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Get Back, Part Two, in the snow

Just got an email from a woman who was reading my first memoir All My Loving: coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris.  Just finished your wonderful book this morning. Loved, loved, loved your young voice

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furnished basement apartment to rent

Can hardly keep myself awake, and it’s 2.30 in the afternoon — one of those drizzly, dark days. Luckily I went to the LCBO before the rain started and bought a good French Côtes du

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I exist! Alice Neel in The New Quarterly

I was just out front raking a mountain of leaves, had a chat with an elderly man on a bike who’d stopped at the Little Free Library. He was a recent widower, obviously lonely, grew

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Protest, and a treat

It’s a weekend to protest. My daughter, of course, was at a big rally yesterday in support of the Wet’suwet’en that closed down a major street. She posted today that arresting journalists, as the RCMP

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Macca cheers me up, again

Don’t know what I can say to make this day better: B.C. is drowning, farm animals are dying in the thousands, people who had to move out because of wildfires have to move out again

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Penelope Jane Harris, 1948-2019

It’s been an intensely emotional day. I was re-reading an essay I’ve written, sent out, rewritten, about my best friend when I was 12, in Halifax. Penny was older, with thick black hair and very

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Remembrance Day

Amazing news: I got my booster shot today. My doctor’s office emailed that all their patients over 70 could apply, so I did, though it’s been a bit less than six months since my second

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Ruth takes on corporal punishment

Incredible as it seems, the corporal punishment of children is still legal in Canada, protected under an archaic law. But not if my dear friend and longtime writing student Ruth Miller has anything to do

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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.

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