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Borgen: the best

There was an abrupt change of plans, as often happens in my ex-husband’s world, and he rushed back from Winnipeg to the States. So, perhaps we’ll see him some more another time. Sam’s event on

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celebrating family

Today I’m going to boast about my family. Yes, things in the world are even more dire today than they were last week. The stunning hypocrisy of the religious right in the States is nauseating,

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the heart bursts

7.30 a.m., another hot day dawning; I’m on the deck, swimming in scent and colour: roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, lavender, basil, mint. I’m watching three baby raccoons climbing home to sleep high in my neighbour’s giant

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What you won’t do for love

A thrilling evening of theatre last night; I’m writing to urge those of you in Toronto and environs not to miss it, though it’s only on tonight and tomorrow.  What you won’t do for love

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on writing and gardening

The Life of a Writer, Part 7642: I am waiting. In limbo. The manuscript of the essay collection is out at 8 or 9 publishers, none of whom has acknowledged receipt of it. I assume

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in mourning for my damaged, neglectful city

Today, after getting off the streetcar, I walked up Yonge Street to the Y. In almost every doorway, a homeless person was camped and sleeping. Often it was hard to tell if there was someone

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Word on the Street, CNFC, the Tony awards

How I started the day: Googling “rose leaves turning yellow.” Might be “chlorosis” – iron deficiency. Oh no!  How I spent last night: watching the Tony awards, which were as always thrilling, except more so

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WOTS: the joy of memoir, and honouring family

Happy to report that the WOTS memoir workshop with Helen Humphreys went well, at least, I think it did. A few people have emailed their appreciation. Because I was focussed on the talk, I didn’t

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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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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.


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Carrie Snyder
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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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