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My friend Judy is in Lake Louise right now and sent this. Wanted to share it immediately to lift whatever spirits need lifting on this gloomy wet morning. O Canada. How lucky we are. 

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found found found

My engagement bracelet, back where it belongs, where it has lived since March 1980. Age spots. Swollen fingers – some of my rings barely fit any more. But the fingers are still typing. I will

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finding lost things

So many annoyances resolved. On Sunday, when the kids were here, we wanted to start the gas fire stove but I could not find the remote. The stove doesn’t work without it. I searched, increasingly frustrated

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R.I.P., Dame Martha Henry

What an extraordinary artist and woman was Martha Henry. I didn’t know her well; I worked as a writer on a proposed television series she would have starred in that didn’t get off the ground,

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home, with Deborah Levy’s pointed words

Oh the push/pull of home. I walk in the front door and drop the suitcase, filled with the pleasure of familiarity: MY HOUSE. My kitchen my fridge my bathroom my bed. And then, instantly, reality

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last night reflections

This is definitely the smallest room in the Sylvia Hotel, but it has everything I need: wifi, bed, window that opens. I’ve just had dinner downstairs with my dear friend Margaret, who’s living a nightmare

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not this time

Dear friends, Yellowknife author Fran Hurcomb’s memoir about dog sledding, Breaking Trail, is the winner of the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Award.  She has had an extremely adventurous life in the north; I was freezing

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winding down, winding up

Pouring today so sticking close to base camp.  Last night was the reading event for the Whistler awards: the three nonfiction and three fiction finalists meeting for a late lunch and then reading from their

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The Whistler Writers Festival begins

Shari and I are joined at the hip, sisters forever. We had a wonderful time chez elle, spending Tuesday evening watching the first two haunting episodes of Maid. And then, ironically, she had a lot

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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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