludwick, who died with the help of MAID in May. We were almost 50 people from Australia to California – a great many from Nova

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controversially in praise of Facebook

Sometimes Facebook is a wonderful place. I know Zuck’s creation is reprehensible in many ways. But yesterday I posted about my finalist status, and before day’s end there were over 50 messages of support. Such

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The six finalists have just been announced for the Whistler Independent Book Award, three fiction, three nonfiction. I’m thrilled to say that “Loose Woman” is one of the finalists. Very exciting! It means so much

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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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