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a new housemate

A powerful dream last night. I had to have a blood test – perhaps this is because I actually do, at some point soon, and am looking for a new doctor, and because I’m sick.

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hooray for Paxlovid!

Well, if you have to get really sick, the week after Xmas is a good time. Nothing on the calendar, except that I’m supposed to be at my exercise class at the Y right now.

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a misery diagnosis: guess what?

 So my dear blogger friend Theresa Kishkan, whom I’ve never met, suggested that despite my recent negative Covid test, I should take another because my symptoms sounded like hers when she had Covid. And guess

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 A few days ago, I wrote, “I’m afraid to write about how calm everything is, because it’s asking for trouble.” Et voilà. The next day I got a letter in the mail from my doctor.

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Christmas blessings

Hooray, it’s over! But it was a good one. It pays to get sick at times like this, because then you’re forced to relax and let it happen. I have a sore throat with coughing

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sitting this one out

Covid test negative, thank you God. But I’ve been hit with something, as I was last Xmas — this time, aches and raw throat. Luckily, as Anna wrote, they’ve all been hit with something too,

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time out: calm before storm

Never have I been so grateful to be as old as I am. When I think of Christmasses past – as I wrote in the essay posted on FB – there was so much to

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His Dark Materials

Mostly, wanted to share with you this new picture of the hairy grandson sleeping on his dad’s leg. He had a blood pressure test at the vet today; the meds are working, his pressure is

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a brief encounter on College Street

At noon today I was downtown, rushing as usual – had forced myself to pop into Winners for the annual gift of socks for Sam, also managed to pick up a basketball and gloves, both

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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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